Lightroom: Watermarking Needs To Be Flexible

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Watermarks need to be position-able. I use a watermark in a unique location for each image, so I have 300+ watermarks and counting. Sometimes I also want to use a lighter one, or a darker one, so that creates hundreds of combinations on top of the location for each watermark. This is seriously as inflexible as could possibly be.

What I do now is import it into Capture One and position the watermark (because in there it is simple) and then export it to my target medium. Can we please have per image watermarking like some of the weakest image products on the market seem to have? I have been asking for this since Lightroom one.
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Are you using the watermark as a copy-deterrent that overlays the picture in a prominent location so no amount of cropping will help someone steal the image, or are you using the watermark as a signature so want it to be more inconspicuous and pleasing in its location and color?
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I am using it for the latter. I place my signature in a location that does not distract from the enjoyment of the work, but allows for a slight branding. Thus my problem, as I might want a different location and opacity per image, which I can do easily in Capture One, but in Lightroom it is awful.
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I agree the watermarking in LR is simplistic and geared toward being obtrusive and ugly for copy protection rather than customizable and pleasing for use as a signature.

Have you tried LR/Mogrify2? It has various options that might cut down on the number of variations you need to track:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange...

Tutorial:
http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/200...
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Thanks Steve. I will check into it, but from what I have read this is an additional purchase. Pity the Lightroom product has such a glaring weakness that people have to come up with ways around it. I would love to see this fixed in the next version.
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Well, it is better than what Lightroom has, but still lacking things like opacity. Thanks for this, it saves me from throwing Lightroom out and moving over to Capture One, at least for the time being.
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C1 is also an extra expense.

The Text layers have opacity.

You can create graphics with their own opacity levels as I'm sure you've done, already.

Otherwise Adobe's answer might partially be that you can always use Photoshop, and do whatever sophisticated things you want to with it, and so how much development resources should they pour into better watermarking when it still wouldn't be enough to please some people.

What is needed is a way to define things per image in Develop, rather than per Export run batch. If you're doing one-offs then it doesn't matter where, but if you are doing several images and need to repeatedly export them after other little tweaks, it would be easier to have LR remember signature/watermark options as metadata with each photo.

I could see them adding a Signature and Framing section when they run out of other easily marketable things to work on..
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This request is actually important to my volunteer work. We have volunteer pilots and SAR personnel who are taking thousands of photos per day in support of Emergency Management Agencies. We need to be able to quickly batch process the acceptable photos to add a logo (depicting who took the photo [our agency] the date and time, and the LAT/LONG of where the photo was taken. Ideally, the watermark template would look something like:

*LOGO*: , ,

We do disaster damage assessment, Lost person searches and down aircraft searches in support of these agencies and this is what they want to see. Clearly, the metadata/EXIF will be different for each photo. If this is not currently possible, is it coming? When? Should I be considering another product? For what it's worth to Adobe, my volunteer organization has over 50,000 volunteers and supports many local, all state and federal government agencies.
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The example portion of my post was modified. It did have brackets indicating variable fields for the watermark, but it would go something like:

"Logo", DDMMYYY, HH:MM:SS, LAT-LONG.
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I concur. I'm no programer, but it seems like it would be a fairly simple task to be able to individually watermark each image in a batch export. Simply enough, as you export, your cursor becomes a watermark stamp. Each image comes up on the screen one-by-one and you just hover over the spot you want to watermark and click to stamp it. Please...Lightroom is by far the best editing program available. I'm tired of having to individually export each image in a batch of hundreds.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Flexible watermark positioning.

A little suggestion for Lightroom.
the possibility to indicate a specific point (xy) on a picture. LR can use this point to place the watermark befor printing / exporting the mage. If no point is set, LR can use the default location of the watermark. This would be very handy.
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I agree with the comments above. I also own Photoshop, but why should I have to import all my images into Photoshop to simply add a watermark? This is a huge bottleneck in my workflow and I have been looking into 3rd party solutions. I love lightroom but this is a frustrating drawback. I would love to see a stamp option like Yukio described.
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Please go here

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

and register your support for the implementation of this idea.
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Workflow could be like this:

1. Select location in image to place watermark (with "watermark" tool?)
2. Go to next image - again mark preferred location or go tonex image without marking.
and so on

On export watermark is either placed to location if it is defined for an image, or to default location if custom location for a photo is not defined
Locations could be copied/synced as any other adjustment (e.g. synced between virtual copies, if needed)