If your WordPress website is based on pictures, then you may want to find a way to protect them. Nowadays, piracy has become an everyday hobby for most people and if you don’t want someone to steal away your content, you better find ways to protect it.
This becomes very dangerous especially if you are an artist who is making a living out of the pictures uploaded on your website.
Luckily there are methods to prevent this from happening. You can simply add an image watermark. In this article, we would like to talk about adding image watermark in WordPress.
How to Add Image Watermark in WordPress?
Image watermark adds an overlay to images that display either your name or the brand. The overlay tells the visitors that the work belongs to you and it won't have any negative effect on the quality of the image because watermark can only be noticed when the image is zoomed in.
But it makes it very difficult for other people to steal away your content.
Since WordPress is a very flexible CMS, you can add image watermark via plugins or manually. Below, we will discuss both methods and even how to add watermark to old images in your gallery.
How to add Watermark to Existing Images in WordPress?
Image watermark in WordPress can be done with the Easy Watermark plugin. Simply, login to the WordPress Dashboard, hover over Plugins, and click on Add New. Then, in the search box type in ‘Easy Watermark' and press enter.
Or you can upload a plugin zip file to WordPress.
Install and activate the plugin. Once activated go back to the WordPress Dashboard and from Tools click on Easy Watermark.
First, you need to create a new watermark. Thus, click on “Add New Watermark”.
In the opened window, select the watermark type you would like. You can choose either an image or a text as a watermark. Text is the most commonly used watermark.
In the Watermark field, type in the watermark and customize it however you wish.
Once you have saved the created watermark, click on the Tools tab, and from the drop-down menu in the Bulk Watermark, choose the recently created watermark and click on Start to watermark all the existing images in your WordPress gallery.
Once the process is finished, on the same page you will receive a notification that says “Successfully watermarked # images”.
Keep in mind, the time it takes to watermark depends on the number of images you have in the media gallery of WordPress.
You can also check our article on the best WordPress watermark plugins if you require more information about watermark plugins.
How to Manually Add Image Watermark in WordPress?
Sometimes you may not want to add image watermark to all of your images in WordPress. What happens then? Well, if you have the Easy Watermark plugin installed, you can add watermarks manually as well.
Simply go to your Media and click on the image you would like to add watermark to. In the opened window click on edit more details.
In the opened window, from the right-hand side menu in the Watermarks section click on Apply to add the watermark to the selected image.
How to Remove Image Watermark in WordPress?
What happens if you change your mind about watermarks in WordPress? Or you have forgotten to backup the original image. Well, there's always a solution in WordPress. With the Easy Watermark, you can simply remove watermarks and restore your images back to their original state.
Simply, from Tools click on Easy Watermark and go to Tools. From the Restore Backup section click on Restore. This plugin automatically gets a backup of every image it has added watermark to.
A Few Honorable Mentions
There are a few more plugins that can add image watermark in WordPress and we will mention them down below.
Image Watermark is a great watermark plugin that automatically adds watermark to uploaded images in WordPress. In addition, it can bulk add watermark to existing images in the WordPress library.
The Image Watermark plugin is compatible with the GD library and ImageMagic. Other features of this plugin are:
- Flexible watermark position
- It comes with the backup functionality
- It protects images on your website from being copied
- It can disable right click on uploaded images
- It can be translated
This plugin has over 60,000 active installations and it’s compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
WaterWoo PDF Plugin
As you can probably tell by its name, The WaterWoo PDF plugin is designed to add watermark to every page of every PDF file on your website. Whenever someone downloads a PDF file from your website every page of the PDF will be watermarked.
The watermark is fully customizable and it can be used to add the customer’s information as the watermark. Keep in mind, this plugin requires WooCommerce to work.
The WaterWoo PDF plugin is available in both free and premium versions. The features of this plugin are:
- Customizable alignment
- Watermark will be applied to every single page of the downloaded PDF file
- The applied watermark could include customer’s data (first name, last name, email address and etc.)
- RTL watermarking
This plugin is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and can be downloaded directly from the official WordPress website or the WordPress Dashboard.
Image Optimization & Lazy Load
The Image Optimization & Lazy Load by Optimole is an all-in-one and a must-have plugin for WordPress. This plugin can take care of your image optimization needs and make your website load faster and smoother.
The plugin requires an account and API key to work. Once that step is out of the way it begins to optimize all of your images on the cloud-based system to speed up your website and create high-quality images that are responsive for any device.
With the basic plan, the plugin works perfectly fine for 5000 monthly visits. If you would like to have more visits, feel free to upgrade to a better plan.
What are the features of Image Optimization & Lazy Load by Optimole?
- Format based optimization
- It supports Retina
- Smart Cropping
- It can add watermark to your images
- It can downgrade image quality when it detects a slow connection
- It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and works really well with most page builders
- It comes with a free CDN. Thus, all of your image URLs will be replaced with cloud URLs
Currently, this plugin has over 30,000 active installations and has been updated recently.
In this article, we discussed how to add image watermark in WordPress via plugins. By installing the Easy Watermark plugin, you can add watermark to images or even remove watermarks from images.
If you are an artist who relies on online pictures you have to be careful. Nowadays, piracy has become very normal in most businesses and you have to take the necessary steps to protect the uploaded content on your website.