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In the last movie, I showed you how to use the Process Multiple Files command in Elements Editor to quickly resize and/or change the resolution of multiple photos at once as you are preparing photos to post online, or to share and print. There is another feature in that same Process Multiple Files dialog box that you'll appreciate when you're preparing files to post online, and that is the Watermark feature. With this feature, you can add a watermark to multiple files at once. I like to use this to add my copyright to a whole bunch of files that I'm going to upload to a photo sharing Web site. Let me show you how I do that.
As in the last movie, here in the Expert edit workspace of the Editor, I'll go to the File menu, and I'll choose Process Multiple Files, and that opens the big Process Multiple Files dialog box. These settings that I chose in the last movie are sticky, so they still appear here. I'm going to leave most of them as they are, but I do want to change the Source of the files I'm going to be working on, as well as the Destination where I'll save the files that I'm processing in this exercise. So, I'll click the Browse button to the right of the Source field, and I'll navigate to a folder full of files, a different one than last time, and then I click OK.
And then I'll click the Browse button to the right at the Destination field, I'll go to my Desktop, and here I'll make another new folder by clicking Make New Folder, and I'll call this one watermarked, and I'll click OK. As I said, I'll leave all these settings as I chose them in the last movie, and then I'll come to the Label section. Here I can choose to add either a watermark to each of the photos in this Source folder, or to add a caption underneath each of those photos; I'm going to go with Watermark.
I'll click in the Custom Text field, and I want to add a copyright symbol. To create a copyright symbol on a Mac, hold the Option key as you press the G key. To make a copyright symbol on a Windows keyboard, hold done the Control key as you press the numbers 0, 1, 6, 9 on the numeric keypad, and then I'll type my name, and the year in which I took the photos. From the next menu, I can choose the position of my watermark on top of each photo. I'd like my watermark to be at the bottom right, so I'll choose that from the dropdown menu.
And from the Font field, I can choose the font for my watermark. You can choose any font you like; I'll go with this one. Now, it's difficult to know exactly what font size you should use, which you can choose from this menu, so I'll usually go with the default, and if I find it's not big enough, or it's too big, then I'll come back, change the font size, and run the command again. By default, the Opacity field is set to 50, and that one will make the watermark semitransparent, so I'll leave it at that. Now, I happen to know that these photo's are dark at the bottom, so if I want the watermark to show up on top of the dark part of these photo's, I'll have to make the watermark a light color.
So I'll click in the color field to open the color picker, and I'll click on any light color here in the large color field, and click OK. And now I'm ready to run all of these commands, including my watermarking, on all the photos in the Source folder by clicking OK at the bottom right of this dialog box. And I can see Elements quickly running those commands on all the photos in that folder. Let's go out to the Desktop to see the processed files with their watermarks. Here on my Desktop, I have the watermarked folder. I'll double-click to open it, and here I can see the five files that were created from my original five files in the source folder.
I want to take a closer look at these, so I'm going to double-click any one of them, and it opens larger here in the Windows photo viewer, and you can see the watermark that was automatically applied at the bottom right of this file. And in fact, all of these files have a similar watermark, as you can see. So, that's a quick way to add your copyright on top of a number of files at once that you're planning to post online.
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