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Watermark in iPhoto

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Wylie Thomas1 Calculating status...
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Does anyone know how to add a watermark to photos in iPhoto to protect against theft of pictures you post on public sites?
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
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    Jan 23, 2008 9:59 AM (in response to Wylie Thomas1)

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. You can use a 3rd party image editor like Photoshop Elements to do the job or one of the watermark applications like iWatermark. Go to and do a search for "watermark". You'll get a number of possible candidates.

    The photos can either be exported out of iPhoto at the size needed for uploading and then processed or processed from within iPhoto by setting the watermarking application as the editor to use when double clicking a thumbnail in iPhoto (see iPhoto's general preference pane).

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
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