Professional photographers know how important it is to protect their own artworks and reserve all rights over their creative works like mosaics, unique photographs, etc. They take advantage of Photoshop tools and label images effortlessly. Thanks to the smart watermarking, pro photographs fall under a strict image license type that limits free image distribution. If you want to restrict your picture usage and copyright images, there are easier ways than complicated Photoshop. Here are 6 fine and free programs that enable you to protect pics with either another image (for example, a logo) or a custom text.
How to Add Logo to Photo Online? 3 Best Online Apps
There are many watermark photos apps online that can put your logo on any picture for free. We have selected 3 best online watermark apps that we recommend in this list. Check them!
PicMarkr is a free online service that lets you insert a watermark on media with words, names like a shop or camera name, signs, icons, stamps, creator signatures, website address, or date of image creation. The app is totally free and simple. Follow these steps:
- upload an image from your computer, Flickr, Facebook or Picasa;
- select a watermark type (text or image) to overlay;
- choose a watermark placement and style;
- apply your watermark to the image;
- download the copyrighted pic onto your computer or publish it to the web albums.
Rating: free, easy app, good for pic watermarking on the go.
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WaterMarquee is a free online image watermarking app at your disposal 24/7. The process looks like in PicMarker case. WaterMarquee superimposes image logo and text watermarks onto your pictures. However, you can upload and download images only from/to PC. But the advantage of the generator is the possibility to modify text font, size and color. Thus, WaterMarquee gives more flexibility to a photographer.
Watch how to use WaterMarquee to add your text/logo to your picture in action:
Rating: free, easy app, good for art watermarking on the go, advanced text watermarking.
BeFunky is a free advanced online image editor that helps add name over an image and image over an image as well. This way, you can apply text or logo watermark to your picture. So how to add a text watermark with BeFunky?
- launch BeFunky;
- select “Text” tab on the upper toolbar;
- choose a font and a position of your text;
- match a text color and style of your picture;
- finally download the protected image.
So now you might wonder how to add logo to your picture using online BeFunky editor? Watch how to place logo watermark to portrait or other snap in BeFunky here:
Rating: free, includes an editing toolkit and tons of text watermark styles.
How to Put Text on Photos? Top Free Windows Software for PC
There are several free watermark software tools for Windows PC you might probably have already installed onto your computer. If not, then it’s time to select the best watermarking software for Windows and download it!
1. Microsoft Paint
This simple and free desktop image editor for Windows PCs can help you add text and logo watermarks to your pictures.
- open Paint;
- add an image;
- click “A” button on the editing options panel;
- click any point where you plan to add a watermark;
- write a couple of words;
- change watermark design;
- save the ready image.
Now, learn how to put your logo over a picture with the help of Microsoft Paint. Watch step by step video guide with examples and ideas, showing you all the chain of actions you need to do to paste logo symbol:
Rating: free, already installed on all Windows computers, suitable for text watermarking
2. Picasa [Closed in 2016]
Picasa, desktop Google program also is able to add phrase watermark to your pictures. Go this way:
- first, open an image;
- click on the editing option;
- hit the “Text” tab;
- apply a text watermark to your image;
- save the watermarked image or publish it to your Picasa web album.
Rating: free, suitable for brand name watermarking, uploads watermarked images to web automatically
The advanced open source graphics editor called by the community “Opensource Photoshop” can handle both image and text watermarking. GIMP, free open-source graphics editor, offers lots of watermark options. Practically, the free editor may create and customize a watermark according to your taste. Read how to put a watermark sign without Photoshop:
- open the program;
- select the “Text” option;
- add your phrase;
- change its design, attach any effects to your creation;
- save the image.
Follow the similar way to add an image watermark. Besides, GIMP is great for batch image processing. So you can add your logo watermark to multiple images at once. As an alternative to GIMP, you might want to try Mass Watermark program for PC we reviewed here. This piece of software is all-in-one: a logo maker and batch watermarking application.
Watch the video tutorial “How to add Watermark to multiple photos automatically using GIMP”:
Rating: free, a powerful tool for image and text watermarking, great for batch watermarking
How to Put Logo to Picture on Cell Phone? 3 Best Apps for iPhone & Android
There are great free mobile photo watermark apps for Apple iPhones and Android smartphones that can add your personal logo to your photography.
As you know we wrote a post about powerful online Canva features before, but it would be a shame for us not to mention great Canva iPhone and Android free apps that can add text and logo watermarks to your photos right on your smartphone. Here’s how to add logo and text signature on iPhone and Android:
- Install Canva from AppStore, Google Play;
- Create a free Canva account using your email;
- Upload a JPEG, PNG, HEIC file you want to watermark with phrase or logo from your iPhone/Android gallery or camera roll;
- Upload your logo, type your sentence (see the Text tab);
- Set watermark transparency;
- Save your watermarked images
Watch detailed video manual showing you how to put logo stamp on iPhone or Android phone in Canva:
Rating: free, fast watermarking app with many additional features
2. Pixlr E
Another advanced app that can place your name or logo watermark for iPhone and Android gadgets is Pixlr E. It’s a full-featured graphics editor capable of creating words signature or image watermark for your photos. Learn more about other Pixlr E great features in this post. The app for smartphones has limited set of features, but it still can add words or place one image over another image. And you can always continue your watermarking task on PC or Mac in Pixlr E.
Watch video guide “How to Create Watermark in Pixlr E”:
Rating: free watermark maker app for advanced users
One more graphics editing app for iPhone and Android we reviewed earlier is PicMonkey. The app has free 7 days trial version for PC and Mac and totally free mobile apps for iOS and Android. PicMonkey iPhone and Android apps are fast and clear. Upload your original photos, go to text tab or add a logo pic and put them over the file you want to copyright.
Watch the video guide showing you how to add text watermark stamp with PicMonkey:
Rating: free text watermarking app for iPhone and Android
Now is your turn to speak. Which free watermark app do you like the most? Tell us in comments!
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