Adding a watermark on your photo is your first line of defense when it comes to unauthorized use of the photo by someone who discovers it on the web. Also, watermarking photos offers a way to market your organization: the more times a viewer comes across your logo over a great photo, the more it will positively reflect and build your brand. Here are three ways to create and place watermarks on your photos. Open the Editor to play along at home.
How to make a watermark
Wanna brand a bunch of your photos? Create a watermark on a transparent background that you can easily apply to all of them. Your watermarking will be more consistent, and you’ll have less digit fatigue!
Step 1. Go transparent
Find Canvas Color in the Basic Edits tab, and click the Transparent canvas box.
Step 2. Get creative
Add text and overlays—whatever that creative brain of yours likes—to make a watermark that represents you and your brand. Learn more about how to design a logo.
To add text, click the Text tab (Tt icon) and then the Add Text button on the top of the menu. When you add text to pictures, try different typefaces to see which one works best for the letters in your name. Some typefaces have particular letters (like g’s) that are tricky. You want one that’s legible and reflects the personality of your brand. Our Help center has a short article on using the Text tool.
Check out our menu of overlays (in the Overlays tab) and see if one of them would be right for your watermark logo. You don’t have to use them as directed—check out our articles on logo design tips and making your own graphics for overlay inspiration. You can also bring in images from elsewhere with the Your Own button in the Overlays tab. Check out a couple free image resources to find something you like—just make sure to check the permissions.
Once you’ve created something fantabulous with graphics and/or text, choose a color for your watermark using the options on the Text and Overlay palettes. Pick a size that’s fairly large—72 point is good—that you can reduce when your watermark is placed on your images later.
Step 3. Crop
Once you’ve got your watermark lookin’ right, click Crop in the Basic Edits tab. Use the corner handles to crop your image tightly around the periphery of the logo.
Step 4. Save
Once you’re done designing and cropping, click Save on the top toolbar. Be sure to save it as a “.png” file; this file format retains its transparency. When you place your watermark on photos, try to be consistent about where you put it each time.
Placing an existing watermark logo onto your photo
If you already have a logo, here’s how to go about plopping it onto your photos in PicMonkey.
Step 1. Open your photo and logo in the Editor
Open your photo in the Editor. Click the Overlays tab (butterfly icon).
Click Your Own at the top of the panel and select your watermark from the files on your computer to open it.
Step 2: Fade and place
In the Overlay palette, adjust the Fade slider until it’s semi-transparent, then close the palette.
Click and drag the watermark to where you want it on the photo. You can adjust the size once the image is placed by clicking a corner handle and dragging it inward or outward.
Placing a text-only watermark onto a photo
If you need a quick-and-dirty way to get a company name or URL over your photo and you won’t need to do it again soon, this is a good method.
Open your photo in the Editor. Click the Text tab and click inside the box to start typing your text. Choose your color by using the color picker in the Text palette. Or you can type in a color’s hex value (the six digits/letters in the upper-right corner). White is “FFFFFF.”
Adjust the Fade slider to make your logo semi-transparent, then close the palette. Click and drag the text watermark to where you want it on the photo. Adjust the size once the watermark is placed by clicking a corner handle and dragging it inward or outward.
Tip: If you find a color you like using the color picker, write down the hex value so you can match it later, if you want.
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