Monday, January 28, 2013

Watermark it yo!!

The Watermark.
What is it?  What is it for? Why is it important?
Today I wanted to talk a little about why it is so important to watermark your pictures.  People are jerks....that's why!  I'm sure you have seen and/or heard of nail bloggers getting upset because their pictures are being used without their permission by screen grabbers for various reasons (fashion pages, nail inspiration pages, press, etc).
To my knowledge I have not had a picture stolen yet, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened (please let me know if you see my pics posted by someone other than me!).
The best way to combat this growing problem is to Watermark your pictures in such a way that if it does get stolen your name and website/instagram handle/etc is front and center so unknowing eyes will see exactly where the pic came from.

There are several ways to add a watermark. 
Photoshop is the first thing that comes to mind, but don't fret if you don't have a fancy shmancy computer program.
I do most of my editing on Photobucket or with photo editing apps on my iphone!
Most editing software (photobucket or apps) will only let you write in a straight line, which limits where you can put a watermark and still look pleasing to the eye.
Well until now!  I recently found an app that will let you write in a free form curved, wiggly, name it!  It's called "TypeDrawing" (on iphone - not sure about Android availability...sorry) and it a Godsend
Here is a quick tutorial on how to do a cuticle Watermark on TypeDrawing:

Buy the app

You can create many phrases or watermarks to choose from 

Turn off the repeat so you only get 1 string of your phrase/watermark

The "F" at the  top will let you choose your font

Once you choose your font and size you can get to drawing!  Choose the photo button on the right and import your photo.   Click on the "T" to pick your pre-saved phrase(s) and draw with your finger or stylus.  This part can be tricky, but if you keep trying (I used Undo a lot!) you will get the hang of it.  Save it to your Gallery when you are done.  You can only save your picture to your camera roll from the Gallery (weird I know).
Once I have saved it to my camera roll I can upload it to Photobucket or Instagram and take comfort in knowing that my info is on my photos in a way that can't be cropped out.  People will know that it's your picture.  If you would like a tutorial on how to do this another way visit Kayla's blog.  She did a post on how to do this with the GIMP program that is very similar to Photoshop.

As a courtesy, if you see a fellow blogger/nail designer pics being used by someone other than themself, without credit, please let them know.  From time to time I will troll through several hashtags to see what is going on out in the world and if I see a pic that is not credited I tag the owner so they can handle the problem.  We work hard on our designs and swatches and it infuriates me that people think its no big deal to grab the image and use it without credit.
Any other handy tips and tricks let me know and I will pass them on!
Keep your pics safe!!


  1. This is super super helpful! Thanks so much! :)

  2. This is so useful. I was using PicsArt on Android, and you can do curved watermarks on that but not on the iOS version.