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How to Copyright Watermark Your Images in Lightroom 3

One complaint about Lightroom 2 is its lack of a feature enabling you to add copyright watermarks to your images as you Export them. There are workarounds that make use of the Identity Plate option in the slideshow and print modules but these are cumbersome at best. In Lightroom 3, at last, watermarking is built in to the Export module (and available in the Print, Slideshow and Web modules).

LightRoom-Watermarks-before_after.jpg

To see this new feature at work, make sure that you have downloaded Lightroom 3 Beta 2 from labs.adobe.com – this is the most recent beta. Select one or more images in the Library module, right click and choose Export > Export. In addition to choosing options such as the export location, file name and file type and sizing an image you will find the new watermarking option near the bottom of the dialog.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step1.jpg

Enable the Watermark checkbox and from the dropdown list, select Edit Watermarks to display a watermark dialog. You can apply a text or a graphic watermark. For a text watermark, click the Text option button, then from the Text Options select your Font and Style.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step2.jpg

Alignment controls the text alignment within the small box that it is placed inside so you will use this option if you have multiple lines of text. Color is the text color which you can select from a color picker – unfortunately there is no contrasting shadow added so you have to choose a text color that works on most images.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step3.jpg

The Opacity setting adjusts the transparency of the copyright text and you can adjust this downwards to blend the copyright text in with the underlying image a little. Select Proportional size, Fit or Fill as desired. For my watermark I selected Proportional which is typically the option you will want to use.

The Anchor options allow you to place the copyright text within one of nine areas on the screen varying from top/left through center and to bottom/left.

Once you’ve selected the Anchor, adjust the Inset values to bring the text in from the vertical and horizontal margins so that it doesn’t sit at the very edge of the image.

You can rotate the text by clicking one of the Rotate options.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step4.jpg

On the left of the dialog under your image is a text box with the word “copyright” in it. You can replace this with your own text – to create the copyright symbol type (C).

LightRoom-Watermarks-step5.jpg

When you’re done, click Save and type a name to save the copyright data as a preset so you can use it again in the Export or any other module that supports watermarking of images.

If you are editing an existing watermark, click the down-pointing arrow in the top left of the dialog where it will show (edited) after the preset name and choose Update Preset or Save Current Settings as a New Preset depending on what you want to do.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step6.jpg

Instead of a text watermark, you can use an image you have created. To do this, enable the Image option at the top of the dialog and click to select the image to use.

A watermark saved as a JPG image will not be transparent so the watermark will appear as a solid rectangle on your image, as shown here.

LightRoom-Watermarks-step7.jpg

If you want to have a transparent background around your watermark, create the watermark as a PNG image with transparency in Photoshop or another editor, and import that as your watermark.

When you export your images, your watermark will be automatically added to them.

These same watermark options are also available, for example, in the Flickr Publish Services so you can automatically watermark images as you upload them to your Flickr account.

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Helen Bradley is a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at Projectwoman.com.

  • Jim Buttitta

    Of course, the smartt fill feature of CS5 will allow anyone to easily remove the watermark

  • http://www.vtcabinfever.blogspot.com Jen at Cabin Fever

    Hmm… I use photoshop and just create a layer and then select blending options to make it less opaque and reduce the fill. It is really simple and works good for me!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  • http://ben-sketchbook.blogspot.com/ ben

    Wish it can use metadata parameter like {copyright} instead of typing up and save. So each photo I export/publish with same template may watermark different text of copyright message depends on the metadata hold by each image.

    You can water mark shooting date time or shooting info or anything in there…

    I this matter LR2/Mogrify offers still much better option.

  • Steven

    I’ve always wondered this when I use watermarks: that is can other people simply work back the correct colour to mask the watermark? because unless it is set to 100% opacity, there will still be quite some colour information left.

  • http://www.digitalnoisephoto.com Lou

    Ben’s mention of LR2/Mogrify is where I was going to go with this comment. I was happy to see watermarking in LR3beta, but LR2/Mogrify is just an amazing little piece of digital kit–for those of you who are not wishing to subject your production machine to a beta application like LR3 beta, check out LR2/Mogrify. Best donationware app I’ve ever bought. Makes resizing/marking/bordering a snap. :)

  • http://halftempotravel.com Al Robertson

    Hi

    I’m not sure if I’m missing something here or not but I have added watermarks to my exports, using Lightroom II, for some time.

