Bridge: Add the same watermark functionality that is in Lightroom to Bridge.

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I really like the watermark functionality that exists in Lightroom. I wish that functionality existed in Bridge, because right now I have to download and use Lightroom for this one function.

It would be great if it was in Photoshop too, but I think it would probably be easier to add that functionality into Bridge since it has a similar layout as Lightroom does.

Thanks!
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Bridge uses Photoshop or the PS Camera Raw plug-in to manipulate images, rather than doing anything like that, itself.

Does your workflow only include opening images in Camera Raw and saving them from ACR, or do you open images in PS, as well?

Photoshop can do a much more sophisticated job of creating watermarks than LR does, but you do have to find the right extension or plug-in or script.

The issue, now, is that with CC 2014, many extensions no longer work. For example the Russell Brown Watermark Extension no longer works:
https://creative.adobe.com/addons/sea...

There are many tutorials available about how to do watermarking in PS. For example:
http://www.photocitizen.com/lessons-t...
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I'm using jpeg images, so I don't need Lighroom for any reason. I use it only for watermarks. I'm adding watermarks on a large amount of images and it's just easier doing it in Lightroom than doing it in Photoshop (by actions, plugins, or individually). Photoshop is clunky for this and Lightroom is significantly faster and easier for watermarks.

Bridge is more useful to me for my work than Lightroom is. It would be nice to go through and select images via Bridge and then add watermarks that way.

Example: Say you have a really light image and a really dark image. It would nice to select only the light images and apply a darker watermark to those. Then you could select the dark ones and apply a light version of the watermark instead.
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Bridge doesn't change image pixels so no Bridge will never add watermarks or so other image manipulation, itself.

Bridge can be used to select files and pass those files on to Photoshop to do things, either with

Bridge / Tools / Photoshop / Batch or with
Bridge / Tools / Photoshop / Image Processor

where you can specify an action to run in each and for images to go somewhere afterwards. So make a dark watermark image or a light watermark image and apply them using Bridge to tell PS what to do with selected images in Bridge.

The closest thing to LR Export, where watermarks are applied, that Bridge is involved with is to open images in Camera Raw from Bridge and Save the images, so if you were asking for Camera Raw to have a watermarking ability added to the saving/sharpening ability it stole from LR, then that would make sense, but asking for Bridge to do something, itself, to change the image pixels isn't how Bridge works.
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That's kind of a silly and evasive answer. I can "Develop settings>paste settings" (or choose a preset from a drop down) in Bridge. I can also batch rename in Bridge. Yes, the heavy lifting for the "filters" is being done by ACR, but the functionality is through Bridge. It's not unreasonable to expect Bridge/ACR (supposedly the more "professional" tool set) to be able to simply add a watermark to an image (which I can only assume is a heavily requested feature for those who don't want to use Lightroom).
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Bridge would have to call Photoshop to do the actual watermarking. (I don't think that can be done via Camera Raw)