Stop thieves from stealing your photographic work or simply put your name on shots so others can look you up by adding your own signature or logo to photographs using this technique in Lightroom that should take less than a minute.
Image theft is no joke; when you've taken hours, days, even months, or years to capture the right photograph, the last thing you want is someone else pinching it for their own use. Perhaps you want to send a proof or contact sheet out to clients so they can pick from a group of photos but don't want them taking the shots and avoiding paying you? Or you may just want to give a little link in the photo so others who see your work online can trace it back to you and get in touch. These are just three important reasons why you'd want to apply a watermark.
So, in this guide, I'll show you how to apply a watermark in Lightroom Classic using your own signature or logo, and the great news is, once you know what to do, it should take you less than 60 seconds. Not only will I show you how to apply a watermark, but I'll also go over how to save the watermark layout so that you can apply this to hundreds or thousands of images automatically when saving your shots.
Head to Export
Navigate to Watermarks
Choose a Graphic
Select the Right One
Change the Size
Alter the Position
Just as you wouldn't shoot with exactly the same composition every time, nor do you need to keep your logo in the same spot for each photo. Thankfully, the Watermark Editor allows us to reposition the logo. Scroll to the bottom of the window and find the Anchor section. From here, you can click on one of the radio buttons to have the signature appear in the same location as the 3x3 grid display. Don't worry, we'll still be able to precisely place the watermark in a moment; this is just a rough placement for now (unless you're happy with the position already).
Adjust the Inset and Rotate
Our watermark is almost exactly where we want it. Just a little more jiggling around with the settings and we should be ready to export. I decided to place the logo on the right-hand side and adjusted the Horizontal Inset slider to 3 and Vertical Inset slider to 6 to bring it both away from the right edge of the frame and center it up vertically. I then also clicked the Rotate right button to spin it on its side. When you're happy with your settings, click Save and then click Export if you're ready to complete the photo save.
Save Your Progress
Alternatively, instead of just exporting the photo, you may want to save the progress you've made with making the watermark. Even though the process can take less than 60 seconds, what if you want to export 100 photos with your signature on them? That's going to take well over an hour, something that just isn't necessary. Once you've made your watermark adjustments, click on the drop-down menu in the top-left of the Watermark Editor window, and head to Save Current Settings as New Preset. In the window that pops up, give it a name, and click Create. Now, the watermark you've made with your signature or logo will appear in the drop-down list under the Watermarks tab when exporting future photographs.