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1) I dont know how to write a watermark, like a copyright notice, on a photo.

2) I have a folder of photos which I wish to watermark with the same watermark.

How should I write a watermark on a folder of photographs?

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Since you seem confused, I suggest you use Picasa. This is a free software from Google. Once you have in installed, follow these simple instructions.

This can be done in Lightroom very easily and in Photoshop with a few more steps but it is overkill to spend money on an expensive software just for watermarking. Some people even do it from the command line using a shell command and free nconvert utility.

One extremely important thing to pay attention to is to watermark on export. Most people do not watermark their original files, that would not be reversible in case you need one day to make a print or a different watermark.

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I am not confused. I am sure, what i am expecting. I do have Picasa, I have uploaded all my pics in Picasa Album. If i need to watermark one by one, its going to be tedious. –  Medex Mar 21 '11 at 20:19
    
Read the instructions I linked to again. You select first (could be an image, a folder, lots of folders, etc) and then Picasa will do all the work for you. –  Itai Mar 21 '11 at 20:29
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@Chok - I reworded your question so that it makes sense. You were asking about how to watermark a folder but saying you do not know how to watermark a collection. A folder is a file-system abstraction, a collection is a photo-management abstraction, they can be completely different or the same in you choose so. In most image management software (Picasa, Lightroom, Bibble, etc) you can select folders (even recursively) and collections. I will remove some tags too which I think are irrelevant. –  Itai Mar 21 '11 at 20:42

For this, I think I'd use ImageMagick. It's free and oriented primarily toward batch operations like this. The ImageMagick web site has samples for doing watermarking.

Edit: As @Sean pointed out, it is worth noting that ImageMagick is a command-line based tool, so to use it you need to create the right command line. It may not be the most suitable tool for beginners, especially those who've never used command-line based tools.

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ImageMagick is a very powerful tool, but it is likely beyond the skill level of all but the most computer-savvy or very determined photographers. I'm not trying to suggest it's not a good method; in fact it is likely the best way to go in terms of control over the final result. It is just a caveat I think might be worth mentioning, especially given the original asker's apparent level of computer experience. –  Sean Mar 21 '11 at 21:46
    
@Sean: good point. –  Jerry Coffin Mar 21 '11 at 21:53

1) This is simply a matter of adding your watermark on a separate layer above your photo and any adjustment layers. It can be text or a logo - anything you like. Then simply lower the opacity so the watermark isn't too prominent. You can also change the Blending Mode of the Layer to something like Overlay to help it blend in a little.

2) The simplest way is to record step 1 as an action, then use File > Batch to apply the action to a collection of images. Bear in mind that this doesn't give you any control of the placement of the watermark in every image: if you recorded the action to place the watermark in the centre of the image, it will be in the centre of every image.

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You can automate this using a Photoshop Action.

Basically you want to add a text layer, then set the layer opacity down to level that looks good (test on light and dark images). You can add layer style "bevel and emboss".

This looks to be a pretty good tuturial on the subject:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=64

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Thank you MikeW, Its worth it. But do i need any additional software to be installed ? Like Adobe Photoshop ..something ..! Whether it is free version ? –  Medex Mar 21 '11 at 20:21
    
@Chok - Photoshop is an expensive and very powerful image application. Most people do not need all it has to offer but still get it because they do not know any better. You can get Photoshop Elements for about $100 USD which is largely sufficient for most image editing or Photoshop Lightroom for $250 which does basic photo manipulation but also manages photos and videos. It has lots of functionality and is aimed at professional photographers. –  Itai Mar 21 '11 at 20:48
    
No you don't have to use Photoshop, but that was in the original tags of your question, so I assumed you were using it. You could do watermarks with GIMP, which is free. –  MikeW Mar 23 '11 at 1:00

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