I’m sure by now you’ve noticed, but I watermark 99% of my photos. Sometimes, I just get so darn tired of it. You know… opening it up, resizing, editing, adding watermark, saving… with every single photo I post here. With the longer posts, it can be exhausting. Sometimes, I just want to throw in the towel and stop doing it.
But I don’t. And I won’t.
There’s one big, HUGE, reason why I watermark every photo that shows up on my blog, and that’s Penny. I have heard countless stories from bloggers just like me who have had their photos stolen, the photos of their children stolen, and taken to be used for other purposes. For fake Twitter accounts. For fake blogs. On other people’s blogs, with no credit. One girl, to be used as a heartless meme (her grandfather’s photo).
Watermarking the corner of your photos isn’t enough. I watermark through the center of my photos because it can’t be easily cropped out. While it’s annoying and messes up the beauty of some photos, I just deal with it. One, I have the original photo for my own use. Two, you can still see the photo if you see past the watermark.
It’s worth it, you guys. Don’t let your photos get taken. Once it’s on the blog, it’s OUT THERE and anybody can use it.
Now! Here’s a quick tutorial on how I watermark my photos and you can too. It’s easy-peasy!
Open up PicMonkey and open your photo. The first thing I do is resize the photo to what I need for the blog. My standard size is a 700px width, but that’s my blog, you’ll have to size your photos to your blog.
Once you do that, do whatever editing you need, if you do that. I use PicMonkey for all my editing purposes because someone (coughBrandoncough) hasn’t gotten me Photoshop yet. I like PicMonkey for basic edits. I’m no expert, anyway!
Once your photo is edited to your liking, open up the “Tt” text part. Select “Add Text” and whatever font you want to use. Like you see here, I use the Mossy font, but for awhile there I was using Overlock. The font doesn’t matter!
Type up whatever you want in the text portion as your watermark. Most people do the website link, like I do. Some use just the name. Some do the name with a copyright symbol, which I did for a time. Like the font, it’s all personal preference. Just put something there!
I resize the photo to make it fit most of the photo, but not to be overpowering. You want the watermark to cover the main subject of your photo, whatever you don’t want cropped out and used somewhere else.
Finally, highlight your blog name and change the color to white. Then go to “Fade” and fade it up! I go anywhere from 60-80% fade, depending on the coloring on the photo. You want it to fade into the background, but still be noticeable if someone messed with your photo. Once you’re done, save it and upload it to your blog! Repeat with each photo!
Here’s the finished product. A beautiful photo with a safe watermark.