How To Add A Watermark in Lightroom

Watermarking your images is one of the best ways to protect them, discouraging people who might be tempted to download your photos and claim them as their own. Lightroom has made it incredibly easy for anyone to apply a watermark to their images before they export them, with options for both simple copyright watermarks, custom-designed texts and even personal logos and graphics.


Here we’ve broken down watermarking with Lightroom into 10 easy steps!


  1. Select your photos

Making sure you are in the Library module, go through and select all the images you want to watermark, holding down the shift key if you want to select multiple images.


  1. Export your photos

Click the “Export” button and the “Export” window will automatically open.


  1. Choose your watermarking settings

Scroll down until you see the “Watermarking” tab and make sure the “Watermark” box has been ticked.


  1. Select between Simple Copyright Watermark or Edit Watermarks

When you first go to apply a watermark, there will be two different options to choose from in the drop down menu - “Simple Copyright Watermark” and “Edit Watermarks”. The “Simple Copyright Watermark” applies the name you have registered with Lightroom after a copyright symbol (©), while the “Edit Watermarks” option allows you to change the text and custom design the watermark with different fonts, alignments, angles and opacity.


  1. Customize your text options

Select “Edit Watermarks” and the “Watermark Editor” window will appear. At the top of the box you will see a “Watermark Style” option, and if you select “Text” you can play around with different fonts, styles, alignments and colors to create a unique watermark for your images. You can also add a shadow to your text, altering the opacity, offset, radius and angle as you prefer.


  1. Upload a personal logo or graphic

If you have a personal logo or graphic that you prefer to use as a watermark, select the “Graphic” option next to “Watermark Style”. Here you can upload an image file from your computer to use as a watermark instead.


  1. Anchor your watermark

After selecting your “Text” or “Graphic”, you can scroll down to the “Anchor” section under the “Watermark Effects” tab to change the positioning of your watermark on the image. You can anchor it in either of the four corners, as well as in the middle of each edge or the center of the image.


  1. Add special effects

Under “Watermark Effects” you can change the opacity of your watermark, making it more translucent if you don’t want it to be too distracting for the viewer. You can also rotate the watermark and reposition it in relation to the edge of the image using the inset sliders.


  1. Save your watermark

After you’ve created the watermark you want, click the “Save” button. A “New Preset” box will open and you can save your selected settings as a preset for next time.


  1. Export your images!

The “Export” box will then re-open and you can go ahead and apply the image sizing and file settings you want before clicking the “Export” button!


And that’s it! You’ve protected your images in just a few clicks with a custom-designed watermark you can use again and again.

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