How to markup images in WordPress automatically


Do you want to know how to make watermarks in WordPress? Then read on, as today’s short tutorial shows you how…

If original images, photographs, and artwork are the focal point of your WordPress website, you’d better find a way to protect them.

Online piracy is rampant today, and if proper steps are not taken to protect images, someone could come along and steal them. This is especially concerning for photographers and artists who make a living off the quality of their portfolios.

Fortunately, the solution is simple: watermark images in wordpress – your images .

Watermarks overlay a faint brand design on your images, telling the world that the work is yours. This will not impact visitors’ enjoyment of the images, as the watermark is only visible when examined closely. However, the watermark makes it considerably more difficult for others to pass off your work as their own.

You can see a watermark in action in the image below:

Today I will show you how easy it is for WordPress users to automatically add watermarks to any image. All you need is the Easy Watermark plugin, freely available from the official plugin directory.

Watermark Images in WordPress Using the Easy Watermark Plugin

Let’s start by installing the plugin. Log in to your WordPress dashboard, and then navigate to Plugins / Add New . At the top right, type “Easy Watermark” in the search bar, and then hit enter.

Easy Watermark should be the first plugin returned – it is the one from Wojtek Szałkiewicz . Proceed to install the plugin by clicking Install Now and later Activate the plugin .

With the plugin activated, we need to configure it by navigating to Easy Setup/Watermark. The settings screen includes three tabs: general , Image and Text . Let’s go through each one separately, starting with General.

at the top of the tab general , the first field gives you the opportunity to watermark images in WordPress automatically when uploading any new image. If you need this feature, make sure the checkbox is checked.

You can also select which types of images should be watermarked: choose from JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Further down the screen, there’s an extra setting for JPEG quality, which I recommend setting around 80 – this ensures images are of high quality, without adding too much file size.

Next, we have the backup settings . By selecting this option, the plugin creates two versions of each image: one, the original version, without watermark; the other, a duplicate, with the watermark applied.

Scrolling further down the screen, there are several other settings to configure, including:

  • What size images to watermark – do you want to watermark full size images, or also large, medium or thumbnails? Be careful when watermarking full size images and make sure you have a copy of the original on your hard drive.
  • Which users can apply watermarks – select which WordPress user roles have authority to apply watermarks.
  • The type of watermark displayed – image, text or both? (More on this below.)

When you’re done, save your changes. Now comes the exciting part, as you can design your watermark, starting with the tab Image .

However, this step is remarkably easy – simply select an image to act as your watermark graphic. I recommend choosing a watermark that is distinctively yours, such as a logo or any other brand image.

If you don’t want to use an image as a watermark, you can use plain text instead. To configure the watermark text, go to the tab Text :

At the top of this screen, type your watermark text. Again, choose something that is instantly recognizable as you. As you scroll down, you’ll have the opportunity to fully customize the text, with fields for:

  • Text alignment

  • Source

  • text color

  • text size

  • text angle

  • Opacity

The final field, which specifies the opacity level of your watermark, is possibly the most critical field of all. After all, choosing the wrong opacity level can ruin your image or make the watermark virtually redundant. Below I will show some of the best watermarking practices.

The watermark is too opaque (around 70% opacity and above).

Watermark too transparent (around 15% opacity and below).

Personally, I find the plugin’s default setting of 60% too opaque. For me, the sweet spot seems to be around 40%, as demonstrated below.

Remember save changes again before finishing, then it goes to the WordPress text editor to check that the watermarks are working – just upload an image to confirm that the watermark is being stamped correctly.

Adding watermarks to existing images

But what if you want to watermark WordPress images when working with existing images ? No problem; Easy Watermark also takes care of this.

To get started, navigate to Medium / EasyWatermark . Now just click the blue button Start to apply your watermark in bulk to your entire media library:

Watermark removal

If you’ve changed your mind about watermarking, and forgot to create backup copies of your original images, you don’t have to worry. Easy Watermark also includes an option to remove all traces of watermarks and restore your images to their original form.

Removing watermarks is as easy as navigating to Medium / EasyWatermark and then press the button restore . easy-peasy:

Adding watermarks manually

Maybe you don’t want to apply a watermark to every image of your web page. Fortunately, you can use the Easy Watermark plugin to apply watermarks manually, one image at a time.

First go to the media library, then click on the image you want to watermark. On the right side of the screen, tap the link Edit more details .

On the next screen, look for the Easy Watermark Meta checkbox, and then click the button Add Watermark :

You can also remove watermarks manually this way – just click the button Restore the original image from the Easy Watermark Meta box (visible above).

final thoughts

If you want to protect the images on your WordPress website by applying watermarks, the Easy Watermark plugin is the best free option available. Today’s tutorial demonstrates how easy the plugin is to set up and use, plus it has many useful features like automatic watermarks, bulk watermarks, and the ability to remove watermarks.

How do you watermark images in WordPress? Would you mind recommending an alternative to easy watermarking? Why don’t you share your thoughts in the comments section below?


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