watermark or not …

To put a, so called, watermark on your photos — it’s such a personal thing, and there are arguments both for and against. After four, five years of taking photos, I still haven’t made up my mind whether I want it. Guess that says something about me, if nothing else.

Since I got the Mac I’ve been using iPhoto a great deal, but also my usual Picasa.

If you want to use the watermark feature in Picasa, you type in the text and that’s it. There aren’t any options to set colour, font or anything.

In iPhoto there is no watermarking feature at all. So, if you desperately wanted to watermark your photos, you’d have to open them, one by one, in the β€œpreview app” and use the ‘Annotate’ feature. That’s one helluva procedure!!!

Today, I found a free plugin for iPhoto [iBorderFX]. It’s basically for adding borders, but you can skip that and just add the watermark. I just tried it on one squirrel and it worked swimmingly. In this example I did add borders … I had options to adjust the transparency of my watermark, as I don’t like them to be intrusive if I want them at all.

In this example, I’ve made it easy for any thief, hellbent on stealing my squirrel, but this is just an example. I could have put a big one all across, and set the transparency really low, but I didn’t want that.


23 thoughts on “watermark or not …

  1. Pat

    I find it very distracting to see watermarks and frequently close the blog without “like” or comment. Maybe if I was a professional photographer I would be more concerned. As a novice, it would probably be a compliment if someone wanted to steal a photo. πŸ™‚

    1. roughseasinthemed

      Oh no!! That is exactly what we are all trying to get away from. It is NOT flattering.

      Reb what about your camera software, doesn’t that have anything? If not there are freebiees, mine – arcsoft – does change font, colour, size everything.

    2. colderweather

      Most of the ones I see uglify the photos. The professional photographers get very concerned when someone steals their photos, and I’m in full understanding.

      It has never come to my knowledge that anyone has taken any of mine.

      There are so many, excellent, websites with free photos nowadays, so they really don’t need to..

  2. John

    Great photo, and the border looks great. I watermark all of my stuff but usually turn the transparency way way down so it almost vanishes. Anyone with free software like I use can wipe the mark away anyway. But I will still mark my stuff…

  3. Mia

    A watermark across a picture is destroying a good one. But unfortunately pros are more worried about losing money than entertaining people. Then again it is their livelihood so I can understand they want to put it over the photo. Personally I do use it but only to let people know it’s a photo I’ve taken.Sometimes I don’t bother.I don’t think anyone wants to use my photos.I’m sure there are better pictures than mine out there.

    1. colderweather

      Yeah, I think I’ll use it more now that I have this handy, little thing.
      I can understand them too — the professional photographers, and it’s such lowly behaviour to steal other people’s photos.

  4. PonderTheIrrelevant

    I go back & forth on this as well. I make an effort to watermark the photos I feel particularly strongly about, but I still try to keep it subtle. My biggest hangup is laziness re processing in general. It’s something I need to work on, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I do like the way your example turned out though, so something to consider!

    1. colderweather

      I think I’ll do it more often now, that I have this. Don’t have the energy to go back in time. Of all photos I’ve taken, there are perhaps three or four I feel that way about.

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Hey Bekah, I just saw an ad for the Women’s World Championship Curling which is taking place in your fair City of St. John, NB… Will you be attending any of the matches, or is curling not your cup of tea?

    1. colderweather

      Hiya πŸ˜€
      I know … it’s a big thing, but unfortunately not my cup of tea. The Swedish team is doing quite well, I think. One girl even lives in my hometown, and the other ones are from the neighbouring town.

      1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

        Hey, now how cool is that?! (That they’re from so near your hometown, I mean: ) and yes, at last count, they were running a close second, right behind Canada AND they were playing while we were having dinner, but SOMEBODY changed the channel to College Basketball instead (boo, hiss!!): so I don’t know how things finished up, sorry! Either way, it was GREAT curling (which I got TOTALLY hooked on during the Olympics; )

  6. Robert S Johnson

    The pros I work with lean towards not bothering. Anyone with a good set of photoshop skills can usually take it off and they figure why disfigure their own work. There is a vocal minority who lean the other way, however. I guess, pick your poison.

    1. colderweather

      Yes, that’s what I meant when I said I’d made it easy.

      I still haven’t made up my mind what I think, and when/if I’d put it there, it would be because I’m so happy and proud that I shot it — not necessarily to try and prevent anyone from stealing it. Photos will always be stolen, no matter what.

  7. daydreamer2011

    I go back and forth about this too…
    And I have watermarked some of my photos, but sometimes I al so forget it too!

    I try to not disturb the picture itself so much.

    Lovely photo!!

  8. Nylabluesmum

    Rebby I love the framing of the squirrel…the dark frame & then the see thru inside frame…that is very classy!!!
    As usual you captured a wild critter at its finest!!!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xxx

  9. Cardinal Guzman

    I watermark all the photos I publish in my blog. I’ve had photos stolen and I’ve also had a full post stolen. The post wasn’t re-blogged (I don’t mind that at all): someone just copied all the photos and the text and published it on their website!
    In the beginning my watermarks were bigger, but now I make them smaller and usually put them in a corner with the opacity set to low. A lot of people don’t like watermarks, but I don’t really give a shit. I’ve had stuff stolen from me, so now, if you want to steal one of my photos, at least you’ll have to go through the trouble to remove the watermark in Photoshop or some other software.

    I’ve also experienced that several websites stole an article that I wrote about tattooing (the original Norwegian version of the article) and published it on their tattoo-related sites. That article was originally written for a famous 1% motorcycle gang, so it was quite easy to get people to remove my article from their websites. Most people don’t want to get in trouble with any of the 1% motorcycle clubs.


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