Or specifically, how to easily watermark a lot of photos without going crazy. Putting your name or signature on your photo is a good way to let people know that the photo/artwork belongs to you. If you put your website URL as your watermark (like me), people will know where to find and contact you if they ever need to use your photo. I started watermarking all my photos since I started shooting with my D40.
So how do you watermark a lot of photos at once using Photoshop? Easy. We use the Actions and Batch function built into Photoshop. The following will teach you step-by-step on how to do this. But before we begin, let me just warn you about the limitations of this method. This method will only correctly watermark images of a fixed dimension. For example, if I programmed the actions to watermark a 640×426 photo, photos other than this size will not be watermarked correctly. To watermark differently sized photos, do it manually instead or create actions that are specific for that size.
Next, this is a very important step. Take note of the resolution. It’s 300 pixel/inch here. You will need to make sure that all other photos are of this resolution. Normally they will be if they come from the same camera. If not, manually set this or you can create another action to do it automatically for you. If the resolution value of the other photos are different, they won’t be watermarked correctly.
First, click on the “Type Tool” (circled red left hand bottom). Type any text you want. Here I’m using “tzywen.com”. You can customize your text’s size, font using the text toolbar above (circled in red). Once you’re done, click on the green tick (circled red right hand top).
For me, I dragged the text all the way to the bottom right corner. You can put it anywhere you want. Remember, this will be the position where all your future watermarks will appear. Once you’re done, click on the tick (circled in red).
If you want to put more than one watermark, go up and repeat the steps above. When you’re done, click on the square “Stop” button (circled in red). You’ll notice that under your “put watermark” action set, you have several actions recorded already.
Now that your action has been recorded, it’s time to test it out and put it to use. For this example, I will open up 3 images. All images have been resized to 640×426 (or whatever size you used when you recorded your actions).
Again, make sure that the resolution is exactly the same as what you used just now during the recording. If not, correct it. When changing the resolution value, the image width and height values will change also. Just change them back after you’ve done changing your resolution value.
To make things even simpler, you can create a new action set that saves your photos automatically into one folder. So one click will give you watermarked photos saved in the folder of your choice!
Now whenever you want to watermark your photos, just open all of them up in Photoshop, make sure that they are of the same size (640×426 in my case), goto File -> Automate -> Batch, select the correct set and action (watermark, put watermark), click OK and you’re done!
If this doesn’t work for you, be sure to check the following things:
- Check that the resolution is correct.
- Make sure the photo size is the same as the one you used during the initial recording.
If you have an easier way of putting watermarks to your photos, do let me know. I’m always looking for ways to do less work Continue reading