    In the export dialog box, under >MetadataCopyright< box of your metadata.

  • http://www.marknorthcott.com Mark

    so basically this is an article based on the comments left in the previous watermarking article from just a few days ago… only taking the credit for all of it.

  • http://www.projectwoman.com Helen Bradley

    @Mark.. ah that would be No!

    I submitted this article to DPS on the 1st of April (well before the post you mentioned was published). My post went into the posting queue and was published a couple of weeks later. Unless I have a gift of foresight that even I am unaware of – this is actually my own work.

    @al the method you are using adds it to the image Metadata not as an image or text right on top of the image. The two processes are independent from each other, totally different in how they work and not mutually exclusive. Most users will be glad to have both options – the visible watermark being a way to deter others from stealing your images.

    Helen

  • http://sites.google.com/site/dharmitsphotography Dharmit Thakore

    Hi Helen,

    Nice info,

    Just wanted to add that if you want a proper copyright symbol like this © on Windows computer you have to Press “Alt” key and type “0169″. And on mac you press “Option” Key and press “G”. Obviously both without quotes :)

    Cheers

  • http://halftempotravel.com Al Robertson

    Hello Again

  • http://halftempotravel.com Al Robertson

    Hello Again

    For some reason the last part of my post is garbled/missing. I was trying to say that if you tick the “Add Copyright Watermark” box in the “MetaData” area of the >Export Dialog Box< Lightroom II will add, as a visible watermark, whatever text you have entered in the "Copyright" box in your metadata.

    The watermark is added to the bottom of the exported image and is clearly visible.

    Check it out

    Al

  • Naois

    LR2 copyright metadata works great for me, and the little text it adds to the bottom left of my exports meets my needs, but you can do a lot more with LR3.

    For those who don’t know, you can create a Metadata Preset by right clicking on an image. Add the copyright information in the appropriate field (the “Copyright” field contains the text that will appear on the image) and save the preset. Then you just apply the preset to any image before you export and the text appears in the image.

  • Laura

    Whoo hoo! I’m excited! Currently do not have Photoshop and now I can protect my images for FB etc with my logo!

  • http://cameraguyzack.blogspot.com/ Zack Jones

    To follow up on Dharmit’s comment. At least here in the USA the (C) is not a recognized copyright symbol. You must use either the circled C, the word “Copyright” or the abbreviation “Copr.” If you’re going to take the time to watermark your images make sure you’re using a recognized symbol.

  • Roger

    The last revision of the Copyright convention eliminated the need to put a copyright symbol on printed work such as photography – all such images are implicitly copyrighted by the creator of the image – it doesn’t matter whether or not your use the (C), or actually copyright character symbol or whatever. Previously only the word Copyright or the copyright symbol were legally recognized in law.

    The purpose of putting this information on a image is to remind and warn people that the image is indeed copyrighted. For full legal backing one should register the images with the U.S. Copyright Office (copyright is Federal law).

    However, thanks to the recent amendments to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is now illegal to remove any type of copyright notice off of an existing image. The following URL has a more detailed explanation:

    http://rising.blackstar.com/heres-why-you-should-add-your-name-and-copyright-notice-when-posting-photos-o.html

  • amber

    Do you know if there is something similar to this in Gimp? Other than using the Text. I cant afford any of the Photoshops and so I use Gimp.I’ve tried all kinds of things. I use Picasa as of now to watermark my images. I was wondering if you also knew about another question I have. The way I’ve always understood it, a photo is not LEGALLYcopyrighted just by putting a © symbol on it. I always thought you have to pay a company to bind it to you legally. or is the symbol enough to do that? Any info you would have for me would be great, thanks in advance. ~Amber

  • http://jimskjoldimages.com jim

    Amber,
    Don’t confuse copyright and copyright registration. Any image you capture, you own the copyright. If you don’t register your copyright it makes it inherently difficult to collect damages if your image is used without your permission. However, if your copyrighted image is registered and is you are entitle to treble damages,by statute, for any unauthorized use. The threat of this action is usually enough to get most people to settle as in most cases they are required to pay court costs in addition if they lose.

