Protecting your images from being stolen or manipulated has become an important task for any webmaster. Visitors to your website are either not aware of something called “copyright”, or they simply don’t bother about it. They think doing a right click and saving the image to their hard drive is perfectly fine. Even if you disable the right-click function on your website, they still have ways to copy images, for instance, using various screen capture tools.
One of the best methods to protect your images is to apply a watermark to them. Watermark, by definition, is a an image or pattern that you lay on top of a document, in a different shade than the original document. Usually watermarks are embedded in documents to validate their authenticity, but in the case of digital images, watermarks can dissuade potential violators from stealing your content.
Watermarks can be added to any image using desktop image editing software like Photoshop or GIMP, however, not everybody has access to them or has the required skill set to accomplish that. As a replacement, a number of online tools are available that let you add watermark to your images quickly. One of the most comprehensive tools for this job is PicMarkr. Using PicMarkr you can apply watermark to your images instantly without installing any software on your machine. Here’s how PicMarkr works:
1. Uploading Images:
You can upload up to 5 images from your local drive with a maximum file size of 25 MB each. Or, you can import photos from your Flickr, Facebook or Picasa account by simply signing in to the service and selecting the photos you want to upload.
You also have an option to specify if you want to re-size your images.
2. Adding Watermark:
You can add either a text or an image watermark to your images. If you decide to do a text watermark, all you need to do is enter the text you want to appear as a watermark, and specify the alignment of the watermark like top-right corner or bottom-left corner. You can also choose one of the many presets for customization like “Black Text”, “White Text”, “Black Text on White” e.t.c.
You can also add an image watermark by uploading an image from your local drive. Similar to the text watermark, you can also specify the desired alignment for the image watermark.
If you think a small watermark on one corner of the image is not good enough, you can have a tiled watermark, in which case the watermark will appear at multiple spots in the image. This tiled watermark can also be a text or an image watermark. For our example, we download a Creative Commons License image from Flickr of President Obama, and tried to insert a tiled watermark on it.
3. Saving Images:
Once you have applied the watermark, you can either download the final images to your local drive, or you can upload them to your Flickr, Facebook or Picasa account directly.
Simple as that. With these three easy steps you will be able to add watermark to your images without installing any software and doing any extensive image editing. If you think you want more extensive features like adding watermark to all the images in your Flickr account, you can also try the PicMarkr Pro tool, however, the Pro tool is not free of cost ($39.99) like the regular tool.
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