How to Add or Remove Watermarks, Text or Logos from Images
The majority of professional artists and photographers use what is known as a watermark on their images. A watermark is something that is placed onto a sample photograph which makes the image virtually unusable without gaining the proper permission for its usage. For the aspiring artist, you can create your own watermark and logo and add to it every single one of your images in order to protect your work from prying hands. Although this is a very simple task for you to complete you must realize that it is just as easy to remove the watermark with Adobe Photoshop. With that in mind, we will take a look at how to add and remove watermarks from images.
Before we begin it is important to know that stealing images from other artists isn’t a good thing to do. It is discouraged to use the information on how to remove watermarks for malicious purposes. The information provided is simple for the educational benefit of showing how even with a watermark your work isn’t completely safe on the internet.
For the process of adding a watermark, you will first want to figure out exactly what you will be placing into your images. Usually, you will want to create and use your own logo that can be easily recognized upon viewing. You will want to make sure that the logo you are using is also easily seen as the entire purpose of the watermark is to show yourself in your image. This makes it so if others use your image you still get the recognition you deserve. Once you have decided and created the logo for your watermark it is on to place it on every picture you desire.
For the placing of the watermarks, it is vital to use a little tool inside Adobe Photoshop that will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend on this project. The Automation tool is able to be programmed to continuously complete any action you program into it. If you do not know how to use the Automation Tool you will want to learn before starting. The most important part of the watermark is where you place it.
You can put it right in the middle of the image, however, doing so will take away from the image itself and most likely have people scrolling by. Putting your watermark into one of the corners, yet still visible is a great positioning as it shows the image unobstructed yet also displays that it is your property. Once you have set all of this and programmed it into the Automation Tool you will hit start and watch as all your images become watermarked.
Now on to the process of removing a watermark. Let us face it, Adobe Photoshop and many other image editing programs are practically built to remove watermarks. This is why it is important to realize how easy it is to remove anything from a picture. There are 4 very easy processes in order to remove your watermark.
One of the simplest ways is to use the Crop tool. If the watermark is in a corner it is very easy to crop it right out of the image. You can also use the Content-Aware Healing Brush. These brushes are very powerful tools which allow you to paint over parts of the image which give very good results depending on the image itself.
You can also use the Rubber Stamp Tool which works in a similar way to copy-paste. This allows you to select areas of your image and also paint over them similar to a brush tool. Finally, there is the Content-Aware Fill. This is a relatively new tool but can have amazing results if done correctly. This does a great job at covering up large areas however to get it perfect you will have to do some tweaking after erasing.
It is vital to remember that adding a watermark is just as easy as removing it. Just because you have left your mark on your work does not in any way mean that it will stay there forever. Always be careful with what you put online.