  • http://www.ehowtocopyright.info Laurence Smith

    I am actually planning to create my own book, and glad that I stumbled on your post. For quite some time, I think that there is no way to copyright my images or add a watermark. I know that there is this feature on Microsoft Office, but never realized that there is a better way of doing so. Do you think this is possible on a MacBook as well?

  • http://www.blogable.eu André

    Hello

    I use Lightroom’s watermark function already a while now, but now that I updated from my beta status to the ‘real deal’ I don’t know how to add the previous watermark. I can’t find it in the watermark editor.

    I’d appreciate if you could help me here.

    Thanks!

  • Jo

    Oh thank you!!!!! I was trying to export images without a watermark and did not know how i’d managed to put it on (a fair degree of technological nuffiness resides in me unfortunately – makes editing rather arduous). Your article and help has saved me HEAPS of time!

  • Andrew

    Hi can anyone tell me how to apply a watermark to photo directly published to facebook through lightroom? I realize how to apply the watermark upon regular export but not when publishing.

  • http://www.projectwoman.com Helen Bradley

    @Andrew. Go to your Publish Services, right click Facebook and choose Edit Settings. Scroll down – Watermarking is an option in the settings so you are configuring watermarking for all your images automatically on export to Facebook.

    Cheers

    Helen

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephaniejohnson326/ Stephanie Johnson

    This is very helpful, but I would like to customize where the watermark goes within a selection that i would batch publish to flickr or facebook. Does anyone know how to select specific placement/color for each photo so that I could ensure the watermark is seen in each photo?

    Thanks.

  • http://www.wix.com/AricaLShields/Photography Arica

    Hello all,
    I have a stumper of a question that so far I have been unable to find anyone who seems to know the answer to. I have LR3 and I have found that after playing with different watermark edits in the export module, I now have about 10 different watermarks and I can’t seem to delete the ones I don’t or won’t use. Does anyone know how to delete unused watermarks from the export area of LR3?

  • http://www.wix.com/AricaLShields/Photography Arica

    Next question – Has anyone else had this experience. When exporting multiple photos I will specify to add my watermark to them and it only adds it to the first one exported and not the rest of the images. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  • Scott

    Arica ….click export and scroll down to watermark. Click on the pointer on the right of your watermark name. At the bottom of the drop down box you will see edit watermarks.Open and in this box at the top left you will see the name of your watermark, click the pointer, the drop down box will show you all of your watermarks and at the bottom you will be able to delete, rename or save as preset.

  • Benoit

    Well about the watermarking, I think that LR is missing the point. I work in an engeneering company and we have to print our pictures with the date the photo was taken, and the GPS information aswell.

    It is not for a copyright purpose, I know, like the topic of this post, but I thought it could be interesting to explain what I use in such case, maybe other folks need to do that.

    So it is simple, very simple, I use ACDsee Pro! hehe It alow the user to embed any Exif data on the picture when exporting it to a JPG format (JPG or any format you need). So you can fill your picture with the exif data you need. I guess that for fotografer, you could have a print of the picture with its Aperture, Shutter speed, etc… why not? :)

    So,…. I really think it is something missing in LR, not only for copyright purpose, but in case you wanna print variable datas on each picture.

    Thanks a lot falks!

    C ya

  • Aurelia

    Hi, im really new with watermarking, as i never thought it would be very important for me.
    Anyway, can anybody tell me how to do a batch watermarking (watermarking in existing file folders) in LR3?

    cause i have all the files in my folder, and i need to put watermark in each of them, and I guess it’s impossible for me to put it one by one..

    anybody got a clue for me? :)

    thanks,
    Aurelia

  • http://www.projectwoman.com Helen Bradley

    You don’t actually watermark inside Lightroom. Typically you will watermark as you export or print from Lightroom and at that time you select the files to export, select your watermark and click Export and the watermark is added to every file. It is simple..

