Adding images to a website not only increases its appearance but is also helpful for enhancing its search engine rankings. Professional photographers use their website as their portfolio which assists their clients in getting to know their work. However, some of the people might download those images and use it for commercial use without giving credits to the photographer. In addition to that, the photographs could be misused, and people might lose authenticity on the source. The best way to avoid any such issue is by adding a watermark to every image. A watermark is a logo which is placed on an image which will help the users in identifying the original source of the image. Below mentioned is the complete process of how you can add a watermark to the photos effortlessly.
#1 Adding Watermark with Easy Watermark Plugin
WordPress provides the users with tons of different plugin options which can extend the functionality of the website. Easy Watermark is one of those plugins that will help you in this process. The first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to the Plugins> Add New section. Here you need to search for the plugin and click on the Install Now button. After the installation completes, you need to click on the activation link to activate the plugin.
Once you have successfully activated the plugin, you need to head back to the WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to the Settings> Easy Watermark page. If you want to add watermark to every new image automatically, then you need to enable the Auto Watermark option. Afterwards, you need to select the image types and image size in which watermark will be added. The next option will be of watermark type where you can choose text, image or both as a watermark. Once you are done with the configuration, you need to click on the Save button to store the changes.
Upon configuring the general settings, you need to open the Image tab. Here you need to click on Select/Upload Image and upload the image which you want in your watermark. Make sure to save the changes. Now move on to the Text tab and enter the text which you want to in the watermark. This plugin also gives you an option to align the text, and choose the font of the text. Once you are done with all the necessary changes, you need to click on the Save Changes button.
This process will add a watermark to every new image uploaded on your website. However, you old images are still vulnerable without it. If you want to add watermark to old photos on your site, then all you have to do is visit your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to the Media> Easy Watermark page.
Here you need to click on the Start button under the Bulk Watermark option. Now the plugin will add watermark to all the uploaded images on your website. If you want to remove the watermark from your pictures, then you need to click on the Restore button from the same page.
#2 Adding Watermark via Envira Gallery
Envira Gallery is a premium image gallery plugin that comes with tons of features, and one of them is adding watermark to the images. The first thing you need to do is get a premium plan for this plugin and download the plugin on your system. Once you have downloaded the plugin, you need to visit the Plugins> Add New page and upload the plugin to your site. Upon successful installation, you need to activate the plugin using the activation link.
After activating the plugin, you need to head back to the admin panel and visit the Envira Gallery> Settings page. Before using the plugin, you need to provide the license key which you can obtain from your Envira account and click on the Verify Key button.
Now you need to visit the Envira Galler> Add-ons page and search for the Watermarking add-on. Click on the Install button and activate the plugin. After activating the plugin, you need to head over to the Envira Gallery> Add New page and create a new gallery.
In the gallery page, you need to click on the Watermarking tab where you can see the different customization options. The first thing you need to do is enable the watermarking and upload the watermark by clicking on the choose watermark button. Afterwards, you need to decide the positioning and the margin pixels of the mark. Once you are done with that, you can now add the images to the gallery either from the computer or cloud storage. Make sure to save the changes in the gallery.
You have now successfully created an image gallery with watermarked images, but you still have to add this gallery to specific posts or pages. If you want to add this to an existing post, then all you have to do is navigate to your WordPress admin dashboard and head over to the Posts> Add New posts.
Here you need to look out for the post in which you want to add the gallery and click on the Edit button corresponding it. In the post editor screen, you need to click on the Add Gallery button which will open a popup where you need to select the created gallery and click on the Insert button. You will now see shortcode added to the post. Make sure to click on the Publish button to make the gallery live. You can now visit your website to see the watermarked images on your site.
These were the two methods add the watermark to the images in WordPress. Adding a watermark to your pictures will not only help you in safeguarding your images, but will also help you in knowing the people who are using your photographs.