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Watermarking Images, Beta A Post

My #TechnologyLearningCurve continues with Watermarking Images

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I’m calling this the Beta A Post. Even I know that this is just a wormhole I’ll continue to follow. It’s proved to be more time consuming than I’d ever imagined, even delaying my upcoming guest post on The Caffeinated Writer, while I perfect my process to add complimentary images to my text. Thanks Danielle!

Quick and Dirty: This is what I’m using now: Paint.Net

  1. Get Paint.Net from the website: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
  2. Once you download the free software {Thank You!}, you may begin the watermarking process
  3. I used my text-created watermark and created an image {using the magic wand, I’ll upload that post later}
  4. I open my image to-be-watermarked
  5. I open my watermark image
  6. Select the watermark {for mine, it’s text with gradient of color from grey to black}
    1. Use the Magic Wand, click inside the watermark main color {I’d already saved mine in a file on no background}
    2. Use the Global function to pick up gradient of colors associated with your main image {as stated, in my case, grey-to-black at 66% deviation}
    3. Copy image that remains of watermark
  7. Paste on image, move and resize as necessary
  8. Save as new file {be sure to save as a compatible image file as the medium in which you intend to post the image, for WordPress, { .jpg } is acceptable
  9. Post to your blog secure in the knowledge that your image is watermarked
  10. ****ahhhhhh****

Using Paint.Net, I’m able to individually open images, layer my watermark, save the image, and upload it to my blog – as well as Instagram. Not efficient, but effective.

However, there must be an easier way. I’ve been looking at Apps, but I’m not willing to allow access to all of my phone information, nor do I have an IPhone — which seem to be the two main alternatives to this time-intensive process.

Note: I’m a Techno-neophyte, my advice is marginally helpful at best, but it’s working for me now!

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What do you use to watermark your images?

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16 thoughts on “Watermarking Images, Beta A Post

  1. Nice post, I would like to have something to write quotes, on a photo. Would it work on an iMac?. Every time I try to find something to do with apple I have to pay for it, so I just go without.

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    1. Good point on the Apple Products – paying by the app has it’s benefits {get exactly, or close to, what you want}, but I, too, am not a big proponent of Apple nickel-and-diming me after already buying into their system, which is why I don’t use Apple products. I guess the same can be said of virtually any system, but I don’t like that they have the final say on what I can, or cannot utilize, on my own computer. Thanks so much for your thoughts 🙂

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  2. I used to use Gimp to add a logo to my photos. I found 3 things.

    1. It often ruined a good photo.
    2. People copied them anyway with the logo on.
    3. If someone really wants to use an image, they will overwrite or crop out a logo.

    Wasnt worth the time or effort for me. I try to make sure everything I upload is about 800px across, so good enough for my blog (max image size 512px across), but not good enough it can be sold or used elsewhere except social medias. 🙂

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    1. Ooooo….First, I’m sorry to hear that that’s happened {although, unfortunately, it’s not a surprise….*sigh*}; Second, I like the tip about the image resolution….{perhaps that is the answer?}. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and let me know your experience 🙂

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    1. I agree, and from the comments, it appears that people rip-off photos even with watermarks. I’ve seen the watermarks that are, literally, watermarked into the background of the image. However, I feel it really takes away from the quality – and since I’m not planning on selling the images {in the short-term anyway, maybe that’s better motivation?}, I wasn’t sure how detailed I should be on the subject. I’m still researching, but people who can’t come up with their own original content will steal, no matter the copyright statement on your site or watermarks. I’ve tried to be careful not to plagiarize, give credit where credit is due, and I hope that the universe will kindly do the same for me. I also created a common copyright license tag for my site; I’ll blog on that in the near future as well. It’s all a process, and I’m looking at it as *fun* learning opportunities 😉 Let me know what you come up with!

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      1. I’ve recently sold my first picture (It was totally unplanned). The person I sold it to is a painter. She brought up the subject of watermarking and told me I should start doing that. I’m torn on the subject. I have a friend who is a reasonably successful and none of his pictures I’ve seen online are watermarked.

        I’m definitely going to think about it some more. Maybe the book the painter recommended (Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist) will be a good guide in this.

        I’m with you on this all being a process filled with fun learning opportunities! 🙂

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