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How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom

The digital age has brought about a revolution in the art of photography, making it more accessible as a career and as a resource, and that’s brought about a lot of job opportunities for creative professionals. Unfortunately, the proliferation of digital images has also led to some widespread misuse, and that has led artists to watermark photos, making it harder to use them in unauthorized ways. This prevents people from stealing sample images and protects finished product from migration outside of its authorized uses.
 
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Adding the Watermark in Lightroom
 
Learning how to add a watermark in Lightroom is easy. Just follow these steps.
 
  1. Choose Edit > Edit Watermarks from the menu
  2. Select either a text or graphic watermark when the menu comes up
  3. If you select text, just put the text in the box when prompted, then select the alignment and other options that suit you
  4. If you select graphic, choose the JPG image file you want to use as a watermark
  5. Next, you specify the watermark effects, including its opacity. The more opaque, the more visible it will be. It will also make sections of your photo less visible, though, so choose wisely
Once you have the anchor, size, and opacity right, your watermark will be able to protect your original photos so you don’t have to worry as much about unauthorized use. Of course, there are still options like editing the watermark out with a crop. That’s why some photographers choose to use large but fairly transparent watermarks on their sample photos.
 
Copyright Watermarks
 
You can also save your watermark settings as a preset to efficiently design copyright watermarks you can use across all your original photographs. All it takes is setting up one watermark and then saving the preset as a name you will remember. Then, when you are ready to apply a watermark again, you can just select that preset without having to worry about creating the watermark from scratch. Efficiently protect a full set of photos, or your whole catalog now that you know how to add a watermark in Lightroom.
 
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