Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adding Copyright and Watermark!

I've learned the proper way to add a copyright to a photo
 by using my camera setup and adding a watermark 
when processing a photo in Adobe Elements 11.  
The copyright is visible in EXIF 
(exchangeable image file format, defined here) info,
consisting of shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO Speed, etc.
For example, if you use Flickr you see this info
 once you post a photo, it's under "show EXIF" info, see below.
Regarding a watermark, see the photos below; before, 
and after, bottom right hand corner shows the watermark.
Look close, it's pretty light...
FYI ~ For instructions, I cut and pasted them
 at the end of this post (sorry, 
I do not remember where I found these tips). 
If you're interested in using these tools
feel free to bookmark this post or if you follow
my blog know that a link to this post is under my page called "Tip Guide".
Anyway, this is a time saver, that's for sure.
What I had been doing when wanting to add my info  
was add text to the photos one by one... what a pain!
~ For my future refernce ~

For Canon copyright setting:  (If you don't have a Canon hit here)
Before going to the Set-up Menu of a compatible EOS camera, make sure its Mode Dial is set for a Creative Zone mode — P, Tv, Av or M. If not, the camera simplifies operation and menu choices and no choices for setting copyright will appear. The following choices should present themselves, once you highlight Copyright information (usually in the 3rd or 4th Set-up Menu screen) and press the SET button:
  • Display copyright info: This setting shows you the current information for “Author” and “Copyright.” You’ll see the text spelled out, including spacing and any special characters. You should definitely check this Display after setting or changing any in-camera copyright info. 
  • Enter author’s name: Probably self-explanatory, but this is where you make selections from the lower and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters (including a blank space character) in the lower part of the menu screen. And while using the SET button, input each, one at a time. Your recorded characters appear in an area in the upper part of the menu screen.
  • Enter copyright details:  The only noteworthy thing here is that even though there are special typographic symbols, there is no official Copyright symbol, “©”. Instead, if you don’t want to spell out the word “copyright,” you can use either parentheses or brackets around a lowercase letter “c”. Here and in the Author’s name area, you can enter up to 63 characters, including blank spaces.
  • Delete copyright information: If you press SET to enter this line item, highlight OK and press SET again, you’ll (predictably!) delete all copyright info from the camera. This includes Owner’s name, Author’s name and Copyright details.
Notes from Millie:  To delete a letter or space use your "trash" button and to move from blue box (Canon) to letter/number box use the "Q" button (Canon).  A draw back would be, if someone else takes photos with your camera and your name is on it.  They recommend deleting this info, see "Delete copyright info" for how to delete.

Here’s an easy way in Photoshop Elements to add a watermark to one or more photos:

  1. Open the photos in Editor.
  2. Click Expert.
  3. Select File > Process Multiple Files.
  4. From the Process Files From drop-down list, select Opened Files.
  5. Browse and select the folder in which you want to save the photos after the watermark is added.
    The watermark that you add using this method is permanent. So specify a folder other the folder in which your original photos are stored
  6. Click the drop-down list in the Labels area and select Watermark.
  7. Specify the text that you want to display as the watermark. For example, you can specify your name.
  8. Select the position, for example, Bottom Right.
  9. Select a font according to your preference.
  10. Specify the font size.
    The font size depends on the dimensions of the photo. Photos of larger dimensions require the watermark to be in a large font.
  11. Adjust the opacity and choose a color of your choice.
  12. Click OK.
  13. To view the changes, open the photos from the folder you specified.
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