How To Watermark Images from Your Phone with Marksta

by Gigi Ross on January 7, 2013

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Stolen images have long plagued photographers, bloggers and social media enthusiasts.

You might be pretty good about watermarking your images when you publish a new blog post – there are lots of great plugins and tools to help with that.

But what about the images you upload from your PHONE to your Twitter account? Instagram feed? Facebook page? Chances are that you don’t watermark those.

With the launch of a new iPhone app called Marksta, you can.

Marksta allows you to create watermarks on the fly, right from your phone, and then share a watermarked image to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, other photography apps, email and more.

Today I will show you how to make a watermark using Marksta. I set up a quick and easy watermark for one of my favorite images I took on a recent weekend trip.

Select or snap your photo

Marksta lets you take a photo right from within the app, or select a picture from your camera roll.

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Add and edit your text

Tap on the Marksta text that you see appearing over your image. This is the text of your watermark that you can now edit as you like. Preloaded symbols are included for copyright, @ mentions and hashtags (#). As you type, the text will appear on the image. When you’re done, tap on the photo.

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Place your watermark

Drag the watermark text anywhere you want on the screen for placement. You can also use two-finger rotation to change the orientation of the text. I show two different orientations and placements below. Pinch in out out to make the text size bigger or smaller!

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Use the palette tool to change the color of the watermark

The palette icon will give you choices on the color of your watermark. You can select from tons of colors; or you can do a reverse scheme where the background of your watermark is colored and the text is shaded. See the two options below.

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Select your font using the font tool

The capital A icon lets you select from many different fonts for your watermark text. It will preview right on the photo as you play with the fonts.

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Further refine your watermark with additional options

Clicking the beaker icon will bring up a bunch of additional features for how your watermark is formatted. You can have it one spot, or have your watermark border the entire photo. You can center, left or right justify. You can add lines to the watermark or just leave it as straight text.

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Save your watermark as a template for future use

Press the file cabinet icon to save your current watermark as a template. This way, you can re-use that watermark anytime you wish without having to recreate it. You can save several templates and assign each a different name so you can keep them straight. If you’ve made a watermark and decide you’d rather use one of your existing templates, just select it from here and it will update on your photo.

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Share your photo!

Now your photo is ready to be saved and/or shared. The share icon lets you do the following: email the image, share it to Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, print, copy, save to your camera roll or continue to edit the photo in one of your camera apps.

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Voila! now you’ve got beautifully watermarked images without ever having to get on your computer to do it! Marksta only costs $1.99, too.

If you liked this tutorial, I’d love a share on Twitter, Facebook or Google+!


Jackie January 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

This is great to know! I’ve wondered how people were watermarking their pics on Instagram, etc and now I know!


Amy January 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I really need to get better about watermarking things. I almost never do.

Poppy January 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Dude, thanks for sharing.

Coreen January 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial. Can’t wait to try it out.

Farrah January 8, 2013 at 12:28 am

Thanks! With all the talk about IG going OG as of late, this is nice to know. And you read my mind mentioning the make a template to reuse.

Galit Breen January 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

Wow Gigi, I think you’ve sold me on this one!

Carolyn West January 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

Thanks for sharing this. I was looking at your pictures yesterday and wondered how you did the watermark.

Tina @ Life Without Pink January 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

Downloading now, thank you!

Melissa B January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

Is there a similar app for Android?

Gigi Ross January 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

You can try Add Watermark on the Android Market. Not sure how similar the feature set it, though.

Ann January 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

Thank you so much! Just got my IPhone, so I’m definitely on a learning curve as to what I need. Can’t wait to try this one for sure!

Natalie January 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

Facebooked, tweeted, and pinned! Thanks for sharing Gigi!

Joi January 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

Awesone, Thanks for this! Read from SITS tweet!

Lady Jennie January 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

Awesome – have to tweet this.

Elaine A. January 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I used iWatermark once after the whole “Instagram wants to sell our photos” thing went down last month. I cannot decide if I want to do it or not. I guess I figure I like my photos “clean” and if someone still wants to steal it they can probably figure out a way. Just my personal take.

But yes, this is a great tutorial for those who definitely what to watermark their photos! :)

Sam@India carnival January 9, 2013 at 3:41 am

This is nice stuff but i want to confirm one more thing as well can we remove watermark via android based phone.

Rachel Hammond January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for sharing this…is there a similar program for easily watermarking pictures that you upload to WordPress?

Gigi Ross January 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I know there are several plugins for WP that do this. Or, if you use Windows Live Writer, it also has a watermarking feature.

Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet January 10, 2013 at 6:51 am

I so need this! Thank you!

Candi January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I just installed it. thanks, just what I was looking for.

Ophelia Weiner January 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Just downloaded this app and I love it. I definitely will use this.
Thanks for the info!

Alissa | January 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Such a great and helpful tutorial. Thanks so much! Off to check out the app now.

Annie January 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Cool! Thanks for sharing!
And b/c we can never have enough iPhone-watermarking apps :), another good one I’d suggest is Phonto. It’s pretty user-friendly and intuitive as well.
Keep up the good work!

Glamamom January 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

This is great Gigi, thanks!

Jenn Willey January 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Oh, thank you so much!!! We all really appreciate this!!!

Gigi Ross January 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

Glad I could be of help!

Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

I just bought this after readying your tutorial and now I wish I didn’t spent the $2 :( When I press the share button only your first screen shot shows up for me, not the instagram options. So I saved it to my camera roll and the picture saved sideways and the watermark in a completely different area and position than I made it. :(

Gigi Ross January 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the app! When you click share, do you see an option that says “photography apps?” if you press that, Instagram should come up. Let me know!

Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I found the Instagram option but its still turning the picture and cutting some of it off and changing the position and direction of the watermark.

John D McHugh January 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hey Jennifer, my name is John D McHugh and I am the photographer behind Marksta. I read your review on the App Store but unfortunately Apple do not provide any way for developers to respond to reviews so I couldn’t follow up with you immediately. Anyway, I’m really glad I found you, because after reading about your problems myself and my business partner sat down to figure out what was happening. We hadn’t seen this problem in our extensive testing, and initially couldn’t replicate it even when we knew it was happening to you. Eventually we discovered that the front facing camera on older iPhones code their photos in a slightly different way (it’s to do with how the camera flips your image around so that FaceTime feels more natural) and this is what’s causing your problem. It will also affect photos transferred onto your phone from another user or a library if the original photo was taken on the front facing camera.
We’ve built in a fix for this is the update that is currently with Apple for approval, and expected out any day. You need to switch it on in the iPhone Settings menu, but beware, it will slow down ALL photos processed, so I would advise leaving it off most of the time, and just turn it on if you’ve shot some self portraits you want to watermark.
I really hope this helps. If not, please contact me directly through our Facebook page. It would be really useful if you could tell me what phone you are using, what iOS you are running, and what camera the photo was taken on.
As I said at the beginning, I am really sorry you have had problems. Thousands of people have downloaded Marksta and used it without any issues, but we want to find and fix any problems that even a tiny minority of users have, so please do not hesitater to contact us if it continues to happen.
John D

Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama January 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Can’t wait to try this out. I’ve been wanting to watermark my Instagram photos. Thanks for the tutorial.

Jacqueline January 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

Okay so this is only the second app I’ve ever paid for and I’m having so much fun with it. I can’t believe how user friendly and responsive it is! Thank you so much for convincing me that I need this wonderful, easy to use app. And also for the awesome tutorial!!

Gigi Ross January 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

So glad you found it helpful :)

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