Hi Everyone! I'm Alex, and I blog over at Always, Al. I'm so excited that Mary had me as a guest today! I'm thrilled for her and Thomas, and I can't wait to see some photos!
Always, Al is a lifestyle blog where I write about all the different things that interest me. I write a little bit about beauty, books and you'll see the occasional recipe and DIY there too. I started writing as a creative outlet when I was in college, and continued it when I moved down South for work!
One of the things that I have been working a lot on lately over at my blog is my photography. I think that lately, blogging has become just as much about the visuals as it is about writing. However, with that comes the risk of theft! The last thing you want after spending time taking a beautiful photo, or creating a beautiful image is to have someone use it as their own!
Using your watermark on photos not only protects them from theft, but also helps with branding. If you are keeping your photos together under the same watermark, and not constantly changing it, it helps how people identify your blog.
PicMonkey is my choice for photo editing and for creating images for my blog. It is easy to use, free, and you can access it from any computer because it is web-based.
Here are 4 easy steps to creating your own watermark:
1. Create a new project in PicMonkey. I like to have a good amount of room to work, knowing that I will crop later. I started with 800x800. Change the canvas color to transparent.
2. Type in the text that you want your watermark to show. This can be your blog name, or your blog URL. Some people use black text, white text, and some get fancy and use a drop shadow overlay. For my watermark, I created one black version and one white version.
3. Next you will crop around your text. Crop in nice and tight, but make sure all your text is visible (mine cropped to 200x55). It is always better to have the watermark larger, and you can size down once you put it on your photos.
4. Save your creation! You will be saving as a PNG to your computer. Now, when you go to use your watermark, you will pull it out of the "overlays" tab (which is the butterfly), and then click on the "your own" option. It will be saved on your computer.
Here is an example of my watermark in action!