Based on some feedback from last week’s post on using Lightroom for cataloging and editing photos, I’d like to share something else I do regularly with Lightroom — adding watermarks to photos. There are two types of watermarks — text or graphic. The directions for creating and placing a text watermark are detailed, but many of the steps are repeated for placing a graphic watermark.
Creating & placing text watermarks
(I’m demonstrating with Lightroom version 4) From the menu bar up top, go to the Edit menu, then select “Edit watermarks”.
The “Watermark editor” dialog box will pop-up and by default, the “Watermark Style” will be selected as “Text”. In this dialog box, you can type what your text watermark will be (example: Copyright). You can select the font, style, alignment, and an optional shadow for your text.
Scroll down, and you can select the opacity of the watermark, and either freely move the watermark around or select one the preset locations (“Anchor”).
Instead of just “Copyright”, I added “Lisa C. Ng”. I then hit “Save” and gave this watermark (and all the accompanying options) a descriptive name like Copyright-bottom-left.
After you hit “Create”, the dialog boxes disappear. Select the photo(s) you want watermarked, right-click, and select “Export” and then “Export” again.
The “Export (number of) files” dialog box will pop-up. Select the folder where the photos are going on your hard drive. You can also choose to add the watermarked photos to the Catalog you currently have open.
Scroll down, and you can select among the watermarks you have saved. I selected “Copyright-bottom-left”.
After you hit “Export”, in the upper left corner, you’ll see a progress bar advance as Lightroom is exporting your watermarked photos. When Lightroom is done, navigate to the watermarked photos. Done! Here are two examples.
Creating & placing graphic watermarks
Graphic watermarks usually have both transparent and opaque portions. For instance, here is mine on a colored background to illustrate the transparent and opaque portions.
Using an existing graphic
The graphic has to be either a GIF or PNG file, not JPG. To make a JPG graphic transparent, you can use Photoshop, Gimp (like free Photoshop), or my favorite, Inkscape, to remove the background (see my Inkscape tutorial). After you remove the background, you can then export the image as a PNG.
Creating your own graphic
If existing graphics don’t satisfy you, you could create your own graphic watermark. I used Inkscape. I drew my image in color, made all the colors WHITE, then exported the image as a PNG.
In Lightroom, in the “Watermark editor” dialog box, there is an option for a graphic watermark. When you click the radio button next to “Graphic”, a window will pop-up letting you navigate to your watermark file. The screenshot below is after I’ve navigated to the file I created above.
As with the text watermark, you can select the opacity of the watermark, and either freely move the watermark around or select one the preset locations (“Anchor”).
Follow the steps in the “text watermark” section of this post to save graphic watermarks and export watermarked photos. Done! Here are two examples.
Create & place watermarks using PicMonkey
Don’t have Lightroom? You can create text & place text and graphic watermarks on photos using free PicMonkey. Just google a how-to and follow your favorite tutorial. This one is pretty good.
I’d be so happy to help you create a watermark of your own!