Adding a Watermark

Find out how to add a watermark to variants when processing, using the Process Recipe’s Watermark tool.

An overview of watermarking

Capture One allows you to add a watermark to variants when processing to protect your copyright and deter others from unauthorized use of your images. The Process Recipes tool allows the option to create a watermark using the system’s fonts, certain tokens, or to import a ready-made graphics file or image with a transparent background. Capture One is compatible with all common graphics and image file formats that support transparency for use as a watermark.

Capture One allows you to add a watermark to variants when processing to protect your copyright and deter others from unauthorized use of your images.

Adding a text-based watermark Pro

In addition to adding your own text, Capture One allows you to use tokens when creating a  watermark on images. This option greatly simplifies the task of adding a high-quality, text-based watermark to images during processing. Tokens leverage Capture One’s access to EXIF data as well as Catalog and Session naming paths for naming watermarks, and can therefore be used to dynamically vary the text used.

For example, when the photographer’s name has been added to the Creator field in the IPTC - Contact section, choosing the Creator token will automatically add that name to the watermark, saving you from typing the name in yourself. What’s more, if there are images from multiple photographers in the selection, Capture One will dynamically change the watermark according to the name (in the Creator field).

Note, if the selected token refers to a field that’s currently empty, the warning Empty Name will be displayed in place of the watermark.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Text from the Kind drop-down menu, and choose from the following: 
    • Enter the text required for the watermark in the Text field, or ...
    • Click on the adjacent Text Action menu (…) icon to open the Watermark Tokens manager dialog box. Select a token or collection of tokens from the list displayed, from the Group or Presets drop-down menus, or add a combination of text and tokens, as desired, and select OK.
    The watermark will be visible on the image in the Viewer.
  4. Select the Font Action menu icon to adjust the font and color of the text.
  5. Adjust Opacity and Scale sliders to the desired level.
  6. Adjust the placement of the watermark using the Horizontal and Vertical sliders or by selecting the hand cursor tool (H).
  7. Once the watermark is created, save it as part of a process recipe using the Process Recipes tool so it can be reused whenever it is required. Multiple sizes may be necessary, depending on the output dimensions.

In addition to adding your own text, Capture One allows you to use tokens when creating a watermark on images.

Selecting a Preset

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Text from the Kind drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the adjacent Action menu (…) icon. The Watermark Tokens manager dialog box opens.
  5. Go to Presets and click in the text field. The Manage Presets menu opens.
  6. Select the preset from the User Presets or Built-in Presets folder, as appropriate. The preset’s contents will be added to Format field.
  7. Verify and add any other text/tokens as required and select OK. The contents of the Format field will be added to the Text field in the Watermark tool and displayed on the image in the Viewer.

Select the preset from the User Presets or Built-in Presets folder, as desired. The preset’s contents will be added to Format field.

Creating a User Preset

Capture One can save a text-based watermark as a User Preset.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Text from the Kind drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the adjacent Action menu (…) icon. The Watermark Tokens manager dialog box opens.
  5. Select a token or collection of tokens from the list displayed, from the Group drop-down menu, or add a combination of text and tokens, as desired.
  6. Go to Presets and click in the text field. The Manage Presets menu opens.
  7. Select Save User Preset…  A save window opens.
  8. Give the preset a relevant name and click Save.

Capture One can save a text-based watermark as a User Preset.

Deleting a User Preset

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Text from the Kind drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the adjacent Action menu (…) icon. The Watermark Tokens manager dialog box opens.
  5. Go to Presets and click in the text field. The Manage Presets menu opens.
  6. From the Delete User Preset folder, click-on the preset from the list. The Delete Token Name User Preset window opens ask to confirm the action.
  7. Select OK or cancel, as appropriate.

From the Delete User Preset folder, click-on the preset from the list. The Delete Token Name User Preset window opens ask to confirm the action.

Adding a graphics-based watermark Pro

Before using this feature, it is necessary to create a graphics or image based watermark first. Capture One supports all common image file formats with a transparent background for use as a watermark, such as PSD, DNG, TIFF, GIF and PDF. In addition, Windows users can also use BMP files.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. From the Kind drop-down menu, select Image. 
  4. Drag and drop a pre-prepared image file with a transparent background in the Drop image here field in the tool, or browse for the file by clicking on the File Action menu (...) icon, below right of the Drop image here field.
  5. Adjust Opacity and Scale sliders to the desired level.
  6. Adjust the placement of the watermark using the Horizontal and Vertical sliders or by selecting the hand cursor tool (H).
  7. Once the watermark is created, save it as part of a process recipe using the Process Recipes tool so it can be reused whenever it is required. Multiple sizes may be necessary, depending on the output dimensions.

Capture One supports all common image file formats with a transparent background for use as a watermark, such as PSD, DNG, TIFF, GIF and PDF.

Resetting the Watermark tool

You can clear any text- or graphics-based watermarks from the watermark tool using the tool’s reset option.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Click-on the Action button (…) icon in the tool’s name bar. A two-option menu opens.
  4. Click on Reset Tool. The Watermark tool is cleared of any text-or graphics-based watermarks. Only the tool on the tab is reset, none of the tools on the other tabs are reset.

Click on Reset Tool. The Watermark tool is cleared of any text-or graphics-based watermarks.