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Bulk Editing with Photo Editor for Android

Protecting your work in an increasingly rapid social flood of images can be a chore. Previously my work flow was approximately one quarter shooting, one quarter post processing, one quarter protection of images via a watermark, one quarter socializing about my own and others’ works. That one quarter watermark protection was a slow and tedious process of adding a watermark to each and every image that was to be published in some social network setting. Of course, we learn as we go. Photo Editor‘s bulk editing tools have become a fast, easy and preferable method for me to add watermarks to my images, and to add and modify image meta data. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to create meta data presets, as well as how to do bulk editing of sets of images to add a watermark to them.

Photo Editor

  • Creating a PNG watermark

Making a PNG logo or watermark in Photo Editor is easy enough. Start up the app, and create a blank image from scratch. Make it large, so that resolution is high, such as 4000 by 4000. Select the color button (a # followed by number and letters) and make the opacity 0. It is important that the background is transparent. Then, use the “text/image” button to add text. Consider your logo wisely, however. The tools of Photo Editor may not be the proper ones for making a dynamic image that represents your brand. But for now, it will do for instruction. Add text, choose the font, the colors, and so on. Make sure to center the text in the image. You are going to save the image as a PNG file. This will keep the background transparent, so that you can layer the image on your photos. Before finally clicking PNG and “Save As”, there is one more step.

  • Presets

As soon as you are satisfied with the watermark, click “save” at the top right. This will bring up a menu of options on where and in what format to save your image. You’ll note that “modify” button for meta data. Click on it to open up the meta data screen for this particular image. Now you are going to add in those details that are generic, those that you are going to repeatedly enter into any image you publish. For my purposes, I will add the phone I shoot with, including its make and model, my name as the creator and author of the content, as well as a copyright notice.

The software that are used, the image description and geolocation may differ between images, so don’t fill these in. When you’ve finished filling in all necessaries, click “save preset”, and give this preset a name. If you intend to have several different presets, be descriptive when you make them, so you’ll recognize which one you are using when you see your list of presets.

Bulk Editing Tutorial - Batch

  • Bulk Editing

When both of these steps are complete, then hit save. Make sure you have saved the image as a png file. You now have a png watermark, and a preset for meta data. Back out of the app to the initial page the app starts on upon launch. There you will see “Batch”. Click on that, scroll through and find the set of images you wish to do bulk editing on by adding a watermark and meta data. Select these.

  • Task

Bulk Editing Tutorial - Task

The next step is to give the app a task. The task will be to add “text/image”. Select “image” this time of course. Select your watermark.png. If the background is transparent, it will be transparent on the images. If the text is transparent, this too will show up on the batch images as transparent. I use a background of 0 opacity, and a logo/watermark at 20% opacity. That makes it nice and visible on most images, but allows the images to bleed through, so that it isn’t so overpowering to the enjoyment of the viewer. Make sure you have determined precisely where the logo will be on your batch images.

Bulk Editing Tutorial - Add Image

Once you’ve selected all necessary options, click on the save and modify button. Change this meta data by clicking “add preset.” Add the preset you made, plus any additional information that is appropriate to this particular batch of images. Perhaps you are editing a series of images taken at a specific place. Add a geotag, using the map tool!

  • Titles

Make sure to determine the proper way to title your images. Photo Editor has some great presets for this purpose. In the image above, you’ll see a + button (which I’ve circled). That will take you to the title options. If your images are to be followed by a series of numbers, select the format for titling images, and be sure to set the “Current Serial Number” to 1 (as shown below, where the image says 67).

Bulk Editing Tutorial - Titles

Check all other options to make certain you are satisfied with he file type, the image quality, the save location, etc. When done, let the app do its work! Be sure to not put the phone on sleep. It has to be actively running, I’ve found, or the interruption will stop the bulk editing process. Once done, click OK, and go find your images in the folder you saved them in, titled how you wish them, with appropriate meta data, and all with your watermark.

Voila! A fast and easy way to do bulk editing on your Android device.

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