Watermarks with text and graphics

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I recently did a body paint photoshoot where the client required their logo on each exported image, but as well as the logo, they wanted the name of the artist and model. Here is an example of an export https://petercookphotos.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/948a3008.jpg
To achieve this I had to use Photoshop to create a transparent PNG which contained both the logo and the required copy. This was quite time consuming since at this particular shoot there were 9 different Model/Artist pairs.

It would be useful if you could extend the watermarking capabilities in Lightroom to allow us to include a watermark image and copy.

It might be even more cool if you could possibly use the meta data to populate the text, but that sounds a heck of a lot more complicated and error prone.
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Alexandra Giamanco

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PJ, 

Lightroom isn't meant for that. It would need a whole type feature and I doubt Adobe will add that since we already have Photoshop and Illustrator. The easiest program to create watermarks is Illustrator in my opinion, because being that they're vector files, they can be resized from very small to very large without loosing quality. The watermark you made is too small and not legible. The text is actually hard to read because it's placed over grass which has variations of light in it. You'd need a darker background and larger type in order for people to be able to read it.  

My other suggestion would be to blur that background a bit and by doing that the watermark would be better seen. The way it is now anyone can use content aware and make it disappear. 

I would only like for Lightroom to let me add the image watermark and resize/position it wherever I want. I would also want Lightroom to add a grid type watermark I can use when sending an image for proofing. I've had people steal images instead of proofing them. So adding a grid where we can adjust the transparency would be awesome.
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More and more clients are requesting watermarks and it's an easy way for them to identify images quickly versus having to go look at the filename.  We do the same thing in video with timecode overlay for clients....

Watermark Pro easily incorporates metadata (and not enough options from my perspective) but certainly lightroom can as well, and hopefully do a better job at it.  
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But how can they? I mean, unless it's "work for hire", where you're their permanent employee, they can't ask you to put "their" watermark on your images! That's not how "photography" works.