Pro Tip: create an applet to watermark images

By , Sep 2, 2016

Bird Wallpaper Watermarked

Adding watermarks to photos is an invaluable tool for photographers who want to put a company logo or information on a photograph to share the proper credits that made the photo possible.

It can be done manually in a variety of different kinds of photo-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Pixelmator, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can create an applet that automatically watermarks photographs for you.

I find photography fun and I’ve gone through the process to watermark photos once or twice before in apps like Pixelmator or Photoshop, but it wasn’t exactly a streamlined process. In bulk operations, this process quickly becomes cumbersome.

To make things a bit faster, you can simply create yourself a little applet that watermarks your images in less than a second. All you’re going to need is a Mac with the Pixelmator photo-editing app installed on it, a $29.99 download from the Mac App Store.

Creating a watermarking applet in Automator

To make an applet that will watermark your photographs or screenshots with a desired icon, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Automator app from your Mac’s Applications folder.

Open the Automator app on your Mac

2) From the first window, you will pick the Application option and then click on the blue Choose button.

Create Application in Automator

3) Next, you’ll double-click the Watermark Images action from the sidebar:

Watermark Images Action in Automator

4) When you do this, Automator will recommend that you add another action to not only create a new watermarked image, but also to preserve the original image. I recommend this too, so click on the blue Add button.

Automator watermarking guide add a new action original and modified

5) Now you’re going to be brought to your workflow. You’ll see both the Pixelmator action and the Finder action in your workflow. You’ll want to drag the image you want to use as the watermarking icon into the Watermark Image box and you’ll want to click anywhere in the 3×3 Position grid where you want the watermark to appear.

Watermark Images Automator Workflow

Note: We have selected the iDB logo for the watermarking and chose the bottom right position in the grid.

6) After selecting your watermarking icon and positioning, you’re going to go to File > Export… in your Mac’s Menu Bar.

Mac Menu Bar Export Watermarking

7) Now you’ll give your applet a name, select the Applications folder for the destination, and click on the blue Save button.

Save Watermarking Image Applet MAc

8) Now you’ll want to drag the applet you made into your Mac’s Dock.

Watermarking app on Mac Dock

You have successfully created an automatic image watermarking applet!

Utilizing the applet for photograph watermarking

After you’ve created the applet, using it is very easy. I recommended putting it in your Mac’s Dock because it’s going to make using the applet ultra fast.

To use it, follow these steps:

1) Find an image file that you want to watermark. In this tutorial, we’ll be using a bird wallpaper we found on Google.

2) Drag the image file onto the applet icon on your Mac’s Dock:

Add Image to Watermarker Applet Mac

3) You will see an icon that looks like a gear cog appear in your Menu Bar momentarily while the app works:

Gear Icon in Mac Menu Bar

4) The app will now save a new image to your Desktop with your watermark embedded in the selected position of the image:

Watermarked Image Mac Desktop

5) You can open it with Preview to verify the watermark was baked into the image:

Image Watermarked in Preview app on Mac

And you’re done!

Here is a before and after comparison of the image with and without the watermark:

Bird Wallpaper Watermarked Before and After

The Pixelmator app is required to make this applet and is a $29.99 download from the Mac App Store, but it often goes on sale, so you can always keep your eye out for a time when it goes down in price.

Another thing we wanted to tell you is you can select multiple photographs at once and drag them all into the applet icon on your Dock in one fell swoop, rather than one-by-one, and it will add watermarks to all of your photographs. With that in mind, you can save a lot of time, because it only takes a couple of seconds to do them all!

If you’re one who needs a faster way to add watermarks to any of your photographs, either because you make tutorials or because you’re a professional or amateur photographer, this is a wonderful way to power through the process without wasting any more time than you have to.

Also Read: Make an applet for your Mac that quits all apps instantly

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  • Joaquim N.

    Really nice tip! I wish you guys would publish more Automator tips in the future. Thanks!

  • n4nom4n

    Good stuff! THX!

  • Xee

    Can sort of be done with Pixelmator on iPhone as well, by adding text, and a circle and using the liner gradient plus transparency settings.

    Difference is your creating the watermark, not adding it from an image file. Sure there is an app that can do it more easily.