Watermark your images
George Cairns shows you how to use the Print module’s Page panel to protect your photos by adding watermarks or an Identity Plate to each image
Protect your photos when posting them online by adding watermarks or an Identity Plate
While embedding copyright info into metadata is useful, people can still ignore it
Online galleries and portfolios provide quick and easy ways to share your images, but your photos are vulnerable to theft on the Internet. By shooting a photo you automatically own its copyright, but once it’s been downloaded and reposted to other sites, prospective clients won’t necessarily know who the photograph belongs to. This might result in a photo being used without anyone crediting or paying you.
However, you can digitally assign your copyright and contact details to a photo’s metadata, so that this important information will always be attached to the image. This helps potential clients contact you if they want to use the image in any way. But while embedding copyright info into metadata is useful, people can still ignore it and make an unauthorized print of your image.
To protect your photos more effectively, Lightroom’s Print module has a handy Page panel that enables you to add visual watermarks and ‘Identity Plates’ to each image. You can create watermarks by adding your own graphic-based logos or by customizing existing text. The trick to adding a watermark to an image is to create informative text without obscuring the colours and composition of your image.
STEP BY STEP / Protect your pictures… 1 Add an Identity Plate
We’ll start by adding watermarks to the photos in a custom layout (see last issue). Toggle open the Page panel on the right. Click the Identity Plate box. Tick Render on every image. Click the preview window and then Edit to customize the contents.
2 Customize the text
You can click the ‘Use a graphical Identity Plate’ button to import a logo file. This option supports transparent pixels. Alternatively, tick the Styled Text option. Type some text, such as ‘PROOF’. Choose a font from the menu. You can also pick a colour for your text. Click OK.
3 Fine-tune the text
Set the Page panel’s Opacity slider to 32% to get a balance between being able to read the text and see the photo. Drag the Scale slider to 62% to enlarge the text so that it can’t be removed with a crop. All the photos on the page are now safe to share.
4 Add a watermark
Tick the Watermarking box. You can assign any copyright presets you have created previously. Alternatively, click Edit Watermark and type some text. Choose which corner you want it to appear in. Click Save to create a new preset.