4 Easy Steps to Create & Add a Watermark in Lightroom

Create & Add a Watermark in Lightroom

How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom

Whether we like it or not, watermarking photos is an important part of producing and sharing images online - especially if your images are the way you earn a living!

Are you wondering how to put a watermark on your photos?  Today, I am going to walk you through the steps to create and add a watermark to your images in Lightroom!  (If you want to make a watermark in Photoshop we have a separate tutorial for that here)!

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Two Things to Know Before We Start:

  • Watermarking is something you apply to your photos as you EXPORT or publish your photos online.  You won't see your watermark on your images while inside of Lightroom.
  • There are also Lightroom Modules (print, web, and slideshow) that allow you to use watermarks while creating in those Modules

Step 1. Open the Lightroom Edit Watermarks Dialog Box

How to create a watermark for photos

To begin creating a watermark, select "Edit Watermarks" from the Edit menu if you are on a PC.

If you are on a Mac, select "Edit Watermarks" from the Lightroom menu.  A new dialog box will open up that look like this:

How to Add Watermark to Photos

Step 2. Choose the Watermark Type

How to make a watermark for photos

You will need to select the type of watermark you want to create in the upper-right corner of the Watermark Editor.  You may choose either a text watermark or a graphic watermark.

A text watermark consists of typing in the text you want to use as a watermark.  You can use any font on your computer for your watermark.

A graphic watermark will require you to have an image you want to use as the watermark.  The image you choose will look best if it is saved as a PNG file with a transparent background (see the bonus video below).

Step 3. Apply Options to Your Watermark

Lightroom Watermark Options

You can use the options in the options menu on the right of the Watermark Editor to adjust how your watermark looks.  There will be font and drop shadow options if you chose to use a text watermark.  For both text and graphic watermarks, there are also options to adjust the opacity as well as the position of the watermark. 

Don't be afraid to play around with all the options to learn what they do.

Step 4. Save the Watermark in Lightroom

When you have finished creating your watermark, click the "Save" button and give it an original name.  Once it is saved, it will be available in any of the Lightroom modules that allow you to use a watermark AND during export AND when using publish services.

Keep in mind, there is no limit on how many watermarks you can create (as far as I know).  So if you wish, you can create different watermarks for different uses. 

Are you not sure if you want to add a watermark your photos?  You can read more about the importance of watermarking your photos here.

Creating a Simple Text Watermark in Lightroom - Video Tutorial

As a BONUS, I created an additional video (below) to show you how to create a transparent PNG file from a Photoshop file so that you can create a graphic watermark in Lightroom.  In the video, I also cover how to create and save a graphic watermark in Lightroom as well (this video is similar to the one above but will give you a graphic to place on your photo).

Creating a Graphic Watermark in Lightroom - Video Tutorial

Enjoy creating your watermarks and adding them to your photos!

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