Best Free Watermark Software
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How we chose the winning watermarker software
Frequently asked questions
Why do you need watermark software?
To protect your photographs from plagiarism and outright cyber thieves. It’s imperative to do this when publishing photos on the internet because it’s so simple to republish images. Including copyright metadata in your image files is fine, but this can be stripped out using computer software and shouldn’t be relied upon for fully protecting your intellectual property. Generally though, if you watermark a photo with freeware it’s likely to have fewer features and process images a little slower. Either way, in this guide we’ve rounded up the best watermarking software for you to choose from.
How can I add a watermark to my photos?
In any watermarking software listed above the first step is to load your desired photo/s into the software of choice.
Next select the watermark function and either type your desired text or upload a logo/graphic.
Now alter the watermark, changing its size, colour, transparency and position on the photo. You may want to tile the design so the watermark appears across the entire photograph.
Once you’re happy with the placement apply the watermark to all of the uploaded photos (if working on a batch process).
Export the images, paying attention to convert or resize the exported photos to your desired output (i.e. web-optimized sizes and formats for online use).
How can I add a watermark to my video?
The process for adding watermarks to video is similar to the photo option above. For an in-depth look at how to do this, and to watch a video which demonstrates how to do this in Movavi Video Suite take a look here:
Is it illegal to remove watermarks?
A watermark isn’t necessarily a proof of ownership, because anyone could download your images or videos and place their own watermark on it. However, if the watermark is placed on there by the copyright holder of the intellectual property and someone else were to purposefully remove some or all of it by way of cropping or cloning the image, this infringes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is seen as unlawful and the offender could receive a fine if found out. Copyright is something that changes between territories and countries, so if you’re in doubt search for your local copyright law online to make sure. The World Intellectual Property Organization's website is a good place to start.
How do you put a watermark on a photo without Photoshop®?
Standalone watermarking software is widely available, choose from any of the watermark programs from this list and you’ll be able to use it without owning Photoshop® – some even work within Photoshop® as a plug-in though, should you wish to do that.
How can I create my own watermark?
It’s as simple as entering the text into your watermarking software and letting the program do the rest. However, you could also make a logo or other graphic in an image editing software and then upload it to the watermarking application for more unique stamps.
What is the best free watermark software for Windows 10/8/7?
The best free watermark softwares are applications that run reliably, are simple to use, and give accurate results - even across batch processed images. We’d recommend: Movavi Photo Editor, PhotoMarks, Arclab Watermark Studio, and iWatermark Pro for their good user interfaces and compatibility with multiple file types.
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