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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can download each photo by clicking “Download” or download all photos by clicking “Download all”.
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.
Nowadays, many people complain that their images on Facebook are stolen and used for other purposes.
Stealing photos are one of the main problems users have to deal with while using Facebook. Many content thieves are willing to take your images and use them for their profiles.
But Facebook and other social media platforms also have solutions to solve these problems and they will take any actions to remove the stolen photos. They will even ban the accounts that will steal other images.
Facebook and other social media platforms have their policies that are related to copyright and privacy. They have always helped you if you need something to report and their support team can help you if you contact them directly.
How to report the stolen photos on Facebook
You need to follow the steps below to report to Facebook that your images were stolen.
Find the photos on their Timelines or in their “Photos” section.
You need to click on the post or the photo to make a pop-up appear. The popup will show the post, photos, and comments.
From here, you can click on “Options”. It is near the “Tag photo” and “Send in Messenger”. You can find the options at the bottom of the images. The options are also near “Like”, “Comment”, “Share”.
You choose “Find support” or “Report Photo”. After that, you can continue the steps to report the stolen photos to Facebook and they will take some actions and notify you later.
You can also try another way to report the violated photos on Facebook by filling a form to contact the Facebook team.
You can choose “Photo” for the first question, “Other photo” or “Profile Picture” for the second question.
Consider watermarking your photos before posting on Facebook
Image and content theft are now not rare. They can steal your photos and other content without hesitation.
Another way to protect your photos is by watermarking your photos before posting on Facebook. When you do that image thieves will find it hard to use your images again somewhere else.
You can use different image editors or watermark software to add text and logo to your photos. Watermarkup is a good online watermarking tool that helps to watermark your photo easily and quickly. The application runs in your web browser, and you don’t need to download or install it. You can use the application for free to watermark multiple photos at the same time.
Don’t post your original images with high quality on Facebook
Because your photos are easily stolen, so it is better if you can reduce the size of the images and keep your high-resolution images private. By doing that, the thieves will not have your original files and if a dispute happens, you will have the rights and proofs to prove that you are the owners of the photos.
If you are worried about the photos you share on Facebook that may be stolen, you had better not share them or only share the photos that are not important.
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.
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.
Invisible watermark: Invisible watermark is different. It cannot be seen by human eyes. Only specific software and applications can detect the watermark.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you have a website, you can consider choosing the colors from your website to make it go well with the general context.
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.
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
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.
On March 03, 2020, our watermark application, Watermarkup, was featured on Tekcrispy.
Tekscripsy is a Spanish online media company. They specialize in writing about technology, science, and culture. Almost all the articles were written in Spanish. They were founded in 2016. Thousands of visitors often read their news everday and they also have a strong base of followers on social media platforms.
Here are some screenshots from Tekscrispy (Spanish Version)
And here are the English version of the article: (the translated version)
Thank you Tekcrispy for featuring us. We hope that the watermark application will be useful for everyone.
You can find another article written by Lasexta about us here.
In this digital era, nowadays everyone can copy and download images, videos, software from the Internet to their computers. And it is easy to duplicate or replicate the files from one version to many clones. Users can simply copy and paste to achieve the task.
People can steal your images from your website and social media accounts very easily. Some will use them for personal purposes, but unfortunately, many others will use the photos for commercial purposes. Many online stores are complaining that their product images were stolen and used by other shops. You have invested your time and money in the photos and now they are being used by others without your permission.
How people steal images from the web
It is very easy for people to download or save images from the web to their computers and drives. They can simply right-click on the image they want, and they can choose “Save images as…” and the image will be downloaded to their computers.
Some people will use the web browser to download all the web page. And in the downloaded folders, there will be your photos. They can choose “Save page as…” to do so.
Many stock photos are now shared on illegal websites and hosting. Users can go there and download them.
How you will be affected if someone steals the assets
First, you will be very angry about that. You invested time and money to take the pictures and bring them to the world.
If you are selling your products online, your competitors and other online stores will use them for their websites. Customers will be confused because of the same product photos in many stores. Your brand and business will be affected a lot.
If they are scamming people to get the money, customers will lose their trust and no longer believe in the stores that have the same product photos.
