Watermarking and re-sizing are two effective ways to protect your photos from theft on the internet. And they also brand your images, which is an added bonus. While people may still copy or take a screen shot, prominent logos on re-sized photos make it harder for customers to print your images without permission.
Watermarking and adding logos to images can be accomplished in a variety of ways using Photoshop. You can add your branding with Photoshop actions and apply it one image at a time or by creating a batchable logo action. This is very effective if built correctly, but is not easy for most people to do. Another common way to add a logo or watermark is using the brush tool in Photoshop. You can watch the video tutorial and learn how. This works on most versions of Photoshop. It works well but if you have Photoshop CS 4 and CS5 there is an almost miraculous way to watermark your images.
The Russell Brown Adobe Watermark Panel is an innovative way to add your watermark or logo and re-size hundreds of images in minutes. Add your logo to the top, bottom, right, left or center. Specify how close or far you want the watermark from the edge of your image. You get to decide the size and opacity of the branding.
The only way to get the script and watermark panel for Photoshop CS4 is to become a member of the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). Dr. Russell Brown, a Photoshop genius, created this script and panel extension.
In Photoshop CS5, you can download this tool without being a NAPP member (though I highly recommend joining for so many other reasons). In my conversation with Dr. Brown, he granted me permission to share the download link with you on my blog. I have embedded his video below so you can see how revolutionary this will be for your workflow.