Lightroom: Create a "smart" watermark to pull data from the file properties (location/name/date/lens/camera - EXIF/metadata etc.)

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Is there a way to create a watermark in either Photoshop or Lightroom that is "smart" in that you can customize it to pull data from the metadata of the photo (date/time image was taken, lens used, camera body used, etc.) or file information (folder, subfolder, etc.) ?
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I would particularly like to be able to draw the 'Title' metadata into the watermark in Lightroom.
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I think this idea has great possibilities.
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This should be possible today using Photoshop & scripting as part of an Export post-processing step.
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I suspect LR/Mogrify could do this.
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I try LR/Mogrify yesterday after posting this, and did find that it does what I want, but only to a certain degree. I need to explore more of its options to see how to make it scale/appearance-wise look nicer. At its default settings it's showing the data in microscopic print on my 12MP file :(
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BTW - Alex, I should probably clarify that we're not discounting your idea, just letting folks know what might be possible in the near term with existing tools, etc.
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I understand Jeffrey. I am not very familiar with the scripting for Photoshop, and in general I have found that Lightroom can process large batches of photos far faster than Photoshop can, at least in my experience.
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Provided, of course you own a Photoshop license...
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This might be of interest for Photoshop users...
http://members.shaw.ca/hillrg/ditto/i...
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I support this request.

I work as a photographer and as a trainer, and many photographers, especially working in school photography, asked for the ability to get metadata into watermark, using a template editor similar to the one we use to rename pictures.

Thanks
Emmanuel
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I had the same thought. I don't own Photoshop and I'd like to send differently processes copies of the same image to a printing service. To identify the images I was thinking of using the title as the water mark and was surprised to find that LR doesn't allow me to choose any Metadata field for the watermark.

Thanks,
Kai
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I just need it for the copyright text. I know it can be done because the "Simple Copyright Watermark" option already pulls the information from the metadata. It's just that the style of the "Simple Copyright Watermark" cannot be edited, but the "Edit Watermark" option won't let me choose any metadata tags. It's so frustrating...
It's very time consuming to have to select all photos from photographer 'A' and export those with watermark 'A', then select all photos from photographer 'B' and export those with watermark 'B' etc.
Maybe some sort of variables could be introduced, maybe something like %metadata:copyright% or something similar...? That way I could do the export in one step and save a lot of time!
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I like to see some extra flexibility in placing a watermark. I made a logo to use as watermark, but when I like some opacity and place the watermark left, I have to save this. When I want this at the right, I have to save this too. Every change I made I have to save. That isn't always convenient.
I have so many saved rules that I don't know anymore which one I need. So, saving every detail is okay but also to change details of a saved rule for a small selection, just once without saving the changes, must be possible too.

Kees Goedegebure

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Need more flexibility in placing a watermark.
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I think it would be great to include metadata in the image watermarking process. For example, when I'm exporting a group of images for a slideshow that represent a bunch of different poeple's images, it would be nice to have the watermark function include the different copyright line for each image. Some apps let us put [copyright] in the text field to accomplish that but Lightroom doesn't yet. Thanks!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Image Watermarking with metadata.
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+1 to this feature!
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Excellent idea! I was contemplating requesting this as a feature and am glad to know this was already done. I understand that there are other options, but those create extra steps for the workflow and I'd rather manage it all through Lightroom.

Thanks in advance for the consideration.
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Expand the editing capability of the watermark editor so that a placeholder for the current date can be incorporated into a text watermark. The three basic components of a copyright marking are the © symbol, the name of the owner, and the date. Only the date is variable, and it must currently be added manually. The date placeholder needed would be equivalent to that used in the file name editor. (Looks like {DATE} when used there.)

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Lightroom: Improve watermark so current date can be incorporated.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LightRoom 6 - Use image metadata in text watermarks.

LR6, options to include image metadata with text watermarks (i.e. Photographed on Apr 5, 2014, 24:01:32). Perhaps up to two lines would be nice.
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Seriously guys (I mean Adobe employee type guys) we've been asking you for this feature for over three years now.

Clearly there is some, non-technical, issue with doing it or you would have cracked it by now.

What's the problem?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LR file export or print with overlaid metadata floated on image ala watermark or....

