Adding a watermark to your photos can be a wise idea if your publishing them yourself for a blog or website. A watermark identifies the origin of the photo and credits you as the creator of that photo. It also discourages others from copying your work and in the event they do(Hopefully with permission), it will have your name shining out from it, for you to bask in the fame and glory 😀
Using Photofiltre to create watermarks.
Adding watermarks to your photos is quite straight forward using Photofiltre. Here’s how…
Start by opening up the text tool dialogue box.
From this box choose:
Text to display
Click Ok when done and the text will appear on the screen, now it can moved into position with the pointer.
Drag the selected text into position, the lower right corner is usually a good place to put the watermark.
This gives the text more of a see through appearance. To adjust the text opacity use the opacity slider adjustment in the Effects tab of the text tool.
Reduce the opacity down to about 50%.
More tricks using transformed text
Another method of achieving an opaque style watermark is by using the Transform text feature in the text tool box and then altering the Gamma correction of the selected area. Here’s how….
Type the text, but this time click on the Transform to selection button
Next, adjust Gamma correct+ up about 3 stops.
Incidentally, the copyright symbol© is displayed by using the Alt key and numbers 0169 on the keypad (release Alt key last)©
Using Stroked text
Using stroked text makes the watermark really stand out. Select the Stroke feature in the text tool’s effects tab and a suitably wild colour 🙂
Black text, stroked with orange outline. Wild baby!
A few things to mention about adding watermarks…
Watermarks should be quick and easy to apply to your photo’s. Don’t spend too much time applying ultra fancy text effects to your photos, usually keeping it simple is the best approach. Choose an interesting font and stick with it and stick with a standard size, style and placement for your watermarks.
The watermark should be the last process. Any photo resizing, gamma correction, sharpening and other enhancements should be done before adding the watermark.
Photofiltre is one of the best free photo editing programs available, with easy to use controls and menus, it’s not blogged down with overly complicated options like many other programs in the genre.
Photofiltre is free to use and download.
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