Make Your Mark

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I get a lot of comments about my watermark. Surprisingly, quite a few people aren’t sure how to create their own. Here, in my latest article for the New England Photography Guild, I explain how to create a simple text watermark using the tools available in Adobe Lightroom 4. I also tell how to make a more personalized watermark, such as mine, using a .jpg or transparent .png file of you brand or logo.

Stop by and give it a read. And while you’re there, take a look at the outstanding work of some of the New England Regions best photographers.

23 thoughts on “Watermarking Made Simple.

  1. Thank you! I was trying to work out how to do a custom watermark. Your link to dgrin helped a lot. My problem was not saving my image as a PNG-24 and transparency.

    1. Glad I could be of help. I see way too many photos posted, especially here on WordPress, that are posted at full resolution, and un-watermarked. Even if a person has no desire whatsoever to sell their photos, I fee they should be protected from theft by only sharing smaller sizes and watermarking them.

      1. I agree. I limit my images to 1200 pixels long side, just under the limit of my theme. I watermark all images but now I can do a more fancy stamp. Thanks again.

  2. Unfortunately this tutorial doesn’t fix the fact that my actual handwriting is chicken scratch! Lol! I think your signature is the best part of your signature, if that makes sense. 🙂

  3. I love Lightroom 5, especially because watermarking is SO easy. I just do a simple “©Adri Pendleton Photography 2013”. I set it up a few weeks ago and it’s so nice to have it automatically export pictures with uniform watermarks!

    1. Yes! Is 5 all it’s cracked up to be? I’m a little, shall we say, cheap. I will upgrade from 4 at some point, but I’m in no hurry.

      Your watermark looks pretty good. But, there’s always a but right? First, what size are you uploading to your blog? When I click on an image it looks pretty big. Second, and I know this is totally personal preference, andI’m giving advice you didn’t ask for, but your watermark would be simple to crop out and not have any detrimental effect on the photo at all.

      I’ll be blunt. Your photos aren’t just good, they are really really good. I hate to see such high quality images that are shared in such a large, easily printable size, with a watermark that would be a piece of cake to crop out.

      I also have to say, as good as your photos are, you should have zero problem getting people to pay you to photograph there pets.

      1. Thank you so much!! That means a lot 🙂
        Regarding LR5, I can tell you that I REALLY like 5, but then again this is my first time owning Lightroom and I’ve only had it for a few weeks. You know what you can do, though, is download a free 30-day trial of it from Adobe’s website.

        You’re right about the pictures I upload being large, I’ve just been doing full-size without second thought. I guess I should probably resize them before uploading – what size do you think I should make them?

        I’ve been thinking about making a new watermark, I really like the way you did yours…Initials with the website under/near it. Would you mind if I kind of copied you?

        1. You’re very welcome!

          For what it’s worth, I’ve set up export presets, one named for each of the galleries on my website, that automatically size them to 1000px on the longest side, jpg quality 90, sRGB color space, with my watermark applied. In case you’re wondering why one for each gallery, it makes it easier to find them for sharing on my Fan page as well as Google+ and on my 500px page

          Please, copy away for your watermark. While I don’t publicize it, I encourage the sharing of my photos from my FB page. With my website in my watermark, even if someone copies and pastes my image, rather than clicking “share” on FB,(preferred) there is no mistaking who’s photo it is and where they can buy a print of it 😀

  4. Jeff, your instructions are very good. Unfortunately, I have a new Adobe Photoshop CC I can’t use yet, don’t know how and need to study it and I have the old version of Adobe Photoshop CS that I use everyday. I can’t find a way to put watermarks with the old version. I found a site offering free watermarks solutions, but the results are not good. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Valentina,
      I don’t currently have any version of Photoshop, but when I was using Photoshop CS2, the way I added my watermark was to create a custom brush and apply it. Here’s a video tutorial I found that should get you started.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  5. I was just wondering about your exceptional water mark a long back and just a few seconds back thinking how to make one……and its like wish coming true to find this article……
    thanks a ton for the article….I am surely gonna practice to get a decent one of mine…..

    1. I’m glad I could be of help 😀 I’ve been thinking of writing this for quite some time. I see far too many bloggers posting not only full res photos(if you have a free WP site, full res files will eat up your storage space fast! And if someone wants to steal your photo, they’ve now got a full rez file to print from), but also either no watermark, or such a small one that it is easily cropped out.

      I made mine so nobody will have any doubt who’s image it is. I strongly encourage people to share images from my Facebook fan page. And even if it’s copied and pasted rather than by clicking “share”(preferred) right from the page, my logo and website address are right there if someone wants to purchase a print. It’s also large enough that cropping it out would destroy the photo.

      1. yup thats what a watermark should be used as…
        but can you help me with any free tool and m not sure adobe’s one are free or not…???

        1. No, Adobe’s image editing tools are definitely not free 🙂 Here is one free online tool I’ve come across, though I’ve only given it a cursory look, so I’m not sure what tools it actually has for watermarking. There is of course The Gimp, a very powerful, and free, answer to Photoshop.

          I can’t say how helpful any of the information in my tutorial will be with either of these programs.

          Personally, at $149, with its cataloging and image editing features, Lightroom is money well spent.

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