Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Creating A Custom Watermark With PicMonkey

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Somebody asked me how you watermark a picture with PicMonkey, and I promised them I would add a tutorial to the blog very soon. Today I am sharing that tutorial, but I've gone one step further and added a brief overview of how you can create a custom watermark with PicMonkey too.

Watermarking pictures is, in my opinion, essential. So if you are a bit on the fence as to whether it is worth the extra effort, please take a look at my tips for optimising blog photos as I share my reasons for why adding a watermark is important.

Designing A Custom Watermark With PicMonkey



Step one. Go to PicMonkey and click on "Create a collage".


Step two. Click on the Layouts tab (second icon down) and select "create your own". A single cell 2000px by 2000px image will appear.


Step three. Click on the Backgrounds tab (which is the bottom icon which looks like a paint palette). Underneath the colour palette is an option which says "Transparent background" - tick the box!


Step four. Save the image as a .png file. This means that it will retain its transparent properties.


Step five. Navigate back to the home screen in PicMonkey, but this time select "Edit a photo".  Load the .png image you just saved. Because the image is transparent it will look like nothing has loaded, but don't worry - it really is there!



Step six. Design your image! The most useful tabs are the Text tab (which looks like a 'P') and the Overlays tab, which has lots of free clipart. You can also add custom elements from your computer.

Keep the design simple - after all, you do not want your watermark to distract readers from your super amazing photos. You may even just decide to keep your watermark as plain text.



Step seven. If you are happy with the watermark logo you have created, it is time to crop your image. The crop tool is found under the top tab of the left hand menu, under "Basic Edits". 



Step eight. Save your image. Don't forget to save it as a .png again, to keep the background transparent. 

Using PicMonkey To Add A Watermark To Your  Pictures



Step one. Select "Edit a photo" on PicMonkey, and open the photo you want to watermark.


Step two. Go to 'Overlays' and click on the box at the top which says "Your Own". Locate the watermark image which you saved to your computer.



Step three. Arrange and re-size your watermark, (this is just done by clicking and dragging the corners of the box). You might also want to change the colour or reduce the opacity with the "fade" slidebar.



Step four. Save your newly watermarked image to your computer. 

If you have any great PicMonkey tips or have any questions about using it for watermarking your blog photos, please leave a comment.

19 comments:

  1. How did we blog before Pic Monkey LOL - such an incredible site!
    Great tutorial!
    XOX

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  2. I just started following your blog by email. I'm really hoked. After reading several past posts on cleaning and organizing you've energized me and now I'm ready to start some cleaning myself. I'm also loving your blogging tips. I've been blogging for nearly two years but have so much to learn still.
    Thanks so much for all your wonderful tips and ideas.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post .. I knew there had to be a way of doing it ...!!

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  4. It's official, you rock! I was able to make the watermark but not bring it into the pictures as my own overlay because I did not have the background transparent! thanks so much! I am using this today!

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  5. Great post thank you!
    My question though... how did you get the little house?

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    1. I added the little house as a custom element in this tutorial, (i.e, it is a shape from my computer - it was originally created for use in my header).

      You can create something similar using the basic shapes under the Overlays tab, as I did for my "Creating A Button With PicMonkey" tutorial:

      http://www.atypicalenglishhome.com/2013/07/how-to-make-blog-button-with-picmonkey.html

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  6. Found this on the linky party today. Thanks for this information. Isn't PicMonkey great? Love that program.

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  7. I have been looking all over for this information - I just tried it and it was so simple to do. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your blog and have pinned some of your tutorials to keep so I can refer to them when I need a refresher....

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  8. Great info to be shared, thank you!
    I use to slightly change my watermark each time (colors, effects), but having a .png file to copy and paste each time would be a time saving indeed!
    Thank you!!! You always give us good tips!
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

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  9. Thanks for sharing , I'm gonna need this in future time.
    I always go to your blog when i need some good tutorial !

    xxx

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  10. I love PicMonkey. This a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.. Happy Saturday...

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  11. thanks so much for sharing! I will definetely try it!

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  12. Thank you for your help! Pinning!

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  13. Great post! That's a lot easier than adding and editing text every single time I edit a pic.

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  14. Thanks for this helpful tutorial! This has been on my list of things to do/learn for a while. I'm visiting from the Craft-O-Maniac link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  15. I keep saying I need to make one! Love your tute and will be featuring you and this week's party! Thanks for linkin up to Sunday FUNDay!

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  16. Thanks so much! I finally got around to doing this. Great helpful tutorial.

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  17. Thank you! I've been wanting to make something like this, but had no idea how to!

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