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Monday, August 27, 2012

The importance of watermarking your photos




And why not, it's so easy.
There are many programs available for watermarking your photos.


I like PicMonkey.  It's free to all users.
But that is only one of the reasons I like it. 


I can place my watermark anywhere within the photo.
That is very important.  It acts as a deterrent to those who want to steal your material.

If you are a blogger, you must read this recent post by Susan of "Between Naps on the Porch". 
She warns us that the entire content of your blog can be stolen by "Scrapers", then used to make money for them.  Not you.
After you read her lengthy and very informative post you will definitely want to watermark all of your photos. 






Place the watermark in such a position so that your photo can not be cropped without losing its main image.







Here is how to watermark with PicMonkey.


1)  Upload one of your photos
2)  Click on P under Basic Edits
3)  At top, click on Add Text
4)  Text Box appears in middle of your photo 
5)  Click inside box and type text (your watermark)
6)  Now you can edit your text, font, italics, bold, color, fade, etc.
7)  Drag text box wherever it looks best.





There are many programs available which make watermarking your photos very easy.
The important thing to remember is that you actually do it.


Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends








11 comments:

  1. Dear Gina - that is a timely reminder for me. I have been a bit lax over the past few weeks at watermarking. Must get myself back into the routine. Thanks for the hint. I am just going over to see what Susan has to say. Thank you Gina.

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  2. Dear Rosemary, Reading Susan's post was a rea eye opener. I usually watermark my photos but a few slip through now and then. I will be more diligent in the future. Your photographs are so excellent. You should always be given credit.

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  3. what other programs are out there? if any, other than picmonkey...I watermark mine, but usually just put it at the bottom

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  4. Hi Daniela, If you follow Susan's link (highlighted) she writes about a watermark program she uses. I haven't checked into any other software because I am so happy with PicMonkey even though I have to watermark each photo rather than batch marking them.

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  5. That's an interesting story, Gina, and a sad state of affairs. I'm still debating watermarks because I find them distracting, but I certainly understand why others would want to use them.

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  6. Your photos are so alluring, I absent-mindedly ignor your watermark; instead, combing the photo for the details and your placement of the photo! I do not write a blog at present, but the issue is important and I will file it in my little grey cells should it become important in the future!

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  7. Dear Mark, watermarks are distracting but when entire blogs are highjacked it's difficult to accept.

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  8. Hello Mary, That is what I do. I look beyond the watermark and know that nothing will stop the "Stealers" but watermarks do help.

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  9. Gina, Thank you so much for sharing this important information. Hopefully, I can figure this out and start using PickMonkey. Yvonne

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  10. Hi Mumzie. There are several ways to add watermarks in PicMonkey. I still prefer the one where you can adjust size and color. Under "basic edits" click on P and add text in text box which then appears in middle of your photo. Then adjust for size, color and density, or leave as is.

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