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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.



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  1. Brad on May 4, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for making this available to us, Jodi!

  2. Laser on May 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I joined NAPP during the CS5 introduction but can’t find this on their site. Can yu help me out?

  3. Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on May 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    For CS5 just click the link on my site to download.

  4. Sara on May 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    THANK YOU!! I’ve been looking for something like this for years. I just purchased CS5 and now my work flow is so much easier. Thank you again!

  5. Nancy on May 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Thank you for this post! I have recently installed CS5, and I am really excited to get this watermark working, but so far am just getting an error message “SyntaxError: Expected:}:1” Has anyone else run into this problem yet?

  6. Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on May 19, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Nancy, I have not. But I would contact them as it may be an easy fix.

  7. Amanda on May 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    HEEEELPPPP Hi – I am fairly new to the whole photoshop scene and I have elements 7. It is driving me crazy because it shuts down in the middle of editing, if someone knows why that would be helpful – also can someone tell me the difference between cs5, elements, and photoshop (the full version) Thanks…

  8. Judith on May 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hi there, I was getting an error also and if you go to Russell’s site it actually says they are having issues with it right now and to check back as they are working on it.I love it and hope to get it loaded and working soon.Smiles äÖ_Judith

  9. Amy Hoogstad on May 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, this looks powerful and time-saving! Thank you for sharing the link:)

  10. Nancy on May 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for your reply Jodi, and thank you Judith for your info – I am glad to know I’m not the only one having troubles with it… I am looking forward to using it, it sounds GREAT!

  11. Susannah on June 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This was the tool that I needed to get things moving faster! Thank you for a great fast watermarking tool.

  12. Kelly on July 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I’m having trouble getting the Watermarking Panel to work. I have followed all of the instructions on installing the Panel, yet when I try and use it, my extensions are all greyed out. Any help or suggestions on fixing this problem would be most appreciated. Thanks.

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on July 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      You would need to contact NAPP or the panel designer. I cannot troubleshoot their products. Are you a NAPP member? If so, they have a help desk.

  13. Greg Bumatay on July 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Works great! Now how do I use this extension as an action or what is the best way to batch hundreds of files efficiently? So far, it only allows me to use images opened in PS. Is there also a way to select files in Bridge, then run the extension as a batch? Please help! Thanks.

  14. Sue McFarland on September 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    So not fair that you can get this for free only if you have CS5!! I have 4 and cannot afford anything since I paid full price for it…lol!

  15. John Snelson on September 20, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Works great for me in CS5. No problems. Just a question … I can’t get the process to copy folder structures … read say all the jpg files in all of the subfolder of “My Pictures” and write the new images to a set of new subfolders in “My Pictures 2” … am I missing something or expecting too much … or both ?Any help much appreciated.

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on September 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

      I would contact the developer. I just was passing on the info about this great free product. Russell Brown is the developer of it.

  16. Jacquelyne Schuepfer on November 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Just follow this post from SU. I already bookmarked this.

  17. PRADEEP on July 25, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Wow this is cool and time savingThank you for sharing the link

  18. Bill on August 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Downloaded the software and it’s doesn’t work for me. Leaves a very harsh layer over my photos. Had to delete all of them. AVS software does a much better job without changing the texture of the photos. Lightroom is good and AcDsee. Mr. Brown needs to burn a little more midnight oil. Thanks anyway! Bill

  19. Carol Magalhí£es on November 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you 😉 Works great in CS5!

  20. Ant West on January 28, 2012 at 4:46 am

    This is an awesome find! Thank you 😀

  21. Simon Parker on February 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Fantastic! Just what I needed. Thank you so much!

  22. Henry Rivers on March 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

    So often now they are edited out anyway. If you are going to use a watermark make you use a small one and tile it across the image … this will make it much harder to remove.

  23. Beau on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Love this program, was easy to use, and self explanatory. tyvm!

  24. Unapologetically Mundane on May 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you! In love with this after two uses. Now all of my friends who hate my watermark are going to have to see it a whole lot more.

  25. Rachel on May 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Your post indicates there in an embedded video showing how to use it. Where is the video? I can’t seem to find it

  26. Philippe on May 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This plug-in is awesome, it saves tons of time.Thanks a lot for sharing it !!

  27. Doug C. on July 25, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Seemed like a great idea, but once installed all I get is a script error: destination folder does not exist (54).

  28. ambi on August 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    but how to use it…i am beginner with photoshop. you have written so much but forgotten to mention how to use it

  29. Rik on September 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Was VERY slow to load into CS5 – I thought it wasn’t working – but gave it the benefit of the doubt and waited.It is slow to process files (single or batch) – but maybe that’s partially my computer. I’m not sure as I’ve never had anything run so slowly previously. But I have to say – once I got it set to my liking it seems to work wel. So far, so good!THANK YOU!!!

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