How To Watermark Your Photos Using PicMonkey

by Destri on April 23, 2012



I have spent the entire weekend playing with PicMonkey.  There’s all sorts of things you can do with this powerful online photo editor.  For instance, I made that graphic up there – here is the tutorial on how to make printables,  super easy.  Then I worked on a fun way to transfer images onto wood, but I’ll keep that under wraps until it’s perfected.  Today I am going to show you how to watermark your photos a few different ways.

These days your photos can end up anywhere often without credit or a link, watermarking your photos is a great way to safeguard from people using your images as their own. Plus it helps build brand recognition.

It’s super easy, and PicMonkey has a few options Picnik did not offer that you’re going to love.  Catch me after the jump!

How To Watermark Your URL

First we’ll go over how to simply add your website’s URL to an image. I prefer to do this on my tutorial photos vs. the TMH logo on every photo.  I reserve that for the cover photo.

First upload your photo to PicMonkey from your computer, or drag it from your desktop.  Now you will have a screen that has all the basic editing features.  You will want to finish the editing of the photo before adding the watermark.  You can find a step by step tutorial for Basic Photo Editing With PicMonkey here.

When you have it where you want it, click on the P in the side icon options where the arrow indicates.

 

Scroll through the font options and pick a favorite. It would be wise to stick to the font most often used on your site for cohesiveness, but I really like that Playball :).

Next type your URL in the text box at the top and press add.  It will appear in the screen now, and from here you can change the color and size using the little box you see on the right.  I first chose white using the little bar on the left of the color box.

Adjust the size, and move the text where you want it by clicking and dragging.  You can also adjust the size and rotate the text by clicking and dragging.  Just play with it and you’ll see.

I like to make my watermark somewhat transparent just so it isn’t the main feature of the image.  You will see a fade bar under the color box, just drag it to where you want.

I ended up changing the color to gray, and then just save to your computer.  Easy peasy.  I have found that it really only takes an extra few seconds to add my url and totally worth it.

Now let’s add a logo.

How To Add A Logo Watermark

PicMonkey has a great feature under stickers for adding your own overlay or sticker.  You can use any form of your logo, but I think it looks best if you have a .png file of your logo on a transparent background. You can ask your graphic designer to provide one for you, just let them know what you intend to do with it.

If you have Photoshop, you can make a transparent file there, saved as a .png, and then have it to use on PicMonkey.

If that is not an option, take your logo and crop it down on picmonkey to just the logo, then save it to your computer.  I will show you how you can add a frame to it later.

Once you have your logo saved on your computer ready to use as a sticker, just click on the sticker icon in the side options as shown with the arrow.

Now click on “your own”, then upload the logo.  It will pop up on the screen.  You can see that mine is just the TMH logo with a transparent background.

Drag it to where you want and resize by clicking and dragging on the sides.  Once I did this, I decided to add a label as a background so it would show up better…

Under the same stickers menu, scroll down and find the labels.  You could also use a square, circle, or rectangle under geometric – or the arrows are great too.  It will depend on the size of your logo.

Click on the label you want, and then just like before change the size, color, and position.  I chose to use two of the same, one gray and one white.

I layered the white one on top of the gray one to create the look of a frame.

Then I uploaded the logo again and added it to the frame.  That’s it!

It may seem like a lot, but really if you just add the logo you only have one step. If you do the frame just a couple more, and together only a minute of your time. Quick and easy!

If you’re curios, the image is from the Salt Pouches For The Shower Or Bath Tutorial, it was one of my first and most favorite but the images make me cringe!

Photography Brand Watermark

You can also make your own brand on Picmonkey to use for a watermark.

I just used a font I liked, made it white, and then changed the opacity to 32%.

And here’s a tip:  I created a square sticker in white, then adjusted the opacity (fade) to match the text.  Then just right clicked the image, then click on the duplicate clipart.  This is great for when you are creating multiple images you want the same, as it duplicated in the same color and size.

I put four squares together and then used the rectangle sticker to extend the graphic over the length of the image, again with the same fade %.

There you have it! Three ways to watermark your photos, so that no matter where they end up, everyone knows where they came from.

Like I said there are so many ways to use PicMonkey, just head over and start playing. it’s very intuitive and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Just a note: if a little monkey pops up when using some of the features, it’s just PicMonkey letting you know that feature will be part of the premium package when the time comes.  Just continue with the editing and it will go away.

