Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blogging Design - Lesson #2 - Watermark a Picture

My husband takes a lot of photography and I was worried that his uploaded photos could easily be copied by someone and used as their own.  There are two options that you can do to prevent this from happening.

1. You can disable the right click button.  NOTE: Another blogger pointed out that your blog button cannot be copied by other bloggers if you choose to disable the right click button.
2. You can create your own watermark to place on photos.

Here is examples of my finished watermark:

I used Photoshop to create my Watermark.  There are other free programs such as: Water Marquee that you can use.  Water Marquee is very simple to use.  Photoshop is a bit more of a challenge.  If you are not familiar with Photoshop, then I recommend an easier program like Water Marquee.

Water Marquee directions:
  1. Upload your photo (under 1MB) .
  2. Decide where you want to place your watermark.
  3. Decide if you want text or an image as your watermark.
  4. Decide what font and color you'd like to use.
  5. Once watermarked you can save it to your computer and upload it to your blog.

Photoshop directions:
  1. Open an image.
  2. Select the type tool.
  3. In the options bar, click the color swatch and set the text color to 50% gray. (Use HSB values 0-0-50 or RGB values 128-128-128; both will produce the same result).
  4. Choose a fairly heavy typeface like Arial Black.
  5. Type the copyright symbol or any other text you want to use for a watermark.
  6. Click the commit button to add your text.
  7. Use the move tool to resize and position your text as desired. Double click to commit the changes.
  8. In the layer styles palette choose Bevels from the pull down menu.
  9. Click on Simple Inner to apply this effect.
  10. Double click on the circled f symbol of the type layer in the layer palette to bring up the style settings dialog.
  11. Adjust the bevel size and lighting angle until it's to your liking.
  12. Click OK to apply the settings.
  13. In the layers palette, change the blend mode for the type layer to Hard Light.
Has this blogging design tip helped?  Feel free to share by linking back to this post. Thank you!


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