To watermark or not to watermark… that is actually NOT the question for this blog post. I am going to jump in and assume that you would like to watermark your images and that you have Photoshop Elements. Never fear if you do not have Photoshop Elements, I have a few other ideas about file storage that I’ll share first.
How do you store your quilt project information? There is no one right or wrong way, but I thought I’d share a bit of my file organization techniques, which does tie in beautifully for the wrapup watermarking information I will present.
I have 2 hard drives in my computer. My main hard drive is where all the programs are installed and what is needed to run and “boot” my PC. My second hard drive is just for file storage, and it is a 1 terabyte drive. I have a directory on my secondary hard drive called “Quilts”. Within that directory, there is one folder for each quilt that I have made that I have photographs or information on. I number each directory (so I know the order I made the quilts in) and I also name the quilt within the directory. For instance, a peak inside looks something like this:
Let’s take a look inside my Triangle Transparency directory.
At the top level of the project directory I store my raw, full size images. In each project file, I also always create 2 other sub-directories: “small” and “wm”. When I have finished editing a full size image, I resize the image down to something smaller that I will use to upload to my blog. I typically resize down to 900px on the longest size. Once the images are resized, I move the smaller files into the “wm” directory, where “wm” stands for watermark.
Within Photoshop Elements, there is an option under the File > menu called “Process Multiple Files”. Note that I have a very old version of Photoshop Elements (version 8), but my husband owns an almost new version and it is the same there, so just know that it might look a bit different for you.
The Process Multiple Files menu allows you to easily and quickly watermark a group of photos within a directory.
Simply browse to your directory that contains the images that you would like to watermark (but ONLY the images that you want to watermark – it will go through all the images in the directory, so take care!). I have found that using a text size of 8 and an opacity of 75% gives a watermark that I am happy with. The text of the watermark is up to you, I like to use my brand name (quilting JETgirl, like my logo) along with the copy-write symbol and year. I also use the same font for my watermark that is used for my logo on my blog.
***NOTE*** Always double check the color of your watermark before hitting OK on this menu. Whatever the last color you used within Photoshop will appear there. Thankfully, if you are following the directory format I describe, you can always delete the watermarked images, make new smaller images, and try again if something goes awry.
Once my photos are watermarked, I removed them from the “wm” directory and store them in the “small” directory.
There are other free online tools that can be used to watermark your images. I don’t have any personal experience with them, so I will ask those of you that do have knowledge to please share information on what you like to use or would recommend in the comments. 🙂