Gene from Texas, using Photoshop CS with windows on a Dell M60 PC, writes in with:
[Quote:] How do I put a watermark on all photos in a folder? If I have several photos from a wedding, and I want to put a studio name watermark across all of the photos before I burn them to CD for the bride to look at.
This is a very frequent question, and we're working on a pictorial tutorial of this but there are several others ahead of it. For now, there is the step-by-step...
Start with a pencil and a note pad. Make a note of any settings as you go along. This will be a big help once we generate the action and droplette.
Next, open a typical photo image you'll be watermarking.
If you haven't already set up a logo or symbol for watermarking that's okay, we'll simply use type. If you have a logo for watermarking, then use it instead of the type. For most photos you will want the watermark to work in both light and dark situations, yet still have an amount of transparency so it allows the photo to be viewed clearly. So, we'll have to introduce some white and some black. Additionally, we recommend a sans serif font to reduce the visual complexity of the mark.
Click new layer
Type in the watermark info as you wish it to appear.
Rasterize the type
Run the Emboss Filter, adjust settings to suite
Set the layer blending mode to "Hard Light" to let the image show through
This sets up the file and its attributes.
Choose: File > File Info
Key in the information you want attached to the file. Enter author's name, business name and insert your URL if you have one. For the sake of automation, don't insert any information that is pertinent to this specific file -- you want generic, company information only.
Be sure to enter the copyright notice (c) 2004 and your business name. Use the Copyright symbol key. Make sure you select the Copyright Status and set "Copyrighted Work"
Click Okay and the info is added to the file.
Flatten the file.
Recording the Action
Next we'll record the action. Of course you kept notes of all the settings for the file, right?
Move that file window to the side and open the next file.
Open the Actions Palette (Window > Actions)
Click the "New Action" button (next to the trash can.)
Name the action and select the Function key you want to activate the action.
(In lieu of this, you can simply run the action from the Actions Palette, but the F-key will be much more convenient.)
Now, are you ready? Click the "Record" button and it will glow red.
This means you are in record mode.
Now, walk through each step you took before. (Got notes?)
Be sure to select the font, size, leading, etc., exactly as before.
When done, click the STOP button. (Black Square)
Open a new photo and test the action by clicking on the "Run" button.
Did it work? What did you leave out?
Once it's perfect, it's ready to go.
From this point on, any time you want a watermarked photo, just run this action.
If you have a whole folder you want Watermarked, proceed to the File Menu and
choose Automate > Batch.
In the resulting dialog is divided into four sections: Play, Source, Destination and Errors.
In the Play section pull down "Action" and select the Action you just created.
In the Source section, click the 'Choose' button and highlight the folder of files you want watermarked. (Hopefully you copied the folder, and will actually be watermarking copies of your files!)
In the Destination section choose "Save and Close"
If you wish to move the newly copied files to a new folder, click Choose... and find the folder.
Are you ready? Click "OK" and sit back. Have coffee. When you get back, your files
will be watermarked.
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