Adding a watermark to your photos can bring you benefits from several perspectives.
First of all, this is a recommended solution to discourage internet users from stealing your pictures and taking credit for your hard work. Once you add a watermark to your images, you let viewers know that those images represent your intellectual property and using them without your prior consent is illegal.
Second of all, a watermark can become a powerful marketing tool. Displaying your name, your company’s name or your logo on pictures can be a smart way to boost your online presence, to drive some traffic back to your blog or website and interact with potential clients.
If you’re looking to protect and market your work in the competitive online world, we’ve made out a comprehensive list of 10 apps for Windows to choose from:
PhotoMarks is a watermark app for Windows designed to handle batch processing. This app is as user-friendly as it gets, thanks to its three-step wizard interface. In order to watermark your photos you just have to add them into the program, apply the desired edits and select your output format and folder. Previews are also available for every step of the editing process.
With PhotoMarks you can add text and logo marks and completely customize them. You can adjust their position, rotation and size, set the transparency, apply a tile mode, select from a wide range of fonts and colors, apply special effects like stroke, shadow and bounding-box and more. One of the truly useful features of the app is the option to save your settings as Profiles and simply reuse them when necessary.
PhotoMarks provides support for over 50 image formats, including various RAW files. Besides converting, with this app you can also resize, auto rotate or add graphical frames to pictures. If you’re looking to watermark images on the go, the app also comes with a mobile version for iOS.
Arclab Watermark Studio
Arclab Watermark Studio is a solution worth considering for Windows users looking to watermark multiple photos at once. The program comes with a simple interface, which integrates your added images, the available editing options, as well a preview area.
With Arclab Watermark Studio you can insert both text and image marks and customize them in terms of font, size, color or opacity. The positioning feature leaves a little to be desired, since it doesn’t allow you to freely place and rotate your mark using drag & drop. In order to set its placement you have to select from multiple predefined positions.
Additionally you have the possibility to resize, convert and add various metadata information to your images, such as camera manufacturer, aperture, exposure or GPS.
iWatermark Pro for Windows offers multiple types of watermarks to add to your images simultaneously. These include text, logos, vector borders, QR codes, metadata or your own signature. A special type of watermark is the StegoMark. This one is invisible, can contain information like your website or your email address and can be embedded into the image data itself.
iWatermark Pro allows you to perform several edits to your chosen mark in order to make it your own. The customization possibilities include adjusting the placement, transparency or scale, as well as applying special effects like shadow, emboss or aqua. The app has support for popular image formats like JPEG and PNG and also for certain RAW file types.
TSR Watermark Image
TSR Watermark Image is another watermark software for PC users looking to protect their images. The program can watermark images in bulk in a timely manner, but the definite trade off regards the interface, which is dated and less appealing in comparison to other similar tools.
In terms of protection or branding alternatives, TSR Watermark Image allows you to add simple or 3D text, images or borders. You can play around with options like transparency, rotation angle, font, color, size, tile mode, while the positioning is limited to nine preset locations on the image. The tool enables you to create your own profiles and use them again at a later stage for increased efficiency.
uMark provides an intuitive design and previews during the editing process so you can visualize in real time how you watermark looks. You can insert text and logo marks to your pictures, as well as QR codes and various shapes. The app lets you fully customize them, which means you can choose your own font, size and color, tile mode and more.
uMark places at your disposal nine preset positions for your watermark, but you can also move it in any direction you want using your mouse. Pretty useful is the fact that you can save your marks as templates and simply use them again later. uMark also comes with different editions in order to protect your videos and PDF files.
As the name suggests it, Mass Watermark is designed to add watermarks to multiple images at the same time. The interface is simple, making it relatively easy to find what you need. With this app you can add text, image or EXIF data as watermarks and customize them with regard to the position, opacity, font, color, size or rotation.
The interesting thing is that Mass Watermark can do more than just protecting images. This app allows you to resize, crop or rotate your images and also perform retouching edits to improve the overall appearance of your pictures. These include adjusting the contrast and brightness, boosting the colors, sharpening the pictures and more.
Watermark Software allows you to protect your pictures using text, images, QR codes and EXIF information. This tool comes with a Smart Fit feature, which can adjust the watermark’s size and position according to the different sizes or formats of the pictures. You can also change things like the size, font and color, as well as apply a tile mode for increased protection.
To boost productivity, the software allows you to create your own templates, save them and load them every time you need to, without having to go through the same process. In addition to the possibility of protecting and branding your images, the tool offers options to resize, crop or decorate your pictures with various frames. It also has a separate tool for watermarking videos.
123 Watermark promises to make it both easy and quick to watermark dozens of pictures simultaneously. The interface revolves around three main steps: add the images, choose your watermarking options and lastly save the newly-edited pictures. The tool lets you work with multiple layers and add a text, logo, QR code, borders and crosses to your photos.
With 123 Watermark you’re free to adjust the chosen watermark as you want and also save your current settings for later use. In addition to saving on a local folder on your PC, this Windows app allows you to directly upload the processed photos to the cloud. You can upload them to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.
Total Watermark is another Windows watermark app you can download in order to protect images from online theft. The program makes it easy to navigate through the various options and provides previews for each step of the process.
You can add text and logo marks and easily customize their size, font, color, opacity or apply special effects like stroke or shadow. The downside is that you can position and rotate your watermark only by manually entering the desired values. Total Watermark allows you to create your own templates and use them for future projects without having to perform the same edits. Further editing possibilities include renaming, resizing and cropping photos.
Our last proposal, Star Watermark can help you protect and brand your images. Once you’ve added your text or image mark, you can begin adjusting them to your liking. Customization options include changing the size, position, transparency, font, color and so on. You can also apply various effects like 3D or gradient text.
One of the disadvantages of using this software is the fact that you can’t actually move it anywhere you want using drag & drop, you have to choose from multiple predefined positions and then manually enter a specific value. The program has a sister tool called Star PDF Watermark, which allows you to batch watermark PDF files using your name, signature, company name or logo.
Do you protect your photos? If so, which batch watermark app for Windows do you use? We’re looking forward to your opinions in the comments section below.