An abstract photograph of foil floral wrapping paper

Marisa D. Aceves. Foil Landscape (Red). digital photography.

*Note: The watermark shown on the picture above is simple, faint and transparent. However, if you prefer a more opaque, stylized watermark there is software out there that can help you to achieve the look and feel you desire.

Last week we discussed the need to protect your artwork from misuse by obtaining a copyright.

I attached some useful links to articles containing information on copyright as well as copyright registration.

After you have acquired copyright protection, you will want to let other people viewing your work online to know that the work is copyrighted.

You can do this through the use of watermark software.

Not all watermark software is created equal; some offer better protection than others.

However, a little protection is better than leaving you work unprotected.

Here is a list of links were you can either purchase or download free watermark software:

Free downloadable watermark software-

Pros- The watermark software is free and according to most descriptions easy to use.

Cons- You have to be careful with free downloadable software because in some instances they can attach spyware, adware or viruses to your computer. If you are using free watermark software from a website, the work that you upload to the website for watermarking may be vulnerable to hackers.

 Free Watermark Software & Sites to Watermark Online – Louise Myers of How – To Graphics has generously compiled this online list of free watermark software. Make sure to check it out as a viable option for online use, especially if you’re on a budget.

Creating The Copyright Placement Action In Adobe Photoshop – If you would prefer to use photoshop to watermark your images, this is a helpful how-to article.

Gimp Tutorial #17 How to Create a Watermark Text – Don’t have Photoshop, no problem. You can download the Gimp photo editor free.  This handy tutorial will take you through the steps to create a watermark for your images.

Gimp Free download for Macs – If you don’t have a PC and own a Mac instead, you can download the Gimp photo editor for Macs using this link.

Excellent watermark software for purchase 

Pros– Even though you have to pay to use the software, there may be other added bonuses. You may not be as susceptible to the spyware, adware and viruses that can be attached to free software. 

Cons- You have to purchase the software. Sometimes, it can be a bit pricey. Also software available for purchase may only be compatible with PCs. Although you can purchase software for Macs as well.

SoftOrbits Batch Picture Protector Only Compatible with PCs

Visual Watermark Software Both Mac and PC Compatible

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