how to watermark photos

Ever wonder how to transparent watermark to your photos? by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt


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I was asked on my facebook page how I prevent folks from stealing my images from the internet, and although there is no foolproof method, these steps really deter people from just printing out your art and enjoying it for free or even worse, stealing it to use on other products. This tutorial is presented using Adobe Photoshop Elements (which came with my Epson printer for free, thanks Epson!). Here are some steps you follow.

Decrease the resolution

First, you should only upload low resolution files to your computer. These files will still look good on the computer when displayed only a few inches wide but will look lousy if they try to print it out at 8×10″. I usually decrease the resolution to 200dpi ( full resolution is 300dpi) and make the pixel sizes no larger than 1000 on the largest side. This makes it hard for people to print out the art.


Add a transparent watermark

Next I add a transparent watermark with a copyright symbol ( to get © you hold down the alt key and type 0-1-6-9 ) or the word write out the word “copyright.” This sends a very strong message and also makes the art much harder to enjoy in this form. I like to make the watermark just barely visible so as not to interfere with enjoyment of the art but not too easy to remove either.

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  1. I think the best way to do it is to lower the image resolution. So, true. Although if you aren't going to let the art zoom up at all, not sure why you would want it even as big as you do. If it is just for posting on the web, 72ppi is the biggest a screen is going to do anyways. I know I am guilty of not shrinking my pictures, but when I do, I drop it to 72, and call it good.


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I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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