So you’ve spent a lot of time creating the perfect graphic for your blog. But what happens if it gets separated from your post content? I mean…all I’ve got to do is right click and download it on my computer or hold my finger down on an image when I’m scrolling on the internet and the image is disconnected forever. Saving pictures is so super easy. (NOT legal. But easy!) How do you make sure that if people want to find the recipe that went with the mouthwatering photo of a slice of snickers cheesecake they will be able to find it?
This can be as simple as adding text to your photo. For a simple watermark with a free font, this is an easy solution. But if you’re wanting consistency or a more finished look, that might not always be the best way to lay claim to your photo. Creating this consistency can be especially tough if you work with multiple contributors on a blog (My Middle Places blog has eight different women writing for it!). I created a watermark for them to use just this week because the new logo uses a commercial font and I don’t want to make them all have to go buy it to be able to use it to add text to their pictures. I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t fly, people. And just sending them my files… Again. Not legal.
Another reason you might want to use a watermark is if you are thinking of purchasing (or already have!) a new logo or blog header using a font that you can’t/don’t want to shell out money for. If this is the case, you might talk to your designer about creating a watermark with a transparent background for you that you can use for your photos. Being consistent with your “brand” helps people remember you and your site better and gives you a professional edge.
If you are currently adding text, but would like to be able to create your own watermark for free using PicMonkey, check out this great tutorial. I made mine in Photoshop since I had all of the layers already there when I created the logo, but I know that’s an expensive piece of software than most people don’t have access to. And PicMonkey is FREE. Or you can pay a small fee to get the royale version, which I love. If you’re a font hoarder like me, you’ll be happy to know that PicMonkey allows you to use any font that’s on your computer.
So without further ado…
How to add a watermark using PicMonkey
1. Upload, crop and edit your photo as usual.