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How to Watermark Your Images With a Photoshop Action

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I put together a tutorial video to demonstrate, step-by-step, how to create an action to place a watermark bar on your images automatically.

Adding a watermark or some form of branding to your images before posting helps to offer some sort of protection to your images as well as helps to promote you as a photographer.

By creating a Photoshop action, you can resize your image to the web and apply a watermark to the image at the click of a single button. This action can also be used to batch processing to automatically apply the changes to a group of images without having to go through each image, one-by-one.

In this tutorial, I show how to create a horizontal transparent gray bar on the lower portion of the image that contains text. The text can be whatever you want it to be. All you need is Photoshop and possibly Illustrator. You don't really need Illustrator, but it makes it easier to convert your text to an outline. If you don't have illustrator, you will have to try another way to create a path for the outlines of your text.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUs7NzVZRAs[/ame]

I hope this tutorial is useful. From the end point of the video, you can go ahead an do more with the action if you desire. For instance, if you want to sharpen your image a little now that it has been resized, you can click the last step in the action, hit record, and then do the steps to sharpen your image. Once done, hit stop and now your action will also sharpen all of your images.

Here are a couple example images of my watermark:

WatercooledHAFX_0031.jpg
WatercooledHAFX_0015.jpg
    
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post #2 of 14
Very thorough; I dig it. I need to start watermarking my images. Definitely bookmarking it for future use.
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Nice work.
Thanks again!
    
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Nice tutorial. Wish you would of posted this sooner, it took me 2 hours to design a watermark for my photos which is just a simple font of my flickr account name cool.gif
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nice, bookmarked for later use smile.gif
    
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post #6 of 14
neat video! gray bar feels a little intrusive imo...takes away from the shot

Although since im lazy and dont want to do that I will just stick with the quick 35% opacity text in the corner smile.gif
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post #7 of 14
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Thanks for the responses. I had been putting off watermarking my own images because I didn't know how to do this. The other night I decided to take the time and learn. There wasn't a lot of information out there, so I basically figured it out with trial and error. I thought I would help out by creating a tutorial.

I know not everyone will like the full bar accross the bottom. If you would rather have just text for the watermark, then you can just leave out all of the steps pertaining to the bar, and it should still work just fine. Also, if you wanted to use a logo instead of text, as long as that logo is a path in Photoshop, you can follow the same procedure, substituting the logo path for the text path.
    
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post #8 of 14
Thanks a lot for this. I've been wanting to put a well made watermark in my images for a long time.

Bookmarked for when i get home tonight.
post #9 of 14
If you export your watermark as a png or jpeg (forgot which), it can also be used to automatically watermark in Lightroom 3.
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How about in PSE9? frown.gif It's all I've got at the moment.
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