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