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How to Watermark the Images on Your WordPress Site Automatically

updated on Nov 01, 2016
How to Watermark the Images on Your WordPress Site Automatically Nowadays, many websites, especially the photography sites, are faced with severe image theft problem because many people are used to stealing others' works and using them as free resources without crediting the original author.

If you are also troubled by this issue, adding a watermark to your images is a good solution for preventing unethical image theft. In below, we will talk about an easy way to watermark the images in WordPress – installing a plugin that automates the watermarking process.

The plugin we have selected is named Easy Watermark, the most popular choice in its kind. This plugin supports the widely used image formats (PNG, JPG and GIF), various image sizes, and the customization of text watermark.

Install the Plugin and Set up the Watermark

Easy Watermark allows you to watermark images both automatically and manually. The former is recommended if you want to save time.

To get started, you need to install the plugin first. The installation process is exactly the same as that of any other plugin available in the WordPress plugin directory. And upon the plugin's activation, you can find all the settings in Settings > Easy Watermark.

The general settings

The settings of Easy Watermark are divided into three tabs, and the first tab includes all the general settings. Under this tab, you can choose whether to add watermark to your new images upon the upload, and select the image formats that the auto-watermarking applies to.

Besides, you are able to check the backup option so that the plugin will back up each image before watermarking it. However, this option is not suggested if you upload too many large images due to the use of excessive storage.

Enable Auto Watermark

In addition, there are also choices for the image sizes. You can choose not to watermark the thumbnails.

As for the watermark, you are able to use an image, a text, or both, based on your preference. If you choose image, you will need to get the image prepared.

Configure Watermark

To let you control the watermark feature completely, the plugin also gives you the freedom to decide which user roles are allowed to watermark images. By default, all users have access to the feature, while you can make changes according to your needs.

Select Users

Upload the watermark image

If you have decided to use an image as the watermark and have got it ready, you need to open the "Image" tab and upload the image to your WordPress site, so that it will be added to the new images automatically. Just click on the "Select/Upload Image" button, and then upload the watermark image using the simple uploader.

Upload Watermark Image

But before the uploading, make sure the "Auto Watermark" option in the general settings is unchecked, or the watermark image will be watermarked, too. Tick the option only when your watermark image is already in the media library.

Add the watermark text

As an alternative to image, you can also use a pre-defined text as the watermark. If this is your choice, open the "Text" tab, and enter the text in the blank field as is shown below. For the text entered here, you can preview it, choose the text alignment, and change the text offset.

Enter Watermark Text

Also, there are some other customization options, including the text color, font (10 pre-given choices), size, angle and opacity. After customizing the text, you can go back to the preview to check it and make sure that everything meets your expectation.

Customize Watermark Text

After the changes are saved, the plugin is set up to watermark all the images you upload. You can now test the plugin by uploading a new image to your WordPress site. If there is nothing wrong, the image will be watermarked automatically.

Test Watermark

Watermark the Existing Images Automatically

When Easy Watermark is set up, it adds watermark to the new images only by default, which means the existing images in your media library is not watermarked automatically. But fortunately, the plugin provides you with an easy tool to watermark all the old images. This tool is located in Media > Easy Watermark.

To watermark all images, you only need to click on the "Start" button under "Bulk Watermark", then things are done without any effort from you. However, you should be careful when using this tool. If you have already had some watermarked images in the media library, you'd better not do so because those images will be watermarked once more. Therefore, it is suggested to use the tool as soon as the plugin is activated and set up.

Bulk Watermark Old Images

Add Watermark to the Old images Manually

This is an alternative approach if you want to watermark the old images while you have already uploaded new images to your site after auto-watermarking is turned on.

When visiting the media library, you will see an "Add Watermark" option for each single image. Once this option is clicked, the watermark is added to the corresponding image.

Using this feature makes the watermark highly controllable, but if you have a lot of images, watermarking the images manually may take some time.

Watermark Old Images Manually