New Lightroom Feature Request

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Here is a feature request that would help out so much in my workflow. I am continually sharing collection albums with clients via Lightroom syncing. The issue is that clients love to take screenshots of my work without paying for it. So, I have to export my photos with a watermark and then re-import them into Lightroom to sync with the cloud before sharing the album with them. Or, I may also manually create the album in my Lightroom gallery online and upload to it my exported images with watermark. What would be so helpful is the ability to add watermark to the virtual copies that get created and synced with Lightroom so I could share the album of watermarked images with my clients all in one step.

Pretty please!!
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On Export you can Automatically Add these exported image to your catalog. No need to Re-Import them at all.
you need to actually look at the export dialog and go through all the options available.





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Yes, that solves the manual re-import with watermark problem, but that still leaves me with duplicate files in my library. If Lightroom could add the watermark to the collection's virtual copies, that would be ideal. 
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Perhaps it would work better if Lightroom Web was simply able to overlay your watermark to a whole gallery as a web sharing preference setting?
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That would be the only way. Because of the way that Lightroom works non-destructively, you cannot sync watermarked images, because you always sync originals or proxies of originals (smart previews).
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Johan I don't understand the part in your reply above of  "You can Sync watermarked images"?
Sure you can. If you export an image and it includes a watermark, and it is in the LrC catalog and in a collection that is synced that image will sync with the Web/Mobile system just fine.
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@Johan, I'm not sure... I realized after posting that a proxy or virtual copy by definition is a replica of the original, but that virtual copy can then be modified independently of the original. As of yet, part of the Lightroom workflow does not involve layers like some other competitors. I would assume that until layers becomes a feature, my feature request would not be possible.  For me right now, the easiest way is to export my images with watermark and manually upload them to a new web-based Lightroom album. This way avoids the unnecessary process of re-importing into Lightroom and ending up with copies of the original that can no longer be edited and that in the end, I would need to delete.
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If you export an image, you create a copy. That copy can have a watermark and of course you can add the copy to Lightroom again and sync it. But that is what you do right now and want to do differently. It also means you get duplicates (the original without watermark and a copy with watermark), so that is far from ideal.

You can't add a watermark to an original, because Lightroom works non-destructively and does not alter the original. A virtual copy is just an extra set of edits, so the same applies to a virtual copy. But when you share an image in an online web album, you make a (jpeg) copy too, so adding a watermark to the images in an online album should be possible and would be a good solution.
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Yes... and maybe as I mentioned in my first reply to you, having Lightroom introduce the feature of layers would make this all much more feasible, whether just in the online space or both online and on the desktop version. Then all would remain non-destructive.

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