Lightroom: How To Watermark Images with Your Own Logo or Text

Adding a watermark to your images can help you control the images you choose to upload online--a process which is made easy with the Lightroom program. They will help you recognize the pictures that are your originals and also help prevent people from stealing your photos without permission. It can also help prevent people from altering the images you post on the Internet and is a way to easily show ownership of a photo or image.

In Lightroom, this process has been made very easy, and anyone with the program will be able to add their own personalized watermarks to any image prior to uploading it.

Step 1: Create Your Text or Logo

Create the text or logo that you would like to appear as a watermark on you image. One of the best features of Lightroom is that the guidelines for what can be a watermark are very relaxed. As long as you save the file in your computer or on a cloud computing frame, to which you have access, you can add it as a watermark using Lightroom. Get creative!

Step 2: Add the Watermark

In order to open an image in Lightroom, to which you wish to add a watermark to, you need to go to the export menu and choose the image file, the image. Then move to the bottom of the export dialog box and check the watermark box to turn it on. Once the watermark feature is turned on, click on the drop down menu next to the watermark option and select ‘edit watermark.’ From here, the ‘edit watermark’ dialog box should open in your screen.

Step 3: Create a Text Watermark

At the top of the ‘edit watermark’ dialog box, there are two boxes for selecting which class of watermark you would like to choose. If you would like to create a basic text watermark, you can do that without having previously created and saved the text you would like to add. Simply choose the ‘text’ option on the top of the ‘edit watermark’ dialog box and type whatever text you would like to appear on the image.

Once you have entered the text, if you like the default settings, you can close the dialog box at this point. If you would like to alter the appearance of the text watermark, you will find several options further down in the ‘edit watermark’ dialog box. Among others, there are options to change the font, size, and opacity; add effects and change the position on the image.

Step 4: Create an Image or Logo Watermark

In order to create a watermark using an image or a logo, you will have to have access to a previously designed and saved image on file. This image is best if saved as a PNG file, but will also work if saved as a JPEG file. To upload the watermark image, first select ‘graphic’ at the top of the ‘edit watermark’ dialog box, next to the ‘text’ option. Then, select the image or graphic from your files. At this point, the text options will be grayed out but the effects options, further down the slide, will still be available to change the opacity, size and location of the watermark.