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  • http://melanderphotoart.com/ Clint

    Recently I’ve had a buyer request the master image data, and said he wanted to have the image printed by himself. The image in question is a once in a lifetime shot and losing control or maintaining the quality would in my opinion significantly destroy the value of the image. I know that copyright law may help but in reality they are more of a defense and could do little if you don’t have the means to peruse a legal remedy , particularly if the image would be sent outside the US. I thought a contract and a copyright usage agreement with a substance fee may be a solution. What is your opinion?

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    With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright
    violation? My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.

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  • http://www.techdost.com/info/photography/ Naaz

    Whats the best software to add watermark easily and faster? I see adobe is about to release Lightroom 4.4

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  • Cierra

    August 12, 2013 10:37 pm

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  • Kevin

    July 9, 2013 05:06 am

    Hi there just came upon your website via Google after I entered in, " How to Copyright Watermark Your Images in Lightroom 3" or perhaps something
    similar (can't quite remember exactly). Anyhow, I'm pleased I found it
    simply because your subject material is exactly what I'm searching for (writing a college paper) and I hope you don't mind if I collect some information from here and
    I will of course credit you as the source. Thank you very much.

  • Naaz

    March 6, 2013 10:41 pm

    Whats the best software to add watermark easily and faster? I see adobe is about to release Lightroom 4.4

  • Kelly Kettle

    December 7, 2012 04:32 am

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful,
    let alone the content!

  • Jordan

    December 2, 2012 06:40 am

    With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright
    violation? My site has a lot of exclusive content I've either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped off? I'd certainly appreciate it.

  • Elton

    November 11, 2012 07:40 am

    If you offer your prospective fans something worthwhile they're much more likely to become a fan. If you are wondering, there is no big difference between DVD-R and DVD+R, however, DVD-R is highly recommended due to its better compatibility with home DVD players. Along with attempting to keep in contact with buddies, there are numerous programs that improve the experience with Facebook.

  • Clint

    October 29, 2012 03:19 am

    Recently I've had a buyer request the master image data, and said he wanted to have the image printed by himself. The image in question is a once in a lifetime shot and losing control or maintaining the quality would in my opinion significantly destroy the value of the image. I know that copyright law may help but in reality they are more of a defense and could do little if you don't have the means to peruse a legal remedy , particularly if the image would be sent outside the US. I thought a contract and a copyright usage agreement with a substance fee may be a solution. What is your opinion?

  • Cary

    October 24, 2012 07:55 pm

    Can I simply say what a relief to discover a person
    that actually knows what they are discussing online. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people really need to read this and understand this side of
    your story. I can't believe you are not more popular since you surely possess the gift.

  • Helen Bradley

    April 4, 2012 11:46 am

    You don't actually watermark inside Lightroom. Typically you will watermark as you export or print from Lightroom and at that time you select the files to export, select your watermark and click Export and the watermark is added to every file. It is simple..

  • Aurelia

    April 4, 2012 01:11 am

    Hi, im really new with watermarking, as i never thought it would be very important for me.
    Anyway, can anybody tell me how to do a batch watermarking (watermarking in existing file folders) in LR3?

    cause i have all the files in my folder, and i need to put watermark in each of them, and I guess it's impossible for me to put it one by one..

    anybody got a clue for me? :)

    thanks,
    Aurelia

  • Benoit

    March 20, 2012 02:03 am

    Well about the watermarking, I think that LR is missing the point. I work in an engeneering company and we have to print our pictures with the date the photo was taken, and the GPS information aswell.

    It is not for a copyright purpose, I know, like the topic of this post, but I thought it could be interesting to explain what I use in such case, maybe other folks need to do that.

    So it is simple, very simple, I use ACDsee Pro! hehe It alow the user to embed any Exif data on the picture when exporting it to a JPG format (JPG or any format you need). So you can fill your picture with the exif data you need. I guess that for fotografer, you could have a print of the picture with its Aperture, Shutter speed, etc... why not? :)

    So,.... I really think it is something missing in LR, not only for copyright purpose, but in case you wanna print variable datas on each picture.

    Thanks a lot falks!

