How to Watermark Photos

How to Watermark Photos

By Roger Wambolt

Learning how to watermark photos is a very important technique for photographers to protect their property. In this digital age it can be very difficult to control how your photos are shared once they are in somebody else’s hands. Making a watermark ensures that anyone viewing it knows who owns the rights to it and can also be an excellent form of advertising!

The advantage of using PaintShop Pro to do this is that many photographers have hundreds or even thousands of photos that need to be watermarked. In this tutorial you will learn how to utilize PaintShop Pro’s powerful scripting feature so that you only have to do it once, and then automatically apply your watermark to all of your photos in moments! Get peace of mind without a huge time commitment when you learn how to watermark photos.

You will learn how to:

  • Add a watermark to an image.
  • Create a script to automate the process.
  • Batch process a folder of images to save time.

Check out a few examples of watermarked photos below.

You spend a lot of time and effort composing and taking your photographs to get them just right. You are proud of them and want to show them off to friends and family. The last thing that you want to see is that some unscrupulous person has taken your image and called it theirs. What can you do? In this tutorial you will see how quickly and easily images can be watermarked.

You will learn how to:

Getting Started

Create an image that you will be using as a watermark. It should be a PNG file with transparency for the best effect. You may also want to use white for the most dramatic effect.

Recording the Script

Once you have launched PaintShop Pro and start the script recording, any commands that you execute will be recorded into the script. Once saved, this can be used in Batch playback mode to process large groups of images.

1. Select File > Script > Start Recording. Next, select Image > Watermarking > Visible Watermark.
2. Select Browse and browse to where the watermark image is saved and load it in.
3. Under Style, set the Size to 20; the Opacity to 50 and the Emboss to somewhere around 50 and then click OK.
4. Select File > Script > Save Recording. In the Save As dialog box, type a name for the script.


It’s Time to Batch

1. Select File > Batch Process. This will open the Batch Process dialog box that will allow you to set up the various parameters.
2. Select Browse and browse to where the images are that will require the watermark (they can be in a single folder, or multiple folders, but the output MUST all go to the same folder).
3. Select the option to Use Script and then using the drop-down, locate the script that has been created.
4. Ensure that Silent Mode is selected.
5. Under Save Options, select the desired file format. In most cases this will be .JPG JPEG.
6. Select the Browse button to point to a folder where the processed image will be saved.


PaintShop Pro is now ready to process the files.

1. Click Start. A Batch Process status bar will appear and you will see the progress as the script is being applied to the various files. Upon completion click “OK” and the browse to the processed files.







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  • Jack Shempton Reply

    Explicit but simple and effective. I’ve been doing it the hard way, but now I all that has changed.

    May 31, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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