Here is a great way to Watermark your photos using a free graphics program that is very easy to use. I have had quite a few people ask about doing this and Photoshop is a fantastic program which I use all the time but most people don’t need it. Sheila, Teresa and others, I hope this helps you!
Why should you watermark your photos? Many people are pinning to Pinterest and sometimes don’t link correctly, this will show where the photo came from. It also makes it less likely that your images will be stolen.
The program that I used to crop, re-size, enhance and WATERMARK these graphics is Photoscape it is free and you download it to your computer. You can click on it now and it will open in a new window. When you go to the main page, click the second button which says FREE DOWNLOAD. There are 3 different places you can download it from, I choose c/net Download.com – only because I have been downloading from them for years with no problem.
Follow the directions to install it on your computer and you are ready to go!
This program actually has a lot of neat features but for now we will look at the Editor. Click on the button I have circled.
When you open the Editor you will see your folders on the left side, pick a photo and it will open in the Editor window.
There are some quite a few great videos and tutorials for working with Photoscape here on their website.
Above you see that we are on the HOME tab and that is my original photo from my camera. You can use the Crop tool, Levels, Filters and other things but we will just concentrate on resizing and adding a watermark for now.
Resizing: Photoscape gives you 2 ways to do it. If you click on the little arrow to the right of RESIZE it will give these options – I chose: Reduce the longer length: 500 px
You can also just click on the RESIZE button and you’ll get the box below. You only have to put in the top number and it will automatically do the height – as long as you have the check mark in Preserve aspect ratio.
Now you are ready to add a watermark to your photo.
- Click on the Object Tab
- Now click on the T button
- The second window will open
- Now choose the font you would like to use and the size
- Down at the bottom is a button called ANCHOR – it shows BOTTOM LEFT – that is where your watermark will go. You can click on the black arrow and change it if you would like
- You can add a shadow or outline too – click OK when done
- Remember nothing is permanent until you save the file
Now you’ll save your file by clicking on the SAVE button in the lower right corner of your screen.
I forgot to mention that you can find the Undo, Redo and Undo All buttons there for anytime you do something and then don’t care for it.
The window will come up and give you options on saving your file. I usually choose Save As but the other options are fine too.
I hope you find this tutorial easy to understand and useful. This is a pretty neat graphics program and I used it to put my little balloon caption on my photo and for the frame. I also added a vignette filter to my first photo for darken corners with one click of a button!
Would you like more tutorials on this?
You can see more on this pillow here.