Blogging Tips: Photo Watermarking
I am not a blogging expert, by any means. I want to clarify this up front. Between here and Windows Live Spaces, however, I have a couple of years under my belt. I think I am starting to get the hang of it. Whenever I discover a useful trick or tool, I seem compelled to share it.
People put photos on the internet for various reasons. Here, I use them to illustrate postings. Watermarking a photo to identify its source is a basic function when publishing to the net. I have been using a photo editor to add text but this was time consuming with poor results. I have begun posting photo albums to the weather station Facebook page. Using the photo editor was laborious, to say the least.
Over the rainy Labor Day weekend, I spent some time looking at free and low cost watermarking software. I wanted something with a bit of style which was fast and easy. I tried out freeware of three programs, Alamoon, ByteScout and one called Fast Watermark. For quality, speed and user friendliness, ByteScout was the clear choice for me. I have now purchased the "Standard" version (it also comes in a "Pro" version) and the photos here are examples. The features added by the Standard Version include:
- All of the Windows fonts and styles
- Symbols such as ©
- Transparency adjustments
- Watermarking with logo images or logo plus text
- Additional watermarking patterns and styles
- Batch processing of multiple photos
- Resizing and watermarking in one step