How To: Watermark Photos
So what’s the big deal about watermarking your photos?
Let’s take you back to grade school for just a minute. What is the first thing we all learned about handing in test papers and homework? Write your name on your paper so the teacher knows who’s work it is.
Watermarks are no different. Adding your name to your work just makes sense. Ever look at an original painting? The artist Always signs their work and you should too!
I really wasn’t going to make this a long post…but I absolutely HAVE to share this with you.
A lady, near where I live, took a funky character photo of herself in a bathrobe and curlers wielding a hammer above her head. Her friends posted it to Facebook and 2 years later, it is appearing on marketing campaign materials in Nashville TN and the surrounding region! Her funky, whacked out Facebook photo is plastered on an enormous BILLBOARD where thousands of interstate travelers see it every single day! It is on TV and brochures and postcards and newsprint advertising ..it is everywhere. This woman lives and works near Nashville..we’re talking 30 minutes max.. everybody who knows her or works with her sees this every day. Do you know how the marketing firm responded to her inquiries? They basically said it was a photo pulled from the internet and it didn’t have a name on it so they didn’t know it was a personal photo or that any person had exclusive ownership of the image. The billboard is still up.
How could this happen? Easy ..open a new browser window..type google.com into the address bar..type Crochet Designs into the search box and hit enter on your keyboard. See all that crochet goodness? Who does it belong to? It could be anybodys. Hopefully, you can click on the image and see who is taking credit for the image..but do you know that it belongs to them? Not really. PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR WORK.
Ok..so on to the ‘How To’ part
I’m going to start out by using a photo of my own.
This is Cursebreaker 9.0 designed by Michele DuNaier
We will be using Pic Monkey for this Tutorial.
I really LOVE their software and use it all the time! It’s FREE with the option to upgrade to a paid version to unlock special features. It’s also very affordable .. $4.99 a month or $33 a year.
On their front page, select the option to Edit a Photo.
Next, Click on the Open button at the top of the page. From here you can upload an image from your computer. As you can see in this picture, I have uploaded Cursebreaker 9.0
Next I chose Crop from the left menu to remove extra background that I didn’t think was necessary.
A box w/gridlines will appear over your photo. Just use your mouse to drag the box edges. Everything left inside the box will be kept. When you are satisfied, click Apply from the cropping menu on left.
Now I have a nice, clean image to use…almost. Do you see the timestamp in the lower right corner? Yeah, I’d like to remove that.
Click on the small icon w/the heart, star and comic bubble. From here explore the options you have. Anything that is not marked with a crown can be added to your photo for FREE.
I’m going to choose a Banner to cover up my yucky timestamp. PicMonkey uses a drag and drop interface. So, all I need to do is click on the banner I want and drag it onto the photo. A box will appear around the banner..dragging the edges will allow me to size it just how I want.
Practice using the little round ‘cormers’ on the box. They are very helpful
Next, I am going to change the color of the banner a little bit. A pop-out window opens when you drag the banner onto your photo. Inside this window is a color picker. Put your curser on the small round circle then click and drag. The color inside the circle appears on a vertical bar just to the right of the color picker.
I just dial it down a bit from black and choose a nice grey. Click anywhere on the screen to make the box go away.
Bam! Just like that, I have also made my ugly timestamp go away too!
I’m going to add a copyright symbol first. Now, I really don’t need a copyright on this because it is not my original pattern. I want to show how to do it though so you can add your copyright to your Design photos before posting them online.
Scroll the left menu options until you see Symbols. When you click on it, you will find the copyright symbol as well as some others that may be handy for you at some
Remember that PicMonkey is ‘drag and drop’ so just grab the copyright symbol with your mouse and drag it onto the page. I’m going to give you a little tip here. Don’t drag it onto the banner right away. Size it down and change the color before moving it into place on your banner. Make adjustments to get the size just right. Then click anywhere on the page to finish.
Changing the colors of your symbol works exactly like when we changed the color for the banner. I chose white.
Don’t hesitate to use the UNDO button at the top menu at any time. Once that tiny little symbol is sized and dropped into place on top of your banner and you click to close that tiny little box around it..it is almost impossible to click on it again to make further adjustments. You will be clicking on the banner instead..every single time. USE UNDO IF YOU NEED TO. It is the first curved arrow in the top menu (Open, Save, Share, Undo, Redo, Buffer, Settings)
Here is my photo with the copyright symbol in place.
Copyright format says that the Symbol must come first, followed by the Year your work was first completed then the Name of the person/company claiming rights to the image or work.
Click on the letter ‘P’ on the far left of the menus we have been using. This is the Text options.
There are a lot of font choices. Explore them until you find one you like. I use the same 2-3 fonts for everything I do for Crochet Happy to keep continuity. I think that is a good practice for any shop or website.
Again, I am going to encourage you to play around with these fonts before placing the text box on top of the banner. Click Add Text and a box will appear on your photo. You can drag it anywhere on the page so you can see it well ..then just click on the Font then click inside the box and type.
Sometimes a font looks great until you type your year/name with it ..then you can tell that it just isn’t right.
When you find your ‘right’ font, change the color just like we did before. You may have to click inside the text box and select (hilight the text using your mouse) the text before changing colors.
Next, move your text box into place next to the copyright symbol and resize to fit the banner.
VOILA! You have a nice looking photo w/a copyright watermark.
DON’T FORGET TO SAVE! Click the Save option in the top menu and save your image to your computer.
PicMonkey gives you 3 options when saving.
Roger: Not great quality, tiny file size
Pierce: Great quality, good file size
Sean: Gorgeous, but large file size
Think of your favorite Bond 007 leading men and you will understand their reasoning :)
Pierce is the perfect option for most things. Save Sean for really special things that need the very best! I’m not sure why you would choose Roger unless for nostalgic reasons..poor Roger.
There is just one more thing to do for a real nice look. It has nothing to do with adding a watermark, but we are already here, so lets show you how to add a border to your photo.
SAVE FIRST…just in case. If you wind up with something you don’t like and can’t Undo..just click Open, reload your saved image and start over!
To add a frame .. Simply click the small square icon to the far left (up 3 from the bottom). Check out the Frames options and EXPERIMENT. Have some fun with it!
The frame in my example is Simple Edge with no adjustments made to it. Actually, I might have adjusted the Thickness of the Outer color. I usually do.
SAVE again when you are happy with it. I recommend giving it a different name this time so you will have both versions
(with and without frame), saved on your computer.
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