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Next we have the option of adding a Watermark. We can use watermarks to protect our photographs. And this really opens up a whole new world, and what you can do here is you can click on this little menu here and open up the menu or the dialogue for editing or creating Watermarks. You notice that it picked up my copyright info, you can create your own if you don't see that there by simply adding that. On a Mac you press Option+G, on Windows you press Ctrl+Alt+C to create that little copyright icon. And then go ahead and type out your name.
Next, on the right-hand side, we have a few text options. We could change the Font of this. We could go ahead and select something different there. And you can see how it updates that here. We can also go back, say, to something a bit more simple if we want to do that, and then it will update that in this field. We can also align this text different ways, choose Color, choose Drop Shadow behind it. And then if you scroll down you actually have some really powerful controls over this. You can choose to change its Size by clicking and dragging the slider.
Or by hovering over it and dragging these corner points. You can then anchor this in one of the different corners, or in one of the different positions on top of the image. You can choose to increase its size to fill the entirety of the image, or, you can go all the way so that this Watermark well, it goes top to bottom. It just fills the entire image. Again, you'll want to make the choice based on your own watermark and in regards to what you think will work best. You can also rotate this, so that it goes in different directions. Alright, well, what else can we do with our watermarks? Well, if you navigate back to the top of this menu, you may have noticed that you can also choose a file.
You can choose to include a PNG file, or a JPEG image. Why would you want PNG versus JPEG? Well, you may want to choose JPEG if you have a little logo file you want to include on the bottom corner of your image. Or maybe you'll choose PNG, because you want transparency. Well, let's take a look at how you could work with a PNG Watermark. In order to do that I'll open up Photoshop here briefly and show you a watermark that I created. Its this cCopyright symbol. You can see this is a two layered file. We have the background and then the watermark.
Let me go to Full Screen mode for a second, so that we can hide everything else here. Well, here you can see that this is really simple. You can get more elaborate than this or you can just keep things simple. Next, when you save this out, you go to File and then choose Save As. And when you save this you're going to go to this PNG option, and in this case I've already saved this watermark to our Exercise Files folder. So I'm just going to click Cancel. But typically in your own workflow you would save it to a location that you want to remember.
Next, you'll go back to Lightroom. Back inside of Lightroom, what we'll do then is we'll choose this file. We'll navigate to where this file lives, in this case Exercise Files, and we'll click Choose. This will then bring in this watermark. You'll notice that our text options, well, they're grayed out. That makes sense, because this isn't text. We can then customize this watermark. We can go ahead and fill the entirety of the image with this or fit this to extend to those edges. Control the overall Opacity, and what this can do for you is really protect your photographs.
Because as you can image it would be pretty difficult to steal and reuse this image with this big symbol on top of it. Yet, you want to make sure that you're using a watermark which is appropriate for your web gallery. In other words, this web gallery, well it's just for these family friends to view these pictures. I'm not worried about them stealing these images, so this watermark, this symbol, well it would just be over the top. Kind of obnoxious. So in this case I may want to go back to something simple, like this Text Watermark.
And maybe what I'll do is put it in the lower left hand corner and just make this nice and small. And kind of tuck it away down there, its there its visible I'm covering my bases. But it's not over the top. I'll just push this out and up a little bit as well, I'll just push that away from the edge. Well once you've dialed in that watermark what you'll want to do is save this out as a preset. To do that you click Save. I'll go ahead and name this one my copyright, copyright symbol Cris Orwig and then click Create.
Now back in Lightroom, it will apply that watermark and you can see that as we click through these images. It's on all of those photographs in the lower left hand corner. And then in the future you can select this from this pull-down menu. So in the future you'll simply be able to make that selection, apply that to your photograph, and voila, it will be there included in your web gallery. All right, well, our final output setting decision here has to do with Sharpening. All images need a certain amount of sharpening, especially images that are going to go online.
When a photograph is a little teeny JPG file, it needs a specific type of sharpening, because it's kind of delicate. It's not this big giant RAW file, rather it's this small little thin file. Well the Web Module Sharpening is really good, and we have three options, Low, Standard or High. What I've found in that in almost all scenarios Standard has been great, that has been the option. That I've used most frequently 90% of the time. So most likely you'll want to choose that option.
And with choosing that option, that wraps up our conversation about our output settings.
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