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Is it possible to make and use a water mark for use with Aperture. I have tried but always get a retangular box behind my words. All I want is the word with no background... Can you help me please

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,455 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:39 PM (in response to Wriggle)

    If you want to add a text only watermark using Aperture's "Export" presets, you need to create the watermark image with a transparent background (alpha channel), for example with Photoshop, Gimp, Graphic Converter and use this image as a watermark.


    Or simply download and use the free BorderFX plug-in. This can add text with a transparent background; Here is a link to the current BorderFX version:

    BorderFX - BorderFX




  • ecologyweb Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 12:19 AM (in response to Wriggle)

    Under Export ....

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to Wriggle)

    It is in two places depending on how you want to use it. It can be either an Export plugin (modifies the image on export)  or an edit plugin (modifies the image which is saved back to the Aperture library)


    In the first case the effect you added with the plugin is not visible in Aperture, it is only visible en the exported image. In the second case the image with the effect is saved back to the Aperture library and is available for further processing in Aperture.


    As an edit plugin it is in the Photos->Edit with Plug-in menu

    Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 11.00.23 .png


    As an export plugin it is in the File->Export menu


    Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 11.00.08 .png

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,455 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to Wriggle)

    Can I also add the water mark to the Aperture presets

    You can add awatermark to the "Export" presets to be used with "File > Export > Versions". This will let you write a set of selected images to a folder with the watermark added. Just select "Edit" in the "Export with preset" menu in "File > Export > Versions" and create a custom preset by copying one of the predefined presets enabeling the watermark.


    But the export presets with watermark are only available when exporting versions.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,455 points)
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:20 AM (in response to Wriggle)

    If you want to ensure certain visual dimensions of your image on the screen or printed on paper set the visual dimensions in inches/cm in the export preset, together with the resolution in dpi in your export preset.


    For example, the preset below will set the exported image to a maximal size of 17 inches in the longest dimension, but with a reduced resolution of only 72 dots per inch, sufficient to be viewed on a screen, but not sufficient for printing:

    Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 07.45.57.png

    Shifting the image quality slider to the left will reduce the file size (and the quality) further.

    With these settings I compressed this image file from originally 4.32 MB to 286 KB.


    Not all applications may respect the dimensions in inches however, but Photoshop will show the correct document dimensions in inches.




    P.S. I hope Frank does not mind my jumping in with an early answer, seeing it is still night in फ्लोरिडा

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,455 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:52 AM (in response to Wriggle)

    - but I cannot find a way of reducing all the photos in the file. They seem to reduce a bit but not enough.

    Sorry, I don't understand, Catherine. What file are you talking about?


    I can if I use BorderFX as a plugin which saves them back to Aperature - then it's just a matter of exporting them from Aperature with preset size to another file before uploading. Trouble with that is if you change the watermark for some reason on one photo - you change them all - so it doesn' t always work well.

    Have you tried to save your Watermark settings as a preset in BorderFX? You can switch between different presets using the dropdown menu behind the cogwheel. I export my images by grouping them in albums, that need the same watermark settings.




    P.S. Beautiful pictures!

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,555 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 10:40 AM (in response to Wriggle)

    Hi.  A few things to throw into the mix .  An actual workflowchart would make this plain (I think), but I don't have time today to make one.


    - The watermark used is set either ad hoc or using a saved Preset.

    - Presets can be made in either BorderFX or Aperture.

    - Presets in Aperture are Image Export Presets.  They are applied when you export an Image.  The files created are NOT retained in your Library

    - Presets in BorderFX can be EITHER for export (which creates a new file outside of Aperture), or as a plug-in edit (a new file is created and saved in your Library as an Image with a {new} Original)

    - the size in pixels of the file-to-be-created is set in the Preset

    - (NB) While the Presets can scale the watermark, you will get better results if you create individual watermarks (i.e. files) for each size you often use, and turn off scaling.  I recommend 800, 1200, and 2000 px.  When you create the Preset, select the watermark that is closest in size to the dimension of the file being created.  (Put the watermark size in the file name, e.g. "My Professional Watermark 2013 1200wide.tif".  Put all your watermark files in one Finder folder.)

    - You should name your files (and/or use metadata) so that you can trace any file created by export to the Image in your Library from which it was created.  This doesn't have to be one-to-one, but should be close enough that you won't have to spend any time picking out the Image.  I preface all files with the date of recording, and (usually) include the shoot name and location, as well as the serially-numbered file name assigned by the camera, so, for example, "2013-03-12_SingleSquash_Studio_1 of 9_DSC06370.jpg"


    Your workflow is then:

    - Prepare your Image(s) for publication

    - Export with watermark using a Preset in either BorderFX or Aperture. (Batch processing -- as Léonie points out -- will have to be done in groups of same size.)

    - Publish (to your site).


    One question you'll have to answer is whether you want to keep the watermarked image files in Aperture.  In general, it is better to add watermarks on export and not save these files in Aperture, because saving the watermarked file alongside the Image that was watermarked greatly increasing the storage required.  One reason to do so, however, is if you often need the watermarked files.  Even so, you might be better served storing them outside Aperture (in a series of Finder folders).  Best practice, IME, is to refine your workflow so that

    - in-house Images are not watermarked

    - published files are not kept in-house.


    I hope that ends up clarifying things rather than murking them .



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,455 points)
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    Apr 4, 2013 7:38 PM (in response to Wriggle)

    Next Question.


    How do you orgainse your Aperture library.

    See Kirby Krieger's User Tip here:

                     The Well-Trod Path: a Beginner's Guide to how Aperture's major parts inter-relate


    For such a complex question it would be better to start a new discussion.That would help to keep the ASC database of question and answers on topic and better searchable


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