If you know how to watermark photos using a WordPress plugin, you can put image protection on automation, but it should be used with care!
The possibilities related to publishing value content online are overwhelming. As an example, many photographers and creative designers use online portfolios, blogs and photography websites to showcase their work and attract new clients. However, there is a down side to it.
Unfortunately most high quality content is sure to be copied over time, both by people with bad intentions and by people that are not aware of the copyright rules.
So what can you do? It is generally hard to watch out for content lifters and it takes time from building your business. People that violate copyrights will not just steal your content, but also copy your images in their own posts without giving you credits. Even worse, they might even take credit for your photos.
Even if you use tools like Copyscape to search for your content on other sites it is a very difficult task and especially for image based content. Therefore, one of the easiest ways of preventing or just limiting the consequences is to add watermarks to your images before they are published. This is a potential pain for your blog readers, and therefore using watermark is a balance. It should only be applied in cases where high value content is at risk.
A lot of designers and photographers use image editing software for adding watermarks to their graphics and photos, which also serve as a copyright notice. However, more options are available if you use WordPress.
In this article I have collected 7 useful WordPress watermark plugins to help you watermark photos for your website. I won’t get into details about how to watermark photos in WordPress with these plugins, but they are easy to use. If you already use some kind of watermark software, please let me know about your experience by adding your comments and suggestions below. Kindly share this post with your friends as well, so that they too can benefit from my list.
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Scissors and Watermark
This plugin will allow you to resize, crop and rotate uploaded images. It supports automatic image resizing as well as manual and automatic watermarking. Images that were resized through the post editor can be resampled to a requested size through bilinear filtering once you save the post. This enhances the perceived quality of the image while at the same time decreases the amount of transferred data.
QR Watermark Plugin for WordPress
This QR Watermark plugin allows you to easily secure and protect your photos/art with a QR watermark. You can use this plugin to get more traffic as well. By displaying a QR barcode and your link on your images it can lead people to your website even if your images are displayed on external websites without a referral link.
Premium Watermark for WordPress
This watermark plugin can be used on any WordPress site. It is very simple to use and install, and you can choose between image and text watermarks. Other selection options include image quality, minimum watermark image size and watermark alignment. For developers, a watermark can be activated for a certain IP.
Bulk Watermark allows watermark of images that you have uploaded previously with text signature and transparency, using PNG image files. The settings page is user friendly and gives you control over your watermark appearance. Watermarks can be set to always appear as a particular percentage of an image. The plugin will add the watermarks to ALL of the images in your WordPress uploads directory. It is highly recommended to BACK UP all of your uploads via FTP before using this plugin!
Signature Watermark will allow you to add a watermark using PNG image file on your uploaded images. The options include text signature as well as transparency. The settings page is user friendly and allows you to control watermark appearance.
Jigoshop Product Image Watermark
This plugin is an extension for the e-commerce WordPress plugin Jigoshop. Image watermark plugin allows you to automatically add your own copyright watermark PNG images onto your Jigoshop products. You can use different watermark images for catalog, popup, thumbnail and main product images.
This plugin will allow you to add extra features to your oQey Gallery. These include watermark on uploaded images, local gallery option, global settings, cropping and image feature for pages and posts.
Anders is Co-founder of Tripwire Magazine. He is into WordPress topics, Web design, Web-development and also interested in SEO and Online Marketing. He has started Splashmagazine.com and he’s also writing for other blogs. Anders is a passionate blues musician and a family-man, as well.
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