Sunday, April 29, 2012

How to Watermark Images Without Photoshop

With picnik.com closing and becoming a Google product, a lot of bloggers are stuck looking for online photo editing alternatives. Aside from designing basic party printables, I relied on picnik for watermarking images on my blog. Today I'm incorporating ideas from MADE and Kent Weakley to show you {in less than 10 steps} how to (1) download free fonts, (2) create a .png watermark file with transparent background and (3) how to watermark an image without Photoshop. 
PicMonkey and ipiccy are free online photo editing sites, but they don’t offer the font I use to watermark on my blog (Geo Sans Light).  Fotoflexer.com doesn’t have my font either, but it does allow adding an image (my watermark) as a layer onto an existing image (the image I want to watermark). PERFECT! Fotoflexer also integrates with Picasa and other sites, which makes it easy to create your own blog buttons {as a blogger/blogspot user}. Come back tomorrow to learn how to make your own blog button.
  1. Download font {for FREE from dafont.com or another source}.

  1. Install font on computer: I'm on Windows 7 and all I had to do was unzip the files I downloaded and right click on "Install".

  1. Create watermark in Microsoft Powerpoint: Insert text box. Type using your new font. Resize as big as you can. Change colors as desired. I like my watermarks to be white, but left it black in the following steps so you could see my text.

  1. Make background transparent: Right click on the text box à click on the paint bucket à select "more fill colors". At the bottom, set "transparency" to 100%


  1. Save the text box (not the powerpoint file) as a .png file: Right click on the edge of the text box à click on "Save as Picture". Select "png" from your drop down of file types.


  1. Upload picture to be watermarked to fotoflexer.com. My picture is already fully edited and just needs a watermark. If you need to edit yours, do so now.
  1. On the "Layers" tab, click on "Add images." Select your .png watermark file. Adjust the size and placement. Change the opacity if you want. 


  1. Save, done!

You only have to do all the steps the first time. After you have your watermark .png file saved, you only have to do steps 6-8 when you want to add your watermark to images.

See! Who needs Photoshop!? Just kidding, I would love Photoshop. Would you like to contribute to my Photoshop fund?? My husband would appreciate it. J


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5 comments:

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

You are seiously the bomb for posting this! I made it one of my "goals" to start watermarking my photos in 2012 -- and I have yet to do that because other ways I've tried take soo freakin' long -- but this seems simple and quick. Thanks again dear!!

Lauren said...

Thanks for posting this. Creating a watermark for a mac seems so challenging. Downloaded jetphoto but you have to create a png transparent image. This is helpful, though my version of powerpoint is different. I find the transparency section but I can't change it. any ideas?

Amy said...

This is a fabulous tutorial. I've just followed it to create watermarks for my small business website images, which are being regularly pilfered. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristen Cold said...

Thanks so much for posting this!! I'm just starting out in the blogger world and knew I wanted to watermark my photos, so this really did help me so much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks this was great, I really needed this!!!!