I'd like to either know how, or have a product feature change request on this topic.
LR 5.5 has the ability in the Print module to add data like the exposure, filename etc. to the output. What I can't make happen (for whatever reason) is for that data to be overlaid on the image area rather than in a border below it. I'd like from print or the file export facility to create a template using keywords for such data fields which can be floated over the image being printed/exported without changing the dimensional area of the image - similar to how the watermark and identity plate work today, just a more robust set of output options available. This would be useful for documentary processes. Manually editing the identity plate for say each filename is unworkable... Education if I'm just missing it, or someone respond on a way to acheive this without leaving LR ?
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There is no way Richard.

We've been complaining about it for 3 years and more and Adobe's answer is always, "Well, here's a third party tool that does it so, we don't have to solve it".
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I think "Hey guys! It would be awesome if you would consider implementing metadata powered watermarking" would be better received than "Hey you jerks, implement this already!" Let's keep it civil for everyone's sake. And thanks Adobe for all your excellent work.
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Hi Scott,
Good point, that's a great idea.

Try that.

See if it works?

We all did, over three years ago, we're still waiting for an answer from Adobe which doesn't start "well, there's this third party tool ....."
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Could it be that this "third party tool" is in fact a "troll" - a patent troll - that this "good idea" has been patented and the cost to license isn't worth the market benefit Adobe could expect from buying this feature?
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Good theory Gary, but no. It's just a question of working out priorities, and only 28 people have voted on this request in 3 years, which would give Adobe the impression that it's not a high priority for many people, especially when there is a pretty decent third party add on that does the same job.

Demanding won't work, but getting lots of support for this request stands a much better chance. The top 3 requests were all implemented in the last release, and look at the response the Import dialog roll back request got too.
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We have to vote? Where do we register our vote please?
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By clicking the +1 on the first post.
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Done. OK guys. Now we know how the game works. Please collect any Lightroom users you know, bring them here and have them click on +1 on the first post here. Easy. :-)
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I am just curious about what third party add-ons are available? I looked through and after a non-serious search on the net, I think the only one I can find that *could* work with LR-CC is the LR/Mogrify 2. Are there any other options?

TIA.
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That's the one everyone's referring to. Works well.
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Vivek - I've been using it for a while - it's a decent tool but not of the level of rendering quality you'd expect in a native feature.
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Also you can't use it for web galleries, unless I missed something
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Given that this topic opened over four years ago, it is apparent that Adobe does not give two shakes about what in the heck their users want. Time to start looking for a new DI processing software.

All I am looking for is a way to watermark images from LR Mobile...pretty simple, basic user, protect my brand request that continues to be ignored.
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Hey guys, i'm recently faced a challenge and still can not decide. I need set number to a thousand photos, like a: 001, 002, 003, etc. I tried a third-party software such as uMark, but the quality will bad. I saw a thread in the forum about how you can add numbers in the slideshow, but can only be exported in video or pdf. Tell me, have the ways to implement it in Lightroom/PS?

Thanks,
Alex
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Allow {embedded metadata tags} in watermark text..

I'd like the ability to use "tags" in my watermarking text. For example, I currently have to create separate watermarks for copyrighting my photos depending on the dates of the photos. e.g., "Copyright 2013 Jeff B", "Copyright 2014 Jeff B", etc.

I'd like to just use a metadata tag (e.g, "Copyright {capture date year} Jeff B.", or "{Copyright}") in the watermark text so that LR automatically fills it in from the metadata fields.

That way I only need to concentrate on how the copyright looks, not so much on what the text says.
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you can do this with watermark pro, unfortunately not in LR or Bridge or anything (as far as I know...)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I would love it if exporting images could have not just the watermark.

I would love for a feature to be not just exporting with watermark, but allow for that watermark to be dynamic -- some keyword, filename, shutter speed/aperture, etc.  

Watermark Pro does this, outside of LR, but having the feature to export, within LR, small JPEGS with the filename or some other identifying information, would help clients and customers pick the images they like.  We can then go back, just search for that keyword and put them up.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Include filename as part of watermark.

I would love to see the ability to export photos in the library module with a watermark of the filename.