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.