    C ya

  • Scott

    October 1, 2011 08:31 am

    Arica ....click export and scroll down to watermark. Click on the pointer on the right of your watermark name. At the bottom of the drop down box you will see edit watermarks.Open and in this box at the top left you will see the name of your watermark, click the pointer, the drop down box will show you all of your watermarks and at the bottom you will be able to delete, rename or save as preset.

  • Arica

    September 23, 2011 02:03 pm

    Next question - Has anyone else had this experience. When exporting multiple photos I will specify to add my watermark to them and it only adds it to the first one exported and not the rest of the images. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  • Arica

    September 23, 2011 01:38 pm

    Hello all,
    I have a stumper of a question that so far I have been unable to find anyone who seems to know the answer to. I have LR3 and I have found that after playing with different watermark edits in the export module, I now have about 10 different watermarks and I can't seem to delete the ones I don't or won't use. Does anyone know how to delete unused watermarks from the export area of LR3?

  • Stephanie Johnson

    August 20, 2011 06:06 am

    This is very helpful, but I would like to customize where the watermark goes within a selection that i would batch publish to flickr or facebook. Does anyone know how to select specific placement/color for each photo so that I could ensure the watermark is seen in each photo?

    Thanks.

  • Helen Bradley

    August 13, 2011 09:26 pm

    @Andrew. Go to your Publish Services, right click Facebook and choose Edit Settings. Scroll down - Watermarking is an option in the settings so you are configuring watermarking for all your images automatically on export to Facebook.

    Cheers

    Helen

  • Andrew

    August 12, 2011 12:12 pm

    Hi can anyone tell me how to apply a watermark to photo directly published to facebook through lightroom? I realize how to apply the watermark upon regular export but not when publishing.

  • Jo

    May 27, 2011 07:39 am

    Oh thank you!!!!! I was trying to export images without a watermark and did not know how i'd managed to put it on (a fair degree of technological nuffiness resides in me unfortunately - makes editing rather arduous). Your article and help has saved me HEAPS of time!

  • André

    June 11, 2010 08:11 am

    Hello

    I use Lightroom's watermark function already a while now, but now that I updated from my beta status to the 'real deal' I don't know how to add the previous watermark. I can't find it in the watermark editor.

    I'd appreciate if you could help me here.

    Thanks!

  • Laurence Smith

    May 11, 2010 03:16 pm

    I am actually planning to create my own book, and glad that I stumbled on your post. For quite some time, I think that there is no way to copyright my images or add a watermark. I know that there is this feature on Microsoft Office, but never realized that there is a better way of doing so. Do you think this is possible on a MacBook as well?

  • jim

    May 11, 2010 09:58 am

    Amber,
    Don't confuse copyright and copyright registration. Any image you capture, you own the copyright. If you don't register your copyright it makes it inherently difficult to collect damages if your image is used without your permission. However, if your copyrighted image is registered and is you are entitle to treble damages,by statute, for any unauthorized use. The threat of this action is usually enough to get most people to settle as in most cases they are required to pay court costs in addition if they lose.

  • amber

    May 7, 2010 05:14 am

    Do you know if there is something similar to this in Gimp? Other than using the Text. I cant afford any of the Photoshops and so I use Gimp.I've tried all kinds of things. I use Picasa as of now to watermark my images. I was wondering if you also knew about another question I have. The way I've always understood it, a photo is not LEGALLYcopyrighted just by putting a © symbol on it. I always thought you have to pay a company to bind it to you legally. or is the symbol enough to do that? Any info you would have for me would be great, thanks in advance. ~Amber

  • Roger

    May 2, 2010 04:08 am

    The last revision of the Copyright convention eliminated the need to put a copyright symbol on printed work such as photography - all such images are implicitly copyrighted by the creator of the image - it doesn't matter whether or not your use the (C), or actually copyright character symbol or whatever. Previously only the word Copyright or the copyright symbol were legally recognized in law.

    The purpose of putting this information on a image is to remind and warn people that the image is indeed copyrighted. For full legal backing one should register the images with the U.S. Copyright Office (copyright is Federal law).

