DON’T STEAL THAT! “That’s Mine”. It happens every day. Someone steals your photograph and uses it as their own. Shame on you! Being a photographer, you work hard. You strive to get the best shot. You slave sometimes over your computer to tweak it until it is perfect. It takes hours, some times days. You take pride in the work that you do and above all, you don’t want someone to just swoop in and steal your work. It happens. We’re not happy with it. But there is a way that you can safeguard your photographs on your blog or your website. Simply, place a Watermark on each and every photograph you take and upload to your blog, otherwise, you are leaving yourself wide open to the possibility of someone stealing it. That’s the last thing you want to happen after all the work you put into taking a great photo, right?
HOW TO ADD A WATERMARK TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS:
Head on over to PicMonkey and click on Create A Collage. Let’s get started!
STEP 1: Click on Create A Collage
STEP 2: A collage of three panels opens
STEP 3: Hover mouse in corner of one of the three collage boxes.
Click the “X” to remove one of the three cells. Now you have 2 cells.
Click the “X” again in the 2nd box until you only have 1 cell left.
STEP 4: Now that you have only one panel showing, click on the Background button (which looks like a paint pad). Check the box for a “Transparent Background”
STEP 5: Click Save. Name your file. Save your file as a PNG, not a JPG.
STEP 6: After you have saved your test watermark to your computer, go back to PicMonkey and click on Edit Photo. Open up your test watermark with the transparent background.
STEP 7: This is where you will begin to create your Watermark design. Click on the “P” for Text.
STEP 8: This is the fun part! In PicMonkey, you have lots of free fonts to play with, so have fun. Click to Add Text. A text box opens. Type what you want for your watermark. Hint: You can add more than one text box too for your watermark with different fonts too! (for my example, I used two text boxes with two different fonts)
STEP 9: View what your watermark will look like. If you don’t like it, you can change it at this point.
STEP 10: Crop your Watermark. Click on the Crop button and crop around your Watermark as close as you can without damaging your text.
STEP 11: Once you have cropped your Watermark (as shown above in my example), you need to Save it again, and make sure you save it as a PNG and not a JPG. Your Watermark is now ready to be used on any of your photographs. (Note: You can use this new Watermark over and over again)
STEP 12: Open a Photograph that you want to add your Watermark to. (Hi Nikita!)
STEP 14: Click on Add your Own Overlay, which is going to be the Watermark file you just created.
STEP 15: Your new Watermark will now pop up on top of your photograph. You can resize your Watermark just by dragging the sides of the box around the Watermark. Place your Watermark where you want on your photograph. Make sure it the the size you want, and you’re done! Now, just save your photograph and you have now locked in your Watermark on your photograph permanently.
Here is the finished photograph with its new Watermark!
You will not have to go through all of the steps above to add a Watermark to a photograph. I know what you are thinking, phew! Once you have created your Watermark & have saved it, all you will need to do is open PicMonkey, edit photo, click on add overlay (which will be your Watermark) and place your Watermark where you want it on your photo. Save photo.
I just wanted to be as detailed as I could to give you the dirt on how to create a Watermark for your photographs. It is important to protect your work. It is important to protect what is yours. It is important to stop others from stealing from you and using your photographs as their own. It ends here. Now, get going and protect what is yours! You will thank me later.
And, as always, if you get stuck in any of these steps, let me know and I will be more than happy to assist you!