Are your images getting used on blogs and websites without your permission? Well, in that case, you can use these free WordPress watermark plugin to retain your ownership.
If you are a photographer or a graphics designer then your creative arts are most valuable to you. You must be adding your ownership to every individual image by using some sort of photo editing tools like Photoshop or gimp. But I know it’s really hard task to edit each and every one of them until you know how to use action scripts.
Watermarking your images can also be profitable for you. It can help you to promote your agency, your small business just like you do with infographics. Let’s say someone downloads your image with your brand’s logo on it. Then he/she use it on his/her blog post and let us assume that the blog post goes viral on the internet. Now just imagine what will you get. First you get free promotion and second you get lots of direct hits on your homepage.
But now the question is how to add watermark to images without spending hours on complicated software. Well, I think the answer is really very simple. You have to just scroll down, check out few of the plugins and choose one for your website. After you install any of them, that plugin will take care of your images and your ownership.
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Marekkis Watermark Plugin
Marekkis is a simple and effective plugin which can add watermarks in two different ways. It can add the credits to the images when they are first uploaded via media uploader. This option has less impact on your server resources and will not slow down your website.
The second option is to add watermark to all your images within your database. This will require a lot of server resources. If your ram usage exceeds your hosting limit then your account may be suspended temporarily.
Considering the setting options, you can either use the image based logo or the simple text. If you are going to use image then its better to use transparent png. But if you choose to use text then you can set the custom font family, font size, colors and its transparency.
Scissors and Watermark
It’s an advanced plugin which has the capability to rotate, modify, crop and compress your images. With scissors, you can either manually add watermark or make this process automatic. Whenever you upload any image they are resampled to defined size using the bilinear filtering. This process not only compresses the image but also helps to retain the same quality of your pictures.
One of the biggest disadvantages of using this plugin is that it doesn’t support texts. This means you will have to use the picture based logo. You can align the logo in different locations.
This plugin has been developed by the factory and has lots of awesome features. It can automatically add watermarks to images in WordPress. You can even choose the bulk option which will add your credits to all previously uploaded images.
This little plugin gives you complete control over the position of watermarks. You can align its position to the top, dow, center, and other alternate positions. You can also set the image quality, its opacity, and the width. If you want then you can automatically resize the logo or can keep its original size.
Furthermore, it has few advanced options. You get the option to disable right-click, disable drag and drop and inbuilt image protects for logged in users.
WP Image Protect
It’s a very powerful plugin which makes the watermarking process really simple. It allows you to add watermarks to your pictures when they are uploaded or you can even use the bulk option.
One of the biggest advantages of using this plugin is that it doesn’t modify your images and thus the real quality is maintained.
One another unique feature is its ability to remove the watermarks from the images. I don’t think any other plugin can do so. With image protect you can even add the text credits. You get options to change the default font, change the color, size.
If you want then you can also prevent individual images from watermarking. Furthermore, you can align the credits at different positions and its visibility.
It’s a sweet and simple plugin which allows you to protect your pictures with user-friendly settings page.
This plugin even has a professional version with lot’s of more advanced features. The free version can only add a text-based watermark but you have full control over color, font family and you can set custom position.
Easy watermark as the name suggests allows you to automatically add watermarks to all your images. One of the advantages of using this plugin is that it support all formats of images. I mean you can use jpeg, png and even gif images and your watermark. This is one of the unique features you will ever find in any plugin. Another great feature is that the text-based credit texts are created with TTF fonts.
All the plugin which I have listed in this post is free and easy to use. They all give you custom options page from where you can perform settings for best performance. All these add-ons have just one simple function and that is to protect original credit.