You can batch process the watermarking process so as to automate it! However, this requires a bit of actions, so here is a step by step guide on creating the action as well as the batch processing step!
So there are two steps, batch processing can only be applied to to action! So first we have to create an action!
So for the step one, creating your watermark action, follow these steps
1. Open an image in Photoshop (any image would do, preferred same size as the rest of the photos!)
2. Choose Windows > Actions
3. When the action palette pops-up
4. Click on the create new actions
5. Give the action a reasonable name
6. While making sure the record button is active
7. Just do the steps for watermarking your image (it is a good idea to reset everything to normal and follow a logical order)! Here are my steps!
1. Press ‘D’ to reset foreground/background
2. Press ‘X’ to switch white as foreground
3. Press ‘T’ to select font/text tool, select the font size and name to your liking and start typing
4. To center the text, select the move tool, (V) hold on the Shift (or Ctrl) key and select both the font and the image from the layer palette
5. Click on Align vertically and horizontally to current layer
6. Select the font layer (to de-select image layer)
7. Reduce the opacity of the font layer to 25%
8. To merge to visible, press Ctrl+Shift+E
8. Now end the recording
Now your action is completed and it is time for the real action
Batch processing your watermark action!
1. Choose from the file menu: File > Automate > Batch…
2. Here you have all sorts of cool options
1. Choose the Action, in our case watermark
2. Select the source, whether it is a folder or opened files
3. If a folder, you can select to over ride the various dialogue boxes and if to include subfolders
4. You can change a different destination folder or just to save the watermark to your selected images
5. Thats it and just press ‘OK’
Note: if you are working on ‘jpg’ or other similar formats than the image quality dialog window will still popup (this can be overriden if you have a save action within the created action, but it make things a little complicated at times)! So just press ok!