Aperture 2 and the problem with the watermark in the Mobile Me Web Gallery. Unfortunately there is still a little problem within Aperture and the watermark, but here is an easy workaround.
© Gunther Deichmann - if you look closely
you see a faint watermark on the left
Inside the Preference panel, Screenshot of the
actual water mark settings
On Sep 5, 2008, at 6:57 PM, Ian Watts wrote:
Your Name: Ian Watts
Your Email: email@example.com
Subject: Aperture 2 and MobileMe
Message: Is it possible to attach watermarks to images exported to MobileMe galleries?
Various web forums think not...
On Sep 5, 2008, at 1:28 PM, Gunther Deichmann wrote:
Unfortunately there is still a little problem within Aperture 2 and the watermark, Aperture always had some minor glitches with the watermark, dont know why the Engineers at Apple have not fully addressed this issue. I guess with anything fairly new problems will occur and down the road this one will also go away for sure.
But here is an easy workaround since my images are only for the web and in Low res., it is easy and fast
In the Preference panel you choose and set your setting for the Watermark, experiment a bit and find what you like best, the opacity slider, left or right this is all up to you.
Back in your Aperture Browser choose and select your images you like for your Mobile Me Gallery.
Now you simply export them all in one go to your desk top in to a folder using jpg low resolution, I usually choose the Email medium setting, plenty good enough for viewing and the web, but to small for serious reproduction. Plus you have a watermark on them now anyway. Now you import the whole folder and create your Mobile Me Web Gallery and all your images have now the copyright mark.
Ok, I know it is a little work around but it is a lot faster than using Photoshop and applying the watermarks one by one.
Easy since we are only dealing with low res files anyway, I hope I was of some help to you and please do not hesitate in contacting me if you have any other problems, good luck and all the best, and let me know if it worked out.
Have a nice day,
PS. I dont watermark raw or high res. files since they go out to clients I know and can trust.
Subject: Re: Aperture 2 and MobileMe
Date: September 5, 2008 8:53:19 PM GMT+08:00
Thank you for your speedy response.
What a pity! I would have thought that the most common need for watermarking is for web galleries, so it is a shame that this feature wasn't included in Aperture 2.1... perhaps it will be upgraded at some stage to include this?
I have done what you suggested and it works fine - thank you - if a little time consuming!
Thanks again for your help,
How to protect your Photos on the Web? A common question by Photographers…there are many different ways but Aperture 2 provides you with a simple and quick solution to place a Copyright watermark on all Your images.
Some thief’s go through great length and spend time removing even opaque watermarks in Photoshop, there is never a 100% guarantee even with Aperture and its automatic watermarking.
The perfect solution is don’t display your Images on the web…but I think these days are over and we all like our images out there…so how do we protect our images?
© Gunther Deichmann - aerial of Kayakers in Palau Micronesia, barely
visiable and not to distructing from the image an applied watermark
using Aperture 2
Here are some simple Tips to make it harder for these thief’s …
Make sure your images are in gif or jpg low resolution but still good enough to show them in their full glory. Avoid high resolution images, it is an open invitation for thief’s and they slow down your website.
Apply a watermark as described below using Aperture’s settings.
I recommend placing an opaque watermark over the entire image or covering one third of the image, this is much harder to retouch. Don’t place your © COPYRIGHT name and notice on the sides or at the bottom, this can be easily cropped out.
Choose an opaque setting you are comfortable with and is not to distracting from the overall visual. (Opacity settings eg.0.1 to 1.0 all depends a bit on the image, light or dark) With different options available the opaque slider in Aperture 2 is a good start how the watermark is going to look, just try different settings until you satisfied.
Use only your name or create a logo in Photoshop as a layered file,
it is entirely up to you. The screen shot below shows you where to find the Watermark settings in Aperture 2.
You can also deactivate the Watermark any time if you need your images without it.
I provided you a link to “How do I protect my images online” a great article I found recently with some additional options and tutorials to save guard your images from those thief’s.
Go to Preference and choose the export icon, click and a drop down
menu appears. Click on Edit and another menu becomes available.
Now you see all your Watermark options and settings. (red square)
Below: Excerpts from the mention article...
I am setting up an art website. I want to protect my photographs. What’s the code that keeps you from highlighting an image, right clicking an image, copying an image, etc.
* no right-click script
This prevents people from downloading the image when they right click on it.
* Shrink wrapping
This hides the image by letting the thief download something other than what they are trying to download.
This puts information on the image itself, so when they download it, they have your copyright information right on it.
Flash makes it more difficult to steal images...
…read more @