A nice watermarking technique using LR/Mogrify 2


With a little bit of thought LR/Mogrify 2 can be used to easily add all sorts of watermark effects to your images as they are exported from Lightroom 21.

For example, Ryan Rowell uses this plugin to produce a very nice result.

Another example comes from Cindy Lee. Cindy contacted me recently to ask if we could add a new feature to LR/Mogrify 2 to allow her to watermark her photos as shown in this example (click the image to see the full sized images on Cindy’s site).

“No need” we said, it can do that already!

To do something like this using LR/Mogrify 2 is actually quite simple.  Cindy created the transparent bar and logo combination in Photoshop and then places this watermark at the bottom right of the exported photos.  A vertical offset is used to move it up a bit.

To ensure that the bar covers the width of the photo the watermark should be at least as wide as the largest image that you’re going to export.  The watermark is aligned on the right hand side so that the logo is correctly positioned.  The left side of the bar gets chopped of by LR/Mogrify 2.

Then, the text annotation is placed at bottom center, and a vertical offset is used to move it up so that the text within the bar.

Finally a thin black border is placed around the image.

I’d love to see other cool examples.  If you’re using LR/Mogrify 2 then please feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

  1. You’ll need to use the orignal LR/Mogrify 1 if you’re still using Lightroom 1.x []
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11 Responses to A nice watermarking technique using LR/Mogrify 2

  1. Cindy says:

    Thanks Timothy for creating such a great plugin to help overcome the watermark shortcomings with Lightroom. I thoroughly recommend it and encourage users to send some “appreciation” donations your way.
    … oh and big “holla” for featuring my work here on your blog.

    Thanks again.

    Ps. Now if you could just come up with something to watermark the web gallery images I’d be delighted!

  2. Ryan Rowell says:

    Hey Thanks Timothy, I really appreciate the blog love. Almost a shame I didn’t have anything more recent for you to link too. Thanks again for this great plugin, and keep up the great work.

  3. I use Mogrify in a different way:
    Just my signature at the bottom, outside the frame.
    Polaroyd style. :) The white frame/canvas and the thin black lines are also from Mogrify :)

  4. Gilles says:

    Hi, Tim

    Can you add the possibility to create a drop shadow around the picture frame ?


    • Ruud says:

      I’d really like to support this request or, if by any chance, this is already possible by filling in something in the ‘Extra command line parameters’, I’d appreciate an instruction on how to do the right thing.

      • Jim says:

        I’ll 3rd the motion for drop shadowing!! I have been using Timothy’s LR/2 for quite a while now and consider it a “must have” part of my lightroom install whenever I build / re-build my computer(s).

  5. Mike Criss says:

    I was looking to use a plugin for my copyright in Lightroom so I didn’t have to use actions in Photoshop. Your plugin was just the ticket. Once I got the size and offset correct it is a one button operation. Here is an example:



  6. Timothy,

    Great work. This an excellent tool. I’ve been waiting for a tool like this. Keep up the great work. I featured mogrify on my recent blog post. You can check it out here. I’m really excited about it. I’ll be using it for my blog images.




  7. Ami says:

    I love this plug-in! I would love to add something a little more complex, but I am not that experienced.
    Thanks sooo much!

  8. amanda houlton says:

    Hi.. I am new to watermarking and don’t think I am understanding this fully.after donating a bit to the cause.. I tried using the plugin. When I go to export after adding a what I thought.. just my studio name.. nothing shows up at all on the exported image. I am using a PC. but still not sure what I am doing wrong

    If anyone could hlep I would really appreciate it.

  9. Brant Power says:

    I downloaded the plug in and trying to wrap my head around it. I think i’m starting to understand the text annotations, but my problem is using the Graphical Watermark. it says it’s a compiler for visual studio and i’m running 2010 beta. I guess I’m not sure what’s going on.

    Any tips would help.