Protect Your Images

Have you noticed anything different about the beautiful pictures that Hubby has been taking lately? 

From now on (if it is a picture of me, my family, or something that we have made) I am going to watermark the heck out of my photos. There are a lot of crazies and photo thiefs out there in the world of the internet. People steal photos and content for whatever reason. Watermarking is a way to make the photos a little harder for someone else to claim as their own. 

There are a couple of different ways that this can be done.  

If you have photoshop, then you can use your logo, create a brush, and then apply it to the picture. I like to do it in overlay mode so that it looks like the watermark is IN the picture rather than just on top of it. But you can always just apply an image with a transparent background onto the photo and change the transparency of it. Another option is to just apply a brush on top of the photo to make it look however you want. There are a few ways to do it in photoshop if you have it, but this is my method of choice. It's there, but I don't feel that it takes away from the image.  

If you don't have a photo editing software like Photoshop, there is also a free online option!! You can use PicMonkey! Simply upload your photos and then apply text over the images. I'm sure you can play around with it to find a style that you really love, and I think you can change the transparency of the text as well.

I don't really think it is so important where you choose to do your watermarking. I just feel that it is important that you do it. Make sure to place your watermark somewhere on the image that can't easily be cropped out. So it does need to touch, or be on, the subject matter of the photo. If you just stick it in the corner, someone can EASILY copy the photo and then crop it out.  

Watermarking really isn't that hard to do. So make sure you protect those photos that you work so hard on taking to share with everyone. It's another step or two, but it can save you a lot of trouble and heartache down the road. 

Tiffany KuehlComment