Monday, October 13, 2008

How to Watermark an Image (for Free)

JetPhoto Studio is a great little freeware application for Mac and PC for adding a watermark to your images. I spent a great deal of time trying to find a freeware program for my Mac that would add a watermark to a batch of images I wanted to publish on the web. There was plenty on freeware for a PC and plenty of software for a Mac that came with a price, but the program I desired was very elusive. One option that I wasn't too excited about was using Picasa, but you could only add text rather than an image as a watermark. After many failed Google searches, I ended up on download.com and did a search for "watermark" and filtered the results to only show results with free licences. There were four options and none looked too promising. To make a long and boring story short and exciting - I downloaded JetPhoto Studio and it rocks! The following is an illustrated guide to add a watermark to an image with JetPhoto Studio.




Step 1: Open JetPhoto Studio and create a new album, which I called "Watermark Demo".


Step 2: Drag and drop one or more images into the new album.





Step3 : Click on the "Actions" tab, and click on "Web Ready".


Step 4: Click on the "Resize" tab and select what size images you want generated. I only wanted a watermark on my demo image at a size of 1600 X 1200 pixels.


Step 5: Click on the "Watermark" tab and drag and drop your watermark mask into the rectangle. My watermark mask is white so you can't really see it too good. Select where you want the watermark positioned on your image.


Step 6: Click "Export Now!" and a folder will be placed on your desktop with your watermarked image(s).


To my delight, I have once again managed to find and use either freeware or open source software to accomplish what I need. I thank all the people (in this the case JetPhoto Studio authors and supporters) who put so much work into making free and quality software. BTW, I used Inkscape, an amazing open source application for creating professional vector graphics (like Adobe Illustrator) for my watermark. I'll probably be doing more illustrated how-to guides on other freeware and open source software for the Mac in the future.

See also: Photos of Greylag Goose with a different style watermark

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55 comments:

Jumper said...

Free software: so often the best kind!

I'd suggest you get an email account for this blog, then people wouldn't clog up your comments section with personal notes... people like me...

Re: the four-eyed girl and cat: I tried to find the creator of the girl, but no luck in crediting. The cat I did. And yes, the no-cheese year, which was beset by failures, was the only variable I ATTEMPTED to have for the experiment. Around here, scavengers are taking all nonferrous metals they can find or probably steal. One fool tried just the other day to use my backyard to burn the insulation off his copper prior to turning it in for money. I suspect if you try to melt all that copper, you will use more fuel than the copper would then be worth. It would be impressive to have a ten-kilol brick of copper sitting on the coffee table, though...

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

This is great! I just got a new MacBook and was looking for a watermark free program.

Thanks!
Cameron
(who publishes a LOT of garden photos)

Anonymous said...

I tried to follow your step by step soloution, however, the watermark never appeared.

Let's say I wanted to watermark the word Canada on my photo you didn't say how to do that...

Can you help?

Tim Molter said...

Cameron, Glad it worked for you! Thanks for leaving a message.

Anonymous, I'm not sure why it didn't work for you, if you followed the steps exactly, it should have worked. If you want to add a word, you need to first use graphic editor software to create an image with the word and export the image as a .png or whatever (.jpeg and .gif will probably also work). Then you just import that watermark as explained in this article. For graphic editing software, I would recommend InkScape, an open source illustrating program available for Mac, Linux, and Windows. For an example of an image with a word watermark go here: Eurasian Coot - Blässhuhn

Wonk said...

Excellent! I have a mac, a recently started blog and a new camera burning a hole in my photographic pocket - only thing holding me back from really getting stuck in was a watermark - not that anyone would ever want to pinchy my pictures but still!

Thanks for the tip :)

beyondbluestockings said...

Thanks for sharing this information. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Made my life easier working with family who are concerned about pictures being shared on the web. Great steps and thanks for the legwork!!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOOOOOO SOOO SO MUCH! Keep it up. I'll def be looking for ur next post.
Tks.

Charles said...

Thanks a bunch ! Really helped me out !

Ellie said...

This is great! So simple. I work in real estate and resize photos all the time. Having just switched from a Toshiba to a Macbook, I have been struggling with the photos and looking for something exactly like JetPhoto. You're a life and time saver!
Any chance you can recommend a simple program to make text macros for a Mac?
Thanks!

Tim Molter said...

Hi Ellie, Thanks for stopping by. I haven't used any text macro programs... BTW, iPhoto can also do resizing, plus lot's of your basic photo editing stuff like cropping, adjusting white balance, exposure, etc. I do everything photo-related in iPhoto, but use JetPhoto just for the Watermark. I wish iPhoto would have watermarking, but I doubt Apple will ever include it because that would be one less reason for people to buy Aperture.

Tracie said...

Thanks for posting this. It's exactly what I was looking for. Found you via Google search, btw. Thanks a bunch. Oh...LOVE your blog header photo! Sweet!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tim,

This is really a big help for me.

KUDOS

Anthony said...

Thanks for this, a fantastic help. Unfortunately, I'm not computer savvy enough to know how to create a watermark for my photos, some of which I'll have for sale online. I've downloaded Inkscape, but that is confusing as well. I just need to get my name and the copyright symbol on all my photos. Is there a way to easily do that?

Tim Molter said...

Hi Anthony, Thanks for stopping by. I don't know of an alternative way to get just some text watermarked on an image. Perhaps there is an online tool that let's you upload an image and enter the text you want as a watermark, and then returns you your watermarked image. Good luck!

Rasa said...

Hi, the information I found here, was really helpful, but I couldn't make my watermark so dense as yours, mine looks some how a bit destructed, and blurred. Is there something I might be doing wrong? I exported my text (which is black) as png, and added in jetPhoto, and after exporting, the size of the watermark is decreased and the quality also..

