A lot of people ask me how I put my watermark on my photos so I decided to update an earlier post on inserting a watermark using Lightroom. In the past, I used Photoshop actions to put a watermark on my photos. Then I used an 3rd party plug-in to get the watermark inserted. Lightroom has now made it very easy. The hardest part is creating the watermark itself.
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.
I used Photoshop’s >Select>Color Range, selected the white background and deleted it.
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.
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.
In Lightroom, the export dialog allows you to go into the watermark editor. Here is where you select your png file, resize and position it. You can save several different versions of it. Maybe have one that will go on the left side, one at the top right or a bottom right one. Now all you have to do is check the watermark box and select your preferred watermark when exporting. Sure is easy now.