How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom Mobile

Although watermarking is a somewhat debated topic among photographers, it really can go a long way in protecting your images from theft. If you’re reading this article, chance’s are you’re wondering how to add a graphic watermark (or just text) on Lightroom Mobile, so that’s exactly what we’ll be covering today.

Quick/Simple Steps

  • Open a photo (obviously)
  • Tap the share button on the top right
  • Select “Export as…”
  • Check “include watermark” and hit customize
  • Type your name or import a graphic (png suggested)
  • Tweak sizes/positioning

And it’s as easy as that! If you’re looking for some more “complicated” steps, I’ll list them all out in detail below with photos to help give you a visual.

image with watermark text
Adding a simple watermark is actually extremely easy.

Detailed Steps

Alright, so the first thing you’re going to do is open a picture (obviously). Next, you’re going to hit the share button. It’s on the top right and looks like 3 dots connected via a line.

Then, select “Export As…”.

Now, tap the slider for “Include Watermark” and hit the “Customize” button. This will, as you’d expect, open the customizability menu.

From here, you can start designing your watermark. You can choose either text or a graphic (if you have a custom PNG logo or signature, for example).

From there, you can tweak size, opacity, offset, etc. by dragging the sliders around. You can even customize which part of the frame you want to put it in. Be careful not to make it too obnoxious or intrusive.

size and position of watermark

Do watermarks even matter?

A hotly debated question in the photography world is whether watermarks really even matter. The answer is: it depends.

First, it deters unintended use. It doesn’t prevent it, necessarily (watermarks are easy to Photoshop off), but it may deter someone from stealing your image. Second, it’s a subtle branding trick. If you have a unique watermark, people might start to recognize your photos.

On the other hand, watermarks are often garish, obnoxious, and in the way. Like I said, it’s fairly easy to remove someone’s watermark in Photoshop, so it’s not perfect. At the end of the day, it’s all up to you, as the photographer, whether or not you personally think a watermark is worth it (I personally don’t use them).

If you found this article helpful, consider reading up on some of our other Lightroom guides.