How to Watermark Your Pictures

It's been a long while since I shared a blogging how-to tutorial.  Several readers have asked how to create watermarks for their blogging photos, so here is the answer (finally!) to that question!

 

First of all, you may be wondering why bother with watermarks at all!

Watermarks are practical, not pretty!  I sure do wish that I didn't have to worry about that extra step of adding a watermark to each and every one of my blog photos.  I like the look of my photos much better without the extra mess in my pictures.

BUT time and time again, I am grateful for my little watermark because it protects my work.  And I must say--when I work hard to create something PLUS take pictures to share with you... well, I want the credit for my creations and my photos.  I have found my photos and printables plastered on unauthorized sites (some of them kind of creepy!), claimed as the property of others. Thanks to my trusty watermark, I can request that the webmaster remove my photographs because they are marked as my own.

Unfortunately, there are many instances where people use my photographs without linking back to Oopsey Daisy.  But readers see my watermark and can know where to find me!  It's like my own little signature.  Although I know many bloggers don't use watermarks, I find them to be essential.

I used Photoshop to created my watermark, but you don't have to!  I will also show you how you can create a watermark using free online resources also.

Create a Watermark Using Photoshop

 

You could definitely stop here at this step if you choose.  I chose to stylize my watermark just a little bit...

 

 


Don't have Photoshop?  No biggie.  Just go to Picnik.com, upload your photo, and go to the "Create" tab.  Here, there is  a text option where you can select from plenty of fun fonts!  You type in your watermark in a box and you voila!  You have a watermark!

I have never used Picnik until creating this tutorial.  I must say that I am a fan!  If you don't own Photoshop, definitely use Picnik to spruce up your pictures!  It's easy to use... and it's free!

How is your week going??


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Comments

  1. I’ve used picnik before and love it. I just have to remember to watermark ALL my pics and not just some lol

  2. Hiragana Mama says:

    I use Picnik for watermarks too! I love how easy it is. I also use the picture icons in Picnik to cover my kids’ faces.

  3. I get asked about watermarks often too! I just did a tutorial a few months ago on how I use photoshop to create an watermark ACTION so I don’t have to copy an paste on every single picture when I’m working in batches! I’ve never tried picnik, does it have actions too?? I can’t imagine the time it would take to have to do each picture one at a time (although I still have to MOVE my watermark on every single pictures…)

  4. Thank you for this! I really need to start putting a watermarks on my photos…I would hate to see my photo on someone else’s site without giving permission :-/

  5. I too think it is sad we need watermarks, but that’s the way it is… It’s not very difficult to crop an image so the watermark disappears though, so if you want to be really sure you need to put it in the centre of the picture…

  6. Thank you so much for the tip! I am new to blogging appreciate all the help I can get. I enjoy reading your blog :)

  7. Darlene S says:

    Thanks for the info, but maybe you could help me take it one step further. I have an image saved on my computer for my watermark, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to use it in Picnik. any ideas?

  8. I think they are pretty. And I find myself getting more creative, when I do watermark. Most of the time I am lazy and dont. Opps…

  9. Thank you for posting an alternative to Photoshop! I use Picasa and they have included Picknik as part of that and I just learned to create a watermark using it. Thanks!!!

  10. Thanks for the tutorial, I gave it a try and I love using Picnik now! It saves so much time and is so easy to use.

  11. Yep! Important to put that on there. I put my url and use Picasa to do it. :) Thanks for the tute!

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