How to Find a Watermark on an Image

a Watermarked image
a watermarked image

You are planning to use images from the Internet for your project, and you don’t know whether the images are watermarked or not. Many photographers or creators don’t want other people to use their images without their permission. Some creators will give the images for free, but many won’t. To avoid copyright issues, you should know about the owners of the images you are using. After that, you can contact them to ask for the use and their permission. Some will allow you, but others will require you to pay to use their assets.

Many people add watermarks to their photos to protect them from theft. 

But you need to know that there are two main digital watermarks people often use to add to their photos. They are visible and invisible watermarks.

How to find a visible watermark on an image

Visible watermark

visible watermark
visible watermark

A visible watermark is often a logo, signature, or a piece of text. Some photographers and companies use their logos as their watermarks. They can reduce the opacity of the logo to make it more transparent and look better with the photos. Other people can design and add text to the photos. They can add their addresses, websites, links, phone numbers to their images and documents. A large number of people will use their signatures as the watermarks, especially professional photographers. 

We call it “visible watermarks” because the watermarks are easily seen by human eyes. We can easily detect them on any images or documents. 

First, you need to know that the places people often choose to watermark their photos. Many people like the bottom right corner of the image. Others like the bottom left corner. But many people can choose different places because it will depend on the content and images themselves.

You will need an image editor, browser, or software to view the image first. There are many image types: PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF…, and not all applications can display special image types.

 After that, when you look at the places we mentioned or any other areas on the image, if you find any logos or sentences, words, they are the watermarks. Many owners will make the text or logo more transparent, so sometimes you need to zoom the image to find the watermarks. 

Invisible watermark

Invisible watermarks are harder to find and not easily seen by our human eyes. The invisible watermarks are not logos or signatures, and we cannot zoom the image to detect them. To find the kind of watermark, you need to use special software or applications. 

Many companies create that kind of software for you to use. You can try to search for more information on the Internet, and you can find the right software for you.

Some software will allow you to add invisible watermarks to your photos and detect them as well. 

But this kind of watermark is not so popular, and you can always find the visible watermarks easier on most images. 

How to Put Text over Real Estate Images

how to put text over real estate images
how to put text over real estate images

The importance of real estate images

A picture is worth a thousand words. Many home buyers will first look at the image of the house to decide whether this house is for me or not. The impression of the picture will make the person continue to go further or not. If the house is not good and everything was messy, not clean, and untidy, will you buy this house?

If real estate images look pretty good, buyers will be willing to make decisions. 

More and more homebuyers say that they often go online and visit websites to find their home. They also say that professional photos are important to their home buying experience. 

Real estate image theft

Many people complain that their real estate images are stolen and used for other purposes. If you have invested a lot of money and time in taking professional images, will you be angry if someone else takes them and use them without your consent? Yes, of course. 

Nowadays, it is easier and easier for other people to download and save images from the Internet. Anyone can download and save by right-clicking and choose to save the images. Many website owners have disabled the right-click option, but there are still more ways to steal the images. 

So what is the solution to this problem? The answer is you should watermark or add text to your real estate images. 

How to Put Text over Real Estate Images

To put text over real estate images, you can use many image editors or watermark software. But you often have many real estate images and you need to add text to all of them fast, we recommend you use watermark software. Watermark software makes the watermarking process easier and quicker than image editors. 

In this article, we will show you how to put text over your real estate images by using Watermarkup. Watermarkup is a web-based application that helps you add text to multiple photos easily and quickly. 

In the free version, you can add text to 3 images at the same time. And you need to repeat the process more if you want to add text to a large number of photos. But in the pro version, you can watermark 30 photos at the same time. We are testing to make the application have the ability to watermark 50 photos at the same time. For example, if you have 60 photos that need watermarking, you only need to repeat the process 2 times.

The first thing you need to do is to visit the application here.

Watermarkup Interface
Watermarkup Interface

After that, you need to upload the photos to the application. The application doesn’t store any photos of yours, so you don’t need to worry about your privacy and image theft. We cannot access your photos. 

Upload photos
Upload photos

 

Main application
Main application

After you upload the photos, you need to click on a photo you like and make it appear on the main canvas. After that, you can continue to add text or your logo to the real estate photos.

