I got a Facebook message asking about how I put my name on my pictures, so I thought I'd do a quick tutorial sharing step-by-step pictures for an Easy Way to Watermark a Picture with PicMonkey.
If you love cake decorating and you have a cake business, you need to be taking pictures of your cakes! And if you choose to share them (a great way to build your business!!), you need to watermark them!
So today I'm sharing how to do that with PicMonkey. The awesome thing is that PicMonkey is free (there is a paid version as well and I've been a paid member for many months, but you can do all of this in the free version).
Okay, so hop over to PicMonkey to get started (that is an affiliate link - if you happen to click through and decide to become a paid member, I'll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! 😉 ).
Okay - so you're over there at PicMonkey , now you'll see the "Edit" button at the top. You can hover over it and select computer to upload a picture from your computer or if you click on "Edit", it'll just open up a window for you to select a picture from your computer.
You can see below the original option or the drop-down menu (which is helpful if you want to get the image from somewhere other than your computer).
Okay - so select your photo and upload it, then you'll see this:
The Jungle Theme Cake photo above is already edited (lightened, cropped, etc.) and ready to add the watermark. You can also do those edits in PicMonkey, but I do most of my editing in Photoshop Elements 12.
Now that you have it open, click over on the left side on the "Tt" to choose a font and add words. Click that button and you'll see a menu drop down with dozens and dozens of fonts to choose from (you can scroll and see much more than I have in this shot):
Scroll until you find a font that you like. If you see one with a tiny crown beside it, that's a Royal font (only available in the paid version of PicMonkey).
I chose the "Great Vibes" font that is circled above, but you can see just below it the Ostrich Ssans Inline font that is available in the Royal (paid) PicMonkey. Click the font to select it, then click the "Add Text" button at the top and a text box will appear, along with a box to edit the text:
Just to emphasize, the (1) marks the button to click to add text. (2) indicates the text box that appears over the photo and (3) is the edit options (size, color, opacity, etc.).
I clicked in the box and typed "RoseBakes.com". It is defaulted to black and a particular size with zero fading.
First, I click the center button (circled above) to center the text in the box. You could also just drag the box around to get it where you want it, but I'm a little OCD and I like to center my text in the box.
Now, so that the text isn't overwhelming to the photo, I use the "Fade" option to make the lettering opaque. I just use that sliding bar to get it to a place that looks good on my photo but it still easy to read. This won't be the same number for every picture - it really depends on the color of the photo... just play until you're happy with the look.
Maybe black/gray doesn't work for your photo (especially if it's a darker photo), so just to show you another option... in the above picture I slid the bar up to white, changed the amount of fading and the size, and moved the text over to a darker section of the photo so it would still shine.
Boom. Done. Click the save button at the top and your photo is ready to go!
I chose to go back to the faded black option, with a little larger font and more fading for my photo...
I moved it back to the center and saved.
And that's it! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer and help you figure it out!