How to Add a Trademark Symbol in Photoshop

by Filonia LeChat

Whether you've spent hours or more digitally doodling in Adobe Photoshop or are just loading in an electronic snapshot, protecting work from copying, downloading or being passed off as someone else's is important. For a quick layer of security that won't damage the document, add a trademark symbol through Photoshop's shapes option. Similar to using a watermark or copyright symbol, trademarking something in Photoshop is one way to stake a claim on your work.


Open Photoshop. To add a trademark symbol to an existing image, click the "File" menu, click "Open," browse to and double-click the file. Otherwise, click the "File" menu, click "New," type the required dimensions in the "Height" and "Width" boxes and click "OK."


Double-click the "Color Picker," the two overlapping colored boxes at the bottom of the "Tools" pane on the left side of the screen. Select a color for the trademark symbol and click "OK." Skip this step if the color already in the "Color Picker," which may be black if you haven't used any other colors, is acceptable.


Right-click the "Shape" icon, which may look like a rectangle, circle, line or star on the "Tools" pane. These shapes all share the same space. Select "Custom Shape Tool" from the fly-out menu.


Pull down the "Shape" menu on the toolbar at the top of the workspace. Scroll to get to the "TM" symbol, then click it. The cursor changes to a plus sign.


Position the cursor on the work area. Click and drag the mouse to form the TM symbol, which appears and fills in with the color.


  • check Press and hold down the "Shift" key while dragging the mouse to form the TM symbol for a straight edge, equally-sized trademark symbol.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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