 

main application
main application
Bottom toolbar
Bottom toolbar

You need to click “ADD TEXT” to start putting text over your images. If you are using the free version, you can watermark up to 3 images at once. When you add a text object to each photo, the text object will appear automatically on other images. That is batch watermarking.

edit text
edit text

After you change the properties of the text and you are satisfied with the text and the results, you can download the images to upload to other platforms or your websites.

watermark real estate images
watermark real estate images

You can download each photo by clicking “Download” or download all photos by clicking “Download all”.

Upload photos
Download photos

If you get stuck while using the watermark application, you can visit the blog post to find out more. We illustrated carefully about how to use the watermark application. 

How to watermark your photos (full documentation)

Watermarked Real estate image
Watermarked real estate image

If you have any other questions, you can contact us via [email protected] We will be very happy to assist you.

Types of Digital Watermarks

Nowadays, online content theft isn’t a new problem with Internet users and creators. People easily download and share digital products like ebooks, videos, and files with their friends. You will never know when other people use your products without your consent. 

Images and photos are in the same situation. Images are one of the most popular file types on the Internet. Photos are very important to modern websites, blogs, desktop, and mobile applications. And creators often use watermarks to protect their copyrights and ownership.

Watermark can be understood as bits that are used to insert into images, documents, videos, and audios. The watermark can include the name, address, website, and information about the creators of the products. 

The importance of watermark

In the digital world, watermark plays an important role in protecting photos and media. A company can watermark their documents as “Confidential” and “Draft” and other employees will know that the documents will only be used for limited purposes. 

Digital watermarks are used for not only protection but also marketing purposes. When the watermark can easily be seen by many people, your company and brand will be known better.

Types of digital watermarks

For image watermarks, there are mainly two types of digital watermarking: visible and invisible watermarks. 

  1. Visible watermark: Visible watermark can be a visible text and logo placed on the original photo. People can make the text and logo more transparent to look good with the photo context. This kind of watermark is often used because other people will easily see the information about the owners of the image. People can use image editors or watermark software to add text, logo, and templates to their photos.
  2. Invisible watermark: Invisible watermark is different. It cannot be seen by human eyes. Only specific software and applications can detect the watermark. 
Visible watermarks
Visible watermarks

Although digital watermarks are often understood as tools to protect copyright, we can use text watermarks for different purposes like adding notifications, descriptions, symbols, and icons. Sometimes people can use watermark software to create even memes and fun photos to share with their friends. 

When to use invisible watermarks

Invisible watermarks are often embedded into the image and only special software can detect them. The watermark is used to prove ownership when a dispute between two parties happens. Because invisible watermarks are hard to see and often used to identify the rightful copyright holder, they are not so popular and not easy to make. 

When to use visible watermark

Visible watermarks are more popular and easily perceived by human eyes. And it is easier to add visible watermarks to photos by using photo editors or watermark software.

People can use visible watermarks to protect their photos better. Because it is visible, other people will know that you are the owner of the photos and they will not dare to steal them.

In our opinion, if you are selling your photos or want to protect your images from theft, you should choose visible watermarks. Visible watermarks are the most popular and will protect your photos better.

If you are looking for watermark software to watermark your photos, you can try Watermarkup. It is a web-based application that you don’t need to download and install anything. It is free and used by many people around the world.

4 Tips to Choose the Right Colors for Your Watermark

choose the right colors for watermark
4 tips to choose the right colors for watermark

When it comes to watermarking your photos, you need to have a logo or it will be easier if you can have a design of how your watermark looks like in your photos. After that, when applying the watermark and logo in each photo, you can easily adjust to make your overall photos look great. 

But with different photos, you may need different colors for your watermark. Because each photo has its unique content and colors. But the key point here is that you should choose the colors that go well with your photos and don’t get too much attention from viewers.

1. Things to remember when choosing the colors for your watermarks

  1. The watermark should not be too obvious to distract the content of the photos. You can change the opacity of the color to make it more transparent. That will not affect much of your photos.
  2. If you have a logo, you can choose the colors of the watermark that are included in the logo. It will create color harmonies for your photos and they will look better.
  3. If you have a website, you can consider choosing the colors from your website to make it go well with the general context.
  4. The colors of watermark sometimes are neutral and not too bright and obvious. The reason is that the watermark will not distract your viewers from the main content of the photos.
  5. You should consider the position and the size of the watermark when choosing the colors. Because the position, size, and colors of the watermark can play big parts on how your watermark looks in the picture.

