Most of us take photographs and many of us post them in this vast, nearly infinite internet. Inherent to this process is a desire to put our name on the pictures – either to protect them from plagiarism or to feed our ego or whatever other reason. There are many software and multiple ways to get this done. Following is a method I commonly use – at least to copyright most images in my gallery – and have tested it on CS2 and CS3 editions of Adobe Photoshop.
Below given instructions are what I used to copyright my images on my Apple PowerBook G4 running OS X v10.4.10 and these may very well work for you. However, please note that you are using these instructions at your very own risk and this website, sgowtham.com, is not responsible for any/all damage caused to your property, intellectual or otherwise.
Get The Images Ready
Backup the original picture(s). Using Photoshop (or otherwise), resize your original picture to a reasonable size. 720×540 px is the dimension of my resized picture.
Start The Process
Open the resized image in Photoshop and the screen should look something like:
We could continue this process assuming that there is only one picture to copyright but it is seldom the case. Let us assume that there is a folder full of images that need similar work and since doing all these steps one at a time for each picture can be laborious task, let us take the Photoshop Action approach. To this effect, pick a New Action from the Actions palette and give it a suitable name:
Click on Record and You should see the Red circular button in the Actions palette, indicating the recording is ON.
Select the Text Tool (T) and type in the copyright note anywhere on the canvas. To get the © symbol in Mac, use Option+g key combination. Pick any font of your choice and add additional effects to your heart’s content.
Optional Step: If you prefer the copyright note to be vertical instead of horizontal, select/highlight the copyright/text layer (in Layers palette) and do the following:
Irrespective of whether the note is horizontal or vertical, it needs to be properly aligned. With the copyright/text layer still hightlighted, do the following:
After the above four steps (assuming that you picked Right & Bottom Edges), the result should look something like:
As one can note, the copyright notice is too close to the edges. To make it easily readable, nudge the copyright/text layer – both in upward and left directions – by a few keystrokes using the arrow keys. Once that’s done, press the Blue square button in the Actions palette to STOP recording.
That’s it. Now this sequence of steps can be called as and when needed and the best part is that it can be used with other built-in features of Photoshop to work on folder full of images. Let us assume the following directory structure:
Pictures/Processing/Originals: contains a copy of the original images.
Pictures/Processing/Resized: will contain resized images.
Pictures/Processing/Copyrighted: will contain copyrighted images.
First, the original images need to be resized. Photoshop provides a built-in feature to accomplish this task.
Pick the appropriate Resize to fit & Quality values and press Run. Once the process is complete, one can find the resized images in JPEG folder under Pictures/Processing/Resized. To add copyright note on all the resized images, start the Image Processor, select appropriate folders (for source and destination), add other File Types if necessary, check the Run Action under Preferences and select MyCopyright from Default Actions set. Press Run and wait for the process to complete.
As one particular location of copyright note may not serve well for all images, it may be useful to create more Photoshop Actions – TopLeft, TopRight, BottomLeft and BottomRight – so on and use them as appropriate.
Comments and/or suggestions, technical or otherwise, about this would be appreciated by myself as well as fellow readers.