Those many thousands of photos in our Mac’s iPhoto Library find their way to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email. They also find their way to unexpected locations. Can you say, thieves?
Protect Your Photos With A Watermark
Imagine our surprise when my wife Carol received an email from an old friend with a link to a site that had one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower.
That has to be one of the most photographed landmarks in the world.
Google eiffel tower photo and you’ll have more links to photos than you can view in one day.
How and why did someone use one of our photos for their web site? Convenience. It is easier to steal than it is to shoot.
We sent an email to the offending webmaster and he quickly removed the photo, but we learned a lesson. Protect our photos the old fashioned way.
Two Words: Watermark
We began a simple journey to find a Mac app that would create a watermark in our photos. Why? We don’t want our photos anywhere else but where we put them. If someone uses a photo, we need proof that it’s ours. A visible watermark helps deter thieves (at least, the less creative ones).
As it turned out, we already had Sizerox which we use to batch resize images for uploading to our gallery.
Sizerox is easy enough to use for changing the size of hundreds of photos at a time instead of one-by-one.
For whatever reason, we didn’t think to use the watermark function (I’m not sure we knew it was there). The only problem is that Sizerox is a standalone app, and requires us to export photos from iPhoto, then change the size and add the watermark.
Carol wanted something easier to use. Enter Impression for iPhoto. It’s an iPhoto plugin that adds a watermark to selected photos.
Watermarks for iPhoto is also easy to use, but it’s confined to usage within iPhoto as a plugin, not a stand alone app.
There are plusses and minuses either way.
The original photos never get altered (same as with Sizerox). Multiple photos can get watermarked with a click but the process isn’t as fast as Sizerox.
The watermark can be a Photoshop PSD file or a transparent PNG image, but that requires a graphic app to create the watermark. The watermark can be scaled and transparency adjusted.
Text can be imported, too, and the onscreen controls make it easy to place the watermark where you want it. We have a split decision on which app is best for our use.
Carol likes something built-in to iPhoto. I like being able to dump hundreds of images at a time, crop on the fly, and insert the watermark automatically. Both apps are similarly priced and come with try-before-you-buy trial options.