Lightroom: How do I place text/watermarks on my pictures?

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I am a beginner LR3 User and I love the program, but is there any way to put text on my photograph through LR or will I have to get another program to export it to so I will be able to do this, and if so what program do you recommend?
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I depends on what exactly you want to do. There are some simple text capabilities in Lightroom which can be used to place text on your images in various ways in various contexts. Depending on how you're outputting the pictures (Slideshow, Print, Web, Export) you can add text via Watermarking, Identity Plates, or Text Tokens. Searching the Lightroom help files for any of those terms will provide you with detailed information.

-Ben
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Thank you, I did one photo in Slideshow, but is there a way to do to one single photo and export that photo with the text ? Like if I wanted to put one of my photos on facebook with text written across the top of the photo. What would I need to do it in to be able to export with text. Would that be slideshow or something else
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Jeff posted the answer in the link above.

It involves 2 steps.

1. Create a Watermark in the Watermark Editor that has the text you want.
2. Export the image with the watermark and then upload to Facebook.

Watch the video link that Jeff posted and it will tell you what to do.
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I would like to see the ability in the Lightroom Develop module to add text to an image. Currently, (as far as I know) text can be added onto an image only in the Slideshow module. The text feature there is primitive (e.g., only one line at a time) and only an entire slide can be saved as a JPEG. I want to be able to add text onto an image and save the image as a JPEG, TIFF, etc. And I'd like it to be easy to save unique text on single images (not an entire collection). The Develop module seems the best place for such an implementation.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Text-on-Image Capability in Lightroom Develop Module.
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Thank you for posting the video links. The watermarking technique works somewhat, but not all text is a watermark meant to go on multiple images. For example, adding quotations or other sayings to images. Most of the time, this text will be used only once. Watermarks require that they be saved as presets. And I found that even if I have a "Quotation" preset, I cannot change the text and save over it. Lightroom forces me to save it with a new preset name. I don't want hundreds of preset watermarks of different quotations. I want to be able to either easily overwrite an existing preset (e.g., the "Quotation" watermark) or create text that does not have to be saved as a preset. Does this make sense?

I have a project where I will be adding quotations (sometimes consisting of multiple sentences each) to photos; a different quotation on each photo. I would like to be able to do this in Lightroom.
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Just picking up on your comment "I want to be able to either easily overwrite an existing preset (e.g., the "Quotation" watermark) or create text that does not have to be saved as a preset."

You can do the former using the watermark editor, though it's not an immediately obvious capability. Choose the watermark you want to change, i.e. your "quotation" watermark, type your new text in the text box. As soon as you make a change, the title of the watermark in the top box will have "(edited)" added, and if you click the down arrow to the right of "edited", you will see a new option has appeared in the drop down list: Update Preset "Quotation". Select that, the watermark is changed and away you go....
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Jim, thank you very much for that tip! I wish I had noticed your comment before downloading and installing ImageMagick and Mogrify. But other features of Mogrify might come in handy.
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Beverly,

The Mogrify plugin will do what you are asking. You can put your "quote" into the Caption field of metadata. Then set the Text Annotation to use the Caption field.

Mogrify is accessed then through the Export Dialog.
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Thanks, Rikk. I was reading about the Mogrify 2 plugin earlier today. I'll have to look at it again. On first reading, it seemed like it would be cumbersome. I came away thinking it would be just as easy to send the image into Elements to put on some text. But maybe I was too hasty.

My wish for Lightroom 4 is still for a more versatile text tool. :)
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Mogrify is way easier.

Put your quote in the captions, tell Mogrify how to render it and select piles of images and export. It seems more cumbersome than it is.
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The only problem I see with Mogrify is that there is no preview of the image when you are adding text, so you don't know what it will actually look like until the image is generated. Oh well... No perfect solutions yet!
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How can I add my watermark to the images that are saved to CD or printed? I already have the watermark settings completed, and when I view in slideshow mode I can see the watermark. But not in the library itself, and I want to make sure it shows the watermark if I burn a CD.

UPDATE!!! ~ I found a link on YouTube (believe it or not) that walked me through it. One small step of scrolling down when I went to export would have done wonders here! Live and Learn people. Live and Learn. ~

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: How to apply a watermark to an image..
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