Tim Molter said...

Hi Rasa,

I believe what's probably happening is that your watermark image is too small, and when JetPhoto adds the watermark it is stretching the small png image to fill the a corner of the relatively large photo, resulting the blurry pixellated watermark. Try making your watermark image at least 1/5 the width (in pixels) of the photo you want to watermark. So if your photo is 3000 px wide, make the watermark PNG at least 600 px wide.

BJL said...

Tim, this software is perfect and exactly what I needed, so thank you! However, my .png watermark is plenty big (1600+ by 700+ pixels), and has a very vibrant color. But, when I add it as a watermark, it comes out as very weak and you can BARELY see it. Is there any way to adjust the density of the overlay? Thanks again, this is tremendously helpful!

Tim Molter said...

BJL, Unless there is setting in Jetphoto to change that, you might be out of luck. The only thing I can think of it to make sure you have your alpha channel of you colors in your thumbnail image to 100% if not already.

P said...

once i download watermark, can i then open them, watermarked on iphoto so as to upload them on facebook/flickr?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, this was very useful and the program works great!

Matt said...

We just launched a new free online watermark tool which can be used as a web service.

Check it out here: http://www.digital-camera.com/free-watermark

september cottage said...

HI Tim!

This really helped me finding a free software , I have downloaded it and it looks so easy in comparison to all the ones I had downloaded so far. I do understand the 'how to do it' - but how do I actually create/make a watermark and where - been looking for ages now at it is driving me MAD! Or is there anywhere where you can find them on the net and just fill in your own text?

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

Nicola

Tim Molter said...

Hi Nicola, if all you want to do is add a text watermark, give Google's Picasa a try. I haven't used it for watermarking, but I think it's possible for text watermarks. Otherwise you have to make your own watermark image. Gimp or Inkscape will do the trick.

Case said...

Thanks for the great tip on the program and the quick and easy tutorial. Worked perfect.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. very helpful.

TC said...

If it really works, I will love you forever haha.
Thanks a lot!!

T.A.Paxton said...

This looked great until I realized there was apparently no way to upload the watermarked to my Picasa ACCOUNT or even photobucket. Flickr has certain TOS for it's images -if they aren't allowed for commercial use, why would you bother watermarking them? and we don't all have control over the server end.
And Picasa's watermark is so tiny anyone could crop it out!

Craig said...

Thanks so much! I was looking for a quick way to watermark photos I upload to Facebook and the Indie Travel Podcast Community. You are a lifesaver :)

Katie Joy said...

Thank You! I've been looking for a mac freeware program specifically to watermark (and easy to do) for a long time.. Appreciate this article :)

Carole Brown said...

Thank you very much for the time you took to find this and to then add 'how to use' notes.
Wishing you a very prosperous New Year in 2011

:) Tiff said...

found you via a Facebook friend.

thank you. this is exactly what I was looking for!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this knowledge with all of us.

Anonymous said...

For those of you that use a MAC check out this iPhoto plug in.

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/impressionforiphoto.html

Apple Fans said...

If you are looking for a free batch photo watermarking software for MAC OS X. I suggest Star Watermark for Mac software.
Official website: Star Watermark for Mac

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I've been looking for watermarking software for Mac and I landed on your page! Thanks a lot for the tutorial too!

-Ingrid

Rachat de credit said...

Thanks a lot it was a wonderful guide, now to watermark an image (for free) is without a doubt easy with your recommendation. Kudos

Linda said...

Hi there :)

Thank you very much for sharing this info. I have been searching for 1 forever... And I am so lucky to find 1 for my Mac.

Thank you so very much.

~Linda~
Sorry I do not have website, only want to watermark my photos to put in FB.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the step by step easy way to watermark on a MAC and free. MY problem is that while I have my pictures all watermarked on my desktop , when I try to drop them on facebook or my website, the watermark does not appear on the photos. could you please suggest why and if there is something I 'can do' that will watermark paintings and be able to place on web? Thanks again

Tim Molter said...

Anonymous, if the images that your saved on your desktop contain a watermark, and you upload those images to Facebook, they will still have a watermark. The only possible explanation is that you are mistakenly uploading the original images and not the watermarked ones.

Me! said...

I LOVE YOU FOR THIS! You seriously are a life saver. If I could kiss you right now I would, but since I can't a cyber kiss will have to do. MWWWAAAAAHHHHH!!! There ya go! Enjoy it in moderation! lol :-)

alan said...

thanks for the program and your great explanation. Can you type text for your water mark? I want to put my website thebarbecuemaster I only saw the ability to do a design on the bottom half

thanks alan

Tim Molter said...

alan, no. While it is possible with other software, in this case, you need an image.

heewee said...

No matter how big I make my image in Gimp, it still shows up tiny on my images in Jetphoto. HELP!!!!

Tim Molter said...

heewee, that's the limitation of Jetphoto. It scales the watermark down, not giving you any control over that.

Coffeeholic said...

I was just looking for a simple watermark application for my Mac and found it here so THANK YOU! :)

just somebody said...

Thank you very much for taking the time to point others in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!! GREAT software!

Lena said...

Thank you so much for the post! I will be bookmarking this page :)

billp said...

Thanks much for the post. It was very helpful.

aidsasis said...

thank you so much! very helpful!!!

Addie Blondefield said...

It did not work. I have to upgrade to Premium. Instead of giving me my watermarked photos, it gave me html files of originals, not even with the watermark. They're htmls, not jpgs, and I can't upload htmls :P lol

Paranoid Android said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great article regarding watermarking image, just what I was looking for. Thank you so much!

Celina Perry said...

Oh shoot, how did I miss this tutorial before, this software looks promising and it's even free.

Alas, I've already purchased WatermarkSpell, which, although is not free, indeed does a good job as well if anyone is interested.