Aperture: Learn about the difference between scaled and non-scaled watermarks

The Show Watermark section of the Aperture Image Export window offers a choice to scale watermarks. Learn how this setting affects the way Aperture renders watermarks on your exported images.

  • If the "Scale watermark" checkbox is not enabled:

    The watermark will appear on your exported images at its actual pixel size, regardless of how your images are scaled. For example, you might create a watermark that is 100 pixels by 100 pixels. If you apply that watermark to an export that is 50% of the original size, the watermark will still be 100 pixels by 100 pixels. If you export the same image at original size, the watermark will still be 100 pixels by 100 pixels; it will therefore take up less space on the resulting original-size image. Below are some examples:

    Here is an image exported at it's original size without "Scale watermark" enabled.

    Here is the same image and watermark exported at 50 percent of original size, again without "Scale watermark" enabled.

    In this workflow, you would typically create watermarks of various sizes to use, depending on the final export size of the images.

  • If the Scale watermark box is enabled:

    The watermark size is scaled relative to the export size. In this case, the size of the watermark (in terms of actual pixel dimensions) changes, depending on how the image itself is to be scaled. In this workflow, the watermark is automatically reduced in size so that it proportionally always takes up the same amount on space on your resulting exported images. Here are some examples of images exported with watermark scaling:

    Here is an image exported at its original size, with "Scale watermark" enabled.

    Here's the same image and watermark exported at 50 percent size, again with "Scale watermark" enabled.

    Note: Watermarks are never scaled up in size. If the export size is larger than the original image, the watermark will not scale.

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