A Photoshop Tutorial On How To Watermark Photos
Watermarking photos in Photoshop is one way to protect your photos online. If you have ever tried to watermark pictures on your own you know how much of a pain it is. Especially the part of trying to get your logo not to have a white background. I know your pain, I have been there a time or two. It is that very reason that found me searching for a solution to speed up the process, and today I found it. This process is very helpful when you are wanting to upload a bunch of photos to Facebook or your blog and you want to have your logo on your pictures. Now, you can use this process if you just want to watermark one image or if one of the images your watermark using this process doesn’t come out looking too great.
But this Photoshop tutorial is really going to help you watermark a batch of images at the same time and create an action to do it automatically.
Ok, so here we go. I am going to walk you through the tutorial but feel free to skip to the video below and watch it yourself if you feel like it will help you better.
Step 1: Select file and then open the image you want to start with.
Step 2: Now, before you do anything further, you will want to have your logo ready. It needs to be saved as a PNG file and it needs to have a transparent background. If you don’t have that, I am going to walk you through that process right now.
Creating A Transparent PNG File (For Logos Or Pictures With Transparent Backgrounds)
Step 1: Start with opening up your logo or image into Photoshop. In the layers tab, double click the layer that has a lock on it. A pop up window will come up that says new layer. It should say Layer 0. Click ok.
Step 2: Select the magic wand tool and select the background of your image and hit delete. This will delete the background but if you have a logo with words you might have a few bits left behind, like inside of e’s or such. Just select those spots individually and hit delete. If you ever over do it at any time and delete more than you wanted you can click Ctrl plus Z at the same time (if you have a PC). Or, you can select Edit and then undo.
Step 3: After you are done select File and Save As. If you want to rename your file go ahead after that in the dropdown menu next to the word format make sure you choose PNG. In the menu that pops up (PNG OPTIONS) select none and then click OK.
Ok back to batch watermarking photos.What we are going to do is create an action so we can automate this process, but again you can always do this process one by one.
Step 1: While having the photo you want to watermark open in Photoshop. On the layers pallete choose the action tab.Select Create new action icon, it is the two square icon at the bottom of the action layer (if you hover over the icons you will find them). Name your action and select record.
Step 2: From here, you can choose to resize the photos by selecting image and then image size (when uploading images online sometimes it is a good idea to resize your images to make them smaller) or can also sharpen you image if you want. If not then lets just add the watermark to you image.
Step 3: Select File and then place. Search for where you have put your logo and open it into Photoshop.
Note: It is really important that after you create this action you not move your logo from where it is. If you do your action will error and not work.
Step 4: Now resize your logo, and place it how and where you want it and click enter. Flatten the image.
Step 5: Now save your image and you are done. Stop the action.
Now if you placed your logo on a horizontal image this action will place your logo in the same spot for all of your horizontal images. More than likely you might find yourself wanting to place your logo differently on a vertical image. If that is the case, you will want to create this same action but for vertical images and separate your images before running it.
How To Batch Rename Files In Photoshop: An Easy Photoshop Tutorial
Batch renaming files in Photoshop can save you so much time and so much hassle and not to mention energy. It is super easy but often times it is so easy to forget and so hard to remember when you are looking for it in Photoshop.
I found a great tutorial online via the very safe site You Tube. The tutorial walks you right through the process of batch renaming photos when you don’t want to keep the weird names that your photos come with when you upload them to your computer.
I am going to walk you through the process here, but you are welcome to watch the video below for a little more help.
Step 1: Select file and then browse. It will then open up Adobe Bridge.
Step 2: On the left hand side choose your file folder. Select the folder to reveal your images.
Step 3: Select all of the images.
Step 4: Hover over one photo and right click on it, choose batch rename from that menu. It will bring up the batch rename dialogue box.
Step 5: Under the Destination Folder section you can choose where you would like your renamed photos to go. You can choose to have them stay in the folder where you have them or you can choose to move or copy them to another folder. I always prefer to stay in the same folder.
Step 6: In the next section below that, there will be three fields. Subtract the second and third fields by hitting the subtraction signs beside them.
Step 7: From the pull down menu of the first field choose text, in the next space enter in the name you want your photos to be renamed to.
Step 8: Hit the plus sign next to the field. It will create a new field below the one you have. In the pull down menu select Sequence number. Start it with “1”. In the next pull down menu, select the digits you want (see the video below to understand this better).
Step 9: Hit the plus sign one more time to add one more field. In the pull down menu select “New Extension”. In the next field you can then name your extension .jpg . It is very important to note that you want to keep this field lowercase. If you accidentally make it caps you will have problems later uploading your images through some programs. So save yourself the trouble, time and stress, now by doing this in the first place.
Step 10: Now you are done. Select rename.
It’s that easy and it’s that quick. I am all about that. As a photographer or even as just a amature photographer anything that makes your life easier and doesn’t take too much time is always a plus.
Above is the video for which this tutorial was inspired, you can watch it for more of a thorough walk through. I hope this tutorial helps you and makes your work flow that much smoother.
Until next time,