The internet has opened up so many possibilities for customers to view and order portraits and weddings through websites like my favorite, SEEYOURPHOTOS.net.
Watermarking, (a more savvy word than copyright) is essential to protect your work from being copied. Using your STUDIO NAME and calling it a watermark is a less aggressive way to set up this protection.
The action with a “Droplet” that follows made for Photoshop, will allow you to personalize the watermark to your studio name rather than using the words: copyright or proof. I will not be using key-stroke short-cuts even though I use them extensively, we’ll do it the long way!
- Create the logo as a separate layer on a transparent background, and as the only layer. Save as a PSD file and put it in a folder where it can stay. Close the file.
- In Photoshop’s Preferences > Units & Rulers- set the unit of measure to Percent! Use Percent as the unit of measure when recording the action so that the watermark/logo is placed in the same relative position on all images, regardless of size or orientation. If you use inches or pixels, horizontal and vertical images will need separate Actions to vary the watermark. (You can change the unit of measure back to whatever you want after the action is recorded).
- Open an image.
- In the Action palette, select a set of Actions or create a new set to save in.
- Click the New Action button, name that Action, and click the Record button.
- Open your LOGO file, SELECT > All, EDIT > Copy, FILE > Close.
- EDIT > paste, position logo with the Move Tool, angle it if you wish, change the opacity to about 33% or whatever you prefer.
- Click the Stop button at the bottom of the Actions palette. Keep this action highlighted in your Action palette.
- In Photoshop menu > File > Automate, Create Droplet.
- Create Droplet Window will open, at the top- Save Droplet In, choose your location ( I use the Desktop so I can just take my folders and drop them right onto a spot on the Desktop that is never covered by any Photoshop windows that might be open.
- Under PLAY make sure your SET and ACTION are the ones we just made.
- Check, “Include all subfolders” only.
- Destination – None.
- In the Errors pull-down check whichever one you wish.
- CLICK OK.
- Your images will save in the same folder in which they came from so make sure it is a “duplicate” of the original folder. This way the original files are always saved and I will put the Watermarked images in the original folder to save with the images in case I need them later to repost.
Your Action is now set up with a Droplet which appears on your Desktop if you saved it there. Try it out in a test folder to make sure it is all the way you want. Enjoy your time away from the computer as your Action/Droplet does all the work for you!