Keep an eye out for the other tutorials, I am super excited about the wood one.

Feel free to share this with anyone you think might find it useful, it’s the best compliment ever!

Thanks for reading,

~Destri

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim -Polkadotii Designs April 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for this tutorial. It is really well written and so useful.:-)

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Amanda {at} Royal Daughter Designs April 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This is great! Thanks!

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Catherine April 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Oh Destri, this is awesome! I am going to share it with my readers on facebook and twitter.

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Lori April 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

That is awesome information!!! I was just playing around with adding my name to my photos for my website just today ~ Do you recommend your name or your .com ?

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Destri April 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

You know, I am still testing on this too. I think having your logo on the cover photo is great for brand recognition with all the image bookmarking sites out there, but it may be overkill to add it to every photo so just the .com. I have even added a .com to the end of huddle on the logo as well.

So glad you find this useful!

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mary jo April 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

This is so useful! Thank you for blogging about this site! I’m in it right now, however, and I’m trying to figure out how to save my newly-crafted picture. Any tips?? Thanks again!

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mary jo April 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I’m a goober…just found the save button! ;)

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Gabriella April 25, 2012 at 5:52 am

I just wanted to let you know that i just tried your tutorial because it was so well written and I have been wanting to watermark my photos for years, but never really had a good resource to do it. PicMonkey was so easy to use, and your tutorial was awesome. I hope it’s ok, but I will be doing a post on my blog in the upcoming days about your post, along with my first watermarked photo! Thank you again for the great tutorial, and I look forward to reading more!

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Destri April 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

Thanks Gabriella! So glad it was helpful. Let me know when your post goes live, I would love to see it!

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Gabriella April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Ok Destri, the post is up if you wanted to take a look. My blog isn’t anywhere as nice as yours so i hope i did you some justice!

http://gabriellasgoodies.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/the-mother-huddle

thanks again for the tip!

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Destri April 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Ah Gabriella, you made my night! And it has been one-of-those-days, so I needed it – thank you so much!
And your website looks great. Your photography is fabulous too, I’ve added you to my reader, I look forward to seeing more :)

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jackie April 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thank you for this fantastic tutorial! I know what I’m doing this weekend!! :)

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Kristina August 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing the info on the watermarks and logos!

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kate August 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thank you so much for this!! I pinned it; hopefully that’s ok.

I was wondering, if once you’ve created the “brand”, is there any way to SAVE the entire thing so that you can reuse it, without having to re-do all those edits/adjustments?

If you could answer via my email address, I would so appreciate it!

Thanks,

Kate

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Destri August 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

Hi Kate,
you know, I think the only way you could do that would be to make a circle type logo and then saving as a png. Then you would pull it up using the sticker option like I did in the tutorial. Do you know how to make a plain circle in picmonkey?

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Trina April 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

I hope you don’t mind me jumping in :) Yes, there is a way to make a separate image in PicMonkey so you can just easily add it as an overlay. You save a transparent image (in PicMonkey collage), then edit it with your text, etc. and save. My name is linked to a tutorial on how to do that.

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Claire November 24, 2012 at 5:25 am

Hello,
Do you know How do I make a layer with PicMonkey ?

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Destri December 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I don’t, but I think you can use ipiccy.com to do that!

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Kristen December 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm

So I edit my pictures through picmonkey and I was trying to do the watermark but when I finally get the watermark on the picture, it won’t allow me to right-click and save clipart/duplicate it?

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laura December 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! :) For some reason I thought it was much harder. :)
Laura

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alexandra February 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

i’m having a hard time making my logo bigger or smaller. it gives me the tool to move it, but how do i make it bigger? when i try to drag the sides, it moves the whole logo

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carol April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hi,
Thanks for the info. I’m assuming that it’s not possible to make the url on a photo clickable. I haven’t been able to do that.
Much appreciated if I’m missing something.
C

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Gail July 4, 2013 at 1:07 am

I have a logo that was made for me by a graphic design artist. When I try to use it on my photos in Picmonkey it breaks them apart. He made them smaller for me but the same thing happens any suggestions? There is one that will never even load.

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Destri August 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hmmm, I don’t Gail. I would use the forums at picmonkey, or even email them, I bet they can help!

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