How to Watermark a Photo

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The purpose of adding a watermark to a photo is to protect the owner from anyone staking claim to your work. It serves as your signature. Several photo editing programs have the capability of watermarking a photo, and each has its own instructions. You may already have one of these, but if not, there are programs and services specifically for watermarking photos that you can find online.

Determine what you want to use as a watermark. This could be the copyright symbol with your name and/or year. Or perhaps you have something more creative in mind. Some programs or services allow you to watermark batches of photos, so consider this option depending on your needs.

Decide whether you want the watermark to be invisible, translucent or totally visible and complimentary to your photo.

Choose the program you will use to watermark your photo. If you already have photo editing software, its watermark function will probably suffice. If you don't already have a program, compare programs online by typing into a search engine, "watermark a photograph," to find one that will do your job for the right price (see Resources).

Remember that you don't want the watermark to outshine your photograph. Either play it down or blend it in. If you watermark a photo using a photo editing program, you may want to consider using a 50 percent tint and small type size so the watermark is barely visible. If you decide to compliment your photo with something more bold, consider the color and shape so that the watermark blends well with your photo.

Position the watermark so that it doesn't take center stage from your photograph.

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