Easiest Way to Watermark a Photo
If I can do it so can you! I couldn't understand all the directions and made up my own. It's easy!
Three Ways to Protect the Rights to Your Images
Some of my photos are pretty good (in my opinion anyway) and I want to protect them with a copyright. There are three ways that I know of to protect your photos or graphics images:
1. Submit them to an online stock photo site and they take care of the rights to your photo - the only problem is, that you are restricting in the way you, yourself, can make use of the photos that they accept;
2. Apply the photo to a zazzle product (or something like it) and then the photo can only be used on the product/s to which you have applied it;
3. Add a watermark to the photo. This is a popular solution even though iIt is possible that some watermarks can be removed by technicians who really know what they are doing. But my main problem with the watermark solution is that I simply could not understand any of the directions I found anywhere. So I made up my own. Any similarity between my method and what is recommended on photo enhancing sites is totally coincidental.
Watermarking Photos for Dummies - Like Me!
Here are 6 easy steps for watermarking your photos and graphic images.
Designing the Watermark
Make the watermark on a powerpoint slide. I just wanted my email address. You may want your logo or website address. The text or graphics should be in black in the size and orientation you would like it to be and the background should be white.
When you are satisfied, save the slide as a jpg or png file.
Open paint.net and Open Both the Photo and the Watermark Files
You will see only one photo at a time, but thumbnails of both photos will appear on the upper right-hand side of the screen as in the screen-shot below right.
Photo and watermark open in paint.net
Adding the Watermark to the Photo
(i) Click on the watermark photo to bring it up on the screen.
(ii) Go to "Edit" and "Select All".
(iii) Then click again on "Edit", followed by "Copy".
(iv) Click on the photo to bring it forward onto the screen.
(v) Click on "Edit" followed by "Paste in to New Layer".
What you get will look like the photo to the left, with the watermark in the upper left-hand corner of the photo.
(vi) Pull on the lower right-hand corner of the watermark until it covers the entire photo and you can no longer see the photo beneath it.
Making the Watermark Transparent
If the Layers Window (as in the photo below) did not open automatically, go to "Window" on the upper bar and click on "Layers").
Click on the icon on the lower right-hand side of the Layers Window, which I have indicated with a black square. Another window will open.
(i) Where you see the word "normal", click and select "overlay". You will immediately see the photo through the watermark layer.
(ii) Where you see 255, change it to 155 or any other value that you may prefer to make the watermark more or less prominent.
(iii) Click "ok".
Completing the Watermark Process
The photo to the right shows what you have at this point.
Remaining in the watermark layer (Layer 2), go to the upper bar and click on "Effects", followed by "Stylize" and then "Emboss". You will see the colour return to the photo and you will be left with the original photo with the watermark appearing as an imprint on it.
The photo below shows the final product - a photo with your watermark embossed on it. You can barely see the watermark on the image at the size and resolution appropriate for this article. This means that you can use your own photos for your blogs and websites without negatively affecting the image's visibility and with relative security that others will not steal it and claim it as their own.
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Saving the Watermarked Photo
On the Layers Window, click on the icon that has two sheets with an arrow between them (it is pointing downward). This will merge the two layers into a single layer. Then do "Save As" in order to keep the original photo in its original state. If you forget to merge the two layers, a window will open telling you that you can either "flatten" the image or "cancel" the save. If you are done, click "flatten".