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Aussiekylie
Posts: 743
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Hi there, can someone advise on a decent watermark program either from shop or purchased online?
Nov 03 12 11:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pascal Flor
Posts: 82
Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Aussiekylie wrote:
Hi there, can someone advise on a decent watermark program either from shop or purchased online?

Overrated. If you're a known Photographer, yes, but as an unknown. No need for that.
If you're using Lightroom you can put an automated Watermark at Export on your pics

Nov 04 12 02:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ME_
Posts: 3,133
Atlanta, Georgia, US


You can make a watermark in many programs - Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, FastStone, Irfanview, GIMP, or many others.

I am not aware of any program that makes a watermark for you, which is kind of what it sounds like you're asking. You still have to make it in whatever program you choose.

You could hire someone to design one though, and then make it in some program and then send you the file. All the file is is a brush or a picture that is overlaid on top of the picture you want the watermark to appear on.
Nov 04 12 04:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Michael DBA Expressions
Posts: 3,148
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


ME_ wrote:
I am not aware of any program that makes a watermark for you, which is kind of what it sounds like you're asking.

Actually, if you fill in the exif data copyright line with "something," Lightroom ail make that line of data into a simple textual watermark for you.

Nov 04 12 06:27 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ME_
Posts: 3,133
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Michael DBA Expressions wrote:

Actually, if you fill in the exif data copyright line with "something," Lightroom ail make that line of data into a simple textual watermark for you.

You're right - I wasn't thinking of it that way. In that case, FastStone and I believe Irfanview can do the same thing - you don't have to actually make a file; you just fill in a form with the text you want and the program does turn out a watermark from it.

Nov 04 12 06:47 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pictus
Posts: 973
Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Nov 04 12 10:32 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Joann Empson
Posts: 430
Walnut Creek, California, US


I find that ImageMagick gives me the greatest control. You can write a short script (or, if you don't feel like programming, have someone else write the script for you) to watermark large sets of photos quickly with a single command.

This has the added advantage of allowing you to do the watermarking operation without any graphical interface. You can do it all from the command line -- very useful if you want to do the processing on a remote web server instead of on your local system.
Nov 05 12 11:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
PixelNation Retouching
Posts: 73
Nashville, Tennessee, US


LOL.. the best program is Photoshop and your own design.  I use SmugMug to host images and Lightroom to manage and I have my watermarks loaded in both.  With 1 click or 2 I have the effect I want and I can easily adjust the look or effect.
Nov 08 12 07:45 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ME_
Posts: 3,133
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Well, really, the best program is Illustrator, but yes, the second-best is Photoshop.

If there are no plans to ever make the watermark and/or logo smaller or especially larger than the originally created size, then PS is fine. If resizing is a possibility and one wishes to do it without any loss of quality, then a vector-based program (Illustrator) is far superior to a bitmap-based program like Photoshop.
Nov 08 12 07:50 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Saurabh Makkar
Posts: 11
Delhi, Delhi, India


Opening up an old topic.. I think the OP's question was possibly about a good software to put in an existing watermark on edited images?

LR4 does a bad job I think.. doing it in PS for multiple images can be a pain..
Very little control in both sad

Any good alternatives dedicated for watermarking?
Aug 15 13 05:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
Grin Without a Cat
Posts: 426
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I have not used it personally, but I think digimarc is still out there...
Aug 15 13 05:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
GRMACK
Posts: 1,727
Bakersfield, California, US


http://www.easy-watermark-studio.com/

Free version and paid Pro one.  Pro is pretty configurable.
Aug 15 13 06:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan OMell
Posts: 1,335
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


FastStone Image Viewer (free)
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

I don't know how decent is it for your taste, but this small utility is pretty convenient for watermarking -- I created a transparent image in .png format as my logo and use it all the time. I can move my logo around the frame, scale it, etc.
More, sometimes I even use this tiny utility for some minor cloning and healing, on the fly. Of course, it's just a very small and extremely fast piece of software, not a full fledged program. But sometimes less is more.

Honestly, I didn't watch this video, but I hope you gonna find your answer how to watermark your images, here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4vOy0kkYz8
Aug 15 13 06:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Brown
Posts: 2,374
Traverse City, Michigan, US


I use Inkscape ( a free vector program) to create my watermark so I can scale it, change the alpha, and color then I import my image tweak the watermark to suit it and then export the  image out.
Aug 15 13 06:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KMP
Posts: 4,705
Houston, Texas, US


Pascal Flor wrote:

Overrated. If you're a known Photographer, yes, but as an unknown. No need for that.
If you're using Lightroom you can put an automated Watermark at Export on your pics

Last time I checked.. you didn't have to be famous to have your images stolen...

Aug 15 13 06:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Brown
Posts: 2,374
Traverse City, Michigan, US


Pascal Flor wrote:

Overrated. If you're a known Photographer, yes, but as an unknown. No need for that.
If you're using Lightroom you can put an automated Watermark at Export on your pics

Not overrated at all, you have a lock on your front door don't you even though it wont keep out someone really determined to get in.

Same with a watermark, it helps keep people honest.

Aug 15 13 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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