PI7 Copyright Statement Batch Task
As more of us acquire digital cameras and share our photos online, it becomes increasingly important to protect our copyrighted work. The Quick Command Panel offers a handy way to automate this process with tasks, which are PI's equivalent to a word processing macro.
First you create a text copyright statement and merge it with a small rectangle object, then you record a task that pastes and aligns the object at the center bottom of a photo. Once the task is recorded, you can apply your copyright statement to an entire folder full of images, without even opening them, via the Batch Task command.
To get some practice, let's use photos that don't matter much, rather than your good photos. Make yourself two folders on your hard drive, naming one folder batch1 and the other folder batch2. Open the EasyPalette's Fill Gallery, Photo.
Drag any five of the photos into the work space, where they will open in their own windows. Save the photos in the Image Optimizer as 85% Standard Optimized JPG's. Save them to to the batch1 folder as image1.jpg, image2.jpg, image3.jpg, image4.jpg and image5.jpg. This will be your "source folder" for the batch task. Close out all of the images in the work space.
Let's make the copyright object. Make a new file 300 X 100 pixels with a white background. Select the Text tool. Choose a font that can be read easily at a small size, such as Arial, and a font size of about 10-12, Style=Bold, color=black. Note that you can edit these attributes to suit your own photos, I'm using black and white because they are easy to read against a color photo. The white background will help the black text show up against a dark image.
Click in the base image with the Text tool. When the Text Entry Box opens, type in Copyright © 2001 Your Name. You can type the symbol for copyright by holding down the Alt key while typing in 0169 in the number pad on the right side of your keyboard. Your Text Entry Box should look like this:
Click OK to close the Text Entry Box. Right click and Merge All. Use the Standard selection tool, Rectangle shape, to make a selection the text, then hit Ctrl+R to crop the selection.
Hit Ctrl+C (or the Copy button) to copy it into the Clipboard. From the EasyPalette's Fill Gallery, Photo, drag from any thumbnail to open the image in the work space.
Now we'll create our task by performing a sequence of commands on the image in the work space. Open the Quick Command Panel (QCP) by clicking its button in the Panel Manager (arrow).
When the QCP opens, click the Task menu button (it has a little red check mark on it) and choose New.
Doing so will open the New task dialog box. Give the task a name and add a few descriptive words if you wish.
Click Record to begin recording the task. Remember, everything you do between now and the time you click the Stop recording button will be included in the task! Hit Ctrl+V to paste the copyright statement you have previously copied into the Clipboard into the image. It will go to the upper left corner. Right click and choose Align, Center Both. This will place the copyright object exactly in the middle of the image. Now right click again and choose Align, Bottom. The object is in the center of the bottom part of the image. Right click and Merge All.
In the QCP, click the Stop button to stop recording. Your task has been completed. You should see your copyright statement centered at the bottom of the image.
To test out the task, right click on the image and choose Undo. This will unmerge the object from the base image. Click Delete to get rid of it. In the QCP, make sure your Copyright Statement task is selected, then click the Play button (arrow).
It should only take a moment or two for the task to play. If it looks right, that means you've successfully created the task. Now you're ready to perform a Batch Task on the entire batch1 folder of images. Remember though, that the copyright statement has to be in the Clipboard for this to work. If you've copied something else into the Clipboard prior to playing the task, that's what will end up on your photos, instead of the copyright statement!
With the Copyright Statement task selected, click the Task menu (with the little red check mark) and select Batch Task. When the Batch Task dialog box opens, for "Source folder" click the Browse button to select the batch1 folder. For the Destination, you have several options. Select "Save to this folder and close" and click the Browse button to select batch2 as the destination folder. This way, the photos with the copyright statement will be saved to a different folder, preserving the originals (of course, if you don't care if you overwrite your originals, you could save them to the batch1 folder instead).
Click OK and PI will whirl for a few moments. Each image will open briefly in the work space, then disappear. When all of the images have been processed, you'll get this dialog box.
Click OK. Next you'll see the Task Report box.
The task report tells you which task was applied, the source and destination folders, and the status of each image processed. You can click Save to save the task report to your hard drive. For this exercise, just click Close.
Open the images in the batch2 folder and you'll see that each one has a copyright statement task applied to it. Think of the time this task could save you! Below you can see why I put a white box behind the black text -- if you just did the task with a text copyright object, it wouldn't show up against a black or really dark background.
Remember that you can create a macro or task for many actions that you repeat over and over again. I've created all kind of tasks, like one to reduce the size of images and focus them. One you know how to create them, you may find yourself making them too. You can even share your tasks with others. For example, if you had trouble creating the task, you can download my Copyright Statement task here. Just Import it into your own Quick Command Panel.
If you're interested in tweaking this task a little to vary the Merge method of the copyright statement, be sure to check out my Batch Task tutorial.
This tutorial uploaded 12/21/01
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