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Using Image Watermarks In Lightroom

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The Watermarking feature in Lightroom was significantly overhauled in Lightroom 3. As a result you can now add sophisticated watermarks to your images on export either to disk or via the Print and other modules.

Not only can you add a text watermark to an image but you can also add an image watermark – and that’s what this post is all about – making and using images as watermarks in Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4.

Create the Image

To use an image watermark in Lightroom you will need an image and for that you’ll need an image editor. You can use anything that can create .png images – Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are obvious contenders but basically any photo editor or painting program will do.

Unlike text watermarks you can’t set the color of an image watermark in the Watermark dialog so you need to get it right before you begin. For that reason I create two – one black and one white – which cover most situations.

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I do this in Photoshop working on a transparent layer – the reason is that I want this transparency to appear in the watermark when it is placed over the image. So, even if I use a fill layer behind the watermark so I can see the design as I work, I’ll hide this before saving the image.

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When saving the image I’ll save it as a .png format file – this flattens the image to a single layer but retains transparency – something that the .jpg format does not.

To create the image as a watermark open a module that has Watermarking such as the Print module. Click it to enable it and then choose Edit Watermarks from the dropdown list.

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Click Graphic in the top right corner to select that as the Watermark Style. When prompted select the image to use. This image is dark so I chose the white version of the copyright watermark image.

If you cannot see the image, scroll down to the Watermark Effects area and adjust the Size so you can see the image. Set the desired size and placement using the Size, Anchor and Inset settings. Typically you will use the bottom left anchor point (or the bottom right) and move the image a little in from the edge of the photo.

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Once you have the position and size correct you can save this as a Watermark you can use anytime in future by clicking the Custom dropdown list and choose Save Current Settings as New Preset and type a name for the preset.

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In future you can select and use this watermark in any of the panels in Lightroom that support Watermarking such as the slideshow module here:

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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.

  • Satesh R

    Thanks for the lesson. I recently created a logo for myself and will Definitly use as a watermark

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/msranjith Ranjith

    I made a simple design with straight lines in MS PowerPoint and saved as a png image and used it as a watermark. This article is useful and i think i can make a nice simple looking logo especially with new year around the corner i will need a new watermark for my images.

  • Jose

    I would love to know how to make that stamp in photoshop (I mean the process).
    Regards

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

    @jose keep an eye out, I just finished up a blog post on just that topic so it should be released in the next week or so.

    cheers

    Helen

  • Markus

    I was hoping for the same. Jose beat me to the question. Thanks Helen

  • Markus

    I figured out how to do the circles with my name as a logo drawing on a path. But i cant figure how to do the squigley lines. There is a custom SHAPE that does it but it isn’t quite the same as yours Ms. Helen. Yours looks more, more better. Please post on your blog how YOU create the whole logo…

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

    @markus and @jose the blog post just went up today showing how to create this effect.

    cheers

    Helen

  • Markus

    Helen, mabey I am blind but i have looked over your recent blog from the beginning of the year and I cant find this, could you post a direct link pls.?

    Thanks
    Markus

  • Georgie

    I know how to do the watermarks but when I click create and try to look at the photo afterwards it is gone? Do you know a solution to this ?

  • markus

    gorgie, I am assuming you saved it as a PNG. was the eye on the layer visable when you saved it? a little more detail would help ….. good luck

Some older comments

  • markus

    June 13, 2013 01:21 pm

    gorgie, I am assuming you saved it as a PNG. was the eye on the layer visable when you saved it? a little more detail would help ..... good luck

  • Georgie

    June 13, 2013 02:52 am

    I know how to do the watermarks but when I click create and try to look at the photo afterwards it is gone? Do you know a solution to this ?

  • Markus

    February 10, 2013 02:13 pm

    Helen, mabey I am blind but i have looked over your recent blog from the beginning of the year and I cant find this, could you post a direct link pls.?

    Thanks
    Markus

  • Helen Bradley

    February 2, 2013 10:58 am

    @markus and @jose the blog post just went up today showing how to create this effect.

    cheers

    Helen

  • Markus

    December 21, 2012 09:39 am

    I figured out how to do the circles with my name as a logo drawing on a path. But i cant figure how to do the squigley lines. There is a custom SHAPE that does it but it isn't quite the same as yours Ms. Helen. Yours looks more, more better. Please post on your blog how YOU create the whole logo...

  • Markus

    December 5, 2012 03:58 pm

    I was hoping for the same. Jose beat me to the question. Thanks Helen

  • Helen Bradley

    December 4, 2012 06:57 am

    @jose keep an eye out, I just finished up a blog post on just that topic so it should be released in the next week or so.

    cheers

    Helen

  • Jose

    December 2, 2012 07:14 pm

    I would love to know how to make that stamp in photoshop (I mean the process).
    Regards

  • Ranjith

    December 1, 2012 06:51 pm

    I made a simple design with straight lines in MS PowerPoint and saved as a png image and used it as a watermark. This article is useful and i think i can make a nice simple looking logo especially with new year around the corner i will need a new watermark for my images.

  • Satesh R

    December 1, 2012 12:29 am

    Thanks for the lesson. I recently created a logo for myself and will Definitly use as a watermark

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