Love them or hate them when you put watermarks on your photos, this is one of the best ways to prevent people from sharing your photos online without any credit due. A watermark may not be the ideal solution, and some people – including us – might argue that as a whole they are not beneficial, but personal preferences aside, they are here to stay. As such, we are here to show you how to make a watermark and apply it to your pictures. Here are some of the different methods, ranging from simple to sophisticated, to make sure your photos are at least a little bit safe from having a life of their own without people knowing they belong to you.
The Quick and Easy Way [1
9659005] The easiest way to add a form of copyright to your image is to use the text tool in any photo editor (piggyback, even Microsoft Paint will do the job) and mark your name on it. You can make it discreet by writing it in a corner, in small font size, or you can plaster it over the whole photo. Draw a box around it, color it, use a funky font – it's up to you. This method may not be attractive, but it's the fastest and easiest way to add a watermark. If you send a set of proofs to a client to choose which images to print, something may be fine. (19659006) You can put text over an image to watermark Microsoft Paint, but we did not say it was pretty. “/>
You can put text over an image to create a watermark with Microsoft Paint, but it will not be pretty.
Using Online Tools
Another easy way to watermark a photo is to use an online tool such as PicMark. Upload up to five photos or drag them from Flickr or Facebook and then select three watermark options (text, image or tiles). While a text watermark is similar to the one previously described, a watermark places another image (such as a logo) over the original (you must scale it first). The problem with using PicMark to create a picture watermark is that you can not select the opacity of the secondary image so you can not mix with the original photo. The third option, a tiled watermark, simply layers a text or image over the entire image.
This method is quick and easy, but it is not necessarily pretty. PicMark, another watermarking tool (yes, it's a very similar name), uses a cleaner approach by creating a frame around an image. Unfortunately, while leaving your photo untouched, someone can still easily crop your image out of the frame. And you can not choose the size of the watermarked image.
Watermark.ws provides more flexibility by allowing you to drag a text or image watermark anywhere in the photo. The software also lets you customize the font, color, and image haze so you can make it as open or as unobtrusive as you like. Of the three mentioned, Watermark.ws can give you the most professional results.
Watermarkphotos.net is another option to watermark your photos in your browser. What distinguishes this site is that all work is done locally, so none of your content is transferred to its servers for watermarking.
Goes With Desktop Software
There are watermarks software that you can download that does essentially the same things as the above online tools. However, since you do not need an internet connection, you'll find it faster and save your photos to your local drive. There are plenty of software, both free and paid, that do the same, though each is equipped with a different set of extras. Take a look at Alamoon Watermark, which allows you to crop and resize a photo, optimize image quality, and use a variety of image formats. Alternatives include TSR Watermark and uMark, the latter being a premium app that lets you apply graphics and create batch watermarks. Fortunately, uMark also has a free version with limited functionality.
However, before you download new software, you may already have something installed on your computer that can create watermarks. IrfanView, a popular image viewer for Windows, has a built-in watermark feature. Photoshop Elements provides an easy way to create watermarks. Regardless, quickly review the image-editing software you are currently using to see if a watermark feature is available.