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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA
45 Responses
  1. Michael Hill

    Hi, I get to the point where I am to save as a jpeg copy in the action and the option to save as a jpeg is not available?

  2. Hi Michael,

    Great question. There are a couple of reasons why you may not be seeing the JPG option as a filetype. First off, ensure that you are using the menu: File > Save as… and check the little checkbox that says “Save as a copy” so that you don’t save over the original by accident. Also, see if the dropdown menu of different filetypes gives you JPG (or JPEG) as an option. If it is grey’d out there is one possibility as to why.

    Go back to your image and check under the menu: Image > Mode… and ensure that your image is in 8-bit and RBG format. Since copyright watermarks are only needed for web images, there is no need to work with anything higher than 8-bit images and since they are for the web, RGB is the suitable colour space.

    Let me know if that helps and if now we’ll get to the bottom of it!

  3. Michael Hill


    Thank you … that was it … it was 16 bit and not 8 bit as needed for jpeg’s. What a great ‘help line service’ … fast response and fixed the problem … almost unheard of in cyber space these days! Well done and thanks for the great watermarking process … best I’ve ever come across! PhotographyBB is a great find and I will highly recommend it to my photography contacts. Cheers!

  4. Hi Michael

    Loved the info on how to make the watermark itself, particularly the Place command. However, my droplet doesn’t work. When I drop a sub-directory of images on it, Photoshop CS3 opens up, but nothing happens after that point.
    I re-checked your instructions for any errors I may have made, and can’t find any. I ran a manual action on a single image and that works fine. So it seems the droplet isn’t telling PS to process the images.

    Any clues?

  5. Michael – thanks so much for this tutorial. I’m having a problem. I’m using Photoshop CS. When I try to Place the watermark, the psd file is grayed out. I’ve tried saving as a jpeg,png and gif – all are grayed out. Would appreciate any tips to help make this work as this would save a lot of time.

    Best regards,


  6. Great, but i want my watermarks at the bottom right hand corner of my images. When i use the “place” command it works well, but if the orientation of the picture changes (vertical vs hortizontal), the watermark moves. How can i get this action to work: placing my watermark at the bottom right of the images, no matter if the image its horizontal or vertical

  7. holly

    I am trying to do what this last poster posted, but I see there was no response, can you email me the instructions to make watermarks go to bottom edge right side?

  8. This is immensely helpful! I was wondering though if there was a way to add a watermark to the corner instead and still have it work for all image sizes. Any corner is okay.

  9. Donna Wilk


    I am having the same trouble as Maggie Reddy, the psd file is greyed out and I don’t know how to save it as a transparent pdf. Any other suggestions? Your help will be very much appreciated. I have Photoshop 8 and Mac OS X 10.5.8. Thanks in advance!


  10. Nicholaus

    This DOES NOT work for images of different sizes. I’ve tried it with images that are different sizes, and the action aligns the signature to the bottom right corner, then nudges it up 20 pixels, and to the left 20 pixels. It ends up being in different spots on the images – can someone please help me find a TRUE solution to the issue of not being able to batch ‘copywright’ images of all shapes/sizes/resolutions? I really hoped this would work…

  11. Tricia Muehlbauer

    Thank you for the tutorial. My logo is in a png file. Does it need to be a psd? When i use ‘place’ it turns my png file to a smart object.
    I am trying to get my logo in the bottom RH side and have aligned with right and bottom but when i do a square image the logo is larger than on a 4×6 proportion. What size should my logo be before i hit ‘place'(or can i transform it once it is placed?) and how do i tell it to make the longest side of my image 720 pixels?

  12. jessica

    So – Some of you were asking how to get it in a bottom corner. I resized my logo to fit in the very bottom right corner of the 6000 by 6000 block. It’s been working on every photo I’ve used it on so far but it does occured to me that I haven’t tried a portrait view yet.

