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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we've created a custom designed watermark, what I want to do is explore how we can use this inside of Lightroom. For example, what we can do is to go to one of our modules: Slideshow, Print, or Web. For example, let's go ahead and navigate over to the Slideshow module, just to take a look at an example. We can go to either of these. Then what we'll want to do is we'll want to go down to where we can add this little watermark. If you go down in Slideshow, you can see it that you can add a watermark here on top of your photograph. Then go to the pulldown menu. We'll go to Edit Watermarks.
In Edit Watermarks, what we're going to do is we're going to choose a PNG or a JPG file. Now in the previous movie, we selected PNG, so that we can have transparency. JPEGs can't. In another words, JPEGs will always have some kind of pixel content in the image. So in this case, we want to go ahead and choose a file. You remember where we save this, right? It was in that other folder. There it is, logo.png. Then we'll click choose. Well, now that we have this graphic, you can see it's showing up down here. I can make this a little bit bigger, so we can see that.
If we scroll down, we can do a few things to this. We can anchor it into different spots here. We can rotate this watermark. We can change this in a number of different ways. You can also click on these points to change its overall size. In this case, I'll go ahead and just bring this down to the bottom corner. Then I'll try to rotate this back around there, so it's positioned properly. Now we can lower the opacity of this, if it's a type of a watermark where that works. Let's try this with a little bit lower opacity. Then what I'm going to do is simply click Save.
I'll name this out as a preset. I'll just call this "logo-68 opacity." Then I'll bring this back to the Slideshow view here. Well, now here in the slideshow, I can see that logo. It's brought down with a lower opacity. As I go through different images, I can see how that will work with different photographs. One of the things that I'm seeing here is that it doesn't work at this low opacity. No big deal. Just go back to the Edit module here. Go to Watermarking > Edit Watermarks. In this case, we'll scroll down to where the Opacity is.
We'll crank this all the way up. Then here, I'm going to go ahead and even make this a little bit bigger. I'll click Save. I'll go ahead and call this one "logo-big." Then click Create. Again, you can see we have a different watermark here on top of the photographs. Now I'm over-exaggerating the size, yet I'm doing this, so you can start to see--because I know gets tricky when these are small--that we can actually see through the content here. The transparency looks really nice. We can see how that integrates into the image. I also want to illustrate that we can change these.
Once we've saved these out, we can go ahead and just make different selections. We could have a small, medium, and large little tag that we include on top of our photos. I have a friend who is a surf photographer. He has a little wave as part of his logo. It's a wave and his name and photography. He includes that in the bottom of all his pictures. It's subtle. It's small. It's a watermark. But it reinforces his brand, so that anytime someone is looking at his photographs on a blog, or when he e-mails them to clients, it's tagged with that little teeny watermark.
Now this particular watermark is perhaps a bit too big, yet the point here was just to really illustrate how you can work with Photoshop. You can design anything. I mean the sky is the limit. Then once inside of Lightroom--whether in Slideshow, Print, or Web--we can take advantage of adding that watermark. Finally, I just want to go back to Edit Watermarks, and just highlight that if ever you find you like it but it's too big or not in the right spot, well, just go ahead and make a change there. Put it in a new spot. We'll just save this one out as "logo - small," again, just so we have this little variation.
You can see how we can choose these different options from this pulldown menu. Then we can choose the appropriate options that will work best for the task at hand.
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