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Old 02-04-2009, 03:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all what in your honest opinion is best way to add a watermark or log or sumthing like that that doesnt take away from the main picture we have tried a few ways but still not 100% with them is there an easy way to add them

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Re: watermarks
Old 02-04-2009, 05:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually use something like the one on this photo. I add mine with a photoshop action I put together. Easy as pushing one button.

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Re: watermarks
Old 02-04-2009, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I usually use something like the one on this photo. I add mine with a photoshop action I put together. Easy as pushing one button.
Which button?

Actually I mean.. Is the action easy to make? Unfortunately I put mine on "manually" for each different size. I am sure an action would be a time saver.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have mine of F2
Sorry, I'm in a rush at the moment, but I'll send you a link so some great instructions as soon as I get a minute to look it up. It's not too hard.
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Re: watermarks
Old 02-05-2009, 12:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yes we would love that too have worked with own logo and textual water mark thingy but have to do it manually and sometime it spoils so be great to find a way to do it quicker and eaiser then can see which one would work best with each picture

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay,
Here is a simplified version of Russel Browns technique:

Here are the steps I use in Illustrator and Photoshop (CS3...though it works in other versions of Photoshop as well):

Illustrator
1. Design Logo in Illustrator, and outline text / strokes
2. Select All, and Copy

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3. Open a sample photo in Photoshop (only necessary for creating the action. You can close it without saving when you're done creating the action).
4. Click create new action in Actions palette (starts recording automatically)
5. File > Automate > Fit Image (set size: I use 1800 x 1800px)
6. Image > Image Size > 72ppi (resample image UNCHECKED)
7. Layers palette – create new layer

STOP RECORDING ACTION

8. Paste logo AS PATH
9. Free transform (cmd / ctrl-T), and move the path to the upper left corner of the image

RESUME RECORDING ACTION

10. Select “Insert Path” from the Actions palette flyout menu
11. Free Transform (cmd / ctrl-T) to resize the logo. May need to move it a little so it’s entirely within the image
12. Select PATHS tab, cmd/ctrl click the path thumbnail to select the path
13. Fill path with desired color
14. Align logo: Select all > Align Layers to Selection (repeat: once for vertical, and once for horizontal)
15. Adjust Position (free transform, then drag to where you want it to appear in your images)
16. Apply desired layer styles (suggest bevel/emboss, and reduce fill opacity to ~20-30%)
17. Delete Path
18. Flatten Image

STOP RECORDING ACTION

And here is a link to his video tutorial:

http://av.adobe.com/russellbrown/BrandingSM.mov

If you have any trouble let me know and I'll try to help you out.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, I will give this a try. Anything to speed up the workflow is always appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yes eager to give it a go over the weekend
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow, that's way too hard. Here's what I do.

Make the logo in whatever application, make it as your standardized or most common web publishing size. Put the logo in whatever position in the transparent image. Set your brus tool to 1 pix and 1% opacity and put a dot in the extreme outer corners opposite the logo. save for web as a png. You will need to repeat this for portrait and landscape orientations.

Open the logo png, open an image of the corresponding orientation.

Go to Actions pallette, click New Action, name it (I named mine "pastelayer") and click record.

On the logo image, select all and copy, then go to the image, and paste. Flatten image and Save As (to wherever, it doesn't matter).

Click Stop on the Actions Pallette.

You now have an action that will take whatever is in the system clipboard and paste it as a new layer on selected images.

To implement the action, (I) open the logo png, select all and copy, then select the images I want to paste the logo on in Bridge or the Browser. Then choose the "pastelayer" action from the Automate menu, make the proper selections (where to save to, etc) and click ok. Then sit back as the logo is pasted onto several images very quickly.

For those goofy crops that happen from time to time, you always have those logo pngs that you can manually past and position wherever you want on the image.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That is certainly easier to set up, but I like to batch process my files and they are not always the same orientation. So that method won't work for me. The Russell Brown action will work with any orientation.
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