I have tried to make a Photoshop action of placing a watermark into some photos, without any coding, simply by recording the action. I have done this before and it worked, but I recently and suddenly, I got the "____ action could not be completed" so I deleted the action and made it again. Now it doesn't work.
The watermark consists of some text that goes along the bottom edge of the image and around the bottom right hand corner and up the right side, like a border around the bottom right hand corner. The background is transparent.
I wanted to add a watermark to images, and my actions consisted of:
Placing either a photoshop file or a PNG version of the watermark into a file to be watermarked already open in Photoshop
Watermark file is currently under 'transform' tool, so I press Enter to place the file. This is recorded as 'place'
- I move the file so it is in the correct location (aligned with bottom right hand corner) but this move action is not recorded. It used to be when I recorded a watermark action for a different watermark (that watermark file is the same as the current one, just a few letters different, and also no coding).
- Then I press Control + T and the watermark is in transform mode, and I resize it. This resizing is also not recorded.
- I press Enter to accept the new resized and moved watermark. This is recorded as "move to new layer".
The final result when I use that action is that the watermark is placed but not resized or relocated. This results in the watermark being so big, it falls off the canvas, and because the background of the watermark is transparent, absolutely nothing shows up in the image I wanted to watermark.
Here are the expanded recorded actions:
Here are the results after I play the action in Photoshop, notice the outline of the watermark file:
In this screenshot, I have manually moved the watermark file to an area within the canvas so you can see the relative size of the watermark
I followed the suggestions made by Design Phoenix in the comments section and did it this way:
1) Place and embed the image, 2) resized it using 'transform' Control + T, 3) accepted it (pressing Enter) then moved it. (ie rather than placing image, resizing and moving then embeding it all at once) but it still makes absolutely no difference. Here is a screenshot after I made the action separately, you can see the steps in the action and the outline of the watermark. I resized AND moved it a lot despite it saying 1cm, I made it a lot smaller, at least 1/3 of the original size and moved it to the bottom right hand corner but it obviously does not register it that way. It used to work but now suddenly doesn't and I don't know what went wrong.