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How to Watermark Your Wedding Photographs

If you plan to use your wedding images online, you should be sure to watermark your photos. Any time you publish your photos on the web, there’s always a chance that your images will be stolen or used without your permission.

One way to protect yourself from people claiming that they took one of your photos, from downloading and printing your photos for free, or from having your photos seen without people knowing who took them is to digitally watermark your images before placing them online.

Watermarking means marking your images with your name, logo, or website address so that viewers know that the images belong to you. To watermark or not to watermark is a topic of much debate among photographers, but, if tastefully done, it can be a benefit!

[Credit: 50mm, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 100]
Credit: 50mm, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 100

Whether you put a watermark in the corner of an image or place a semi-transparent watermark in the middle is up to you. Just keep in mind that though a watermark is useful, you don’t want it to distract from your hard work.

You have two options when it comes to watermarking a photo in Lightroom. You can either create a simple copyright watermark or you can upload a logo as a PNG or JPEG file to place on your photo.

Follow these steps to create a simple copyright watermark:

  1. Select Edit Watermarks from the Lightroom menu (on a Mac) or from the Edit menu (on a PC) at the top of your screen.

  2. Next to Watermark Style on the right-hand side of your screen, choose the Text button.

  3. In the text box under the photo, enter your copyright text, such as “Amber Murphy Photography.”

  4. Under the Text Options panel on the right-hand side of your screen, you can choose the font, style, alignment, and shadow options for your watermark.

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  5. Under the Watermark Effects panel, which is right below the Text Options panel, choose the opacity, size, inset, and anchor for your watermark.

    These options come with sliders, so you can play around with the effects to see what you like best.

  6. Click Save.

    A dialog box appears that asks you to name your new watermark. After you have done so, click Create. Your watermark is saved as a preset and can be added to a photo before you export it.

If you already have a logo that you want to use as your watermark, follow the steps below:

  1. Select Edit Watermarks from the Lightroom menu (on a Mac) or from the Edit menu (on a PC) at the top of your screen.

  2. Next to Watermark Style on the right-hand side of your screen, choose the Graphic button.

    A dialog box appears that allows you to navigate to where your logo file is saved on your hard drive. Select the file and click Choose.

  3. Under the Watermark Effects panel on the right-hand side of your screen, choose the opacity, size, inset, and anchor for your new watermark.

  4. Click Save.

    A dialog box appears that asks you to name your new watermark. After you have done so, click Create. Your watermark is now saved as a preset and can be added to a photo before you export it.

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