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User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 566 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2934 times:
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Hi,

I've been looking for a tool to get watermarks in my picture for a while now. Since I often share my picture in forums etc I would like to add a small watermark to my picture (my name or so in on of the corners). I found some programs but all of them were not really that good. Either the functions to create the watermark were very basic (was thinking a bout a half transparent watermark) or did not allow batch processing.

Does anybody here know a good program?

Thanks  Smile

Stefan


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3906 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Stefan

I think you want to stress this is not for photos you're uploading

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
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Stefan,
Do you use Photoshop?
If so, with a few minutes work you can create a small image file with your name and © symbol etc (basically anything you like really) and set it's transparency, special features etc.
This image can then be saved as a brush and applied whenever required.
The beauty of this approach is the watermark/brush can be resized, positioned or applied in whatever colour required

Cheers

Chris

PS if there is enough interest in this I could write a short tutorial on how it is done.

[Edited 2009-03-23 17:02:05]


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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2907 times:



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):

PS if there is enough interest in this I could write a short tutorial on how it is done.

That would be great, Chris - I for one would love to see how that is done.



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User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2877 times:



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):
PS if there is enough interest in this I could write a short tutorial on how it is done.

Yes please so would I!
Cheers
Damien


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2856 times:
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Ah, knew someone would ask...

Quick & dirty Photoshop CS way! I know I am up for a hardware & software upgrade soon.

Copyright watermark

Create New file, size at this time is not important

Select Background content = transparent

Select text tool and type desired content e.g. DamienMoose © 2009
Font size s not critical as long as you can see what you are doing.
If you wish copyright symbol in PS it is ALT+0169(on Numeric keypad)
You can fade the text at this stage using opacity control on Layers control panel but I do not bother.*

At this point crop closely around your text and depending on your text size. resize the image to 200-300px wide. (if happy with result save file)

To make brush, Edit menu -> Define Brush patterns... ->name brush

That is it, now anytime you want to watermark an image just select that brush.
Size, colour and opacity are not an issue as these can all be selected to suit the image.
I tend to use a black or white watermark and use Edit-> fade brush tool (SHFT+CTRL+F) to get appropriate opacity.

* It is possible to create an Action to batch add watermarks to a number of images, if you do that it would be desirable to create the brush in the size and opacity you desire rather than adjusting later.

I hope that is all clear

Cheers

Chris



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User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 566 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2848 times:
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Chris, thank you very much for your detailed tutorial. I'm still at work but I'll try it when I'm at home. If I have any question I'll come back to you again  Smile.

Of course the watermarks are not intended for a.net uploads  Wink

Stefan



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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

How cool is that! I just gave it a try in CS3, and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the tutorial, Chris!


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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

Awesome! Works perfectly!

User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Great! Thanks for that Chris, but can anyone tell me if it can be done in Elements 5?

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 5):
Select Background content = transparent

can find this bit !
Cheers
Damien.


User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2756 times:



Quoting Damien846 (Reply 9):
Great! Thanks for that Chris, but can anyone tell me if it can be done in Elements 5?

Hmm, I have Elements 4, and it was there.

When I click to open a blank document, a window pops up, and at the bottom is a drop-down menu saying "background contents". The transparent option was at the bottom of that list.

Hope you find it!


User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

Great idea Chris.

What I do, and what I can recommend too, is making a Photoshop action.

On the lower right hand toolbar you have "history" and "actions". Click on actions, and you'll find a little bar on the very bottom with various icons, like "play", "stop", "trashcan" etc.

Click on the 2nd icon from the right, which is "create new action".

Then just do your watermark once like you want it, i.e. create a text field, select the style you want, the font you want, transparency etc... When you're happy, click on the "stop" icon in the toolbar.

You'll just have to give it a name you like ( i.e. "Watermark" ), and from now on it's there until you de-install Photoshop.....so all you have to do is run the action once with the "play" button from now on, you'll get the same watermark on any image / file you open.

Very handy, especially as you can create ANY action for anything, i.e sharpening, colour, etc....!



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User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2691 times:



Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 10):
When I click to open a blank document, a window pops up, and at the bottom is a drop-down menu saying "background contents". The transparent option was at the bottom of that list.

Cheers that works, just got to work out the copyright C insert, and I will be there!
cheers
Damien


User currently offlineRuudb From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 164 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

In Photoshop you can make a brush of it, type the text you want, select it with the rectangele selectiontool add it to your brushes and you have a brush, you are able to place it wherever you want and make it as large and small as you want.

User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
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Quoting Damien846 (Reply 12):
just got to work out the copyright C insert

Damien, I just tried my tutorial on a PC with Elements 5 and it works exactly the same as I wrote so you should have no difficulties

To enter a © symbol hold down the Alt key and type 0169 with the numeric keypad, Note this must be done with the numeric keypad. If using a laptop, most have an embedded Num keypad, you will need to enable that to enter the 0169. (on my ThinkPad, Shift+NumLk)
Another method is to use the Windows Character Map pound in All Programs->Accessories->System tools, simply select the character you wish to copy then paste it into the application where needed.

Cheers



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User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Chris,
Thanks for the information, i was using my laptop!! I will have a play with it on the main PC when I get home from work this evening.
Thanks Again for your help.
Damien


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2629 times:
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Quoting StealthZ (Reply 14):
Windows Character Map pound in All Programs->Accessories->System tools

OOPS, not paying attention this should of course read -

Windows Character Map found in All Programs->Accessories->System tools

Cheers



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2585 times:



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 5):
If you wish copyright symbol in PS it is ALT+0169(on Numeric keypad)

For the Mac users it is Option + G

Thanks it is most helpful.

Colin  old 



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User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 566 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2568 times:
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Works!
Thank you for the tutorial  Smile

Stefan



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User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Chris,
Thanks for this I now have it sorted.
Great Thread!
Cheers
Damien


User currently offlineTopGun3 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

As pointed out in one of the replies, recording an ACTION in Photoshop is the easiest. Anytime after that I feel like including a watermark....I just click and play that option....takes about 2 sec. to do.


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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
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As InnFlight and TopGun3 have pointed out it is also possible to create a PS action to do this.

There are pros & cons for both and I use both, Actions are great if you want the watermark to be consistent in everyway or you are batch processing images.
The brush option allows you to better control the position, size, opacity and colour of the watermark.

No right or wrong way just choice.

Cheers

Chris



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6408 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Brilliant, thanks Chris! Very helpful.

Is there an easier way to have it as a single stamp rather than a brush that is saved in the pattern stamp tool?



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