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I have had images stolen from not only my website but from posts I do on various other websites as well. There is one way to make sure that if someone DOES steal your images, you can still get some credit for your hard work. I am talking about software that will create a watermark for your photos.

Watermarking is the process of adding an identifying tag to your image – it can either be text or an image.WaterMarkLib makes this process easy for you. WaterMarkLib is a small download weighing in at 2.7MB. We have shown you online watermarkers before and Jim has even gone out of his way to show you 4 ways to watermark your images online 4 Ways To Watermark Your Images Online 4 Ways To Watermark Your Images Online Read More .

This one however, resides on YOUR machine.

Once you extract the installer you will have to run through the basic setup clicks. You know, hit next, next, finish.

When you launch the application you will get a screen that looks similar to this. For some reason, it seems to only open in full screen but that aside, this is a great utility and very easy to use. Start by clicking File – Open and open an image. It seems to recognize all the formats I threw at it including: JPG, GIF and PNG.


Let’s start watermarking. You can either hit the Tool menu or there is also an icon on the tool bar that will allow you to add a text or image watermark. We will start by walking you through creating a text watermark.



After you hit the Text Watermark button or icon, you will get a screen that looks like the one below. You get to choose your font, size, opacity, color, drop shadow and even rotation. Opacity simply means the level of transparency i.e. how much of it can been seen through. So by putting the opacity around 20 or 30%, you can still see through your watermark onto your image. Go ahead and add some text and options. Then hit OK.


Then you will see your image with the watermark in the center. You can just grab the text with your mouse and place it where you would like to. I like to put my watermarks in the bottom right hand corner of the image like so:


Next, if you want to save your image, you should setup the output directory – this is so you do not overwrite your original image. After selecting a directory, you can simply hit the Save button and your watermarked image will be saved to your output directory and won’t affect the original image.



Next up, let’s take a look at adding an image as a watermark. It is almost the same as adding text – but with image options as you can see in the shot below:


Once your image is on the screen, you can move it with your mouse just like the text.


I could not figure out how to use the batch feature to apply a watermark onto several images at once. The tutorial on their website returned a 404 so if you do figure it out let us know!

Do you have another method to create a watermark for your images? Do you or don’t you watermark? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

  1. Sree
    November 23, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Batch Watermark
    Before start batch pictures in a folder, you need to register firstly.

    Now, let’s go ahead batch watermark.

    1.Click the “Tool-->Batch Watermark” in the Menu bar.

    2.In the “Batch Watermark” dialog, all parameters in this dialog can be customizing.

    3.Click the Browse button on the top to choose the folder which the photos need to be added watermark listed in.

    In addition, you can specify add watermark to some pictures in the selected folder by the format, such as JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TGA.
    All Images: Add watermark to all the pictures in the selected folder in spite of their format.

    4.Click the “Text” button or “Image” button to customize your watermark. For example, click “Text” button to enter the “Text Watermark” dialog. You can enter the content and define the color, font, style and shadow of the content. Then, click “OK” button to finish the settings.

    5.Specify the location of watermark in pictures. Choose one of them by click it and it will change to gray.

    6.Specify the output path. WatermarkLib will establish a new folder in “My Documents” in default. If you want save the pictures in other folder, please click the “Browse” button to choose it.

    7.After finish these settings, click the “PROCESS” button to begin the mission. When the process finished, open the destination folder to view the pictures with watermark.

  2. Jack
    August 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I don't like WatermarkLib GUI. Also, their website is often unavailable. I like Bytescout Watermarking tools more, including the free one.

  3. Ibrahim
    July 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Can someone point me to any freeware watermark or tag tool to use with videos before I upload them to Youtube?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      July 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      I think both VirtualDub and Flask presently provide the ability to apply watermarks/logos to a video file.

  4. prasad
    July 21, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I found another wonderful online web application
    that can do batch watermarking with multiple features.
    Looks wonderful.


  5. VV50
    July 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Picasa 3 non-destructively watermarks, only images you upload or export.

  6. whytcolr
    July 17, 2009 at 9:49 am

    FastStone Image Viewer, in addition to being a very good image viewer, also includes a fairly easy way to watermark your images.

    Go to Tools/"Batch Convert/Rename," and then click to select "Use Advanced Options," and then click "Advanced Options."

    If you want to use an image for the watermark, the settings are on the "Watermark" tab. If you want to use just text, use the "Text" tab.

    Using the Batch Convert settings, you can add a border, and put your watermark in the border (thus not obstructing the view of your image) in one step, along with resizing, rotating, and auto-renaming (like putting "_WM" at the end of the original filename to indicate that it's the watermarked version.)

  7. Rick
    July 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

    This is easily done in GIMP or (I assume) Photoshop. Just before I post to Flickr or my photoblog, I overlay a watermark that I've already created, and set the opacity to an acceptable level. Done in a minute or two.

  8. Navjot Singh
    July 17, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Oops..Just does not work.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      July 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

      What platform are you working on Navjot? What error did you get? It worked for me on XP SP3 without a hitch.

  9. Navjot Singh
    July 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Found the link to Batch Watermark Tutorial:

    There seems to be a big linking problem with the site's tutorial links.

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