It is very easy to find images of almost any subject by doing a simple search on the Internet. It also happens to be very easy to right click on an image on a Web page and save the image to your computer. However, did you know that unless otherwise stated, there is an implied copyright on all images you find on the Web? The implied copyright is owned by the owner of the web page. It is illegal for you to use those images for your own purposes. But how many people are even aware of that?

Do you ever put your own images on the Web? Even though it is illegal for people to use the photos you place on the Internet, what’s to prevent them from doing so? And if someone does, can you prove that the image was originally yours?

Protect your images and claim your ownership of them by adding a watermark.

watermarked image

What is a Watermark?

A watermark is usually text, but may also be an image, that is placed over the image you want to protect. The goal is to place a watermark so that the image behind the watermark is still visible and may still be appreciated, while leaving the watermark very apparent and not easy to erase or crop out.

One way a watermark is made less visible is through the use of transparency. The more transparent the watermark, the more visible the image behind it will be. Watermarks are also often made less visible by being made to look like the image itself is raised (embossed) or engraved. In such a case, the watermark is shown simply as semi-transparent highlights and shadows.

Watermark Placement

Watermarks should be placed so they are not easily erased or cropped out. A watermark that is placed over a solid colored area is fairly easy for someone to erase using a photo editing program. Placing a watermark at an edge of the image, so as not to touch the main focus area of the image, makes it easy for someone to crop the watermark out and still use the main part of the photo.

It is up to you as the owner of the image to balance disrupting portions of your image with how well you want it protected.

How to Watermark Your Images

Watermarking images usually involves working with image layers, transparencies, text, and images. Here are tutorials for how to add a watermark to an image using Photoshop: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/watermark-images-photoshop/, or using GIMP, a free photo editing program: http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/12/12/how-to-watermark-an-image-using-gimp/.  You can download GIMP from http://www.gimp.org/downloads/.

Both give you the freedom to design the watermark as you like. However, as you will see in those tutorials, adding a watermark to an image is a long, complicated process. I recently wrote a program, Batch Watermark, that simplifies the watermarking process for you: http://www.godtlandsoftware.com/batch-watermark/index.html. Batch Watermark has many features that allow you to easily customize the watermark. With Batch Watermark you can quickly watermark images of many shapes and sizes all at once by simply dragging and dropping them onto the Batch Watermark icon.

The image shown at the beginning of this article was watermarked using the Batch Watermark program.

Conclusion

Copying images from the Web is as easy as right clicking on the image and choosing Save Image. Prevent others from taking your favorite photographs from your Web site and using them for their own personal or commercial use. Add a watermark so others may enjoy seeing your photos while making them useless for other purposes.

 

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