How to prevent your website from image theft
Disable right-click option on your website. The Right-click option is the simplest way to download and save images from computers and drives. So if you disable this feature, users will find it hard to save your photos. Many CMS platforms are providing their users with many useful tools to disable the option. If you are using WordPress, Shopify, or BigCommerce, many plugins help you do that. You can search in the WordPress plugin store and find some good ones. If you are running custom made websites, you can hire developers to help you do that.
Adding a copyright notice and the usage permission related to your images. Add an announcement about the permission of your photos will be a good thing to notify your users. If you specify the rights and the limitations of your image usage, they will not dare to steal your images and use them for their purposes.
Watermark your photos. This is a useful way to protect your photos. When they see your watermark and brands, if they save and download, they cannot use them for their websites. Moreover, watermarks are good ways to promote your website and products. There is much software that helps you watermark your photos. Several applications help you add watermark to each photo separately. Other applications help you watermark batches of photos at the same time.
Never share high-resolution quality images. It is a useful way to protect your photos. Users can only download your compressed versions of your images. And of course, the qualities are not good enough as the original versions. When you own your originals, you still have the right to control what you have.
Add a DMCA notification to your website. This is another way to show your visitors that your website, content, and photos are protected by DMCA. This will discourage thieves from trying to steal your images.
If you are a photographer and planning to submit your photos to photography websites, you should read carefully the instructions, licenses and what they would do with your images. Do the websites allow users to download your photos for free or low-resolution photos?
In general, it is easier and easier for people to download and save images from the Internet nowadays. But to ensure that your photos will be protected and not be downloaded illegally, you should combine all the above-mentioned ways we suggested in the article.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
What is a watermark, and how can you watermark photos? Let me answer your question. Watermark is your permission, which prevents people from sharing your photos online without your consent credit. Watermark creates an obstacle for the image thieves to steal your photos online. Why do people use a watermark on images? Do professional photographers watermark or put their signs on the images? Does watermark have advantages? Be patient; I’m going to explain every nook and corner of these questions to clarify your views.
History Of Watermarking
Andrew Tirkel firstly used the term watermark in 1992, and the first watermarks appeared in Italy during the 13th Century. Watermarks were used for identification purposes or highlight the manufacturer’s trademark. To prevent forgery or fraud, papermakers and photographers used watermarks.
What Is A Watermark Logo
The watermark logo is basically a text or design that is imposed on the picture to prevent its illegal or without permission uses. Mostly stock photo websites and companies provide non-purchased with watermark based photos. If someone buys, they will give you an original copy of the image.
Advantages Of Watermark
There’re many advantages to watermark images. Let’s have a quick look.
Watermarking protects your image individuality and keeps it away from piracy. If someone wants to steal your image and uses it for personal purposes, then watermarking restricts one’s wrong intentions. Visible watermark on your photos secures your intellectual property.
Watermark maintains the uniqueness of your image. Watermark works like copyrights that promote your brand. For instance, a company logo.
Secure Original Image
The watermark module always keeps your original picture secure. Whenever you want to download the original picture, just click it, and the image will start downloading immediately.
Resize It Without The Image Quality
The size of the watermark image will always be different from the original picture. The watermark module scale down the image when you upload it without hitting the image quality.
Market Your Brand
You use a watermark on the image to market your brand and to make a watermark image your brand’s identification sign.
Do Professional Photographer Put Their Names On The Photos?
Do Professional Photographer Put Their Names On The Photos? If the answer is yes, then why they do this activity? Let’s explore the question. Professional photographers put their names on the photos because they want to be known as professional photographers. They want their photos protection, that’s why they add their signature on the image. You can use several watermark software to help you add watermark to your photos easier.
Here we recommend you to use Watermarkup a web-based watermarking tool for everyone.
This web-based application also lets you import or export photos in JPEG, PNG file formats. This application has a lot of text features for its users like a signature, and many more that enable you to add visible or invisible watermark on your photos.
It also has a watermark customization option. You can write text or images/logo as a watermark on your pictures.
You can see that the application has a simple layout with a toolbar at the bottom of the screen. The toolbar contains some functions of the application: Add text to photos, Add logos to photos, Choose pre-built text templates to add, Clone (Copy) and Remove (Delete) text/image objects, Backward and Forward ( if you are familiar with Photoshop, these functions are the Z-index function.)
