Actions: Creating Frames and Watermarks

Today, we have a little gift for you. We’ve added a couple of new actions to our free collection and you can download the whole set for your own personal use! Feel free to adapt and change the actions to fit your needs!

People frequently ask us how we create the frames around the images we post on the web. So, we took some time to put together a collection of framing and watermark actions for those who might be interested in using them. You can download the complete set with this link:

Download Actions:   

Just save the file on your computer, and then open Photoshop. Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the Actions Palette, and choose “Load Action”. Then, just browse to the location where you saved it and click on the file. It will appear in your list of actions. To run the action, just open any photograph and hit the play button.

Please be sure to use the “Save As” or “Save for Web” option to save your finished file. You don’t want to save over your original file!

Each of these actions will resize, convert to sRGB (for accurate color in most browsers), and sharpen your image. You can choose from a variety of action to produce a frame or a watermark to your specifications.

Black Frame – Create a black frame around your image. It can be personalized with your name or a title – or gibberish. Whatever makes you happy.

White Frame – Same as the black frame. Only it’s white. Go figure. 🙂

Overlay Copyright – Maybe you don’t want a frame. Some people prefer to place a copyright message directly on their image. This action does just that – creating a smooth, dark band underneath your personalized copyright text so that it stands out clearly on any photograph.

Overlay Watermark Letter or Symbol – This action produces a letter or copyright symbol that appears as a watermark on your photo – you can choose the font, size, and position for the watermark.

And the newest actions? Here you go!

Logo w/Black Background – This one actually allows you to use your own logo as a watermark on your photo – the sample image is at the top of the post. How cool is that? The action prompts you to choose the logo image file from your computer. Use this one if your logo has a black background…

Logo w/White Background – … and use this one if your logo has a white background!

And that’s all folks! We’d love to hear from you if you are using and liking these actions. Remember, each can be customized for your personal use. Have fun with them!

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

  • Mark

    Will your downloads work with Photoshop Elements? Thank you!

    • We don’t think they will work. In reality we have not tested our downloads with Photoshop Elements (only with Photoshop).

  • Narendra

    Hi Varina,
    Thank you so much for these great actions 🙂


  • hi varina
    i am trying to use overlay copyright action. however by default it re-sizes the image. i wish to retain the original size. how can i do that?? if i remove the resizing steps..the fading option also needs to be removed. and eventually i get a very solid font.
    can u suggest a solution to that?

    • Hello Ankush – the action is intended to re-size the image so that it can be shared online or over email. However, if you want to retain the original size, you can simply turn off four steps. Turn off both “Fit Image” steps – and also the second “Smart Sharpen” and “Fade” steps. You may also want to turn off the Image Size, Convert to Profile, and Convert Mode steps if you don’t want a 72dpi, 8 bit, sRGB image.

      Be sure to leave the first “Smart Sharpen” and the first “Fade” so that you can control the sharpening for the image. You’ll notice that there is a dialogue attached to the first “Fade” step – that allows you to control it, so that’s the one you want to leave. Everything should work properly from there – but do keep in mind that your watermark may appear to be very small on a full sized image. I never watermark full-sized images because I don’t want a watermark on a print. The only time I use a watermark is when I am posting an image to the web for social media – or when sending a small photo via email to clients, friends, or family.

  • Fashion Photography

    Hello Varina,
    Unquestionably I am going to try this immediately, I have Photoshop 5.0 & I didn’t found any concerned option there will you please guide me on this. Apart from that nice creativity, Good work!

    • I’m not sure what you mean by the “concerned option’, James – maybe that’s a typo? Anyway, good luck with the actions! I hope they work well for you. Have fun with them!

  • Thanks very much Miss Varina for this action. Best Regards From Jakarta,Indonesia ^_^

  • very nice album varina thank you very much miss with blessing and regards from marseille,france

  • Carol

    Thanks! I’ll let you know.

  • Carol

    I have Photoshop 7.0 and can’t see to locate “Actions Palette” anywhere. I’m pretty new to this program & might need a little more guidance. I love your watermarks and would like to add them to my photos.

    • Carol – click on “Windows” in the menu bar at the top. Then select “Actions” from the drop-down menu. Sorry! 🙂 I hope you can use the actions!

  • Thanks yet again. I just loaded these and tried them out. Certainly will make the presentation of my photos much nicer than simply watermarking in Lightroom. Now to get straight in my head the process of “round-tripping” between the two.
    Do you all use Lr, or do you use PS exclusively? Just wondering. Whatever you do- keep doing it. 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Pamela. 🙂 I’m glad they are working for you. We don’t use Lightroom. We use Bridge and Photoshop in tandem. So, we’re constantly moving back and forth between Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, and Photoshop. It’s a seamless transition for us because the three applications work so well together.

  • Crystal

    Thank you so much!!!!!

  • The most useful action I’ve found thus far. Thank-you 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing these to the photo community! It definitely helps to have tools to create market awareness and an ounce of protection for our images while bringing a nice presentation! Keep shooting and sharing! John

  • You guys are great! Thank you SO much!

  • Mahesh

    Muje photography shikhani hai kya aap muje apna shishya banaogi


    • I’m afraid we can’t translate your comment, Mahesh. If you use characters rather than letters, we’ll pop it into google translate. Phonetic spellings don’t translate, and we don’t speak he language… though Jay was able to translate a few words. And I got “photography!” 🙂

  • Thankyou for the tips, great shots too!

  • Many thanks! It really works! 🙂

  • Reginald

    Many Thanks Varina! These watermark actions have been a great help. I just have one question…How should I update the Logo w/ Black and White background action to reposition my logo?

    • In order to move the logo, you need to stop the action at the appropriate step and move it manually. Alternately, you can add steps that place the logo in a precise location each time the action is run. You should be able to find some good information on modifying actions with the help of a google search. Good luck! We hope you’ll get lots of use from them!

  • Thanks Varina! Just downloaded the actions. Nice!

    • That last shot is from Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Scott. Deep snow had fallen overnight, and we were the first ones to arrive that morning – making tracks with our 4WD on the un-plowed, park roads. It was absolutely breathtaking out there that morning. This is why I love my job! 🙂

  • Love the last photo, where is that located? Would like to see that in person someday for sure!

    :Minneapolis Landscape

  • Anas Ahmad

    just fantastic

  • Lori Seebeck

    In regards to Actions: Creating Frames ans Watermarks…
    Is this download only for CS5?
    I can’t seem to find the “Load Action” and I think that might be why.
    I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, is there a way to get this Actions with this version of PS?

  • Hey Guys .. thanks for this! Do they work in Photoshop Elemnts (10) as well?

    • Mark and Lori,

      I’m afraid I don’t know if these actions will work with Elements! Can anyone help us answer this question?

  • Laurie Rutter

    Hi, I have not been able to download the free actions for photo frames and water marks I keep getting an error message. Any suggestions?

    • Try again, Laurie. Everything seems to be fine on our end. Sorry for the trouble!

  • Mohammad Asif ul Haq

    Thanks a lot! been looking for something like this!

  • Bomber! Thanks guys. Might look in to this to clean up some web files. Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Doug Hupfer

    Thx….Great shots!