Real Estate Agent & Trainer using the power of technology to achieve maximum productivity
Editor’s Note: This original posting was way too long & not just a review but a how-to. I’m going to change it to a how-to and make today’s (Thursday’s) into a review.
Today I stumbled on a really neat program called “Batch Picture Protector” from the folks over at SoftOrbits and wanted to introduce you to some of its features & ‘quirks.’ I already had a watermark image in mind, so I quickly threw it together in my photo editing software.
The software interface is incredibly simple. In all honesty, it’s a little too simplistic for me, because I’m a geek. My OCD & geek crashed into each other when I saw that the tools you use are in the “Toolbos,” (sic), in addition to Zoom In & Out, there’s apparently now a “Zoom Normal,” which is an oxymoron IMNSHO. The OCD/geek also growled when I saw that the vast choices I expected to find when I clicked “Options”
were was just one: language selection.
Important note before we go further: Adding a watermark with this program does NOT impact your source photo in any way. You select a destination folder for your watermarked images, and the program creates a copy of the photo.
The GUI is not 100% intuitive, either. Some things I learned after a bit of struggle (and by ‘struggle’ I mean ‘reading the manual’):
So, to start from the beginning, add the file(s) you want to watermark by the buttons on the toolbar. You can also choose to add a single photo, multiple photos, or even an entire folder – hence the name “Batch Picture Protector.”
To add a text watermark, click “+ Text Watermark” and you’ll get this dialog box:
The box above results in this:
To add an image, click “+ Logo Image,” to get this:
Click “Browse” and select the image you want to use as a watermark.
As you can see in the two boxes, there are quite a few options.
Two of the most important items, however, are:
A third “most important item” is:
Just as you can set the size of the font, you can determine what size you want the logo to be. You have two options:
1. Set it to appear based on a percentage of the watermark’s original size. This can be problematic unless all of your photos (in this batch) are the exact same size. Here is an illustration of what may happen if you have it based on the watermark and your photos vary in size:
2. Set it to a percentage of the source image. This is my recommendation. Setting it to 20% and putting it in one of the corners may be best for a simple copyright or security watermark. Due to how I designed my watermark, setting it to 100% of the source image was best. See the transparency example above or the collection at the end for examples.
With Batch Picture Protector, you can even do a Text Watermark AND a Logo Image. This comes in handy if you’re doing multiple batches, each requiring different settings, as adding (or loading) all of the watermarks you plan to use may save time if done all at once. Just because a watermark is listed in the box doesn’t mean it will appear on the photos. Check or uncheck the box on the right to enable/disable a watermark for the batch you’re currently running.
Take it to the next level and add multiple text or logo watermarks. Because the watermarks are independent of each other, you can put the full logo at the bottom, a copyright symbol in the top left, “FOR LEASE” written diagonally across the photo in white and another text box in the center of the top showing the file name. I’m not going to take it THAT far, however adding both text & logo to a photo would result in something like this:
As you’ll notice in each of the screenshots above, all of your selected photos are shown down the left side of your screen. (TIP: If this box disappears, simply click “View” > “Source Images.”) The beauty of Batch Picture Protector is that you can get a preview of what each individual photo will look like with your watermark settings by simply clicking on the source photo. When you tell the program to start adding the watermark, EVERY photo in this line will be done in a matter of seconds. If you determine in previewing that you don’t like how the watermark appears on an individual picture, or you’ve added a folder with some photos which should not be watermarked, remove them from the list. Removing individual photos means selecting them and going to “File” > “Remove Selected.” When you’re finished with a batch, you can select “File” > “Remove All.”
Once you have your image in place, click “Batch Watermark” (under the buttons to add a text or logo), and you’re presented with the dialog box to the right. Set the desired destination folder by browsing, click “Start,” and it will be finished in seconds. I did an entire folder of various-sized photos in roughly the same time it would take to do a single one.
I’ve selected 7 of the results to show what a watermark will look like at 100% of ‘Source Image’ and 75% transparency. Notice how the watermark appears when over a darker area compared to a lighter area.
Here are the results: