How to Add a Watermark (or Other Text) Onto a Photograph Using PicMonkey
Happy Monday and Cinco de Mayo! I hope you had a nice weekend; I know I sure did. After a week of rainy, cold weather, us Minnesotans were treated to a couple of lovely, sunny, 50+ degree days. I went wildflower hunting at Interstate State Park which was fun and beautiful. I LOVE this time of the year and looking for the spring wildflowers. At Interstate, I found four different types which was really exciting. The most common flower I saw was the white trout lily which had JUST started blooming. That being said, the forest floor was COVERED in them, and I suspect they’ll be blooming by this weekend which should make for a gorgeous site. I’ll have pictures of the wild flowers I did find soon. Until then, upon walking, I did find this gorgeous view (you'll have to excuse the quality, I took it with my cell phone for instagram (follow me @Ldnaturephotos)!
I digress. Onward to this week’s blog topic!
Everyone once in a while I’ll get a request for a blog topic (which I LOVE by the way!). Last week I received one asking if there was an easy way to watermark a picture. I have had photo editing on my list of blog topics to do for a while, but I thought this would be a perfect time to introduce this topic since there was a request. Ask and you shall receive I always say. Actually, I don’t always say that. But it’s always a good thing to ask. Life lesson of the day.
There are a number of photo editing softwares, websites and programs available on the market today, which can range in price from free to a couple hundred dollars. I will only go over the two that I’m familiar with and those two are PicMonkey and Photoshop. To make things simple and clean, and to make sure this post doesn’t get super long, I will split these two programs up into two different blog posts. Today’s post will be about PicMonkey, and next week’s will be about Photoshop. In next week’s post I will also provide links to tutorials for some of the softwares I am not familiar with, such as Lightroom.
PicMonkey is a fairly new website for me; I just started using it within the past year. I don’t even remember how I ran across it, but that’s not important. The important thing is that I DID find it, and that I love it. I should start right away by saying that I don’t do all of my editing in PicMonkey; I really only use it for putting text on my pictures. All of my other editing is done in Photoshop.
That being said, here is a quick rundown of why I enjoy PicMonkey:
-It’s FREE. There is an upgraded version that costs $4.99 a month, but honestly I’ve found everything I need in the free version. Perhaps if I didn’t also use Photoshop, I would consider upgrading.
-It’s web-based, meaning I can use it anyway, anytime I’m on a computer just by typing in the URL. Photoshop is a program you install on a desktop, and so if I’m on a different computer that doesn’t have it, I’m not able to use it.
-There are a lot of fun font options. As I mentioned above, I use PicMonkey for text, so this was important to me. PhotoShop does have some fun font options, but I like PicMonkey’s selection better.
-If I needed to, I could crop, edit, add effects, do touch-ups, and much, much more. I’m impressed by the amount of things you can do with PicMonkey.
Now that you know WHY I use PicMonkey, here is HOW I use PicMonkey to add my watermark* or other text.
*Some people use their logo as their watermark. I do not do this; I simply use the copyright symbol (hold down the ‘Alt’ key and while holding that down type ‘0’ ‘1’ ‘6’ ‘9’), and then my name and my website. If you use your logo (or another picture) as your watermark, I am not sure if PicMonkey will work for you.
There is an ‘official’ way to copyright your photos (text-wise). Here is a link to a website that talks about 5 ways to protect your photographs that goes over the offical way to use text to copyright your image.
Side side note:
This is getting a little off topic, but to be clear, any photo you take is automatically protected, however, as we all know, that doesn’t stop the photo from being used illegally.
I promised you this would be a tutorial. Back to editing in PicMonkey.
Tutorial Starts Here:
To start off with, type in (http://www.picmonkey.com/), or Google PicMonkey and open up the website. When you get to the main page it should look like this:
Once you get to this page, you’ll want to select ‘Edit’.
After selecting edit, a screen will pop up for you to select the picture you want to edit. Navigate to that photo, and double click on it.
You will now be on the main editing page which looks like the picture below:
From here, you can play around with the different editing options based on the selections on the left hand side. Have fun with it! I’ve created some fun stuff. If you decide you don’t like an edit, you can always ‘Undo’ it by clicking the ‘Undo’ arrow.
To add text to your photograph, navigate to the ‘Tt’ symbol on the left hand side of your screen and click it.
You will notice that you now have a variety of text options to choose from. I really like how it shows you what the text looks like.
Click on the ‘Add Text’ button in the upper left hand corner.
A white text box will appear on your photograph.
From here, you can select the text that you want and then click inside the text box. If you are using the free PicMonkey, you will not be able to use some of the new fonts or the ones with the crown next to it.
You can now type in the text you want.
This is not how I want my text formated. From here, you have a number of options. You should notice a box on the right hand side of your screen that has options for formating your text. I’ll call this the text tool box.
For my watermark, I want to do the following things:
1. Resize the text so that it is smaller
2. Resize the box so that it reads in one sentence
3. Center the text
4. Change the color
5. Fade the text so that it doesn’t take away from the picture
Let’s start with resizing the text.
Highlight your text using your mouse. From there, you can either use the size bar or select a text size using the box.
Once you select the size you want, you can adjust the text bar to resize the box so that the text reads in one sentence. To do this, click anywhere outside of the text box on the photograph. A rectangle with circles should appear.
To resize, hold your mouse over the white lines or one of the circles and adjust as needed until you reach the size you want.
From here, I usually center my text. To do that, navigate to the text tool box on the right hand side of the screen and you will see three boxes with lines in them next to the ‘I’ button.
The center button is the one you would select to center your text within the box. The other two are to focus your text either to the left, or to the right.
Once you are done with that, you can change the color of your text. In the text tool box on the right hand side of the screen, you will notice a color box. There is a small circle in the bottom left hand corner of this box. If you click on that, you can move it around within the color box to change your color. As you can see, black is in the far bottom left hand corner. White is in the top upper right hand corner.
The text on your picture should change color as you move the dot around the color box. If not, make sure your text box has the white border around it. If it doesn’t, you can click on the text again, or try click around on the picture one time.
Once you select the color you want, you can move on to the next step from here, which is moving the text box to your desired location. If you like the color, but think it is a little bright, there is an option to ‘fade’ the text so that it doesn’t take away from the photograph.
To do this, again, head to the text tool box and navigate to the spot where it says ‘fade’.
Click on the small circle under the word fade. From there, simply drag the circle along the scale until the text is as you would like it to be.
Finally, if the text box is not where you would like it to be, click on the box, and you should get the ‘four arrows’, or the moving arrows. If you click too many times and you find that your text is highlighted, just click outside of the text box on the picture and try again. Move your text box to where you would like it to be.
You of course don’t have to do these steps in this order, nor will you necessarily have to do all of these steps. Play around and figure out what works best for you. Again, don’t be afraid to try out different edits! You can always go back by clicking the ‘Undo’ arrow at the top of the screen.
To save your picture, all you have to do is click ‘Save’ at the top of the screen.
A new screen will pop up that looks like this:
You have the option of renaming your picture, or you can leave the name as is. Click on the green ‘Save to my Computer’ button at the bottom of the screen.
A new window will pop up prompting you to navigate to where you would like to save your photograph. Click Save once you have done this.
I hope this tutorial was helpful, and that you can start adding a watermark or text to your photographs!
Have you used PicMonkey before? What do you like about it? What other photo editing software do you use?
What other tutorials or posts would you like to see?
Check back next week for how to add a watermark in Photoshop!
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