How to Watermark your Photos using Photoshop

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.

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First off, open one of the photos that you wish to watermark. I’ll use a photo of the 50mm lens. Photo has been resized it to 640×426.

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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.

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On the right hand side under the Actions tab, click on “Create new set” (circled in red). If you cannot see the Actions tab, press ALT-F9.

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You will be prompted to enter a name for the new set. Here we’ll use “watermark” because we’re dealing with watermarks. Click OK.

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Next, click on “Create new action” (circled in red).

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You will be prompted to name the new action. We’ll name it as “put watermark” because that’s what the action is going to do. Put it under the “watermark” set. Click Record.

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Once you click record, you’ll see the red record button (circled red bottom right). This shows that whatever you do now is recorded. So now is the time to create your watermark.

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).

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Once you click on that, a new layer will be created. Now you can further customize your text using the blending options. Notice that Actions is still in recording mode.

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Here I give it a bit of drop shadow so it can be seen under white backgrounds. You can do anything you want here to your text. Click OK when you’re done.

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Next, go under Edit -> Free Transform. This will enable you to position your text as you like.

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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).

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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).

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All 3 images without watermarks.

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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.

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To watermark all 3 photos, goto File -> Automate -> Batch.

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It will being up this menu. Select your set (watermark) and action (put watermark). Under source, we will use “Opened Files”, meaning photos that are currently opened in Photoshop. Click OK.

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Tada! You’ve got all your photos watermarked in just one click! Note the drop shadow effect is present. You can do this for any number of photos that you want provided that they are of the same size!

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:

  1. Check that the resolution is correct.
  2. 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 :D Continue reading

Back in Cat City

I’m drooling over a wide angle Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Too bad it costs as much as a D80.

Early morning flight got me back to Kuching. The airport was unusually packed. Even the A330 was almost filled to its brim, although I think I did see one or 2 empty seats. Festive season is not a good time to be on a standby ticket.

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I hate shooting though glass, it gives a hazy effect to the photo. This is how you should shoot a plane: while sitting on the tow truck.

Uneventful flight. Came back and slept till late afternoon. Dentist appointment tomorrow. BBQ at night.

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In the Matrix they used this phone with a auto dialing device that automatically turns the wheel to dial a number. I’ve bought 2 of these phones to date. Both were in great condition. You can probably get a good one at Amcrop Mall on Sundays for not more than RM100.

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And what’s Kuching without cats? This cat has used up some of its 9 lives. Was recently squashed by the closing automatic gate because it was taking its own sweet time. But the gap was pretty big. Then again, this is a very fat cat.

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I’m back to cubing, thanks to Jas who told me that she’s going to start cubing. Continue reading