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P: "smart" watermark to include data (location/name/date/lens/camera - EXIF/metadata etc.)

Explorer ,
Feb 04, 2012 Feb 04, 2012

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Is there a way to create a watermark in either Photoshop or Lightroom that is "smart" in that you can customize it to pull data from the metadata of the photo (date/time image was taken, lens used, camera body used, etc.) or file information (folder, subfolder, etc.) ?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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I would particularly like to be able to draw the 'Title' metadata into the watermark in Lightroom.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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I think this idea has great possibilities.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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This should be possible today using Photoshop & scripting as part of an Export post-processing step.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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I suspect LR/Mogrify could do this.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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BTW - Alex, I should probably clarify that we're not discounting your idea, just letting folks know what might be possible in the near term with existing tools, etc.

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Valorous Hero ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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This might be of interest for Photoshop users...
http://members.shaw.ca/hillrg/ditto/i...

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Explorer ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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I try LR/Mogrify yesterday after posting this, and did find that it does what I want, but only to a certain degree. I need to explore more of its options to see how to make it scale/appearance-wise look nicer. At its default settings it's showing the data in microscopic print on my 12MP file 😞

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Explorer ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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I understand Jeffrey. I am not very familiar with the scripting for Photoshop, and in general I have found that Lightroom can process large batches of photos far faster than Photoshop can, at least in my experience.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 05, 2012 Feb 05, 2012

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Provided, of course you own a Photoshop license...

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2012 Feb 07, 2012

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I support this request.

I work as a photographer and as a trainer, and many photographers, especially working in school photography, asked for the ability to get metadata into watermark, using a template editor similar to the one we use to rename pictures.

Thanks
Emmanuel

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LEGEND ,
Feb 08, 2012 Feb 08, 2012

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I had the same thought. I don't own Photoshop and I'd like to send differently processes copies of the same image to a printing service. To identify the images I was thinking of using the title as the water mark and was surprised to find that LR doesn't allow me to choose any Metadata field for the watermark.

Thanks,
Kai

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LEGEND ,
Feb 17, 2012 Feb 17, 2012

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+1
I just need it for the copyright text. I know it can be done because the "Simple Copyright Watermark" option already pulls the information from the metadata. It's just that the style of the "Simple Copyright Watermark" cannot be edited, but the "Edit Watermark" option won't let me choose any metadata tags. It's so frustrating...
It's very time consuming to have to select all photos from photographer 'A' and export those with watermark 'A', then select all photos from photographer 'B' and export those with watermark 'B' etc.
Maybe some sort of variables could be introduced, maybe something like %metadata:copyright% or something similar...? That way I could do the export in one step and save a lot of time!

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LEGEND ,
Jul 17, 2012 Jul 17, 2012

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I like to see some extra flexibility in placing a watermark. I made a logo to use as watermark, but when I like some opacity and place the watermark left, I have to save this. When I want this at the right, I have to save this too. Every change I made I have to save. That isn't always convenient.
I have so many saved rules that I don't know anymore which one I need. So, saving every detail is okay but also to change details of a saved rule for a small selection, just once without saving the changes, must be possible too.

Kees Goedegebure

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Contributor ,
Jul 17, 2012 Jul 17, 2012

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I think it would be great to include metadata in the image watermarking process. For example, when I'm exporting a group of images for a slideshow that represent a bunch of different poeple's images, it would be nice to have the watermark function include the different copyright line for each image. Some apps let us put [copyright] in the text field to accomplish that but Lightroom doesn't yet. Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Aug 23, 2012 Aug 23, 2012

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+1 to this feature!

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2012 Dec 26, 2012

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Excellent idea! I was contemplating requesting this as a feature and am glad to know this was already done. I understand that there are other options, but those create extra steps for the workflow and I'd rather manage it all through Lightroom.

Thanks in advance for the consideration.

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New Here ,
Feb 13, 2013 Feb 13, 2013

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Expand the editing capability of the watermark editor so that a placeholder for the current date can be incorporated into a text watermark. The three basic components of a copyright marking are the © symbol, the name of the owner, and the date. Only the date is variable, and it must currently be added manually. The date placeholder needed would be equivalent to that used in the file name editor. (Looks like {DATE} when used there.)

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LEGEND ,
Aug 23, 2015 Aug 23, 2015

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LR6, options to include image metadata with text watermarks (i.e. Photographed on Apr 5, 2014, 24:01:32). Perhaps up to two lines would be nice.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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Seriously guys (I mean Adobe employee type guys) we've been asking you for this feature for over three years now.

Clearly there is some, non-technical, issue with doing it or you would have cracked it by now.

What's the problem?

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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I'd like to either know how, or have a product feature change request on this topic.
LR 5.5 has the ability in the Print module to add data like the exposure, filename etc. to the output. What I can't make happen (for whatever reason) is for that data to be overlaid on the image area rather than in a border below it. I'd like from print or the file export facility to create a template using keywords for such data fields which can be floated over the image being printed/exported without changing the dimensional area of the image - similar to how the watermark and identity plate work today, just a more robust set of output options available. This would be useful for documentary processes. Manually editing the identity plate for say each filename is unworkable... Education if I'm just missing it, or someone respond on a way to acheive this without leaving LR ?

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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There is no way Richard.

We've been complaining about it for 3 years and more and Adobe's answer is always, "Well, here's a third party tool that does it so, we don't have to solve it".

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Contributor ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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I think "Hey guys! It would be awesome if you would consider implementing metadata powered watermarking" would be better received than "Hey you jerks, implement this already!" Let's keep it civil for everyone's sake. And thanks Adobe for all your excellent work.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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Hi Scott,
Good point, that's a great idea.

Try that.

See if it works?

We all did, over three years ago, we're still waiting for an answer from Adobe which doesn't start "well, there's this third party tool ....."

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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Could it be that this "third party tool" is in fact a "troll" - a patent troll - that this "good idea" has been patented and the cost to license isn't worth the market benefit Adobe could expect from buying this feature?

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Community Expert ,
Nov 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015

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Good theory Gary, but no. It's just a question of working out priorities, and only 28 people have voted on this request in 3 years, which would give Adobe the impression that it's not a high priority for many people, especially when there is a pretty decent third party add on that does the same job.

Demanding won't work, but getting lots of support for this request stands a much better chance. The top 3 requests were all implemented in the last release, and look at the response the Import dialog roll back request got too.
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