After last week’s post where I share some photo safety tips for bloggers, we had a lot of questions about how to watermark images. I decided to share a tutorial about that with you today!
I do the bulk of my photo editing in picmonkey, since it’s a fun and free site for editing.
Step One: Open pic monkey in your browser and click the “edit” button. From there it will give you the option to choose a photo from your computer, dropbox, Facebook or flickr. Select the photo you want to watermark, this will cause it to open up in PicMonkey so you can begin the editing process.
Step Two: Click the “text” option over on the left of the edit screen (See the green arrow pointing to it below). From there you will have a variety of font options to choose from. Personally, I like to watermark with cursive fonts, but it’s entirely up to you which you select.
Step Three: Once you’ve selected your font, add the text over the image. It will default in black and somewhere in the center of the image. That’s fine, I’ll show you how to change the coloring and location in a minute.
Step Four: Lots of arrows in this next image, but don’t worry, it’s really quite simple. The top green arrow is showing you how to change the color of your text. Your text must be highlighted in order for you to change it, but then it’s as easy as clicking your mouse on the area of the color spectrum that you’d like the text to be. For watermarking I choose white.
Step Five: Keep looking at the image above, the second green arrow is showing you how to fade the text. Again, make sure the text is highlighted and then drag the little “fade” bar until your text is still legible, but not distracting to the photo.
Step Six: See the pink arrow above, click on the little circle above your text, to tilt it slightly. I find that doing this makes the text less conspicuous when just viewing the image, and it can allow you to cover parts of more faces if there are multiple people in the shot.
All that’s left to do is save your newly-watermarked image and use it on your blog! You can also take this opportunity to resize the photo (so that your site doesn’t get slowed down hosting massive images) and rename the photo something to do with your blog post for SEO purposes. Both of those can be done in picmonkey as well, but I will do separate tutorial for each of them so it’s less overwhelming!
Do you wantermark your images? Planning to start now? It’s pretty quick and easy once you know how and have done it a few times.