9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2013 9:39 PM by LarryHN
Antonio Machado Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hi, I'm about to start a travel blog of my 9 month so far trip. I want to add some of my pictures to the website but I'd like to add watermarks and/or signatures and/or the site address to these pictures

 

1) I'm an amateur user of MAC (MacPro) and all I have so far is the iPhoto and Preview. Is it possible to do this using these softwares or do I need something else?

 

2) Is it possible to do a batch operation?

 

3) If I need Aperture or Photoshop, I need detailed explanations please, because I don't know very much about these softwares.

 

And I don't know if I'd buy Photoshop since I don't work with photography and that would be a big investment for now

 

4) Who manufactures Aperture? I couldn't find the software under Mac software (under the Apple software or Adobe software nor in Photography software links) on apple.com

 

thanks


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: add signature to picture
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    There's a free plug-in for iPhoto called BorderFX. That will do what you want.

     

    http://www.iborderfx.com/iborderfx/

     

    2. Depends on the app you choose.

     

    3. You don't need either of them.

     

    4. Apple make Aperture.

     

    http://www.apple.com/aperture/

  • 2. Re: add signature to picture
    Antonio Machado Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Terence, thank you! I'm already using iBorderFX for iPhoto.

     

    1) Please, I'd like to know if you had the same issues I'm having. After playing with the borders, colors... for a time, the preview stops updating. It's as if the program is not responding anymore. Whatever I do i not reflected. But if I close it and reopen, then the changes I made after it stopped responding suddenly appear

     

    Also, the "Add text watermark" doesn't give me many options to edit a watermark

     

    Then I tried the "Add image watermark" and created one in Keynote. I had to type a text in a single slide, save it as a picture (the bad is that the jpg looks like a sheet of paper with a text printed on it) and then open it from iBorder. The only way to make the "sheet of paper" look disappear was to choose "multiply" in the "blend mode". Then it's almost perfect, the final result is just the watermark text

     

    2) I'd like to know if there's a better software where I can create watermarks. I wanted to create one that I can play more to create bold fonts, 3D look...

     

    thanks

  • 3. Re: add signature to picture
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Interesting since in your original post you stated that all you had was iPhoto and Preview - Oh Well

     

    1 - for support on iBorder you need to contact the author

     

    2 - I'm sure there are - for example PhotoShop can do almost anything - Aperture can do it - as to a "better" pacakge for you and your specific needs, you need to get on the internet and do your research - no one here can tell you what you want

     

    LN

  • 4. Re: add signature to picture
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Your problem is that you want your signature on a transparent background and jpeg doesn't support transparency. So, save the sig as a tiff or png...

     

    Impression

    iWatermark

     

    There are others. Search on Macupdate.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 5. Re: add signature to picture
    Antonio Machado Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Larry, how are you? Regarding you remark "Interesting ... Oh well", I'll clarify so you don't make an assumption or judgements.

     

    On April 20 I posted the original question. By then I only had iPhoto and Preview as I said at the time and there was no reason for me to hide or lie about anything.

     

    Terence replied recommending iBorderFX. Two days later I replied "Terence, thank you! I'm already using iBorderFX for iPhoto".

     

    Along those 2 days between the original post and Terence's prompt reply, I downloaded iBorder, played with it and came up with new issues. So, no iBorder then and yes iBorder now

     

    You misinterpreted me or maybe my English was not gramatically correct since it's not my first language and this led you to understand me wrong. But after reading my text again and considering there were 2 days between the replies, I think it could be inteligible that I had time to download, use and have new doubts.

     

    Next time I'll phrase "I already downloaded xyz and I'm already using it"


    regards

  • 6. Re: add signature to picture
    Antonio Machado Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Terence, great. Thanks one more time! I'll check these out.

     

    Regards

  • 7. Re: add signature to picture
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)
    After playing with the borders, colors... for a time, the preview stops updating. It's as if the program is not responding anymore.

     

    Which preview?  The thumbnail view in iPhoto?  If that's the one you're referring to know that iBorderFX only allows the user to export the photos with the added text out of iPhoto.

     

    It's not like editing the photo with an external editor and keeping the edited version in the library and updating the preview/thumbnail file.

     

    OT

  • 8. Re: add signature to picture
    Antonio Machado Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Preview is a program in my MAC (it came with the MAC) that I can use to open pdf, jpg... files. I thought you could create text and other things in POreview, but now, after researching, I think you can't, it's only for viewing files.

     

    iBorderFX lets me add a picture file as a copyright signature. I created one in Keynote and added it to the pics. But in the Keynote I'm not being able to create the look and feel that I want in the signature

  • 9. Re: add signature to picture
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Preview can "annotate" photos which allows you to add a watermark or signature to it

     

    LN