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Add watermarks to Jpg files

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Using photoshop how do I do the following effect:

http://www.bmcgaw.com/prints/detail/C/FC1097.JPG

see the middle of the picture, there is a "BRUCE MCGAW GRAPHICS" in very light shades.

See I need to do this to over 10,000 jpg files that vary in orientation and size.

I am new to this so a very detailed instruction would be appreciated.  Thanks
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by:webwoman
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First, put aside a whole, whole lot of time. You can automate part of this, but not everything -- not if the graphics aren't consistent.

You'll have to do a lot of playing around, you won't want exactly the same size watermark for each image, and you'll need to decide exactly how light/dark/contrasty you want it. Which is why you can't totally automate it.

It's just a very light layer -- maybe 5%? Maybe not... you'll have to play with it to see what works for you. Again, this will have to be sized for the image, contrast/color/opacity may need to be fiddled with, etc.
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Well, we can't afford to put so much time into it.  I would say the sizes are about 20% off of each other.  We need to do this with some sort of automation.  What do you think?
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by:weed
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It's pretty easy to do. Just create a blank canvas with your watermark on it, with appropriate transparency, and have an action (which you'll batch via the batch command) copy and paste it into each JPEG. It'll paste centered automatically.
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by:amira123
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Can you please give "very detailed instruction" on how to do this.  I just bought a copy of Photoshop solely for this purpose and am not really that fimiliar with that software.
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Before you begin you will need a basic understanding of actions and batch commands. Read pages 484-496 of your Photoshop 7 manual which covers what youll need to know. Once youve read that you should have no problem understanding how it works and what you'll need to do. If you have any questions about the instructions, let us know.
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Appropriate transparency is the kicker -- a white watermark will pretty much disappear on a light photo, a dark one won't even be seen on a dark photo. While you can certainly automate a large chunk of this, a lot of it IS going to be a judgement call.

Somewhere along the line you're actually going to have to LOOK at these to see if you've achieved the effect you want. And that's going to take time.
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ygal02 earned 200 total points
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Try a software that is dedicated for this pupose, usually it saves time, like:
http://www.downloadfreetrial.com/multimedia/mult1800.html
http://www.downloadfreetrial.com/multimedia/mult4781.html
and there are much more...
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by:amira123
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ygal02,

You can take a look at my new question:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?qid=20317185
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by:Watermarker
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You can try this software:
http://watermarker.com/watermark-protector/
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