I don’t want to shock you, but there is definitely opportunity for your content to get ripped off on the Internet. Your amazing photo is just innocently sitting there on some site, minding its own business, then BAM! Stolen by a jerk! Not only is it stolen, but it’s re-posted without credit, perhaps even accredited to someone else.  A lot of time and effort went into making that photo the beauty that it is. Can your photo ever find its way home again? Not easily, if ever. Because of this phenomena, many artists watermark their images so that the whole world knows where they came from.

So, let’s walk through how you can add a watermark to your images. For this, you will need your name or logo as an image file, preferably with a transparent background.

In Manage mode, select the image you want to watermark, and click Edit mode. In the Add group, select Watermark.


Click Browse to find your watermark image. To stand in as my logo, I will be using this weird wee dog as the watermark for my photography business *wink wink*, Tiny Dog Photography.


Drag the image to your desired area and resize as you like by dragging the marquee handles. Select Maintain aspect ratio when resizing if you want to resize the watermark image without distorting it.

If your watermark doesn’t have a transparent background, choose Apply Transparency. Then click the color in the watermark that you want to make transparent, or enter the RGB value.

Select an option from the Blending Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the watermark to blend into the underlying image. For this, you’ll just have to experiment with what looks best for your watermark.


Lastly, select your opacity level using the Opacity slider. This will determine how subtle you want your watermark to be. When satisfied, select Done and save your changes.


To Add a Watermark to Series of Images at One Time:

Adding a watermark to one image at a time? Nobody has time for that. You can use Batch Edit to add your watermark to as many images at once as you want.

In Manage mode, select the images.


Go to Tools | Batch | Batch Edit. In the Batch Edit window, in the list on the left, click Watermark to see the watermark options. Now, it’s important to note that this is not the same as clicking the checkmark next to Watermark. You have to select the word “Watermark” to see the options, then select the checkbox next to it to say, yes, I actually want a watermark.

Once again, browse to find your watermark image. If the watermark does not appear on the preview, click the Position & Blending tab and then click back to the Image tab.


Configure the checkboxes on the Image tab as mentioned above. On the Position & Blending tab, you will find your Blending Mode drop-down menu, Opacity slider, and Location fields, which allow you to position your watermark precisely using percentage or pixels.


(You can still position and size the watermark by dragging the marquee handles, as well, if you prefer.) You can then use the Image List tab to preview the look and position of the watermark on all the selected images in your batch.

When you are happy with the way the watermarks look, press Next on the bottom of the Batch Edit window. Under the Output Options, you can configure where you want these images to be placed, if you want to change the file names, or file format, etc. Press Next. ACDSee will then apply the watermark to the images and, when complete, you can find them in the location that you specified.

The final step is to share and set free your work as you desire, with a bit more peace of mind!

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  1. Howard D. Garlinger says:

    What can be done to put text onto a given photo. ie: date and name of object

    I tired to find what you did in your various items. Let me know.

    Thank you,

    Howard D. Garlinger

    • acdsystemsit says:

      Hi Howard,
      If you just want the date to display on your photos, the easiest way to do that is to simply adjust your camera settings so that it is included automatically. But, if you want to add text to your images retroactively, this can be easily achieved with the Add Text feature. Basically, in ACDSee/ACDSee Pro, in Manage mode, you select the image you want to add text to and click Edit mode. Then, in the Add group, select Text. On the Add Text panel, you can type the text you want to add and configure options for it, like placement, font, size, drop shadow, etc. Press Done or Apply, et voilà! For more information on the configuration, open the help contents (Help | Help Contents), and use the table of contents on the left to navigate to Edit Mode | Using Add Tools | Adding Text to an Image. To find out how you can add text to a bunch of images at once, go to Manage Mode | Batch Functions | Using Batch Edit | Using Batch Edit and Manage Mode | Batch Functions | Using Batch Edit | Batch Edit Text Overlay Options. Hopefully that helps. Let me know if I can provide additional clarification. Have a great weekend!

    • acdsystemsit says:

      Hi Howard,
      Me again. I just realized that there is actually a more official, efficient way to do exactly what you’re asking. Follow the same steps I mentioned before — go to Edit mode, go to Text under the Add group. On the Add Text panel, in the Font section, you’ll see a tiny button that says Ins between the Font drop-down menu and the Color drop-down menu. Click that and select Insert Metadata… From here, you can select any metadata you like, including the date and time the photo was shot. : D

  2. Julie S. says:

    I have ACDSee 17 and don’t see the Watermark option in the Add menu of Edit. What version are you using. Do I need to upgrade to something else?

  3. Ames Jones says:

    I realize this is an older post… but do you have any idea how to make the watermark stay in the same place across all the photos (ie. bottom, right-hand corner). I did what you said, but it moves from place to place.

  4. Hi Ames,
    I can’t seem to reproduce this issue. If you’re using Batch Edit, you just position the watermark once in the Image window in the Batch Edit dialog and it should add it to the same location in every image. It appears that if you are batch processing images of different sizes, the watermark will appear as a percentage relative to the size of the image, (based on the first image, it looks like).
    Another way you can approach it is to position your watermark in the Watermark tool in Edit mode, and then save it as a preset. Look for the Presets field at the top of the Watermark panel. This saves everything about the watermark’s position and settings. Then when you open the Watermark tool on other images, you can select your preset from the Presets drop-down menu at the top of the panel.
    I hope this helps!

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