2. White and its shades are often used as the color for watermark

If you see many photos on the web, you can easily recognize that many photo owners often use white, grey, and shades of the colors to watermark their photos. Of course, choosing the color will be based on the photos themselves.

If your photos are not bright, you can use white, grey, and shades of them as your main color of watermarks.

3. You can have different colors for watermarks

To make it easier for you when watermarking photos, maybe you will need to have different watermarks for different photos. So you can choose different colors for your watermarks.

You can test and choose 2 or 3 best colors you like and they look good in most of your pictures. You should save them for later use because creating watermark again will waste a lot of time and energy.

4. Another way to choose the color for your watermark

There is another way to choose the right color for your watermark. It is observing and seeing how other photographers and photo owners watermark their pictures. 

By seeing and observing what other people are doing, you will find great colors and inspirations for your watermarks. 

You can go to stock photography websites, photo forums, photographer groups on Facebook, social media accounts related to photography and selling images. Especially, you should frequently visit websites and observe people that are selling photos. Because when selling photos, people often watermark their digital assets and reduce the image sizes. You can learn more about choosing the right colors for your watermarks.

Some examples of watermarks

a watermarked image
a watermarked image
watermarked image
watermarked image
watermarked image
watermarked image

If you need an online photo watermarking tool, you can use Watermarkup. It is free and easy to use. You can watermark multiple photos at the same time and don’t have to download anything to install on your computer. All the photo watermarking is processed in your web browser.

Should I Watermark My Etsy Photos?

If you are wondering whether you should watermark your Etsy photos or not, you have come to the right place. 

In this digital era, content theft is not a new thing. A lot of commercial software and ebooks are offered for free on illegal websites. Many Etsy sellers often complain about product image theft. They said that other sellers stole their image listings and the descriptions to use for their shops. 

Here are some examples:

ThePepperBug wrote about their experiences about product photo theft in 2017. 

Etsy seller Pepper_Bug
Etsy seller Pepper_Bug

This is the original thread.

https://community.etsy.com/t5/Managing-Your-Shop/Sellers-who-steal-your-images-Grrrrr/td-p/14330479

Another thread started by SticksnStonesWrkshp in 2018

Etsy Seller felt bad about image theft
Etsy Seller felt bad about image theft

https://community.etsy.com/t5/Creative-Process/Someone-is-stealing-my-images-and-descriptions/td-p/18145524

TheFortuneCat expressed her bad feelings when someone stole and used her images for months. 

https://community.etsy.com/t5/Creative-Process/Stolen-photographs-Suggestions/td-p/8288930

FortuneCat expressed her bad feelings when someone stole her product images.
FortuneCat expressed her bad feelings when someone stole her product images.

As you can see, many sellers are bold enough to steal your product images and use them for their stores. DestinationLtd expressed her bad experiences when she can’t prevent other shops from using her images without permission. Some shops will use your images for their shops. Other shops will use them to scam customers. They receive orders and the money from buyers but they don’t send items to them. They don’t do business at all and only want to steal money from the customers

Unfortunately, the situation happens very often. 

How can you be affected when someone uses your images?

  1. Because some shops will use your images and the bad result is that buyers cannot know who is the real creators and owners of your product images. They will doubt and suspect the product and your business. This also confuses buyers when they search for your products and they can buy from your competitors, not you. 
  2. As a result, your sales and your business will be affected. People will avoid buying from you and they will not use your products and recommend your business to other people. Your business will decline.

What to do when someone stole your product images

  1. You should contact the shops that stole your images first and told them to remove the photos. Many shops that stole your images will not respond and do what they ask them. But this is what you have to do. You have to protect your assets and business and that is your rights.
  2. You need to contact Etsy’s support and report this situation. Etsy provides you with many supporting channels. 

     3. You can also visit the Etsy community to report the situation. Here is the link: https://community.etsy.com/ Many sellers will help you and share their experiences with you. Another thing is that you can visit the community and read threads about the situation. You can improve your knowledge and know what to do when you are in the same situation.

