Add Logo To Photo

It is always a good idea to add your logo or a copyright notice to your photos when posting them on the web.  This brief article describes how I add the “Alison Bandy-Enos” copyright notice to the photos that we post on the web, as shown in the attached photo.

Duotoned Barn in Preble County, OH

I created two actions to automatically add the text:  one for black lettering, and one for white.  This allows me to choose one or the other to get the best one for the specific photo.  One of the things you should understand, however, is that the size of any predefined text on the actual image will be dependent on the resolution of your final image.  So if you make the text so that it appears nice on an 800×900 pixel image, which is the typical lower resolution I use when posting images, you may not even be able to tell it is there if you paste the same size text into an image that is 3500 pixels wide.

I use actions extensively in my photo editing.  I even have different sets of actions for different types of photos.  However, this particular action is always a part of all of my sets since I enjoy posting images and getting comments from viewers.

  1. Open Photoshop, then open an image that has the resolution that will be in the images you want to stamp with your logo or copyright notice.
  2. Clickon the Actions palette.  If it is not visible, then click Windows ==>Actions to make it visible.
  3. If you want to create a new set of actions that contain all of the actions you want to create, then click the “Create New Set” icon on the bottom of the Actions palette.  It is the icon that looks like a folder about the third icon from the right.    Name your new Action Set something like “Clays Actions.”
  4. Now make sure you highlight the new Action set in the pallet list, then click on the “Create New Action” icon, which is usually the second from the right in the bottom of the Actions pallet.  Name your new action whatever you desire, something like “logo-black.”
  5. Now start recording the action by clicking the “Record” icon, which is the 2nd icon from the left at the bottom of the actions pallet.  From now on every command you execute will automatically be recorded in the Actions Pallet.
  6. Make sure your foreground color is set to the color you wish.  If you only want a choice of black and white, then hit the “D” key on your keyboard to set the colors to the default.  This sets your foreground color to Black and your background color to White.  If you  want to use a different color, click on the foreground color box and choose the color you want.  Note that everything you have done in this step has been recorded in the actions pallet.
  7. Now its time to add some text.   Click on the “Horizontal Text Tool” in the Tools pallet.  Click anywhere on your photo in an area where you will be able to see the text and type your text.  Most likely you will need to change your font and type size in the text tools that appear at the top of the Photoshop window.  For most type faces PS provides menu choices only down to “6pt” which I find too large for an image with a resolution of 800×900 pixels.  So I just highlight what is in the font size box and type in “4.”    Just remember to highlight all of the text you typed in so that all the characters are changed.
  8. Once you have the text the way you want it to appear, choose the Move tool by clicking its icon in the tools pallet.  Now click anywhere in your photo and drag until the text is close to the middle of your photo.  You don’t have to click directly on the text as it resides on an invisible “layer” and you are actually moving the entire layer.
  9. Now stop your action by clicking on the “Stop” button.  This is the icon on the far left at the bottom of your Actions pallet.
  10. Congratulations…. Your Action is complete.

Preble County Barn near sunset.

Now all you have to do to add your logo anywhere in a picture is open the image in Photoshop, size it appropriately and click the and run the action!!  You can then move to where ever you want it by simply choosing the move tool and dragging it here.

One final tip:  if you want to save the image in a jpeg format, flatten the layers first by choosing  Layer==>Flatten Image.

About clayandali
Trained as a research chemist, but have been involved with Entrepreneurship for over 30 years. I have been involved in photography for 41 years. Ali is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH. She loves both portrait and landscape work.

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