Many blogs and websites use images to spice up their posts. Most of them are screen shots or images that have been created using image editing tools. Images can be easily copied by any person and used on their own sites passing of the images as their own. There is not much you can do about it as finding and tracking such image thieves is almost impossible.
In such cases watermarking the images with your own personal copyright is the best solution. Watermarking your images would add your copyright notice to the image and thus prevent the image thieves from passing the images as one of their own.
Watermarking each and every image you create can be a pain though and it is time consuming to add custom copyright messages to each and every image. There is a simple way to overcome this problem and you can do it online at absolutely no cost, yes absolutely FREE.
iMarkr is a website that provides you with a free service to watermark your images. The interface to watermark your image is pretty cool. You can either use text to watermark your images or upload a logo to be used as a water mark.
You can also upload multiple images to be watermarked. To use the multiple image watermarking service you will have to be a registered user.
Watermarking your image can be done in two easy steps.
- Upload your image.
- Choose watermarking details.
- Download the image that is watermarked.
While choosing watermarking details you can easily select where you want to have your watermark using the arrow keys provided. After that select the font options and transparency of the watermark. The transparency option can be used to make the watermark more transparent. I have used a transparency of 35% in the image I have created.
You can also use the cropping tool to crop the images. If you do not want to crop the image simply click on the Remove Cropper button to watermark the entire image.
Once you have selected all the options click to proceed to the next step and you can download the watermarked image. In addition to the watermarked images you will also get direct links to the image as well as links which you can post in forums or MySpace.
Main Features Of iMarkr
- Adding customizable visible watermarks on your pictures or digital photos.
- Crop Images
- Custom transparency
- Watermarking a group of pictures (batch watermarking)
- Watermark image(s) with your logo.
- Add custom font and color to your text
- Select the position of your text or logo (i.e. top left, right, etc)
- Auto create codes to use on forums, MySpace and direct linking
- Host your watermarked images.
- View your images in user gallery, slide show The site is very easy to use.
My 2 Cents
iMarkr is a real cool tool and it should save a lot of time in watermarking images you created. This would definitely decrease image thefts as it would become harder to remove the watermarks from the image. I did not see any loss in quality of images that were watermarked.
I definitely would recommend this to anyone who puts in some effort to create images. Also this service can be used to watermark your images before uploading them to public websites like Flickr or Picasa. Registering for an account is a great option as you will be able to watermark multiple images thus saving you lots of time.
What do you think about this tool? Do let me know through your comments.