    4. You can file a DMCA for the things they did with your store and business. 

Etsy may deactivate the links of the shops that stole your images. But many people can still open other shops and use your images again. If you have read some threads on the Etsy community, you can see that that situation is possible. 

Should you watermark your photos on Etsy?

Many Etsy sellers recommend that you should watermark your photos to protect your efforts and business. If you are in the same situation, it is better to protect yourself and your business first. Preventing your images from theft is better than finding solutions to deal with someone who stole your assets. So in general, you should watermark your photos. 

When you watermark your photos and add text or logo to your assets, other shops will hesitate to steal your images because they cannot use them for their stores. 

You can use your logo as a watermark and buyers will know exactly that those images are yours. Watermark is also considered a marketing tool. The more people see your images, the more they will know your brand. 

If you are worried about the quality of the images or SEO when you watermark your photos, it is not necessary. Many watermark software will help you add watermark to your photos easily and quickly without losing quality. The software will also provide you with tools to help you change and make the watermark look good with your photos. You can change the colors, the position, the opacity of the watermarks. And you can do many other things with your watermark.

What about SEO? Do you think that when you watermark photos, Google and other search engines will not index your images and your stores? The answer is no. You don’t need to worry about that. Forget SEO tricks and only focus on your products and services. When you serve your visitors well, Google will serve you well. 

What does it mean? It means that you create high-quality products and images, Google still indexes your stores and images. Why? The reason is that Google only cares about the quality and value of your business. Google doesn’t care about what SEO tricks you use or you watermark your photos. 

The more advanced web technologies are, the more sophisticated the Google search engine is. The machine learning algorithms behind Google will know that your images and products are good or not. The algorithms will know that your business is worth to be featured or not. 

So you don’t need to worry about SEO rankings when it comes to watermarking your product photos. What you need to care about are your business and your products. 

21 Best Free Stock Photography Websites that You will Love

a free product photo
a free product photo

Sometimes you need beautiful photos for your project and you don’t have much time and money to take photographs by yourself.

However, there are more and more photography websites that are offering beautiful stock photos for free. We collected a list of 21 websites and still update them. The photos here are really good and you can use them for commercial purposes, but before you use any of the photos, please check the licenses carefully

1. unsplash.com

 Unsplash can be considered the pioneer in the free photography field. Founded in 2013, Unsplash now has more than 1.5 million photos. 

The photos can be used for free for commercial purposes.

2. gratisography.com

You can also find high-resolution images on the site. Gratisography has covered a lot of categories that can suit your needs. From animals, business, to people, and nature, 

3. burst.shopify.com

The free photos are provided by Shopify, an e-commerce platform company. They provide you with a lot of beautiful images, especially gorgeous photos related to products and e-commerce.

4. lifeofpix.com

Not only free beautiful photos, but the website also added 10 new photos every week from their collection “Photographer of the Week”.

5. startupstockphotos.com

As you can imagine when you hear their domain name, the website provides a collection of beautiful photos that can be used for startups, businesses, developers, designers, and creators. 

6. mmt.li

mmt.li is now focastock.com. You can also find free videos to use for your commercial projects. There have been over 80.000 downloads since the site was launched. 

7. pexels.com

Pexels is a big photography website that you can find unique photos and use them for commercial purposes. There are more than 40.000 photos on the site. Some photos cannot be found elsewhere.

8. madeleine.co

Here on the site, there are free photos and attribution-required photos. You should check the licenses of the images carefully before using them.

9. freenaturestock.com

You can find beautiful photos related to nature and the landscape here. Beautiful and high-resolution photos are free for commercial use.

10. jaymantri.com

If you are looking for photos of the ocean, city, and nature, you can visit the site. The photos are free for commercial use.

11. stokpic.com

You will be emailed 10 new photos every week from the site. You can use for free and you cannot redistribute the photos.

12. stocksnap.io

Their free photos are under a CCO license that you can do whatever you want with the photos and without attribution. It is a good option if you are looking for beautiful photos for your project.

13. picography.co

Picography is also a good photography website that offers beautiful photos for free.

14. isorepublic.com

What is good about isorepublic.

Not only photos but also videos are offered for free on the website. 

