Today, I am wanting to share with the newbie photographers out there how to add a watermark to a photograph…
It’s not a difficult thing to do, it just depends on how involved you want to get with your time and money.
Here are some easy steps, to get you started:
1. Determine whether or not your watermark is going to be a custom-made logo or just a general statement like “Do not copy”. I personally made the logo for my images. It is pretty easy to make, but took some time for me to navigate all the in’s and out’s of making one. There is a YouTube video for everything. So, if you are interested in making your own, I would just suggest looking up “how to make your own photography logo”. Perhaps that will be my tutorial for next Tuesday. We’ll see.
Another, easier way to do this would be to pay someone to make your watermark. There are people out there who spend all the time and effort to do this, such as the following:
Now any of these logos can be bought (just click on the photo and it will take you to the above sellers’ etsy shops). I am a firm believer in education and felt it necessary for me to learn how to make my own, which is why I went that route.
2. The next step is adding the watermark or logo to your images. Again, this isn’t a difficult thing to do and is pretty much determined by which photo editor you use. I personally use Photoshop Elements (which I like to call “the poor man’s version of Photoshop”). However, if you don’t have the money for this program, there is an online photo editor that I recommend that can be used to do the same thing.
Picnik can be used for free, or you can pay to have a premium account for about $2 a month (which typically is paid all at once for a total of around $24). I pay for the premium account, simply for the fact that I need more than the basic editing tools that are provided for free. Also, I use this program when traveling, since I currently do not have a laptop decked out with the newest version of Photoshop.
In order to add a general statement, such as “Do not copy”, upload your photo and go to the edit tab. It should look something like this:
Then, of course, you go to the text tab, select your text, and push the add button. Voila! You should have text on your image.
The next step is to move the text where you want it within the picture. This can be done by clicking on the text and dragging it to the spot you want.
3. Adjust the luminosity of your watermark or logo. Finally, you need to adjust the luminosity of the text. Your watermark or logo should never be so overpowering that it takes away from the photo itself. To adjust the luminosity, slide the fade bar to the percentage that seems appropriate for the particular photo. Then you can save your photo!
The steps are the same for adding a custom watermark to your photo. You can play around with the text in Picnik to make your own watermark with the free version.It would basically look like this:
To get a custom logo, you would have to pay for the premium service. With the premium service, you could add that lovely custom logo you just made (or bought) to your photos. The steps, again, are the same. The only difference now is that you would be adding a “.png” file on top of your photo, rather than the text.
The premium account allows you to upload several photos to edit, and stores these photos in the photo basket.
When you have selected your photo that you want to add your custom logo to, you just click on the logo (that you have already uploaded to your premium account) and you drag it to the place you want it located within the photo.
Once you’ve added the logo, you can change the size and the luminosity to what you want.
There you have it! Not too difficult and really easy once you get the hang of it.
I hope you all have a great Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by.
Images and Text © Amanda Creek Photography 2011
Please do not copy without written permission.