Whether we like it or not, watermarking is a part of producing and sharing images online--especially if your images are the way you earn your living! Today, I am going to walk you through the steps you need to follow in order to set up and begin using a watermark on your images in Lightroom!

2 Things to Know Before We Start

  • Watermarking is something you apply to your photos as you export or publish your photos online. You won't see your watermark on your images while inside of Lightroom.
  • There are also Modules (print, web, and slideshow) that allow you to use watermarks while creating in those Modules

1. To begin creating a watermark, select "Edit Watermarks" from the Edit menu if you are on a PC. If you are on a Mac, the select "Edit Watermarks" from the Lightroom menu.

A new dialog box will open up and look like this:

2. Choose the type of watermark you want. You may have a text watermark or a graphic watermark. A text watermark consists of typing in the text you want to use as a watermark. A graphic watermark will require you to have an image you want to use as a watermark. The image you choose will look best if it is saved as a PNG file with a transparent background (see the bonus video.)

3. Apply the options in the options menu. There will be font and drop shadow options if you choose to use a text watermark. For both text and graphic watermarks there are options to adjust the opacity and position of the watermark.

4. Save the watermark. When you have finished creating the watermark, save it with an original name. Once it is saved, it will be available in any of the modules that allow you to use a watermark AND during export and when using publish services.

There isn't a limit on how many watermarks you can create (as far as I know.) So you are able to create different watermarks for different uses.

AND, as a bonus, I created an impromptu video about how to create a transparent PNG file from a Photoshop file. Enjoy creating and sharing your images!

You can also watermark your images just like this, too!