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Feb 19, 2009 16:22 |  #1

I'm trying to set up an action that will (in this order) border, re-size for web, and then watermark my photos that have already been touched up and cropped. I've got it working pretty well but I can't seem to get my watermark in a consistent location on both landscape and portrait images.

I'm making a text box with left aligned text that is over sized for the text so that it spaces it past the border and into the photo both horizontally and vertically. Then I select both the text and the image and use the move > align right edge and move > align bottom edge. Seems to me like this should work but it doesn't, see attachments...

Is there a better way to do this that will work for both portraits and landscapes?

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Feb 19, 2009 16:24 |  #2

Whoops, here are the examples of what I am getting with my current technique...


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Feb 19, 2009 16:35 |  #3

the first step in your action needs to be "file-automate-fit image." then set it so both are the same. say 2000 x 2000. this will allow your action to work both in horizontal and landscape. www.russellbrownshow.c​om (external link). its under the cs2 scripts section and watermark branding.


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Feb 19, 2009 18:52 |  #4

fit image
then use canvas size to add your border start with the white and then another for the black, this will let you have a constant size all the way around your photo..

next your copyright watermark

create a 2nd file for your text - i'll create some images to help explain what i mean..


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Feb 19, 2009 19:00 |  #5

ok, so if you add a small black line on the same layer at the bottom of your signature, when you align the bottom edges, it will always align to the same place..

you can also add one to the right of the sig so when you align the right edges it will also hit the same spot..

all you need to do is select all on the layer, you copy, close and paste - then align


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Feb 19, 2009 22:06 |  #6

Hmmm, I am using fit image (800 800) to get it down to web size before I add the watermark. I really wanted to make it with text, and it looks like your method references another file, Bobster? Is there a way to get the blending options for the text to still work? When I tried it this way they were stripped off when I pasted it in and if I re-apply them it will happen to the small black lines as well.

I was just playing around with it again and created a new doc, with border, in portrait at the same res. I dragged and dropped the text over from an image I did the action to, aligned both ways, and it came out perfect. I don't get why the same process doesn't work when my action is doing it?

Still stumped...


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Feb 20, 2009 04:12 |  #7

Follow the link in post #3, download the "Digital Watermark Branding" action, and modify it: All you need to do is insert a text instead of the path. Or create a path out of the text.

I've done that by creating a path around a scan of my hand writing:

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@Bobster: Why the need to "add a small black line on the same layer at the bottom of your signature"?
It should align just fine without, you just have to move it (which can be done in the action), right?

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Feb 20, 2009 06:04 |  #8

Dustin, you can't use drag and drop in an Action, it has to be cut/copy and paste

Rene, you can nudge after you align sure

i use a line because its a 1 step process for the align, no nudging needed..

i have my line where the edge of my coloured line is, so i align with that..

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with your fancy text layer mode, i guess you'd be better off without the lines Dustin, and after the align commands, use the move tool and the cursor keys to nudge your text into place..

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Feb 26, 2009 09:14 |  #9

I finally got a chance to watch that tutorial and his method worked great. Tons of other great info on that site as well. Thanks for all the help!

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