Watermarking your images is one significant component of building your brand on the Internet. In the post How to Brand Your WordPress Images with Pixelmator’s Watermark Action I described how you can watermark your images with the excellent Pixelmator application. But the workflow is limited and has some drawbacks:
With the proposed workflow you will have to do nothing more than storing your images in a specific folder on your computer. Resizing and watermarking the image will be done automatically.
Check if ImageMagick has been installed on your computer. On a Mac you can do this via the Terminal application. In the Terminal window just enter
convert --version. If it is installed you will see the version number printed.
If you get something like
-bash: convert: command not found, then read my post on How to Install ImageMagick with MacPorts if you are using a Mac.
If you are on Windows go to the ImageMagick website and download the application. You can still use the bash script I provide below and adapt it to your needs. Should you prefer a stand alone application, have a look at TSR Watermark Image Software. I have heard good things about it, but never tried it for myself, because, well, I use a Mac.
Automator is an application which is included in every OS X installation. With this program you can easily automate workflows you do over and over again. I will show you how you can set up a workflow which will be triggered automatically on a file when saved into a specific folder. This is called an Automator folder action.
The new folder action we will be adding does several things for us:
Here are the step by step instructions on adding the new Automator workflow. This workflow has only one Automator action: Run Shell Script
File > Newin the menu and select the workflow template Folder Action.
Now, try it. Make a screenshot with the Grab application, which should be installed in
/Applications/Utilities/ on your Mac. Save a random screenshot in the folder you created in step 1 above. After waiting for a second or two you should see your watermarked image in the folder watermarkedImages.
This procedure can save you a lot of time. Let me know of any improvements you make to this Automator workflow in the comments. Thanks.
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