If you have a blog you'll need to learn how to watermark a picture. Find out how using Lightroom, Photoshop and PicMonkey.

How To Watermark a Picture and Why You Should

If you have a blog you're going to want to learn how to watermark a picture. It's essential. Here's why:

Your image is going to be shared far and wide around the web. As long as everything and everyone works as they should when someone clicks on your image it will lead them directly to your site. Hooray!

But … things don't always work as they should. Sometimes your image will get posted to a site without the link. Other times a link gets broken along the way. Occasionally some not-so-awesome person will try to pretend that the picture you took belongs to them. → See the post Find Your Stolen Content for more about this.

This can be a huge headache for both you and your potential readers.

Have you ever clicked on a delicious-looking picture on Pinterest, only to be taken to Tumblr where there is no mention of who took the photo or where to find the recipe? I have, too. It's frustrating.

By adding a watermark to your photos, you save your readers a TON of hassle by making it easy for them to find you.

Just to be clear …

I'm not talking about adding a giant watermark straight through the middle of your picture. You want people to connect with your image, not feel turned off by it. The best watermarks are the ones that are subtle and allow the readers to enjoy the image without being distracting.

Here's how I like my watermark to look …

Sea Salt and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | This is THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe there is! | theendlessmeal.com

And btw those cookies you see there.?? Ya, those. You want to make them. They're called Sea Salt and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Or The Best Damn Cookies Ever.

**will share the recipe super soon!**  Here's the recipe!

Having that small, out-of-the-way watermark on them ensures that everybody who wants to make the cookies will be able to find the recipe.

How to watermark a picture using Lightroom

  1. Open Lightroom and choose the picture you want to watermark.
  2. Click the “Export” button in the bottom, left-hand corner.
  3. In the popup window, scroll to the bottom and click the “Watermark” button.
  4. Click the box beside the watermark button and choose “Edit Watermarks.” Here you can either add a text watermark or upload your logo. Play around with the settings until you're happy with the location of the watermark.
  5. Save the watermark so you can use it every time you save a picture.

How to watermark a picture using Photoshop

  1. Open Photoshop and choose the photo you want to watermark.
  2. Use the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and add a new layer.
  3. Type your watermark and edit the placement, size, font and colour.

How to watermark a picture using PicMonkey

Using PicMoney you have two options for adding a watermark to your pictures. The first option is to add an overlay and the second is to add a text-only watermark.

Adding a watermark to a picture using an overlay:

  1. Open your photo then click the “Overlay” tab.
  2. Click “Your Own” to upload your logo.
  3. Drag your logo to where you want it in your photo and then save your image.

Adding a text-only watermark:

  1. Open your photo then click the “Add Text” tab.
  2. Choose the font you'd like to use then type your watermark.
  3. Edit the colour, size and location of your watermark until you are happy with it then save the image.