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When you publish a blog post you’re going to need a killer image to go with it. And there are plenty of places to get them royalty-free like:
The problem with that is eventually you’ll use the same images as another blogger. It’s kinda like two people who wear the same outfit to the same event – it’s one of those ‘oohh my gah’ moments.
So what do you do? You start to create your own images, which is the latest blogging trend right now anyway. But there’s an underlying problem you might not be aware of. Queue the mystery music!
I’m sure you know by now how important it is to protect your content from being stolen. But did you know your content isn’t the only thing that’s being taken? Believe it or not some people have resorted to stealing images right from under the author.
As a matter of fact, this happened to one of my clients. Let me tell you it’s a nightmare to deal with and I wouldn’t wish that even on the meanest person I know.
It sucks that we have to worry about image theft but that’s how those trolls roll. But the key is to stay one step ahead of them.
If you’re worried about your images being stolen, the best thing to do is to watermark your images. You can add plain text like I did the featured image above or you can use your brand to create a customized watermark.
How To Create Customized Watermarks For Your Images
If you look on YouTube you’ll find bookoos of videos to show you how to create customized watermarks for your images. There are videos that teaches you how to do it in Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.
But in this post I’m going to show you how to create customized watermarks for your pics on PicMonkey* using one of my own images.
Step 1 – Begin with a transparent canvas
To start with, click the design icon.
The canvas color palette will open, tick the transparent canvas box. Hit apply to save changes.
Step 2 – Ready, set, add text
Next it’s time to get creative. Click on the Tt to open the text editor. Select a font from their selection but you can always use your own. Just click on the yours tab.
When you find the font that goes best with your blog’s personality, click on it and then select the add text button. Then click the text box on the canvas to add your text.
To make sure it’s centered, hover your mouse over the text and drag to the center. Click the x on the top right of the text box to close the window.
You can keep it text only or you can spice it up with a logo. Click on the butterfly icon to open up the overlays. The ones with the crown are for premium customers but as you scroll down you’ll see the free overlays you can use.
If you have one already, click ‘add your own’ to upload your logo. Remember, your logo has to have a transparent background otherwise, the background color will show. I used an overlay from the garnishes tab for the purpose of this post but if you’re branding your business, use your brand’s logo.
Let’s move on to the next step…
Step 3 – Crop and Save
Once you’re got your watermark down, click the three lines at the top of the sidebar to go back to the basic edits tab to crop the image.
Not let’s test this baby!
Click the open tab at the top left of the PicMonkey bar and select a photo. When your image loads, click on the butterfly icon on the left to get to the overlays screen.
When that page loads click add your own button at the top and grab the watermark you created. To adjust the transparency of the watermark, use the fade slider in the text editor box then save your changes.
And whoop – there it is!
Now all you have to do is resize and drag it to the spot you want it at. You’re ready to save your image with your customized watermark!
If you’d like to give PicMonkey a try they’re offering a FREE 30-day trial*. And they’re plans are reasonably priced. There is a Basic plan for $7.99 a month and a Pro plan for $12.99 a month. You can also pay annually to save money.
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Over to You
And that’s how you create customized watermarks using Pic Monkey.
Do you use your own pics for your blog images? What tool did you use to create customized watermarks for them? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
If you know anyone who uses their own images for their blog posts, please share this tutorial with them!
Disclosure: This article was previously published on Not Now Mom’s Busy. It has been updated for this blog post.
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