At present, the graphical component plays an essential role in the blog post concerning about the overall visual effect. With it, you can achieve more diversity for your website content and free the attention of your readers who focus on your lengthy paragraphs for a long time. For these decoration-purpose images, there is no need for you to spare too many energies and times. However, if your displayed pictures are some original artworks, you’d better add image watermark for them to better protect your intellectual property. For instance, it is possible for you to showcase some photos that are exclusively for your products, businesses, services and brands, with which readers can identify your offerings easily. Or, you may put up some self-photographed images on your photo galleries or blog sites.
As the watermark works effectively to prevent image theft, in the following, we have come out a simple tutorial about how to add image watermark in WordPress sites in an automatic manner.
Install and Configure the Watermark Plugin
Surely, you can manually add the watermark to all your images using some image editing tools such as Fireworks and PhotoShop. But this time, we recommend you to try an easier way of using the Easy Watermark plugin, with which you can add the watermark automatically to all the images when they are uploaded into the Media Library of your WordPress site. Even, you have the full freedom to insert the watermark on the existing images with much ease. Check the below steps to learn how to leverage this special plugin.
Firstly, you should install it using your WordPress administrative panel. After activating this powerful tool, you should click the Easy Watermark button from the Settings drop-down menu for the general plugin settings. Here, do not forget to enable the Auto Watermark function in the first place.
This plugin allows several image types that can be watermarked, which include GIF, PNG, JPEG and JPG. Personally, we suggest you to tick the checkboxes for all of these types. If you have the images that are in the JPEG format, you can determine the JPEG quality in advance from 0 to 100. Our recommended value is 75.
In addition, you are allowed to decide the image sizes for adding the watermark, and also, you would better to tick all the options of Full Size, Large, Medium and Thumb.
If needed, you can enable the Backup service. By doing so, your original images can be saved so that you can easily restore them after the watermark is applied. However, we have to note that this practice requires more utilization of server resources.
Lastly, you should determine the watermark type. There are 3 choices for you to choose – image, text or the mix of image + text. Just pick one based on your real situation.
The next step is to decide which user roles have the permission to apply the watermark. This plugin will automatically list all the roles that are allowed to upload images, so you can pick some specific ones easily.
In addition, you’d better check the box of Allow to Auto Watermark, thus, the images uploaded by all the users can be watermarked.
Now, you need to decide which post type attachments can add the watermark automatically. If you do not have some special requirements, you’d better select all the types.
Create and Add the Watermark
After finishing the general settings of the plugin, now, you can create your watermark for the image or text.
For this, you simply need to upload your designed image and set it as the watermark. After that, you should decide the image alignment among 9 locations available, select the way to scale this special image and determine the scale percentage, image offset and opacity. This may require you to have multiple tries for getting the best result.
Here, you simply need to add your preferred text into the blank field, and then, choose the display location, font, color, offset, size, opacity and angle. There is a Preview section available so that you can check how your text watermark will be displayed.
Now, you can save all the settings for this plugin. After that, no matter when an image is uploaded, it will be showcased with a proper watermark automatically.
Add or Remove the Watermark for Your Existing Images
It is possible that you already have a large number of images displayed on your site. As adding the watermark for them manually can be time-consuming, you can leverage the Bulk Watermark feature of this plugin to apply the watermark to all the images uploaded in your Media Library.
Here, you simply need to click the Media button in your dashboard and hit the Easy Watermark button. Then, click the Start button under the Bulk Watermark section.
Also, if you want to remove the watermark and restore to the original images, you simply need to click the Restore button.
Add the Watermark Manually
If you only want to add the watermark to some original images but not all the pictures, you can start the manual practice as well. Here, you firstly need to configure the plugin to uncheck the Auto Watermark option. Then, you can go to your Media Library to watermark some specific images by clicking the Add Watermark button.