With the internet and social media it is very easy for anyone to take your image from a website and claim it as theirs. but if watermark your images you might be able to avoid this problem. So in this post I will go into why and how to watermark your images.
Why Watermark An Image?
There are many opinions of why you should or should not be watermarking your images. Many Photographers and artists believe that this protects your images from theft(which I agree with). But the best part about watermarking your images, is that every time someone see’s your watermark it is advertising for you as the photographer or artist. So in my opinion, why not watermark your images if it is not difficult and isn’t time consuming?
Where Should A Watermark Be Placed & What Size Should It Be?
When I look at images on social media and other image sharing websites the size and type of watermark varies, but personally I believe that the watermark should be off in the corner of a photo where It will not distract the viewer from the image. But I also believe that a watermark should be just large enough for the viewer to read. One of the biggest mistakes I see people making with watermarking images is that they will make the watermark way too big. The problem with a big watermark is that It will block a lot of the image and it will not let the viewer concentrate and enjoy the image. Another mistake people make when watermarking is that they will have a nicely sized watermark but place it directly in the center of the image. The problem with is that just like making the watermark too big, it distracts the viewer from your image.
What Do I Need To Watermark Images?
The items that you will need to watermark your images with will be Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom. And these programs will allow you to create a custom image or text for a watermark.
How To Create A Text or Logo Watermark?
- Open a new blank canvas in photoshop with the width: 300 pixels, height: 500 and resolution: 300
- Create a custom text or image with photoshop(Make sure the background has no color, yes not even white)
- When you are happy with your logo or text go to File>Save as. From there change the file type to PNG, click ok. After that you will want to choose uncompressed and interlace none.
- Open Lightroom and go to Lightroom>Edit Watermarks.
- A page will open, Click choose file and select the image.
- Adjust the watermark to be in the place you want.
- When you feel that the watermark looks good click save.
- Name the watermark(I usually name it according to the color and position of the watermark EX. whitebottomright)
- So now you have successfully created a watermark!
How To Use The Watermark?
- Select an image or a batch of images in Lightroom
- Click export, this will bring up a page.
- Scroll down the page to the bottom until you see the watermark option.
- Click the small check box next to the word Watermark.
- Select the watermark you want.
- Click export and you are done!