Add watermarks to WordPress images, that is, a watermark with your logo or name, could be useful to protect the copyright of your work.
This is especially true if you work as a photographer, graphic designer or otherwise in a creative sector. The images you have created are protected by copyright and it would therefore be unfair if someone used them without asking for your permission.
Even if you are not mainly involved in graphics and photography, but you create the images for your articles yourself, this will help you to avoid them being copied and reused by others.
How to add watermarks to WordPress images
There are several methods to add watermarks to WordPress images:
- you can add it with an ad-hoc plugin, which only serves to implement this functionality,
- it can be added using the features of one of the many plugins used to add galleries to WordPress,
- you can add before uploading images to WordPress, with other tools.
Let’s see the various options in detail.
This plugin allows you to add a watermark to your WordPress images, both text and images. If you ever change your mind, you can remove it and restore the original image.
After you have downloaded and installed Easy Watermark, go to Tools> Easy Watermark and select Add new watermark.
Name the watermark you are creating and select Text or Image. Then write your text or upload the image that will act as a watermark and choose its position and size.
Now if you want add watermark to all images already on your site, go up Tools> Easy Watermark> Tools, select the watermark you just created and click Start.
If you want to add it only to an image, go to the media library, select the file you want to modify and click on Apply in the section Watermarks.
If one day you decide to uninstall this plugin, the watermarked images will remain saved in your media library. If you want to remove the watermark you can do it in two ways:
- Delete it before uninstalling from Tools> Easy Watermark> Tools> Restore backup;
- Restore the backup of your original images manually.
The Easy Watermark plugin is a good solution, especially useful if you upload a lot of images regularly. It is important to note that this plugin allows you to add watermarks to WordPress images that were uploaded before you installed the tool.
Plugins functionality to view galleries
If you want to add watermarks to WordPress images and create galleries with them, you can use other plugins that have both features built in.
These include NextGEN Gallery and webdorado’s Gallery. Both are valid plugins; in general, WordPress gallery plugins have a lot of features and are quite complex. A perfect tool for one site, it may be totally unsuitable for another. For this, I recommend that you do some tests until you find the one that best suits your needs.
But be careful! Before testing any plugin, make sure you have made a full backup copy of your site. Especially with complex instruments, there is in fact the possibility of errors due to compatibility problems.
Of course, you can also add watermarks to WordPress images by editing the original files before uploading them to your site.
Any image editing software will allow you to add the watermark. Photoshop it is the tool used most often by photographers; However, if you are not a photographer and / or are taking the first steps with tools of this type, I suggest you take a look at GIMLittle Canva, a very good online solution for editing images and creating graphics online.
A very simple program that has no particular editing functions, but is simply created specifically to add a watermark, is Visual Watermark. You can choose from many predefined watermark templates and use both text and image.
We have reached the end of this guide. I hope I have given you interesting ideas on how and why add watermarks to WordPress images. If you have any other doubts, as always leave a comment below the post and we will reply as soon as possible.
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