Why add a watermark to an image
Adding a watermark to an image is valuable for protecting your work from unauthorised use or distribution. Photographers, graphic designers, and artists often use watermarks to identify their work and prevent others from using it without permission.
Here are some of the benefits of adding a watermark to an image:
Copyright protection: Watermarks help identify your work and prove you are the image’s creator. This is especially important if you use the image for commercial purposes or share it online.
Branding. Watermarks can be used to add your brand name or logo to your images to make it easier for people to identify and associate your work with your brand. This is useful for increasing brand awareness and promoting your business.
Security. Watermarks help prevent the unauthorised use of your images. If someone tries to use your photo without permission, the watermark will be visible and can serve as evidence of infringement.
Marketing: Watermarks can be used as a marketing tool by adding a website address or social media link to a watermark. This can drive traffic to your website or social media pages and increase your online visibility.
Aesthetic appeal. Watermarks can add a creative and artistic touch to your images. This is especially useful for photographers and artists who want to add a corporate identity.
Watermark size and format
The size of a watermark on an image depends on various factors, such as the size of the image itself, the location of the watermark, its transparency, etc. Generally, a watermark should be visible enough to be easily seen but not too large to distract from the main image. Choosing a size of about 5-10% of the picture’s width is recommended. Suppose the watermark is used as a copyright protection feature. In that case, choosing a size that does not allow it to be easily removed from the image without losing quality is advisable.
What a watermark can be
The watermark can come in a variety of shapes and styles, depending on the purpose of its use. Here are a few examples. A text watermark is a simple text element containing information about the copyright, image owner, or other metadata. A text watermark can be written in different fonts, sizes and colours, and placed in different picture parts. A graphic mark is an image or logo that can be explicitly designed as a watermark. A coloured sign is a watermark with a different colour scheme than the picture’s colours. A diagonal sign is a watermark placed on an appearance at an angle. A rehearsal watermark is a watermark that is repeated over the entire surface of the picture. Repetitive watermarks can effectively protect copyright because they are difficult to remove without losing image quality.