The right sidebar contains some options to upload and download photos.
The left sidebar will contain the previews of the photos. You will see the bar after you upload some images to the application.
And the central area of the application is the main canvas. Your photos will appear here when you click on the preview of each photo. When there is a photo on the canvas, you can choose options to add text or logo to your photo.
How to add watermarks and logo to 30 photos at a time
Step 1: Upload
The first thing you need to do is to upload your photos. If you don’t upload them, the application cannot understand what you want to process.
To upload photos, you click on the button “UPLOAD PHOTO”. In the free version, you can upload 3 photos at a time and watermark 3 photos at once.
In the pro version, you can upload 30 photos at a time and watermark 30 photos at the same time. We will test to increase the number of photos in the next version. The file types should be PNG, JPG, JPEG.
After uploading your photos, you will see the left sidebar and the previews of your uploaded images. But at this time, you cannot see the main canvas.
You need to click on one of the uploaded images. The image you clicked will appear on the main canvas. If you want to change the image to edit, you click on the preview of that image. When you edit, add text, and add your logo to the image that is on the main canvas, the rest of the images will be automatically applied. But we have an option for you to edit each image separately.
When you see one of the images on the main canvas, you can use the functions to add text and watermark to your photos.
Step 2: Add watermark to photos
Add logo to your photos
If you have already had a logo, you can click on “ADD LOGO” to get started. There is an open window for you to choose your logo. The file type of your logo should also be PNG, JPG, JPEG.
After you chose your logo, the logo will be added to the current photo. To move the logo, you need to click on the logo to select it. After being selected, there are small squares around the logo and when you hover over the logo, the mouse icon will change.
To move the logo, you need to left-click on the logo and hold your mouse to move to the area you want. You will have the freedom to move your logo and resize it. To resize it, you move your mouse over the small squares, you will see that you mouse changes and you can resize the logo.
The logo is also automatically applied to other images. To check this, you can click on the preview of each image, and you will see that.
After you are satisfied with the position of the logo, you can move to the next step: Download.
Add text to photos
You need to click on “ADD TEXT” to add text to your photos. You can choose the color when you click on the color picker. You can choose the font you want and other properties. After that, you click on the last button (+) to add your first text to your photos.
Make the text Bold
If you want to edit the text like what you want, you need to double click on the text object. After that, you can type and edit it.
You can also resize the text and move it to the place you want by clicking, holding your mouse left, and moving it.
You can copy the text object by selecting “CLONE” or use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. But remember that if you want to copy a text object, you need to select it first. The same process is applied to change its properties. If you want to edit its color, opacity, fonts, and other properties, you need to click to select it first.
Add text templates to your photos
The text templates are the ones we designed for you. You simply click on the template you want and edit it like edit any text objects we discussed above.
But when it comes to text templates, sometimes some templates are multi-part watermarks. For example, the second template is illustrated below. The template contains two smaller watermarks: John Doe Photography and www.website.com.
You can click one each smaller watermark to move it or edit its properties.
But when you want to combine them, you can press and hold Shift while clicking to select two smaller watermarks. They will become one bigger watermark. From there, you can move the bigger watermark to anywhere you like.
But currently, you cannot edit the properties of the bigger watermark. You need to select each smaller one to edit and combine again.
You can see that the template or the text will be applied to all other images as well.
But we also provide you with an option. Because the text will be applied to all the photos, but we provide you with the ability to edit a single image. Sometime because of the size and the resolution of the images, you would like to change the position of the watermark. To do it, you can click on the small black square near the preview of the image you want to change.
After you click on the full black circle, the circle will lose a half of it. It means that the image can be edited now without affecting other images. You can move and change its properties without affecting the rest of your images.
Step 3: Save your photos to your computer.
There are two options for you to choose from when it comes to downloading. The first option is to download each photo that is already on the main canvas. The button “DOWNLOAD” will help you do that. If you want to download another image, you need to click on the preview of that image to make it appear on the canvas. If the image isn’t on the canvas, you cannot download it.
The second option is to download all your photos in the left sidebar. You only need to click on the button “DOWNLOAD ALL” and after that, you can download a zip file that contains all watermarked photos.
If you need more help, you can contact us via email at [email protected] or via our social media accounts here.