Online copyright violation is very common these days and it takes a lot of time and effort to file DMCA complaints against such fraudulent activities. Most of the internet users just right click on a photo they like and save it to desktop. These images are later used in their own blogs or websites without actually knowing that they are legally committing a copyright violation. So if we are seriously concerned about the copyright of our images then the best way to protect them is by adding a watermark. This is to let everyone viewing the picture know that the photos belong to us and can’t be used without our authorization. This is especially important for photography bloggers who make a living out of their wonderful pictures.
Let us now see how we can easily watermark our images in WordPress in a few simple steps.
Step2: Now Go to Tools => Easy Watermark Settings
Click the Add New Watermark button.
Enter a title for watermark and also the watermark text that we need to appear. We could also upload any image to appear as a watermark.
There are several options to customize the watermark such as text font, size color, watermark alignment, etc
We can also specify the size of the images that we need to watermark.
There is also an auto watermark feature that automatically applies the watermark during image upload for every image.
Finalize these options as per our requirement and click the Save button on the right top panel
We can also configure watermarking options for Editor, Author, and Contributor roles under this plugin.
This option is essential if we run a multi-author blog.
Step3: Now if we have set the Auto Watermark option, as shown above, all the newly uploaded images via the default WordPress media upload feature will have the watermark without any additional setting. Let us first see how this works before dealing with the existing images in our media library.
Go to Media => Add New option. Here we can see a radio button to disable the auto watermark feature that we have enabled before. Now without changing this option let us upload an image to our WordPress media library.
Once the upload is finished we can view the image and see that the watermark that we have set before is applied.
Step4: Now let us deal with the existing images. For this let us go to Easy WaterMark => Tools section.
Here we have a Bulk Watermark option. Select the Watermark title that we have created before and click the Start button to watermark all the existing images in our WordPress media library.
Thus in a few easy steps, we have added a watermarking feature to our WordPress blog.
Note: If you prefer to do watermarking on your computer before uploading the images, you could use the uMark tool. I use the Windows version of this tool to watermark my images before WordPress uploads. They also provide the tool for Mac as well as Android platforms.