Lightroom: Include watermark png with stored template for easier transfer to new catalogue

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I use several catalogues (travel, yearly, etc) on several computers and disks and I want to use the same set of watermarks on all of them. I have quite a number of them with different color, placements and sizes. When I create a new catalogue I can transfer all the presets including watermark names and settings but the location to the corresponding png file needs to be relinked every time. I cannot even overwrite the old watermark name and have to retype all the descriptions with a new number again. This is really cumbersome. It would be great if the png file could be included in the template, so once created, it is independent from the original file name and position. This would make catalogues truely mobile. At least, an overwrite of the file name should be offered and very easily and quickly implementable.
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I create a subfolder in the Watermark Presets folder called "PNGs" I put all of my PNG watermark files in there before I link them to a specific Preset. Then, when I transfer the Preset folder to a second computer, they come along for the ride. (And they are never inadvertently lost on the original machine as is so often the case when users are "cleaning up")
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Thanks, Rikk. I do the same. However, when the path changes (e.g., the Lightroom catalogue goes to an external disk) the watermarks are not any longer recognised as relative paths are not recognised. If you always put the Lightroom folder into the same directory (e.g., pictures) on every computer, then it works.
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I do not use the store presets with the catalog options. I store them at the OS level so the issue of paths never comes up. 
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> I store them at the OS level so the issue of paths never comes up. 

It might if your username was different on each computer. I got tripped up on that a couple of years ago when macOS suddenly created new accounts lowercase.
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Of course, there are workarounds. Like making sure the watermarks are always in the same directory on every computer. But the point I try to make is: Lightroom provides for travel catalogues. You CAN store presets with the catalogue for a reason. But this feature isn`thought through concerning watermarks. I want them being treated like everything else. I create watermarks. I have the definitions in the presets. So please. I want them usable wherever I use Lightroom. Even if the is on a computer that is not mine. Just plug in an external disk and use it. I do not want to mess around with copying my files into every system. Is that really too much to ask?