Adding your ‘mark’ to an image is useful, not just as copyright protection, but also as a promotional tool. Adding metadata information to your image lets people know who created it and how to contact you.
Doing this to dozens or even hundreds of images is a laborious task, so automating this process is a must. Here we will share three quick things that are useful.
The Copyright Symbol
The first is very easy: the copyright © symbol.
Hold down the Alt key, then type 0169 on your keypad. After you release the Alt key the © symbol will appear. For those of you one-click fans, you could set up a macro to do this for you.
Second is a great plugin for Photoshop that can easily batch add a watermark and edit your images in one go: Batch Watermarking For Photoshop CS5. You can download it at this Link
Install the plugin using Photoshop’s Extension Manager. This will put everything in the right place including the built-in help video.
Once installed, open Photoshop and go to the menu: Window > Extensions > Adobe Watermark. This opens the watermarking panel. Open the drop down menu on that panel (top right) and click “help”. You will see a video showing you how to use the plugin.
With this handy tool, you can batch watermark and resize your images ready for upload to public view, but there is something more you can do – add metadata to all the images.
Metadata is information such as your copyright information, your website, and/or email address that is hidden from normal view. When anyone downloads your images, they will then see their metadata.
This can be done using Photoshop’s Action Script to do batch processing. After you have created this script and saved it, you can easily reuse it for future work.
The first time, however, takes a bit longer for you to create the script, but it’s not difficult.
- Open an image in Photoshop (Important: Have an image open already before you start to create your batch script)
- Open the Actions Palette (menu windows > actions or press ctrl-F9)
- Press the ‘new folder’ button and give the new folder a name such as Custom Batch (this is where your saved script will be stored)
- Now hit the ‘new action’ button. and give it a name too, such as ‘batch metadata’
- Check that it is in your new folder by looking in ‘Set’
Now you’re ready to create the script. Press ‘Record’ (this will now record all your actions until you press ‘Stop’). Next time, you won’t need to go through this, it will do these actions anytime you run this script again.
With ‘Record’ pressed, follow these steps.
- Select File > File Info.
- Type in your name and any other data you want on the opened panel.
- Now click the IPTC tab.
- Add your email address, website, etc.
- Click OK.
- Save this image. Don’t edit anything else, like format, etc. Press OK when the prompt opens.
- Make sure you close the image before you press STOP.
You now have an Action Script to add your metadata in batch; the steps you recorded can now be applied to multiple images or whole folders of images, using the following steps:
- File> automate > batch
- Select your action script you just created
- Select the source folder your images are in
- Press OK
The script will then open each image, add the data you added in the first image, save and close it and continue through all the other images while you sit back and enjoy your tea.
By using the above instructions it becomes pretty painless to add your mark and helps protect your work as well as promote it.