Inserting Watermark from Lightroom

I used to watermark my photos with actions in Photoshop. Once I started to use Lightroom , I searched for a way that I did have to export the photo to Photoshop. There did not seem to be an easy way to do it in Lightroom.

I did a get deal of research and found Timothy Arme’s Blog. You will need his LR2/Mogrify plugin to insert a watermark on Lightroom export.

A lot of people have asked me how I do my watermarks. Not only how I export them, but how I made them. I use Photoshop CS4 and I will step through my process as I create a new watermark.

You can click on any image for a larger view.

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First thing I did was find a clipart file of Alaska. I tried all kinds of graphics, but a simple outline was all I needed for my simple watermark. The problem with this clipart was the white background and there was no depth.

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I used Photoshop’s >Select>Color Range, selected the white background and deleted it.

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I then added my text and copyright symbol. Added layer styles using bevel, stroke and emboss. You may also want to play around with the opacity.

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This is a very important step. You must not save as a jpg if you want to keep your transparency. I played around with that for a couple hours. Just save it as a png file and it with keep the transparency.

Now go and get Timothy’s plugin here. Be sure to donate, we really want him to continue his great work.

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This is the export box when I upload to flickr. You have to play around with the location. Notice that I have quite a bit of offset in both the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.

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Here is the final output. This works for landscape and portrait photos. A great tool for Lightroom workflow.

Here are more examples:

http://tarm.es/b/zwj

http://www.lightroomqueen.com/blog/2009/05/29/watermarking-with-lightroom-and-lr2mogrify/

http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2009/07/08/watermarking-with-lightroom-mogrify/

http://cameradojo.com/2008/11/24/advanced-watermarking-with-lightroom/

http://prophotoshow.net/seim_effects/2008/08/31/actions-for-making-easy-watermarks/

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