15. pixabay.com

Pixabay is one of the most popular photography websites. Sometimes you cannot see the images here on other websites.

16. foodiesfeed.com

If you are looking for food photos, foodiesfeed is the right place for you.

17. photos.bucketlistly.com

You can find beautiful photos for your travel blog, social media, and website here. 

18. splitshire.com

There are free gorgeous images and videos on the website. Of course, you can use them for free for commercial purposes.

19. foodiefactor.com

Here is another good photography website for food ideas. There are already over 1000 stock photos on the site.

20. cupcake.nilssonlee.se

The website is created by Jonas, the site owner. He offers beautiful photos related to nature and landscapes for free. 

21. images.superfamous.com

If you are looking for beautiful nature and abstract photos, superfamous is your must-see place. 

Where to Put a Watermark on Your Photo

When it comes to watermarking your photos, there are various options for you to choose where to place your watermark on your photo. 

To find out the best place to place your watermark on a picture will depend on the specific photo. It means that you must have to know the colors, the person, and the landscape and choose a proper position to put the watermark.

But there are several places that you may like and use very often. 

Here’s in this article we will mention several popular positions people often choose to add a text or logo to their pictures. And you can use the ideas to apply in your photos.

The bottom right

It is undeniable that the bottom right is the most popular position that photographers and other people often choose to put a watermark. You can see hundreds of photos on the Internet, and the bottom right is mostly preferred. 

Why? Because the bottom right is often a proper place that is easy to read for human eyes. We often read text or sentences from left to right. And the first thing we will see is the content and picture itself. The logo or watermark will be the last thing we see (from left to right). Because of that, the text and logo will not distract from the content. 

But there is a problem with this position. The bottom right corner is also easy to be cropped by people who want to steal your assets. They can use photo editing tools to crop the picture and remove the watermark.

The bottom left

The next position you can choose is the bottom left of the photo. Although we can easily see the logo or watermark right in the beginning when we look at the picture, it is fine to put the watermark there. You can edit the size of the watermark to make it not so big that it gets too much attention from viewers. 

However, the bottom right corner is still more popular than the bottom left. Many professional photographers still use this position for their photos. 

The picture below is an example. The bottom positions are often okay because they will not distract too much from the main picture. You can also reduce the opacity to make the watermark more transparent (for example 60%) and look better.

watermarkup_place_to_put_a_watermark_on_a_photo_bottom_left

The centered position

Many photographers often choose this position when they are selling their photos on the web. They create a big watermark and place it in the center of the photo. You should only use this position when you plan to sell the photo and you should reduce the opacity of the watermark. 

When you use this position, it is very hard for thieves to steal your images because the big brand or logo will disappoint them. Of course, it is really hard to use watermark remover or software to remove the watermark from the photos. 

The downside of this position is that because the watermark is so big, the main content will be affected. You can consider using this when you show demos or examples of photos you will sell. Your customers will have to buy to get the original and high-resolution files. 

Put many watermarks across your photos

A lot of people will put many watermarks across their photos when they are selling photos on the web. You can also see that many stock photography websites will use multi watermarks on their photos.

This will help to prevent users from stealing their images. If users want to get the high-resolution images, they must pay.

Here is an example:

multiple watermarks
multiple watermarks

You can see that it is not easy to remove all the watermarks on the above photo, right? You can use this example when you plan to send your client a demo photo of your products or services. If you want to make the photo look better, you can make the watermarks more transparent by changing their opacity values. 

The position you like

It is okay to have the positions you like. If you find that other places are okay to use with your photos, you should use them.

In general, choosing the most suitable watermark position is up to you. You can be creative and decide where you should put the text or the logo. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. You can try and learn from it to make your photographs better next time. 

Things to remember 

When choosing the perfect watermark position for your photos, you need to consider one thing. 

You will not want the watermark to distract from the content of the photo. So please consider your photo first before watermarking.

Place anywhere you like with Watermarkup.

If you are looking for a fast and reliable watermarking tool, you can try Watermarkup. The software helps you watermark 30 photos in seconds and even save your watermark for later use. The software also provides you with dozen of useful tools like add your logo, resize your watermarks, automatically download all the watermarked photos in seconds. If you need an image editor, the website also gives you a powerful editor. All the customization works in your browser.