Do I Need to Protect My Photos?
Absolutely! If you are a photographer, artist or model, you may be posting your photos on the Internet. This is especially true if you plan to sell your photos or works of art. By skipping this valuable step, you will be disappointed and probably get very upset when you discover your photos have been stolen by someone else. Remember, digital photos are very easy to steal without protection! So, you need to find an effective way to protect your photos right now!
While there are so many ways to protect photos, such as disabling the right-click option on a Windows computer, or adding a transparent gif image file on top, both protective methods can be easily broken by the experienced computer-savvy person who knows what they are doing. Given the time-consuming process of removing a watermark from an image, we still believe watermarking your digital photos is the most effective solution for safe-guarding your property.
How to Watermark Photos Easily & Quickly Using WinWatermark
In order to protect your photos with watermarking, be sure to download and install WinWatermark! Our watermarking software allows you add image and/or text watermarks to all popular image formats; namely jpeg, jpg, gif, bmp, psd and so on. Once you have installed WinWatermark, you will need to decide on a specific watermark. Consistency is best, so we recommend you use the same watermark on all your images.
Generic text watermark
A generic text watermark does not connect the photo to you, the owner/photographer, in any way. However, even a generic watermark will still protect the photo and inform potential photo-pirates that the image belongs to someone else. Examples of a generic text watermark might be phrases like: “Preview”, “Demo” or “Do not use.” We provide watermarking samples to show you How to Add a Text Watermark to Digital Images.
An image watermark makes your photos distinctly yours. Using your company logo is a great example of an image watermark. We also provide stock images from within our programs for you to use as well. No matter if you are using a text or image watermark (or both), WinWatermark provides the ability to save your custom watermark files, so you can use them over an over.
Date and/or time watermark
A date watermark is fairly self-explanatory. While used infrequently, the date and/or time stamp is used as the primary watermark on an image, serving its purpose of protecting the images you own. A date watermark doesn’t say much about you, as the photographer, but it can be handy in deterring others from stealing your valuable photos or be used for informational purposes.
The copyright watermark is one of the best methods of protecting digital images. Not only does it inform users of your declaration of copyright, but it many times adds an additional layer of protection simply by using the © symbol. Adding the Copyright ©, Registered ®, or Trademarked ™ symbols is built-in to the features of WinWatermark software.
The key in building a watermark is to follow the step-by-step process involved. Be sure your image is protected, but at the same time do not take away from the beauty and focus of the original image.
Step-by-Step Process for Watermarking an Image
1) Isolate your original images – Prior to applying a watermark to your images, be sure all original copies of the images are stored in a safe place. A secondary backup location, such as on CD, DVD, or external hard drive, is a great way of ensuring the original image is preserved.
2) Import the images into WinWatermark – Once the images are imported into WinWatermark’s Library, decide how many images you want to watermark. From the Library, images can be selected or deselected if desired, allowing for a single image to be watermarked or all at once. If you have dozens of photos to protect, leave all images in the Library selected and watermark them as a batch process. This method “batch photo processing” is much more efficient, convenient, and time-saving solution. After deciding how many images to watermark, proceed to the next step.
3) Select Watermark Features – This is the process of building/creating the watermark that will be applied to all the images selected from within the Library. Considerations can include:
- Watermark size – small, large, etc
- Position – middle of photo, upper left/right, lower left/right, tiled across entire image, etc
- Format – bold, italics, underline, etc
- Watermark Type – text, image, symbols, combination, etc
- Transparency – determine the opacity of the watermark
- Font – size and type if using a text watermark
- Special features – shadowing, background, embossed, gradient, etc
- Rotation – will the watermark be rotated? Not a problem in WinWatermark!
Experiment with each of these options in WinWatermark. Remember, the idea is to protect your photos and not take away from the beauty of the image itself.
4) Export Watermarked Images – once the image or images have been watermarked, export them from WinWatermark.
5) Upload Images to Internet – When all digital photos have been successfully exported from WinWatermark, they are ready to be uploaded to the Internet.