I was reading Brian’s post on Zero To Three In 90 Days – Thanks Flickr!, but the thing that interested me wasn’t his miraculous PR jump from ‘Zero to Three’. Nope, the thing that interested me was the mention of the term watermark. Watermarks never used to bother me before because I hosted my photos on Photrade and they automatically placed a watermark on all my photos. The problem was that the site has been acting up and many of my photos were no longer showing up on my photo blogs. Naturally that was unacceptable.
I thought about going back to Flickr but I would only do that if I could protect my photos by placing a watermark them. I questioned Brian about that and he put me onto GIMP, he even graciously provided a video on how to use it to place a watermark on my photos. Thanks Brian, but I found that the whole procedure involved to much fart arsing around and I wanted something simpler.
I ended up buying WinWatermark which I found to be exceptional. I didn’t even bother with the free trial version. It also had the extra benefit of saving the photo at a lower resolution of choice which I reckon is great. That way if someone wanted to buy the high quality version they would have to ask me for it.
The photo below shows the watermark at the bottom of the photo. Notice the web address at the bottom. That way if someone uses the photo on a blog or website or something, and forgets to link to it the address is still displayed on the photo itself. Got that idea from Brian.
Another tip I got from Brian was entering the following into the description of each photo.
You may use this photo for your website or blog as long as the watermark remains visible. You are also required to link to Wassup Blog with due photo credit.
The software allows me to past it anywhere on the photo. I can even tile and rotate it so that I get the following effect.
Notice how I even changed the color of the watermark. Everything is so easy with this program. I can put the watermark on a single photo or I can place it on every photo in any folder.
I’ve even listed this program in my Top Software Online Store and you may want to visit it if you are interested in more than just protecting your digital photographs.