If you’re freelance writers, in-house writers, independent photojournalists or in-house commercial photographers, you may need to upload photos on the internet all the time. Then you may want to prevent your photos from being stolen by others. In this post, I’ll show you how to add watermarks to photos easily.
Why you should add watermarks to your photos
You should put watermarks on the photos you produce. Why? Because if you don’t place watermarks on your photos, other people can easily steal your photos.
As we all know, it’s very easy to download photos from the internet without the permission of the owner. It’s OK if people download your photos for fair use. But some people may download your photos for commercial use. As a result, your photos help them attract more readers and customers. This happened to me before. I write articles for drivereasy.com and supereasy.com. In my memory, one competitor of drivereasy.com stole most of my images from one of my articles and added the images to their article. I didn’t notice this until I found their article rank higher than mine. I wanted to report that to Google but I ended up doing nothing. I couldn’t prove the images were mine as I didn’t add watermark to the photos. That is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. But thanks to that matter, I realize how important it’s to add watermarks to photos.
Adding watermarks to photos can protect your copyright and prevent image theft. The watermark can show the owner of the photo. It indicates photo ownership and prevents their use without permission. With watermarks, your photos will be less likely stolen, as people worry they would violate the copyright law if they steal the photos with watermarks.
The other benefit of adding watermarks to photos is to promote yourself or your brand. Once you put the watermark on the photos, potential clients will recognize you or your brand easily by looking at the watermark. They may help with the promotion by introducing you to their friends. In this way, you’ll get more clients.
Can’t watermarks be removed?
Watermarks can be removed. But it doesn’t mean watermarks are not necessary. Watermarks can be removed but it can’t be removed easily. It takes time for someone to remove the watermarks. In addition, removing watermarks can cause the picture to lose quality. Usually, only professional photographers can remove the watermarks without losing quality.
You can put the watermark on the position that won’t even allow the professional photographers to remove it.
What you need to know before adding a watermark
To use watermark more efficiently, below is what you need to pay attention to:
- The size
Ensure the size is not too large or not too small. If it’s too large, it may distract the attention from the picture. If it’s too small, it can’t be recognized easily.
- The opacity
Ensure it’s not overly transparent so people can recognize it at the first glance.
- The position in the picture
Ensure the watermark is put on the appropriate place . If it’s put on the blank place, it’s easy to be removed. You can put it above the text/logo in the picture.
- The sources of the picture
Do not add watermark on the photos from other sources. Some photo websites allow you to use photos without attribution. If you download photos from those websites, don’t add watermark on those photos. Though the photos are attribution-free, they belong to others. Only add watermarks on the photos you create on your own.
How to add watermarks to your photos
You can add watermarks on photos easily even if you don’t have too much photo editing skills. We’ve put together two ways below for you to add watermarks on photos. Both ways allow you to add watermarks freely. And both ways allow you to add text watermarks and logo watermarks. You can try both of them and select the way you prefer.
Way 1: Add watermarks online (you need to access the internet)
If you don’t want to install third-party editing software on your computer, you can add watermarks to photos online. To watermark photos, I recommend you use Water Marqueen.
Water Marqueen is one of the best online photo editing services that I’ve ever tried. With the simple design interface, it allows you to add watermarks easily. It even provides some watermark templates. If you haven’t come up with a good idea to create your watermark, their watermark templates help a lot. It has Free version and Pro version. To add watermark on a photo at a time, you just need the Free version.
Regarding how to use Water Marqueen to add watermarks on photos, the following steps are for your reference.
1) Go to https://www.watermarquee.com/.
2) Click Select Photos to Watermark.
3) Select the watermark type and add the watermark you want on the photo.
If you want to use text as your watermark, click Add Text at the bottom of the page. The text could be your name, your site name, your brand name, etc.
If you want to use a logo as your watermark, click Add Logo at the bottom of the page. Note: To use a logo as a watermark, you need to create a logo first.
If you want to use the templates provided by Water Markqueen, click Use Template at the bottom of the page.
4) Click Save to save the photo to your computer.
Way 2: Add watermark with a photo editing software
To use Water Marqueen, you need to have access to the internet all the time. But what if you can’t connect to the internet? A photo editing software can solve that issue. If you want to use a photo software and have no idea what photo software you can use, I recommend you use Movavi Photo Editor.
With the easy-to-use interface, Movavi Photo Editor also allows you to add watermarks on photos easily. You can add any text watermark or any logo watermark you want on the photos. Movavi Photo Editor provides Free trial. To add watermarks on photos, you just need the trial version.
Regarding how to use Movavi Photo Editor to add watermarks on photos, you can refer to the steps below.
1) Download and install Movavi Photo Editor on your computer.
2) Launch Movavi Photo Editor and click Browse for Images.
3) Select to add text watermark or add logo watermark.
If you want to use text as your watermark, click Text in the toolbar and add the text you want on the photo.
If you want to use a logo as your watermark, click Insert Image in the toolbar and add the logo on the photo. Note: To use a logo as a watermark, you need to create a logo first.
Adding watermarks on photos can be easy. Hopefully you find the tools recommended above helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.