How to Put a Signature on Your Photos

by Amy Scott

When sharing photos online, there is always the chance that someone will download your photos and use them elsewhere without your permission. To prevent people from doing this without giving you credit, you can put a signature, more often referred to as a watermark, on your digital photos before you upload them to the Internet.

Using Picnik

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Open your Internet browser, and go to the Picnik website.

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Click "Upload A Photo" on the left side of the home page. Select the photo you want to watermark in the window that pops up, and click "Open."

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Click the "Create" tab in the photo editor that loads. In the toolbar under the "Create" tab that loads, click "Text."

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Type your signature in the text entry box in the top of the sidebar on the left. Select the font you want to use below the text entry box. Click the "Add" button under the text entry box. Drag the text around on the image to place it where you want it. Click and drag the corners to resize the signature. Click and drag the circle above the text to rotate it until you like how it looks.

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Click on the "Save and Share" tab. Enter the file name, dimensions, format and compression quality you wish to save the photo in. Click the "Save Photo" button. Click "Save" in the pop-up window to confirm.

Using PicMarkr

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Open your Internet browser and go to the PicMarkr website.

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Scroll down the page to the section marked "Step 1: Upload Images." Click on "Browse." Select the photo you want to watermark in the pop-up window, and click "Open." If you want to watermark more than one photo at a time, repeat this step for up to five images at a time. When done, click the "OK, Go To Step 2" button.

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Select whether you want your watermark to be a text watermark, image watermark, or tiled watermark. For a text watermark, enter your signature text in the text entry box, use the "Presets" menu to customize the watermark's appearance, and select where you want to place the watermark on the photo. For an image watermark, use the upload tool to upload your logo, then select where you want your logo to be placed. For a tiled watermark, select the text option, and enter your signature text, or select the picture option, and upload your logo.

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Click "Continue" on the right side of the page underneath the preview image.

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Click the "Download Images to Computer" button. Click the image download link to be taken to a page containing your watermarked photo. Right-click the photo and select "Save Image As." Click "Save" in the pop-up window to confirm.

Using WaterMark.ws

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Open your Web browser and go to the WaterMark.ws website.

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Click "Browse," select the image on your computer that you want to add a watermark to, and click "Open." Repeat this step to upload multiple photos at a time.

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Click the "2. Add Watermark" button. In the "Watermark" tab, select either "Text" or "Image" watermark. For a text watermark, enter the watermark text, then customize the watermark font, size, color, angle, opacity, and multiplicity options to your preferences. For an image watermark, upload your watermark image using the upload tool, and customize the opacity and multiplicity options to your preferences. Drag the watermark around on the preview image to place it and use the icon in the bottom right corner of the preview watermark to resize it.

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Click the "3. Process Photo(s)" button. Click the "Process Photo(s)" button and wait for the photos to process. When it appears, click the "Download Finished Photo(s)" link to download the watermarked photos.

About the Author

Amy Scott started writing professionally in 2008. She began writing human-interest articles while working at local news website SanFelipe.com.mx, which led to writing a how-to column for her local newspaper, "The San Felipe Newsletter." Scott is pursuing a degree in equine studies from the University of Guelph.