Watermarking your photos is incredibly important when it comes to protecting your property. And it’s a really easy and simple way to do just that – so here’s a little background information on watermarking and some tips on how it works.
So, what exactly is a “Watermark”? According to the Graphic Software section of About.com, “Adding a visible watermark is a common way of identifying images and protecting them from unauthorized use online.” In the most basic terms, it’s the faint pictures and/or words that identify who the photo belongs to and are an aid in preventing the theft of a picture.
With the rapid and always growing amount of this kind of theft online, it’s incredibly important to add a watermark to your photo. Photograph owners have a number of options – if you have Photoshop and are quite handy with the tool, you can watermark the photograph yourself by adding text and changing the layer settings. Or, a quick search online will give you other options for watermarking software. For anyone just getting started or wanting to get acquainted with watermarking, I started with a site that has a free tool for pictures smaller than 200KB – www.watermarktool.com.
For this site, all you need to do is browse on your computer until you find the picture you’re looking for. For example, we’ll use this picture:
After uploading the picture to the site, I made a few decisions about what I wanted to have included on the watermark, clicked Generate, and voila! – I had a watermarked version of my picture:
The site has options to join and pay for their service, but the capabilities offered for free are sufficient enough for basic watermarking. There are a number of options online and checking the user-run Facebook groups is also a good source of information from your colleagues.
Do you have any tips for protecting your photos?
By Katie Nelson