Mar 15, 2013

How to add a watermark to digital photos?

I used a Google image search to find similar images to one of my photos, and I was a little taken aback when I saw my own photo come up multiple times on sites I've never even heard of. Is there an easy way to add a watermark to existing photos? I'm not staying up at night over this, but I'm not happy about my images being used without so much as an ask or thanks.


There are many software available for batch photo watermarking.

You can try this one, for example:


It is free 

Which platform are you on? Windows? Linux? OS X? Do a google search for watermark software or something similar for that platform. You'll most likely be able to find something that you can use, perhaps even for free.

Photoshop has the ability to add a watermark, but it's a bit of a pain. You have to create text as a separate layer, determine transparency/blending/etc. Then once you have it down, if you want to do it in the future or create a batch watermark, you have to go into file>automate>batch. It's not hard really, just a bit of a pain. I actually like Picasa better; it is much easier, you just enter the text of your watermark and check the "watermark" box under Google+ photos. This obviously requires that you use Google+ and Picasa, which makes it useless if you do not. 


Another option would be to use a free web based watermarking service. Most of these just add a little rectangular overlay to your image. Functional, but it doesn't necessarily look all that beautiful. You can give a couple of them a try (watermark.ws and mywatermark for starters) and see if it looks good enough for you.

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