Create your own watermark to help keep your photos safe online
Adding a watermark to your photos is much simpler than you might expect, and it could prevent someone from using your images without your consent. You can create a simple watermark that won’t detract from the image you wish to share, but will make it plain that you hold the rights to that image.
Below you’ll find some easy, step-by-step instructions on how to create your own watermark. The software used in this example is Gimp, a photo editing programme that you can download for free here, however the process would be very similar when using most photoshop programmes.
Open the icon/logo/text you wish to make into your watermark in your photoshop software.
Duplicate and arrange your watermark as you see fit to create your ideal watermark design.
Merge all of the separate layers that make up your watermark into one, to do this you need to right click on the top layer of those you wish to combine and select Merge Down.
Now you need to make your watermark white, so as not to detract from your image. Right click on your watermark design and from the drop down menu(s) select Colours>Levels.
Drag the slider on the left edge of the “Output Level” bar as far to the right as it will go until your watermark has turned completely white.
To reduce the opacity of your watermark you need to locate the Opacity option at the top of your Layers Dock, this should be set to 100 by default.
Change the opacity level to 50. (The watermark only looks grey because of the black background. It will still be white in the end!)
Finally, you need to delete your background layer in order to lay your new watermark over your photos.
This is what you will be left with, right now it doesn’t look like much but …
once it is layered over one of your photos, it looks like a very professional watermark.
Export your image as a .jpeg file but REMEMBER to save your watermark layer (minus the actual photo) as a .png file to easily apply it to your photos later.