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How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom and Photoshop

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Jordan Younce
  By Jordan Younce
How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom and Photoshop

Watermarks are always a good way to keep your images safe. However, it will be good to note that having a watermark on your image does not necessarily mean someone won’t steal them. Nevertheless, there is nothing bad with putting a watermark especially because this process is very easy.

To begin with, it is important to understand that there are many ways of putting watermarks on an image. First, you can decide to use Adobe Lightroom (the main process we will be discussing in this post) or choose to go for Photoshop CC. however, Adobe Lightroom always presents you with an easier process which anyone can do with a little bit of learning.

How to set up Watermark in Adobe Lightroom

Before starting the process, it will be good to know that you cannot put the watermark in the Export menu but have to set it up beforehand. To do this, just open your lightroom and if you are in a Mac, just go to the Lightroom Menu and then click on ‘Edit Watermarks”. If you are in PC, just go to “Edit Menu > Edit Watermarks”.

In this tutorial, we will be using Mac to set up watermark in Adobe Lightroom. You will get a style box where you can set up the watermark the way you want it to look from here on. There are multiple watermarks including your name, company or any other option you find preferable. On the right side of your image, you will find a number of options available to you and from there you can choose your desired font and anchor points among other things. If you have a personal logo you would intend to use, you can click on the graphic box on the top of the menu box and this will take you to your computer from where you can select the containing folder and then choose your desired logo. Before making any changes to your simple watermark to make it look more sophisticated as you would want it to be, make sure to select Text at the top of the menu box under “Watermark Style”

Before going far, it is important to note that the main reason for setting a watermark on your photos is to make them safe from misuse or any unauthorized use. As such, you might want to put the © (Copyright Symbol) on your images to make them more official. To do this, just press on “Option + G” if you are on Mac or press “Alt Key and then type 0169” if you using Windows PC. Once you have set your watermark the way you want it to look, just click save and put it under your desired name.

With your watermark set, just go to the Export Menu and then select the “Watermark section” and choose the watermark checkbox and pick your saved watermark and click “Export”. This action will position your saved watermark where you wanted it to be and just the way you wanted it to be. The process of setting up a watermark in Adobe Lightroom is that simple and you can do it on your photos with ease.

Setting up watermark in Photoshop CC

We would also like to briefly look at how you can set up your watermark in Photoshop CC. as earlier mentioned, setting up a watermark in Adobe Lightroom is just one of the processes but you can also do it in Photoshop CC. So, how do you go about the process?

First, the process of setting up a watermark in Photoshop CC isn’t all that difficult. The first thing you should do it to prepare the image upon which you want to set the watermark and then design your watermark the way you want it to be. You can choose to resize your image or opt not to, based on your preference. To set up the watermark, the easiest way is to use the “Text Tool” which can be found in the “Toolbar’ on your left hand side of the workspace. Then click on the part of the image where you would want to set up the watermark and then type the name you intend to put on your images. If you want to add the © (Copyright Symbol), just use the same procedure as in Adobe Lightroom.

It is easy to modify the color and the size of your text using the tool options bar located below the “main menu” or select “Window > Character” and this will give you the panel for text adjustment. Highlight the text you intend to change and move it around to the section you want to appear. You can use the opacity slider located above the “Layers Panel” and manipulate it until it has the desired appearance. You can also insert your logo when setting up a watermark in Photoshop CC almost the same way as you would do when setting up a watermark in Adobe Lightroom.

But of course, it is always to try and make your watermarks or logos very large as doing so will obstruct the view of your photos. Even if you are out to protect your photos, you do not have to hide or mess up their beauty by adding too big logos or watermarks especially if they are clearly visible.

Now you know how to setting up a watermark on your images in Lightroom and Photoshop CC. There are also other methods of adding a watermark or logo in your images without having to go through the whole process of creating a new one every now and then. Just make sure that your watermark or logo is saved and whenever you want to add it in your future images, all you have to do is to open it, and then select all (Command + A for Mac or Ctrl +A for a PC) and then copy it (Command + C for Mac or Ctrl + C for PC). Then click on your image and press “Command + V” and “Ctrl + V” to paste the logo. Then position the watermark where you want it.

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Jordan Younce

Jordan Younce

I am a Real Estate and Landscape photography as well as a Graphic Designer based in North Carolina, USA. My passion for photography started with taking photos with a point-and-shoot and now I own a successful photography business. My goal is to help others learn the art of photography, develop their creative side and just have fun.

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