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3 - Watermark

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A watermark is a caption that appears on a photograph.

The method below allows you to add a watermark to one photograph, or to many of photographs at the same time.

Warning

This method will add a permanent watermark to your photographs.

Because the photographs will be unalterably changed, follow the directions carefully.

Do the tutorial with a test photograph before adding watermarks to your photographs.

Process Multiple Files

You'll use Process Multiple Files feature, which is also called batch processing.

Source & Destination

You have to set up the source of the photographs, and their destination after they're watermarked. 

Source

Choose a source for the photograph or photographs.

Do one of the following.

1 - Use the Photographs that Are Open

In Expert section, open the photographs that you want to watermark.

Be sure to close any photographs that you don't want to watermark.

Then, go to File > Process Multiple Files.

Select Opened Files in the Process Files From menu.

2 - Use the Photographs in a Folder

Place the photographs that you want to watermark in a new folder.

Let's say the folder you created is called Grand Tetons.

Then, in the Expert section, go to File > Process Multiple Files.

Select Folder in the Process Files From menu.

In the Source section, click Browse, and select the folder, Grand Tetons.

Destination

This is the step were a misstep could add a watermark to your original photographs, rather than to copies of the photographs.

There's nothing hard about the step, but it must be done carefully.

As mentioned, do the tutorial with a test photograph before adding watermarks to your photographs.

You need to choose where the watermarked photographs will go.

Do one of the following.

1 - Use a Different Destination Folder

Choose a different destination folder for the watermarked photographs.

Otherwise, the original photographs will be replaced (overwritten) with the watermarked photographs.

Again, your original photographs will all have watermarks unless you choose a different destination folder.

Let's say your original photographs are in a folder called Grand Tetons.

Create another folder, called Grand Tetons Watermarked.

In the Destination section, click Browse, and select the Grand Tetons Watermarked as the destination folder.

2 - Rename the Watermarked Photographs

In the Filing Naming section, select Rename Files.

Then, change the name of the files in some way.

For example, with the settings below, grand_tetons.jpg will be saved as grand_tetons_watermarked.jpg

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Labels Section

Next, go to the Labels section on the right side of the Process Multiple Files window.

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Be sure to check off as you go along.

1) Select Watermark.

2) Enter the copyright symbol.

Windows

Do one of the following.

Copy & Paste

©

Select the above copyright symbol and press Ctrl + c.

Return to Photoshop Elements and press Ctrl + v.

Numeric Keypad

Hold Alt and enter 0169 using the numeric keypad.

The Number Lock (NmLk) must be on.

No Numeric Keypad

If you're using a laptop that doesn't have a numeric keypad, press Fn + Alt + 0169.

If that doesn't work, do the following.

Turn on Number Lock.

Number Lock turns some of the letter and number keys into number keys.

Look for the keys with small numbers in the bottom right corner.

Next, press and hold Alt, and then enter 0169.

Be sure to turn Number Lock off!

Mac

Press Option + g.

Next

4) Enter the year and your name

5) Select the other variables in the Labels section.

Choose a position and color for the watermark so that it will be visible.

For example, a black watermark will not be visible against a shadow area.

6) Click OK.

The next section describes how to make a convenient and versatile watermark brush.