Cardmaking 201: Watermarking Tutorial

Many thanks to Dawn B in New Jersey for providing us with a tutorial on watermarking! 

For those who don't know—watermarking is adding your name (and other info if you wish) to photos, so you can mark your content as your own. This protects from having anyone swipe your photo and posting it elsewhere and claiming it as their own. It's recommended that at least part of the watermark be overtop a portion of the card itself, so it can't be cropped out.

At OWH, when we post photos of your cards, we always watermark them with at least our name if you don't already have a watermark on them, to claim it for you (you still maintain ownership over your creative work of course!) and protect you from anyone 'borrowing' your art off of our website!  Watermarking can also be done in Photoshop, if you have that - but Dawn found a great free and easy-to-use site to share with you as well. Happy watermarking!

Hello bloggers! My name is Dawn, I blog at The Chatty Stamper, and I'm very honored to be guest bloggin' on the S&S blog today. It is one of my goals this year!

Today I'm going to show you how to use a free website, fotoflexer.com, to place a watermark on your cards. Some people have those fancy programs, I do not! So I found a great site on the web. I'll take you through step by step. Mac users, this may be a little different for you, but you should be able to quickly figure it out..heck, if you have mac you already know how to do this...LOL!

Take a photo of your card, and upload it from your camera to your computer. Go to the site fotoflexer.com



 In the upper right hand corner you'll see a upload photo box.






When you do this your picture folder will pop up. I have my cards in a separate folder so you may have to search.  Click on the photo you want and double-click. Your photo will upload, if you get an error try again, sometimes it take more than once.

Now for the magic. On the top you'll see little tool bars tabs - choose "Decorate." Then click "Text." A box will appear to type in your words (I usually put my name and my blog address). Below that text box, overtop your photo, you'll see a box - stretch it out by clicking and dragging the little corner squares. Move it to the place on the photo you want it to be.

To the right you'll see a box that says "Text options."
  1. Starting from the top of the box, click "Transparent." This lets you see through to your card.
  2. Next choose your font (they have a lot to choose from) and size (the standard is 12).
  3. Where you see "Color," click on the little black box and choose your color; go with white or yellow for a dark card, something light that can be seen. Or if your card is light you may want to use black.
  4. Now that is all finished your go to the top and click "Save."
The option "Save to my computer" will pop up like you see here. Double-click on that. If you use Picasa or Flickr you can click on that on the side and it will upload to those sites for you. Now save your image, rename it if you like, and done!







Now, that was easy! Go play around check out the site. It has a lot of fun things.

I hope this was helpful to you. I'd love to know how you like this tutorial, so please leave a comment. Thank you for supporting OWH, and our heroes!

Carol Sisk  – (February 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM)  

Thank you so much for sharing this. I went to the site and played around with it a bit. It is as easy as you said. Thanks again :)

Wendy  – (February 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM)  

Thanks SO much. I've wondered and never put a photo of my card up because of not having the watermark. You're description is great and the snap shots are helpful. Thanks for being a guest helper!

Our Little Inspirations  – (February 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM)  

I'd never heard of this site before, but TFS!! It sounds easy enough and I appreciate your telling us about it!!! Awesome :)

Lyn B  – (February 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM)  

Dawn - This information is invaluable! I've wanted to do a watermark and your detailed tutorial makes it look very easy to accomplish! I post photos frequently and now I can add my watermark and my blog! Thanks, you're the best!

Dawn  – (February 24, 2010 at 5:16 PM)  

Thanks girls for the comments I am so glad it helped!

Seongsook Duncan  – (February 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM)  

This is great information and tutorial. I wanted to know how to do it. I will go check the site. Thanks very much.

Rhonda Miller  – (March 8, 2010 at 9:17 AM)  

Wow, thanks. I've been looking for a way to do this.

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