I don't watermark all of my images because I'm lazy, especially when it comes to product items. Sometimes I use them for images shared on Instagram. I've been a part of discussions on whether or not it's worth watermarking images. I don't think it's necessary for me because I am not selling digital downloads, photography, or stationery designs.
There's a reason why many card makers post a photo of their card in their shop over posting the image file, it's simple - people steal!!
Watermarks can be ugly, invasive and take away from the image. Today I wanted to share a quick tip of how to add a watermark to your image without it looking gawdy and without using Photoshop. My tool of choice is PicMonkey, I hardly even use Photoshop anymore except to edit product photos.
First, visit www.pickmonkey.com and select to "Edit" an image you already have saved. I'm using this image as an example:
You can add text to your image by selecting the Text option "Tt" in the left side menu. You are presented with a number cool font options to use. If you see a crown next to the font, that means you need to have a Royale Membership, otherwise, pick your font then click the "Add Text" button.
The font you select will move to the top of the list. That is how you know which font has been activated. I choose "Playball". Start typing in the "Type Your Text" box.
The Text box on the right allows you to change the color of the text and the size. I am keeping the text color Black but increased the font size to 89 and centered the alignment. You may need to click and drag one of the sides of the box to enlarge the space if you are increasing your text by a lot.
I place my text where I want the watermark to appear. I am not a fan of putting the watermark right dab in the center of the image. When I do use a watermark, I like to place it on the top or bottom of the image but space it so if someone tries to crop it out, it will make the rest of the image look cut off.
Now it's time to soften the text. In the "Fade" option in the Text box menu, simply click the circle and drag it to the right. I dragged it until the fade percent was 81%, don't want to fade it TOO much where you can't see it. Once I'm happy with the look, I save my image.
See that's not so bad. Want to try PicMonkey's crazy-awesome photo editing? They have a free trial you can check out so you can test out their "Royale" features too. It's also great for putting together quick and pin-worthy graphics for your blog. I've been using it for blog images, can't you tell? :)
How do you feel about watermarking your images? Do you do it?
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