If like me you have found it difficult to get your signature watermark along the bottom of your prints by using one of the online print manufacturers then read this blog that will tell you how you can achieve it in Lightroom 5's develop module.
So I was contacting the main print manufacturers here in the UK about getting the watermark in the border surrounding my pictures. I assumed that some of the print companies would allow a photo to be uploaded, you choose a border size and add your logo all online and hey presto, a glossy print will be complete. Once I started looking into this I realised that its not possible, at least with the 2-3 companies that I spoke to recently. One guy suggested using the print module in Lightroom as a solution then upload the bordered/watermarked version to them then they print that.
After a bit YouTubing and experimenting with my version of Lightroom 5 in the print module I was still getting frustrated with the lack of exact customisation that I was looking for in my prints. I decided to see if there was an alternative. So I went back to the develop module and started to play around with the lens correction section and manual mode that I had used on a print I did recently when I was trying to make a geometric building bend..
In the lens correction section you will find a slider called scale. Pulling the slider to the left began to reveal a white border around the picture effectively reducing the scale of the main image within the screen size. Here it is exaggerated.
In conjunction with the crop tool, you can move the image around and pull in the border sizes to suit your particular image. Once you are happy with the border size that you are aiming for simply begin to export the picture and under the watermark section, tick the box and choose edit watermark from the menu. You will need a .png signature ideally which is transparent and resize-able and position this in the lower larger margin section you have created. Choose the size and opacity to suit.
Once this is set, save the watermark and continue to export the picture. You will now have a watermarked signature in a white border.
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