The argument for watermarking your images can be slightly divisive. Those against it argue that adding a watermark wouldn’t deter someone dead set on stealing an image for long. Those for it counter that watermarking, at the very least, provides an extra hurdle to clear for people wanting to swipe photos. Whatever your opinion, watermarking doesn’t need to be time consuming or cost anything. We rounded up 4 free tools for watermarking your images, and tested them out on our puppy friend, Romy.
Picmarkr lets you upload single or multiple photos for watermarking. You can change the text, opacity and alignment of the watermark, then upload directly to Facebook, Picasa or Flickr. We used the ’tiled’ option on the photo below. Picmarkr also lets you resize images to be blog, forum or email-friendly.
Watermark requires you to sign up for a free account before you can use it but it boasts a slick interface and is really user-friendly. You can customise the style, text, font, opacity and colour of the watermark. You can also view a running tally of changes you’ve made to your original image on the right hand side of the editor.
An easy to use website with no sign-up required. You can watermark multiple images at once and change the text, font, colour and opacity. If you try out a watermark and then decide you want to change something about it, you don’t have to re-upload your photo – simply go back to edit from Step 2.
Visual Watermark is geared mostly to professionals, but they offer a free trial version. You can download Visual Watermark for Mac or PC and then upload your pictures for watermarking. Choose from a range of customisations, but be warned that some are offered to premium (i.e paying) customers only. This site wins for looks but if you don’t have a lot of images to watermark, you’re better off going with one of the above options.
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