How awesome would it be if you could add watermark to a bunch of Photos at Once? Well, you can!!! With Photoshop you have an awesome feature called automate batch that allows you to apply specific actions to multiple images at once.
How to Add Watermark to Multiple Photos at Once with Photoshop Automate Batch
This is the second blog post of a short series of Photoshop Actions to optimize your time as well as your images. I invite you to check out the first one if you haven’t seen it yet.
Blogging is hard enough so whenever I can make things easier for me I’ll go for it without blinking.
Photoshop is no longer an impossible app. Nowadays, you can have your license to use Photoshop from $9,99 so you can make the most out of your images and editing skills. This is not sponsored, I’m just sharing my point of view and why I love it so much.
I’ve been doing this at least 5 out the 6 years I’ve been blogging. Even though I’m constantly learning new things, this process is something I never change since it saves me tons of time.
Photoshop Actions is my go-to whenever I have to repeat certain steps or editions like resizing, watermarking, groping, etc.
You can also learn a lot about this on Adobe’s site. They have lots of tutorial on how to use their App.
To add watermarks to images you just need to create your watermark placing PS Action and then automate batch them all which what I’ll explain here. But first you might ask:
What is Automate Batch in Photoshop?
This is a feature in Photoshop that helps you turning simple repetitive tasks into easy and automatic processes. For this, you need Actions that later can be automated so the system makes all tasks by itself. Batch processing can automate tedious chores for you.
Why should I Watermark my Photos?
With the arrival of digital photography, so did the ability to easily “steal” photos from blog and websites, as well as by other means. “Oh! Wow—Love that beautiful photo!” Right click. Save to desktop. Or, save as wallpaper. The problem is not the downloading part is the use people might give and the worst one is crediting themselves as the authors.
The Watermark is not the perfect solution but at least you are not handing your images away that easily.
Watermarking your images also serves another purpose: letting people know who the image belongs to.
It’s like a marketing facet. Making your work easily identifiable might help viewers find you and more of your work, especially if it gets shared around the Web.
Of course, for some people, a watermark is a simple way to “sign” their art pieces.
One thing I usually recommend when watermarking photos is to use fade white with a slight shadow. That way the image stays the main focus.
I don’t like to make my watermarks scream at people. Sometimes my watermarks are barely visible but people notice when they want to know where the photo came from.
How to create my Watermark Photoshop Action?
I’ve created this video to show you my process to create my Watermark Actions and how I apply it to multiple images at once. This is the process I follow for my own blog and image needs in hopes that it might help you optimize your time and your processes. If you are more of a step by step text and images kind of person, scroll down and keep reading!
You need to have your watermark image already created in .png or .psd file without background.
Firstly, create a New Action, use button (sheet icon), or choose New Action from the Actions panel menu and give it a name. Let’s call it Watermark.
Once the action has been created hit the Record button and you will see that action you created will show up in your folder and with the red circle in red which means is now recording.
Open one of your resized images.
Then Go to File > Place Embedded
Find your watermark file, select it and hit choose.
The image will show up with a bounding box, just hit the enter key to embed it.
I like to have my watermark on the bottom-right corner of my images so select both layers, watermark and background image and using your alignment buttons at the top, click align right and then align bottom.
Next step, holding your shift key hit once your up arrow key and then your left arrow key.
This is to separate your watermark from the edges of the photo and give some air around it.
This is totally optional and the values up to you. Lower your watermark opacity. I usually set it to 80% so it fades a little bit into the photo.
Now, select both layers again and let’s flatten the image. Go to Layer > Flatten Image.
It’s time to save. So just hit Command S (Control S on PC) or go to File > Save. Confirm max quality in the dialog box.
Close your image.
Ok, a quick note here. Since you closed the image you can’t see the actions anymore but it’s still recording. So open any image and click on the square icon to stop recording and then delete the “Open” task in the action list. Your LAST TASK should be “Close”.
Your Watermark Action is ready.
Lastly, close your image so we can test watermark your automation.
Watermarking Photos with Photoshop Automate Batch
Firstly, make sure all your optimized and resized images are in the right folder (single folder of their own).
Then go to File > Automate > Batch.
It will open a Dialog Box. Follow the order set on the image below
- Make sure your Action Set and watermark Action is set correctly. In the Set pop-up menu, select the set that contains the action you want to apply.
- In the Source pop-up menu, select Folder. Click the Choose button, navigate to the folder that you want to use, and click OK (in Windows) or Choose (in Mac OS). Select other options in the Source area, as desired.
- In the Destination pop-up menu, select Folder where you want the processed images to go to. Click the Choose button, navigate to the folder that you want to use, and click OK (in Windows) or Choose (in Mac OS). I usually choose the same folder to override the images without watermark. But you can have a different folder if you prefer.
- Specify how you want Photoshop to create the filenames for the new, processed files by selecting options from the drop-down menus.
When you process large numbers of files, these naming tools can help you keep track of when and how the files were created.
- Tick and box you might think it’s useful to you.
- In the Errors pop-up menu, select whether you want Photoshop to stop processing a batch when it encounters an error or whether you want it to simply continue and list the errors in a file. If you select the latter option, click the Save As button and, in the Save dialog box, specify a name and location for the log.
When you finish selecting options in the Batch dialog box, click OK to start the batch processing.
You will see flashes of lights in the screen that’s because it’s opening and closing images like crazy. It’s ok.
Once Photoshop stops. Go to your folder and check your photos. All of them should be watermarked by now. If not check your Action steps.
That’s it. For now on and until you need to change something specific you don’t have to do anything else here. Just automate your watermark whenever your photos are ready to go and placed in your pre-set folder.
Wasn’t that hard, was it?
I truly hope this post and video was helpful to you. Hope that this helps you optimize your time and make some tedious processes easier.
I know there might be other ways to do this, or with small differences but this is how it has worked for me for years.
If you have any suggestions or a different way to do this process, feel free to share in comments. I’m always happy to learn new ways to do things!
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