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Batch Process Watermarks in Photoshop Elements 7

written by: •edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 5/25/2009

With Photoshop Elements 7, you can add a watermark to multiple digital photos at once by using the batch processing option. This tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to complete that process.

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    Batch Processing in Photoshop Elements 7

    Although the batch processing tools of Photoshop Elements 7 aren't nearly as robust as the ones found in Photoshop CS4, or even those of Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, they do offer a method by which you can add a text watermark to multiple digital photos with one action. We'll show how to use this feature in the following instructions.

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    How to Add Watermarks to Multiple Photos

    In order to use the batch processing feature of Photoshop Elements 7, all of your digital photos need to be in the same folder (or in subfolders under the same folder) or, if you are importing them directly from the camera or media card, on the same device. So, if your photos are scattered in a bunch of different locations, you might want to first spend a few minutes moving them to a common directory.

    Step 1: From the File menu on the main toolbar of Photoshop Elements 7, select the option Process Multiple Files. (Click any image for a larger view.)

    Select Process Multiple Files 

    Step 2: In the Process Multiple Files window that appears, the first thing to do is select the files you want to watermark. From the drop down box next to Process files from, choose Folder if you all of your photos are in a common location on your PC, Import if you are importing the photos from your digital camera or media card, or Opened Files if you’ve already opened all of the photos in Photoshop Elements 7.

    Choose Location of Files to Process 

    If you choose the Import option, you’ll need to specify the device from which you are importing the files.

    For the Folder option (which we’ll use in this example), you can browse for the folder on your computer that contains the photos you want to watermark. If the images in this folder are split into subfolders, make sure to check the box next to Include All Subfolders.

    Next, choose the Destination where you want your watermarked images to be saved. You can click the Browse button to search for an existing destination on your machine or create a completely new folder for the final photos.

    Step 3: In the File Naming section of this window, put a check in the box next to Rename files if you want your watermarked photos to be saved under a different name. Renaming the files is a good habit to get into so you can easily distinguish between the original and watermarked photos, but it’s particularly important to do this if you’re saving the final images in the same folder as the original photos. This way, you won’t run the risk of accidentally overwriting your original files.

    Rename Watermarked Files 

    When you do check this option, you can specify how you want the files to be renamed using the choices in the drop down boxes of this section.

    Step 4: On the right hand side of the Process Multiple Files window, make sure that the Labels category is expanded and choose Watermark from the drop down menu.

    Select the Watermark Option 

    Enter the text that you want watermarked on the photos, and make any changes to the default options related to the appearance of this text.

    Step 5: After you’ve entered all of the necessary information, click the OK button in the bottom right corner of the Process Multiple Files window to start the batch watermark process. As the process is running, you should see a dialog box on your screen informing you of the progress of the batch process.

    Batch Processing Message 

    When all of the files have been watermarked, the batch processing message will disappear and you can resume working in the software.