When I first thought about using Photoshop to watermark my photos I thought of creating an action to speed up the process. After doing some research, I found the free Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Watermark Panel by Russell Brown. This Photoshop extension will only work in the CS5 version. You can download the Watermark Panel and watch a detailed video tutorial here. The download comes with a PDF file with information on how to install the panel.
The Watermark Panel has four configuration steps.
|Step 1: Select Watermark
A watermark image can be a png, jpg, ai (Illustrator), psd (Photoshop) or tiff file. A text watermark can be in any font installed on your machine, any size and any color. You can also choose to append the file name of the image to the end of the watermark text. I opted for white text in a font that I use in my logo for continuity.
|Step 2: Select Images To Watermark
Choices for the files are all currently open files in Photoshop or all files from a selected directory. A directory for the resulting watermarked photos also needs to be specified. I have all the images that I want to watermark open in Photoshop so I chose Use Open Images.
|Step 3: Select Watermark Positioning
Initial position choices are: center, center top, center bottom, center left, center right, lower left, lower right, upper left and upper right. From those initial positions, a horizontal or vertical offset can be specified to tweak the position. The opacity of the watermark can also be set here. My watermark will be in the lower right of the photo with a slight offset.
|Step 4: Select Export Settings
The files can be saved as a standard JPEG or as JPEG for Web. For a standard JPEG all the meta data of the image is saved in the file but with a JPEG for Web, only the copyright information is saved in the file. The Smart Sharpen option can help with the fuzziness/blurriness sometimes seen when a file is re-sized smaller. The quality, resolution and max height and width is also configurable. Note that different units other than pixels can be used for the width and height. Just add in (for inches), mm (for millimeters) or cm (centimeters) after the number. I host my own site so I am not worried about file size so I chose Save as Standard JPEG Image. Smart Sharpen is handy as well because my photos are always re-sized smaller. The max height and width of an image on my blog is 600 pixels.
With all my options configured, I select Preview to see a test image. Tweaks can easily be made by going back into the four different configuration items. Once everything is perfect, select Run to execute the watermark.
One of the best features about the Watermark Panel is the ability to Load Settings and Save Settings.
I have 3 different configurations. All the setting are the same except the color of my watermark is different. I have the white watermark I have configured here, a black one and a signature Simply Kelly Designs blue watermark. After closing Photoshop and opening it again, my last configuration is still loaded in the Watermark Panel. I am reminded of the infomercial with the catch phrase “set it and forget it!” 🙂
I just decided to start watermarking my photos. Yesterday, I saw that one of my posts was featured on Craft Gossip. The photos in that post did not have watermarks so I quickly opened Photoshop, watermarked my photos using the Watermarking Panel and re-uploaded the photos. Now the photos from that post that have been pinned on Pinterest have my watermark! This is one of the watermarked photos.
I love this extension of Photoshop CS5 and hope that you will find it useful! Have a wonderful weekend!