A watermark can display a viewer’s name, email address, custom text of your choosing, your logo, or any combination of these watermark types. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a reusable watermark template to apply to your titles. Note that creating watermark templates is limited to Administrators; neither Content Managers or Publicists can create watermark templates.
Create a New Watermark Template
As an Administrator, you can create a new watermark template for you and your team to apply to titles. First, select Watermarks from the left-side panel.
|The Watermarks button is not visible to Content Managers or Publicists.|
This opens the watermark template builder. Under the preview window, click the Add Mark button to add a new watermark to the template; by default, this watermark will display the viewer’s email address. Click Remove Mark to remove a selected watermark from the template.
With a watermark selected, you can adjust its settings in the right-side panel. Under the Field Type menu, select the type of watermark you want:
- Custom text
- The viewer’s email address
- The viewer’s name
- An image
Whichever watermark type you choose, simply click and drag the watermark to change its position on the screen. To add another watermark to the template, just click Add Mark again, move the watermark to the desired spot, and change its type as needed.
If you select a Custom Text watermark, a text field will appear in the right-side panel. Here, you can enter any custom text you want to display, such as “Property of My Network.”
If you select Image, an upload window appears on the right. Be sure to upload an image file in PNG format. The file size cannot exceed 5MB, and we recommend image dimensions of 300 x 400px. Transparency should be set in the file itself, since image transparency cannot be adjusted in the template builder.
Once you upload an image, click the image icon to choose a different image or the trash-can icon to remove the image. Note that a single template can contain up to three image watermarks.
You can adjust the color, size, or opacity of a text watermark (name, email, or custom text) by selecting the watermark and changing its settings on the right side of the template builder.
Under Text Align, you can set a watermark’s position relative to the “X” button above the watermark itself. For example, clicking “Center” will center the watermark directly below its “X.” By default, a new watermark is left-aligned.
When you’re done customizing your watermark, click the green Save Template button in the bottom right.
On the next screen, you’ll enter a title and description for your watermark template. Click the checkbox next to Add Forensic to add forensic watermarking to the template. A forensic watermark is an invisible watermark that acts as a unique identifier when it is analyzed.
Click Create Template. You’re now ready to apply the new watermark template to your titles.
Update a Watermark Template
To make changes to an existing watermark template, start by selecting Watermarks from the main menu on the left. This button is not visible to Content Managers or Publicists; only Administrators can create and edit watermark templates.
Go to the top left corner and select Show Templates.
Now, select a template from the list of templates, and make the desired changes.
When you’re done, click the Save Template button in the bottom right. On the next page, you can update the name and description of the template and turn forensic watermarking on or off.
Click Update Template to finish saving your changes. The changes will be automatically applied to any title that is currently using that template.
Note that you cannot delete a watermark template, since the template might be in use by one or more titles in your network.
Add Forensic Watermarking to a Template
A forensic watermark is an invisible watermark that acts as a unique identifier when it is analyzed.
You can add forensic watermarking to a template from the Watermarks page. When you are prompted to enter a name and description for your new template (See Create a New Watermark Template above), you will see the Add Forensic button just below the description box.
Click this checkbox, and then click Create Template.
You can also add forensic watermarking to an existing template. First, go to the Watermarks page, and click Show Templates in the top left.
Select a template from the list. Then, click the green Save Template button. On the next page, you can add forensic watermarking and click Update Template.
When you apply a watermark template to a title, a small “F” icon indicates that a watermark template includes forensic watermarking.