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This is for anyone wanting to place a copyright watermark on their photos in Adobe Lightroom. I had so much trouble working this out that I decided to post a mini tutorial on how to do this. I searched for ages online and everyone had only part answers or poor answers. I am using a Mac so this may not help Windows users. I’m using Lightroom 1.4 but I’m sure it works for verson 2 as well. So here goes…
Step 1: Go to the Library section of Lightroom and locate the Metadata on the bottom of the right panel. Type in your copyright details (eg. ©2009 John Smith). You can insert a copyright symbol by pressing “alt – g”.
Step 2: Export your photo. In your Export window tick the checkbox to add a copyright watermark to your photo. Then, export.
I sincerely hope this helps as it was quite a painful experience for me. To everyone who thought this was easy, well, you could have posted better instructions! Below is one of my photos with a watermark created this way.
Update: A really obvious way to insert a copyright symbol “©” for any type of operating system is to find one online/on a document and copy and paste it. I can’t believe I never thought of that before!
Update 2: A few people have remarked that they could not see the watermark or that it was too small. This is because you need to resize the image to a smaller web display size. The reason for this is that most people watermark for web publishing and not for full size prints. I normally resize my images to around 825×550 pixels for web display.
Having an awesome digital SLR helps though. Now go outside.
For some stupid reason, last night, I accidentally formatted my memory card from my digital camera. This is upsetting in most situations but this also happened to contain a wedding job I just photographed. I FREAKED out. I begged and prayed, I ran in little circles in my room and chanted in expletives. Then I went into damage control mode and scoured the internet for data recovery software. I stumbled upon Stellar Phoenix, a Mac data recovery software. I didn’t care how much it cost (not too much) so I entered in my credit card details and downloaded it. Watching the progress bar with super human intent, I observed the software slowly extract what hopefully was useful data. I was impressed that it had a function that only looked for media files and categorised them. My photos were saved!
I know that there could be many reading this now thinking, “ha, I know where to find a free version”, or “he could have just done…” but in the dark of night where disaster strikes, one just has to find a solution and I feel I survived my first memory card disaster reasonably well. I didn’t sleep much that night but I slept, amazed that in a space of three hours I despaired, battled, fought and conquered without anyone in the world knowing of this epic war with my memory card. Well, unless you read this.
Could this be an allegory for a more spiritual message that you might have expected to read? You decide.