    However, thanks to the recent amendments to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is now illegal to remove any type of copyright notice off of an existing image. The following URL has a more detailed explanation:

    http://rising.blackstar.com/heres-why-you-should-add-your-name-and-copyright-notice-when-posting-photos-o.html

  • Zack Jones

    April 22, 2010 01:12 am

    To follow up on Dharmit's comment. At least here in the USA the (C) is not a recognized copyright symbol. You must use either the circled C, the word "Copyright" or the abbreviation "Copr." If you're going to take the time to watermark your images make sure you're using a recognized symbol.

  • Laura

    April 18, 2010 03:12 am

    Whoo hoo! I'm excited! Currently do not have Photoshop and now I can protect my images for FB etc with my logo!

  • Naois

    April 17, 2010 10:41 pm

    LR2 copyright metadata works great for me, and the little text it adds to the bottom left of my exports meets my needs, but you can do a lot more with LR3.

    For those who don't know, you can create a Metadata Preset by right clicking on an image. Add the copyright information in the appropriate field (the "Copyright" field contains the text that will appear on the image) and save the preset. Then you just apply the preset to any image before you export and the text appears in the image.

  • Al Robertson

    April 16, 2010 05:42 pm

    Hello Again

    For some reason the last part of my post is garbled/missing. I was trying to say that if you tick the "Add Copyright Watermark" box in the "MetaData" area of the >Export Dialog Box< Lightroom II will add, as a visible watermark, whatever text you have entered in the "Copyright" box in your metadata.

    The watermark is added to the bottom of the exported image and is clearly visible.

    Check it out

    Al

  • Al Robertson

    April 16, 2010 05:35 pm

    Hello Again

  • Dharmit Thakore

    April 16, 2010 10:44 am

    Hi Helen,

    Nice info,

    Just wanted to add that if you want a proper copyright symbol like this © on Windows computer you have to Press "Alt" key and type "0169". And on mac you press "Option" Key and press "G". Obviously both without quotes :)

    Cheers

  • Helen Bradley

    April 16, 2010 09:23 am

    @Mark.. ah that would be No!

    I submitted this article to DPS on the 1st of April (well before the post you mentioned was published). My post went into the posting queue and was published a couple of weeks later. Unless I have a gift of foresight that even I am unaware of - this is actually my own work.

    @al the method you are using adds it to the image Metadata not as an image or text right on top of the image. The two processes are independent from each other, totally different in how they work and not mutually exclusive. Most users will be glad to have both options - the visible watermark being a way to deter others from stealing your images.

    Helen

  • Mark

    April 16, 2010 02:00 am

    so basically this is an article based on the comments left in the previous watermarking article from just a few days ago... only taking the credit for all of it.

  • Al Robertson

    April 15, 2010 08:56 pm

    Hi

    I'm not sure if I'm missing something here or not but I have added watermarks to my exports, using Lightroom II, for some time.

    In the export dialog box, under >MetadataCopyright< box of your metadata.

  • Lou

    April 15, 2010 03:50 pm

    Ben's mention of LR2/Mogrify is where I was going to go with this comment. I was happy to see watermarking in LR3beta, but LR2/Mogrify is just an amazing little piece of digital kit--for those of you who are not wishing to subject your production machine to a beta application like LR3 beta, check out LR2/Mogrify. Best donationware app I've ever bought. Makes resizing/marking/bordering a snap. :)

  • Steven

    April 15, 2010 12:47 pm

    I've always wondered this when I use watermarks: that is can other people simply work back the correct colour to mask the watermark? because unless it is set to 100% opacity, there will still be quite some colour information left.

  • ben

    April 15, 2010 12:09 pm

    Wish it can use metadata parameter like {copyright} instead of typing up and save. So each photo I export/publish with same template may watermark different text of copyright message depends on the metadata hold by each image.

    You can water mark shooting date time or shooting info or anything in there...

    I this matter LR2/Mogrify offers still much better option.

  • Jen at Cabin Fever

    April 15, 2010 10:43 am

    Hmm... I use photoshop and just create a layer and then select blending options to make it less opaque and reduce the fill. It is really simple and works good for me!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  • Jim Buttitta

    April 15, 2010 01:17 am

    Of course, the smartt fill feature of CS5 will allow anyone to easily remove the watermark

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