macOS Shortcuts: Add a Watermark To an Image

Learn more about creating your own Shortcuts by following along with this watermark tutorial. Build a Shortcut that will add an overlay to an image file and save the file to the same location with a new name. This can be the basis for all sorts of image modification Shortcuts.

You can download the Shortcut here.

Comments: 10 Responses to “macOS Shortcuts: Add a Watermark To an Image”

    Ted McLaughlin
    2 years ago

    This worked nicely. However is there away to modify so you could choose between two different watermarks.

    I have tried a few things but nothing seems to work.

    2 years ago

    Ted: You could, yes. You'd have to add a lot to the Shortcut. No simple answer I can explain right here. If you don't know how, then consider just duplicating the Shortcut and having two, each with its own watermark.

    Daron B
    2 years ago

    Hoping you can help I'm trying to develop a similar macro but for the watermark I want to use Location data from the image. I can get the Location text, or can get the map open showing the location, but can't see any way of getting either data source to overlay. Closest I've been able to achieve is screenshot (full screen alas) the screen with the maps app open and overlay that. I don't think it's possible but I'd love to know for sure :)

    2 years ago

    Daron: Do you want a map of the location, or just the name of the location? Should be easy to do the latter. Just get the location from the image and use that as text over the image. Keep working with it and you'll get it.

    2 years ago

    hi! seems the shortcut runs great on files on my native drive but two issues:

    1. shortcut sporadically works on images that are in my external drive
    2. i see in the tutorial that the watermark can be trackpad-pinched to adjust its size but somehow that feature does not work on my end. I have OS Monterey 12.3.1

    Any thoughts on these issues?

    2 years ago

    ejvind: Note sure why it would work on your external drive sometimes and not others. Maybe nothing to do with the drive, but the name or path of the file? As for the size adjustment, not sure why that isn't working either, sorry.

    Mike C
    2 years ago

    @Gary -

    Wondering if you have any way to do this same process with a PDF? I'm not finding much, although I know it was previously possible through Automator, so thought I may just be missing something obvious.


    2 years ago

    Mike: Not offhand. You can always open it in Preview on a Mac and add a watermark using a simple Markup text box. But it really depends on your goals here. Why do you want to watermark up a PDF? Would using PDF protection work better for that goal?

    Peter Ch.
    2 years ago

    Hello, super tutorial, is there any way to do this shortcut with multiple images at once? Thank you

    2 years ago

    Peter: It accepts "files" as input, so just give it more than one file as input.

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