How to Add a Watermark to a Photo

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 24, 2019

If you are concerned about the illegal use of pictures you upload to the Web, one of the best ways to protect them is to use a watermark. A watermark is a small transparent logo or stamp applied to a digital picture to show the owner of the content. Watermarks are generally used by professional photographers, businesses, and stock image websites to indicate picture ownership and prevent their use without permission.

When you apply a watermark, there are some basic rules to keep in mind. First, pay attention to size and opacity – a small, overly transparent watermark is easy to remove from a picture. The next thing to consider is the location on the picture. If you place a watermark too close to a corner, it can easily be cropped out, but at the same time you don’t want the watermark to detract from the photo.

If you need to add a watermark to a photo, try using Movavi Photo Editor. With this handy app, you can place a watermark or logo on your picture the easy way! Just download the program and read the guide below to learn how to watermark photos on Mac or PC.

Install Movavi Photo Editor

Download the installation file from the website and install the watermark software following the onscreen instructions.

Upload an Image to the Program

To add a photo to the app, click Browse for Images and choose the picture you want to protect. Or simply drag and drop the photo into the program window.

Add a Watermark to the Picture

There are two types of watermark you can add to your photo – image or text.

To add an image watermark, open the Insert Image tab at the top of the program window. Then click the Paste an Image button and choose the picture you want to use as your watermark.

Drag the image into position on the picture. To change the size of the watermark, drag on the corner handles. If the watermark appears to be too opaque, change the transparency by moving the Opacity slider. After you finish editing, click the Apply button.

If you want to add a text watermark, open the Text tab and click the Add Text button. Type the text for your watermark into the text box that appears on the picture to be protected. Now adjust the size and position of the watermark. You can also adjust the opacity, change the text size, color and font. Make sure that your watermark is subtle but still easy to read.

Save the Edited Photo

Click the Save button and choose the appropriate options. You can change the name of the file and select the output format and destination folder. Then click Save. That’s it – now you know how to put a watermark on a photo with Movavi Photo Editor!


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