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Mar 19, 2015

How to Create a Signature Watermark in Lightroom

If you are looking to add some security to the images you are uploading online, this episode is perfect for you!  Today we’ll show you how to create a watermark to place on your images.  It could be your signature, logo, or really anything you desire.  Having a watermark is a great way to protect your images and direct people back towards your brand.

We’ll start in photoshop, getting your watermark just the way you like it.  Then we’ll hop into Lightroom where we’ll create a preset.  This preset will enable you to watermark your images automatically.  Finally, we’ll show you a quick and easy way to export your images and have them ready for the web.  Enjoy!

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    Jim Johnson

    To me, watermarks should never be used for security— they simply don’t work for that. However, watermarks are great for simply signing your work, which I’m all for!

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      Phlearn

      Yeah, but there’s just people out there that like to do it 🙂 And signing is almost the same thing and it’s fun as well 🙂

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    Jim

    Very nice – as usual. Thank you. At first I thought you were going to show us how to take a watermark and HIDE it an image but placing it over some visually complex area and then adjusting transparency to make it almost invisible. Isn’t there some way to do that?

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    John Holland

    Really enjoy your tutorials.
    Would like to see how you would use photoshop to transform a photo into a painting.
    Would also like to buy a phlearn hat or t-shirt.
    Thanks again

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      Phlearn

      Hi John!

      Glad you enjoy our tutorials! Here are a few related links for you to check out. And we’re working on a possible online merchandise store but for now we’re giving away merchandise to the grand prize winners of our contests 🙂

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    Brian

    Very Nice AARON! Can’t you just make a magic pill where we can just transfer your PS knowledge to our brains?? LOL!

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      Phlearn

      If that were the case then everyone would be doing photoshop! 🙂 It’s the challenge that makes it fun and satisfying 😀

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    Yannick

    Hey Aaron … I just finished watching every phlearn video there is aand … I stole your work … Please let me be an intern … I’d do anything – I’d even steal your work

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    Gary

    Hi Aaron, Just out of curiosity, why PNG-24, not PNG-8? Admittedly, with an image as small as this the increased storage size difference is inconsequential, but is there a reason to choose -24 rather than -8?

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      Phlearn

      Hi Gary!

      PNG-24 refers to true color variant, which supports more colors but could be bigger. It can also be a jpeg substitute

      PNG-8 only supports 256 colors but in a smaller size.
      Hope this was helpful

      Hope this was helpful!

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    Amit

    hi Aaron I would like to add an image logo with my name how can I do that

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    Greg M Evans

    Good Photography technique.
    Skills appertaining to camera’s professionalism. .The results back at the home castle, first class developments ,prints,computerized film storage and dvd r storage;fully functional,safe as Winston Churchill PM.Greg M Evans

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    Tom

    Aaron: I’m a huge fan. You rock. Really. You rock. Your videos have all been so helpful to me. I’m a PS noob, but your videos are really helping me. I’m completely stuck on this one though. At 3:49 mark in this video, you invert the black/white colors of the signature to create a white signature. When I attempt to do this, only bits of my black signature are flipped to white, and a black outline remains. It looks all funky. I’ve used the technique from the companion video (email signature) to create/prepare my file. I’ve gone back and followed every step 4 times, still no go. Any thoughts?

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      Ceren

      Hi,
      Thank you for the videos, they’re really helpful. But I have the same problem. Seriously, how will I get rid of the lines?

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    Leonie Solomon-Green

    I have had Photoshop on and off now for five years and can’t seem to get my head around it. The all of a sudden your tutorials came up in You Tube. THANK YOU so much, I am finally learning stuff, You are so Deadly!! (deadly means good in our language)

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    Liann

    Thank you for making it so easy for beginners to understand. I am very new to the world of PS and LR (prefer LR)

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    Molly

    Hi there! I encountered a problem when following this tutorial unfortunately. I use simple text as a water mark, with a couple of horizontal bars with the text between them. When I open an image that I exported with the watermark, the watermark image itself is very grainy and looks absolutely awful. My photoshop also doesn’t have an ability to “save for web.” It only has “save” and “save as” I use Save As and save as .png.

    Do you have any suggestions? I usually scale down the photograph itself to 900×600 with the watermark being around 200 in width. I’m not sure why the image quality of the watermark is so awful.

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    Molly

    Just a side note, as I forgot to add an image, but this is what I’m talking about.

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    Ron

    Hi Aaron, Interesting video but I don’t have light room. Can I download my signature in photo shop? Also not sure how to download photo for profile. Cheers Ron

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    Kath

    Really handy to learn from scratch instead of using something else that somebody has already made.

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    Dennis

    I have followed the tutorial and still can’t get the signature to change to white, all it does is increase the black. I have followed it ‘frame’ by frame and do exactly as you do but still can’t manage it,. Any ideas why?

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    Thomas F. Chitwood

    Thank you so much for these tutorials. I have been struggling with Lightroom and Photoshop and
    you are beginning to make since of it all. Thanks.

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    Sal DeVincenzo

    Awesome as always… Since it doesn’t appear to be possible to add more than 1 image to a LR watermark and say you wanted BOTH the logo and your signature ,Would it make sense to make 2 steps out of it by re-exporting the logo version then re-exporting those files with the signature logo on top ? I feel like the watermark functionality in LR could use some more flexibility hopefully in an update someday..Thanks Aaron. Peace.

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    Græme

    Your White watermarking, works on dark pictures as used by very well but, white would would not show up very easily on bright full coloured pictures. Can the colour be easily changed or would it be better to have a white set for dark pictures and a dark set to work on bright pictures

    Thank you
    Græme

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    Jim Greene

    I know you did several videos on PS CC Video creation and editing. But I can not seem to find them. I see one here and one there. How do I gather them so that I can view them in the sequence you made them?

    Thanks.

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    Jim Greene

    My logo must be maintained in different colors to use on different colored photos. A gold logo (my favorite), a black one for light scenes, a white one for dark scenes.

    I have seen some logos that seem to show up well on all photos, regardless of color and tone. How is that donef?

    Jim, Thanks

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    Charles L Biggs

    Tried this and it worked after one little hitch; Photoshop CC wouldn’t find the bruh until I moved it to the top of the list.