  13. Kathryn

    Thank you for this information! I just spent time going through the whole process. My question is there a way to “Place” the watermark in the lower right corner of the image? I just like that it doesn’t cover the image as much and isn’t as “in your face”. I’d appreciate any feedback

  14. carel

    Good day

    I also have the issue with photoshop 3 my droplet do not want to load the images. when i drop the images it opens cs3 but i cannot see and images in cs 3 or the folder location specified. the play action works for the images and i have it to the right.

    Please help



  15. omkar

    thanks a tonnnnnnnn for this detailed article…you dont have any idea how much this article helped to get my photography look more professional…thanks alot…lot of love <3

  16. THANKS so much. Did as you said, had a problem with different image sizes. But I read the comments and followed the instruction about aligning and it works beautifully. Thanks so much.

  17. Thanks for the excellent tutorial! worked perfectly, although maybe it would have been good to explain that anything you do would be recorded into the action, took me a while to realize this. Other than that, super useful.. +10 🙂

  18. Ross

    Everything worked step by step up until the very last step, The blue PS Droplet image above doesn’t show up in my folder, I just get a little icon with the name of the droplet. When I drag the folder to the droplet, I get a message saying “You can’t open the application “Watermark” because PowerPC applications are no longer supported”. Any ideas?

  19. ZoeFoster

    I am sooooo close to getting this perfect, thank you very much for this easy tutorial. The only problem I am having is that when I drag and drop into the droplet it isn’t keeping the original file format (JPEG) it’s changing it to the photoshop extension (PSD) – this obviously isn’t going to work when I try to share the files with customers who don’t have photoshop.
    How can I fix this problem?
    Please help!

  20. Verena

    This has been a great tutorial and I love the watermark. I am getting stuck when using the droplet. I was able to create the droplet. Then I drag the folder with the pictures on the droplet icon and I can see PS working on the pictures but they don’t show up in the designated folder. And I can’t find them anywhere on my mac. Can you help me fix this please?

  21. Jared

    Great tutorial! For me I was creating 2 different watermark actions to be placed in different places. Using CS3 I noticed to following:

    1. When recording the action, make sure you are using ‘save as’ and change the file type to the type of file you want (jpg, gif, psd, etc.)

    2. When aligning layers(still recording the action), select the watermark layer AND the image layer if your layer dialog is greyed out.

    3. The watermark size and position changes if the source file pixels per inch(dpi) change so if you know all your source images will be 72 dpi then make your watermark the same(my phone and point and shoot use 72, my DSLR is different).

    4. Make sure to set an appropriate destination for the files in your save as dialog, a place you can find.

    5. When creating the droplet to send – make sure you use a non-user specific drive path otherwise your droplet will not function or create folders and files in places you’re not expecting. On a windows PC this meant saving to the main hard drive (usually ‘C:\’ . I created a folder just to contain the droplet and the export files. If you are saving everything to the desktop or my pictures, documents, etc. these are user specific locations which the user receiving the droplet will likely not have on their machine.. I did not see a way to create or use a relative path as the path saved when recording is the exact drive & folder path you use.

    6. I was unable to drop a folder onto the droplet, but dropping a selection of images worked just fine and saved to the expected locations(if your folder drop doesn’t seem to work)

  22. Derya

    Thanks for the great explanation. It worked very well. But I had a problem with the images which were in vertical position. My action was created with a horizontal image with the watermark at left bottom. So all the watermarks for vertical images was in a weird and wrong position. Do I need to create a new droplet for vertical pictures? Thanks

  23. Nigel

    I have got as far as creating a droplet but I go to the folder where it should be and OS 10.10.4 tells me that it does not support CS3 so no droplet appears. So close and so far away !! Anyone got any ideas please. I so dont ant to put copyright notice on 150 pics manually

  24. Hi Dave ! You have really given easiest guidelines for creating watermark in photoshop. Can you suggest any resource/tutorial or tips for creating similar old film action effect using photoshop ? Thanks and waiting for your reply

  25. THANK YOU! I made TWO versions – vertical and horizontal for various uses – I needed them at the bottom, more as a branding for the event. I separated out the images into two folders and ran them. PERFECT time saver.

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