Protect Your Photos Using Copyright and Watermark

Recently, we saw how a bloggers content was stolen and published by a newspaper without proper permission or reference! So now everybody is conscious about security of their content. Actually no one can control the Internet but there are some ways by which we can make sure our content retains owners identification.
Best way to protect an image or photograph is adding a watermark to it.
What is a watermark?


A watermark is embedded image/logo/text/symbol on an image as mark of identification of owner.
How to add watermark to an image?
Its quite simple. And I have a FREE way of doing it for you. (Most of professional watermarking software come with price tag of more than 20$)
Where I can get a watermark image?
Good question!!! We need a logo or something like that for creating a watermark. But, how many of us have a logo? Well certainly very few( I mean 10 out of 10000). So here is a site which helps you creating a signature. Or you can just use Paint, photoshop or GIMP or nay image editing software for creating a watermark image. It can be anything that will identify your authority. Your name or your ite’s name is a good idea. Site: MyLiveSignature (http://www.mylivesignature.com/)

Step 1: Download and install FastStone Image Viewer from their download page here. or copy paste this in your address bar “http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htm”
download size around 4 mb

Step 2: Run FastStone Image Viewer. And navigate to your intended images folder using explore on left side of its window.You can select your folder later but its simple to do it here. We will explore other features afterwards, for now concentrate on what I tell you.

Step 3: Now, go to “TOOLS” menu and then select “BATCH CONVERT/RENAME” menu. See the below snapshot for guidance. Now read next instruction, don’t start exploring yet.πŸ˜›

Step 4: You now have to check the check-box named “Use Advanced options(Resize….)”. I have circled it in screen shot below, click to enlarge it.

On checking that box, a button appears in front of the label “Use Advanced options(Resize….)” called “Advanced Options”. Clicking it will take you to next screen where you will see lots of tabs and no other options except one t top. Ignore all others and head to “Watermark” tab. There you will see a check box labeled “Use Watermark” which upon checking will take thou to next step.

Step 5: See screen shot before reading. You already have checked circled point no 1.

Now No 2 circle around a button which is similar to “browse for file” button we usually see everywhere. Clicking it will open a dialog box for selecting the watermark image. Here you can select file of your choice(hope you are wise enough to find a good watermark image). After selecting, your watermark image will be now showing at bottom-right corner.

Step 6: Use options like position, background, shadow etc for adjusting the watermark. Or you can simply drag it. I recommend setting position as “center” and then adjusting it a little. Keeping watermark at bottom or near to edge wont work. People can crop to keep it aside.

Here you can save your settings to an external file if you are going to use same settings again. If you leave it, next time FastStone will load settings from last run!

Step 7: Now you are done with setting watermark. Push OK button and you come back to previous window. But wait, we are not done yet. You need to select an output folder. Be precise while choosing it and take care not to overwrite original ones.

Its always good to keep backup before editing anything. Select which images you want to process. You can do single as well as multiple images at a time. Now just press “start” and wait for FastStone to do its work.
Finally:

Using FastStone has many advantages. Its free, simple, powerful, capable of multiple-processing etc. As usual, I have tried to make things as simpler as I can. Techies don’t curse me for spoon feeding, all are not that capable of self learning. I know this little tutorial can be enhanced in many ways, please use it and then tell me if it requires any additions.

Output:
Now click on this image and see the enlarged version. You can see the watermark. This is just a sample, and you are free to use any small image as watermark. But do not forget that the image you choose must be able to identify you!!!

Damn, I wanted to post a nice experience I had while travelling home but this is more important.
Ask as many doubts as you can. I will try to help everybody.

Update: T94XR Suggested this site which is lot easy to use if you keep photos on Flickr.

For now Cheers
Suda

33 thoughts on “Protect Your Photos Using Copyright and Watermark

  1. @t94xr
    Man I know about that site but its not always we do everything online. So I decided to show this offline tool first. Thanks for visiting, visit again!!!

  2. true, but generally alot of people dont really care about installing software to do a job this one website can do for free anyway. So mentioning it isn’t bad.

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  4. good post Suda.πŸ™‚ In fact I had a similar one in my draft folder. As I was researching this subject and was thinking of writing one on free watermarks, but I guess the subject wasn’t really suited for my blog. It looks good here!

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  6. Ah, one post i was waiting for eagerly and hence delayed in reading, sice i wanted to read it at leisure!πŸ™‚

    As i have told you earlier, i have used trial version of “visual watermark” but since it is a paid site and that too in $, i was reluctant to use. Have heard even photoshop has a good watermark tool. yet to try.

    I will let you know about your my experience with FastStone. πŸ™‚

    will have to do it at leisure since there are a lot of steps involve!

    But thanks, buddy, for such a illustrative post!πŸ™‚

    keep going!

  7. Xylene
    I will try it soon. But currently I think this FastStone is enough for starters and *normal girls*πŸ˜€

    Reema
    You are not included in above *normal girls* category, so don’t fire up. And I am ok now, much better than yesterday. ThanksπŸ™‚

    Canopenner
    I mind it man!!! And then now we have open permit to steal from your blogπŸ˜€

    OldSailer
    Do use it and let me know if its useful enough!!!

    Richard Han
    Thanks and Welcome, and I hope you are just not another spamπŸ˜€

    SakhiπŸ˜€ you come in category *normal typical girls*πŸ˜€ as you think lots of steps. There are 3-4 steps only, I just made it simple for youπŸ˜›

  8. Hello,

    I am wondering why some of my pictures have really small signatures across them and some are really large. I would like them all to be Large…but I have no idea why this is happening any help?? THanks!!

  9. Axinia
    You are really open mindedπŸ™‚ Nice to see you here again. And may be sometimes I think od doing same.

    Jacob
    Thanks

    SaRT
    Simply its because your image resolution.
    1. Get a set of signatures of different sizes (bigger, medium, normal etc)
    2. Before applying watermark, check the resolution of image, its simple enough (see for something like 1024 X 768 )
    3. For bigger values, apply bigger signature and small for smaller.

    Please let me know if this works.

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  13. hey awesome information, the only problem that i have is that when i finish all the work in my picture not only just i can see my watermark, there is also a kinda spam of the program :S how can i remove that?

    • @Gina
      I wrote this post more than 6 months ago and sad thing is I didn’t check the new version of software. I guess you are using latest version which may be the cause of problem. I will check it out and let you know. ThanksπŸ™‚

  14. Hi
    Thank you so much, this was a great help. Realised how much it was needed after my brothers photo was taken off his flickr page and passed on to a newspaper for print. So have given him the link as well.
    Regards
    barbara

  15. Gud work suda!

    But this image can be easily tampered in photoshop & the watermark u have put can be removed .

    right nw im working on digital watermark copyright protection,i have read few papers related to it , but the watermark im thinking to implement might not be visible with naked eyes , its for highly secure docs.

    Can u suggest me of some approach for that.

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