How to Add a Text Watermark to a Digital Image

Placing a watermark on pictures that you plan to publish to the web will identify them as your own work and discourage people from stealing your works or claiming them as their own. Here is a simple way to add a text watermark to pictures using WinWatermark software.

Before starting, you may need to know what the text watermark is and what kind of text can be used for watermarking. The text watermark is a phrase or sentence that identifies your pictures. While you may use any phrase or sentence, a good rule of thumb would be to use to use any or all of these suggestions: your name, the copyright symbol, a comment or a website address.

OK! Let’s go. In this example, we will add the phrase “WinWatermark – The Best Watermark Software You Really Need” to the picture “DSCN1001.jpg”.

1) Open WinWatermark and Import a picture from your hard drive by clicking the IMPORT button.

2) In the resulting pop-up box, locate the folder with the images in the left pane, and click (select) each image to be watermarked in the right pane. Click NEXT.

3) Name the imported images (Library Name) and decide what to do with the source images. By default, WinWatermark names the Library the same as the folder on the hard drive. Click FINISH.

4) Once images have been imported into the Library, select the photos to be watermarked, then click Edit to begin adding a text watermark to an image.

5) By hovering over the icons in the red rectangular box shown below, a small text window displays each icon’s functionality. Click on the T icon to add a text watermark to an image.

6) The pop-up window shown below is the default screen that appears when beginning the watermark process.

7) To add the text WinWatermark – The Best Watermark Software You Really Need, click in the area circled in red. Click Apply to view the text watermark.

8) If the text watermark is not visible, which it may not be, click the watermark created again and increase the size of the font or change the color of the text so that the watermark is visible.

TIP: By clicking the underlined watermark text, a new text watermark window is opened!

9) Increase the font size by clicking the drop down box shown below, and selecting a larger font size. Change the font color to view the text watermark more clearly.

TIP: If a font size is not listed in the drop down box, simply type in the preferred size in the box.

When the color box is clicked, a color wheel appears offering a wide variety of colors. Click OK when a new color has been selected.

The font size and font color are options that can be changed at any time.

TIP: By selecting a bright color, the watermark stands out more and is easily to locate on the photo. Once you are satisfied with your watermark, select the desired color for the final watermark.

10) After clicking Apply, you will see the newly created text watermark.

This will speed up the editing process if changes can be seen as they are made.

11) To make the text bold, italicized, or underlined, click on any or all of the icons within the red circle. These buttons act as toggle switches turning the feature on (turns icon blue) when clicked and off (turns icon black) when clicked a second time.

TIP: As changes are made, watch the watermark on the image change too.

The text itself is left-justified by default, but can be changed to centered or right justified. These icons are to the right of the Bold, Italic, and Underline icons.

Not only can the watermarked text be positioned, so can the watermark itself. Below the font size drop down box, are nine (9) different alignment properties that can be selected to position the watermark.

The alignment in this screenshot is centered on the image itself as indicated by the arrow with the selected “middle” icon a lighter shade than all other property icons.

As a final watermark location is chosen, check each alignment property to view the resulting watermark on the image, never leaving editing mode for the text watermark.

This text watermark below is bold, italicized, underlined and centered with the positioning of the watermark configured to be middle bottom of the photo. A watermark like this one won’t distract the viewer from focusing on the photo itself.

12) Special effects can be added to a text-based watermark, like enabling shadow effects. Check the box to enable shadow and if need be, click the color box to select a different color. Many times, selecting a bright color will help display the watermark better; then a final color can be selected after testing is complete.

13) Sometimes a text watermark needs to be more visible and needs “Enable Background” selected. Check this box to give the watermark more focus. Change the background color as needed.

14) Watermarks can be made translucent or opaque so as not to take away from the vibrancy of the original photo. Check the box “Make Translucent” and increase or decrease the amount of transparency as is desired. Watch the resulting watermark as you make changes to these numbers.

There are many options to be discovered when creating a text-based watermark. Test them all to see if they are something you would like to use to protect your digital images prior to publishing them on the Internet.