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Image Protection: Watermarks


A watermark is an image or text that you place on top of your photo. It makes your photos safer by making them undesirable. Who wants to steal an image with stuff on top of it?

Watermarks are easy to make, but can be time consuming. You will need to put a watermark on each and every photo that you'd like to protect. If you use a program like Paint, you will need to create a new watermark for each photo. If you use a program like Photoshop, you can save the watermark and use it over and over again.

I use simple opaque watermarks that I create in Paint for the vast majority of the teaching images on this blog. I do this at the same time I'm in there resizing my image (hint, hint). I choose to use my blog's URL as a watermark so that if someone does take it and post it on their blog (GRRRRRRR), perhaps I'll at least get free advertising out of the deal. :)

Back when I had a personal blog, I chose a cute font for my watermark. It simply said "Sneaky Momma" and was as transparent as I could make it. I created this watermark on Photoshop Elements 7 (PSE7). I will show you how I did this in the tutorial below.

I highly recommend saving a copy of your photo before putting a watermark on it. You cannot take a watermark off of a .JPEG or .PNG image, so make sure you save clean copies for other projects.

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How I create watermarks in Photoshop Elements 7:

SAVE A CLEAN COPY OF YOUR IMAGE BEFORE BEGINNING.

1. Open an image that has been resized and is ready to be uploaded to your blog.

2. Select the text tool:


3. *Click and drag on your photo to create a text box. Choose a font and type in the text that you’d like to use for your watermark. Hint: To type in a copyright symbol, use the windows shortcut Alt+0169.



4. Highlight the text. Go up to the top of your screen and click on the colored square. Type in #808080. Click on OK.



5. Click on the text layer in your layers palette. Click on the drop down menu beside Opacity. Adjust the transparency of the text to the level that you desire. The watermark in the photo at the top of this post has an opacity of 40%.



6. Save your beautifully watermarked image. Save the watermark layer as a separate .PSD file to use over and over again. You may have to resize it to use on other photos.

*For ultimate image protection, you really need to place the watermark where someone would have a hard time editing it out. The best watermarks are placed in the center of the action. The problem with this is that putting the watermark in the center of a photo can be an eyesore. Transparency and placement are the keys to a successful watermark. You just have to play around with it a bit and find what works for you.

If you want to create a more advanced watermark using Photoshop Elements, click here to check out this awesome tutorial.

Click below for more watermark tutorials:

Protect Flickr Images with Text Watermarks

Add a Watermark to a Photo Using Paint

As I've mentioned before, no photo is 100% safe from piracy. If someone wants a photo that has been posted on your blog, they can get to it, regardless of how many safeguards that you put in place to try to protect it. Putting a watermarked image on a resized photo is the best way that I know how to protect images on the internet.

How do you protect your images? Care to share? :)

It absolutely makes my day when this blog is linked to and mentioned in a post on another blog. I love seeing my buttons on other blogs and get downright giddy when I see Sneaky Momma Blog Design on a blog list. BIG thanks to all of you who have helped spread the word about my tips!

Please do not copy and paste my tips and images into your own posts. I work hard on my posts and would like for them to remain on this blog. Thank you for your cooperation. :)

Image Protection: Resize Your Images!


I want you to notice the size of the above picture. Looks too small for anyone to steal and make bigger without it being blurry, doesn't it? Now I would like for you to click on it and check out the size. I'll wait until you come back......

Did you notice how big it was? It was uploaded straight from my computer via Blogger's photo uploading tool on my blog. Obviously it wasn't resized. Someone could easily right click on it, steal it, and use it for pretty much any purpose they wanted to. Don't believe me? Check out this post over at Extraordinary Mommy. Downright scary!

Every picture that I take with my camera is uploaded to my computer as a HUGE file, hence the need for resizing. Your photos may not need to be resized at all. You can check out the size of your photos in the same manner as you checked out mine above. Go to a recent post and click on it. I hope it's smaller than mine! :)

Resizing your photos can easily be done with your favorite photo editing software. You can also upload your photos to Photobucket on the large setting (640x480), copy the HTML code and add it to your post. There are tons of ways that you can resize your photos.

When I want to use Blogger's easy photo uploading tool, I resize the photos for my posts in Paint. Old school resizing at it's finest!

To resize your photos in Paint:

1. Make a copy of your photos before resizing, if desired. I make copies of ALL photos before I resize them. This serves as a backup, just in case I need to start over if I accidentally make the photo too small.

2. Open Paint. Windows users should already have this installed on their computers. To find it, click on the Start button (Windows icon) in the bottom left corner of your screen and select 'All Programs'. Then click on Accessories, then Paint:
3. Click on 'File', then 'Open'. Browse for the photo that you'd like to resize and open it.

4. Click on 'Image', then 'Resize/Skew':

5. Enter in the percentages that you'd like to reduce the size of your image by. You want these two numbers to be the same. They will depend upon how big your photo was to begin with. The photos that I load to my computer from my camera are huge, so 15% usually works for me. You want your photo to look slightly larger on your screen than you want it to appear on your real blog. If you accidentally get your photo too small, quickly click on 'Edit' and 'Undo'. BE CAREFUL as some versions of Paint will only let you undo the last action.

6. Once you get the photo the size that you want it, click on file-->save or save as. Remember where you saved it to!

That's all. Now you can upload it via Blogger's uploading tool and not worry that it will end up in a store window without your permission, like the photo of Danielle's family did.

Next tip: Watermarks

It absolutely makes my day when this blog is linked to and mentioned in a post on another blog. I love seeing my buttons on other blogs and get downright giddy when I see Sneaky Momma Blog Design on a blog list. BIG thanks to all of you who have helped spread the word about my tips!

Please do not copy and paste my tips and images into your own posts. I work hard on my posts and would like for them to remain on this blog. Thank you for your cooperation. :)

Image Protection: Disable Right Clicking

Several people have asked me how to prevent people from stealing the photos on their blog. Unfortunately NO photo that is displayed on the internet is 100% safe from piracy. However, there are things that you can do to help slow down people who wish to steal your stuff. Disabling right-clicks is one of them.

Keep in mind that if you disable right clicks that people will NOT be able to right click on anything on your blog. If one of your readers wants to right click to open a link in a new window or to copy anything from your blog, they will not be able to do so. I experimented with this the other day and forgot to enable right clicks again, which prevented people from being able to right click and copy the codes and such in my posts. Oops! Should have used a practice blog.....

This tip is a beginner tip. You will simply be adding a gadget on your page elements page. If you make a mistake, simply remove the gadget and begin again. Easy peasy. :)

To Disable Right-Clicking:
1. Copy the code in the big box on this post written by MaXimus over at Dynamic Drive.
2. Go to your page elements page (dashboard-->layout-->page elements)
3. Click on 'add a gadget'.
4. Select 'HTML/Javascript'.
5. Paste the code that you copied in step 1 into the box. You can change the words 'Function Disabled!' to whatever message you'd like to display when someone right clicks on your blog. Be sure to leave the quotation marks!
6. Save.

You can also do this within the HTML of your template by following the tutorial that accompanies the code from step 1 over at Dynamic Drive.

Hope this helps! :)

Like my tips? Want to share them with your readers? I would LOVE for you to do so by grabbing my button and displaying it on your blog or by writing a post about my tips. Please do not copy and paste my tips into a post on your own blog. Thanks so much for spreading the word. I REALLY appreciate it!