How to Make a Watermark for Your Photos

It seems today that a successful author platform is comprised of both quality content as well as pretty pictures. But the last thing any photographer wants is to have their photos stolen and reused. One way of deterring Internet thefts is by putting a watermark on the photos used on the Internet. This week I’m going to go through the steps needed to make a watermark.  Just like the previous two weeks, the software I’m using is Pixlr.

First, open Pixlr on your Internet browser. Please remember that while Pixlr does offer an app, the features I’m using are not available in the app. You must be on the full website.

When you see the above screen, please select Pixlr Editor. The features I’m using today are not available on Pixlr Express.

After you click on “Launch the Web App,” select “File” and then “Open Image.” Find the image you want to make a watermark for and select it.

Today I’m working with a picture of my cat, Gwennie. As you can tell by her picture, she’s extremely cranky, she’s a very friendly cat.

The next step is to open up a text box. You’ll do this by clicking on the letter “A” located in the lower left hand corner.Select whichever font you want to use and whatever font color you want to use. I chose Impact and a black font for this example. Type whatever text you want to appear as your watermark. In this example I used my name however your watermark could also be your website, the name of your blog or your logo. After you type your watermark text, you can adjust the size of the text in one of two ways. The first is to select the font size within the text box. It will max out at 130. If you need the font size to be larger than that you will need to rasterize the layer (see below).

Next, you will need to go to “Edit,” and then “Free Transform.” A small box will appear around your text.  Place your cursor on one of the corners and drag it out until you have the size you want.

You can also hover over the top right corner of the box and, while holding the cursor down, place the text in a diagonal line.

The next step is to adjust the opacity of the text. This is done in the layers box located on the right side of the screen. Look for a small square with three lines (located at the bottom left of the “Layers” box.

If you look at the image above you’ll see I’ve adjusted the opacity to 45. Play with the opacity setting until you get your text to the desired appearance. 

This was my final product:

If you have any questions/difficulties with these steps, please let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do to help you.

Tune in next week to learn how to watermark your documents!

Pilcrow & Dagger is now accepting submissions for its October issue. The theme for this issue is “What Lies Beneath?” What’s underneath your cupboards? Your floorboards? That strange mound of dirt in your garden? Don’t delay! Get your submission in by August 30, 2017.

Join us on August 31st as we kick off our round robin blogging event. In our of our Nov/Dec theme “The Box,” LeeAnn and I are going to take turns telling a story that follows this theme. Find out what’s in our box!

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