How to Create a Watermark for Your Photos Using PicMonkey

Hi, Sweet Things!  It’s Melissa!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to start a new week of creativity!  I’m back today to show you how to create a watermark for those fantastic photos you’re now taking!

We’re going to use PicMonkey to create a watermark this week and you can choose to create a very basic text watermark or dress things up a bit more!

For a very basic watermark, simply open your photo in PicMonkey and choose the font you want using the Text option in the left hand sidebar (The “Tt” icon) and then click “Add Text” at the top.  Change the text to white using the vertical slider bar in the pop up box and then fade it using the horizontal slider bar in the same pop up box.  I like to fade it to the point that it doesn’t overpower the card in my photo, but is still easily readable.

2014 March10 BasicWM

The only downside to this method is that you have to repeat this process on each and every photo you want to watermark in PicMonkey.  It really doesn’t take all that long and is a nice, basic watermark, but maybe you want to have a watermark saved on your computer that is ready to use at all times!  In that case, you’ll want to design your watermark and save it to your computer for future use:

1.  Click on the Design option on the main page of PicMonkey.  The canvas color will be open in the menu bar on the left.  Select Transparent Canvas and click Apply.  Save this transparent image someplace on your computer where you can find it again easily!

2.  Now, close this image in PicMonkey and click on Edit at the top of the screen.  Upload the image you just saved.

3.  I like to change the canvas color to a darker color while creating my watermark so it’s easier to see.  You can do this by clicking on “Canvas Color,” choosing a darker color and clicking “Apply.”  (We’ll change the canvas back to white/transparent after we’re finished.)

2014 March10 Blue Canvas

4.  Go ahead and add the text you’d like to the canvas using the same method as used in the basic watermark at the beginning of this post.  Remember to change the text color to white (but don’t fade it this time).  In the photo below, I also added a small cluster of butterflies which I found under “Overlays” in the left hand menu (the butterfly icon).

2014 Mar10 Butterflies added

5.  Once you have an image you are happy with, go to “Basic Edits” on the left menu bar (the little square looking icon) and select “Crop.”  Now crop your image as close as possible.  Click “Apply.”

2014 March10 croppedwatermark

6.  Return to the “Canvas Color” option in the menu and check “Transparent Canvas.”

2014 March10 croppedWMtransparent

7.  Save this image to your computer and label it as your watermark!

8.  To apply this new watermark to a photo, open a photo in PicMonkey to edit.  Then, click on the overlay icon (the butterfly) in the left hand menu.  Click on “Your Own” at the top of the left hand column and open the watermark you just saved to your computer.  It will appear on top of your photo.  Click on it, enlarge it to the size you’d like it to be and drag it to wherever you want it on your photo.  Then use the slider in the pop up box to fade it as much as you’d like.

2014 March10 WM applied

9.  Save this newly watermarked photo to your computer!  You’re done!

As you can see, if you want to use the same watermark on all your photos, the second method is definitely time saving once you have your watermark created and saved to your computer.  I hope this makes it easy for you!

For today’s photo, I used the brand new Doggy Dog set to create an environmentally friendly card!

2014 March4ReleaseD WM

Isn’t he just the sweetest pup you’ve ever seen and he’s part of the latest new release!  You’re going to love the upcoming second new release this month and, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to Like Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook so you get the inside scoop on it!  There are things like sneak peeks and coupon codes, so you’ll want to be watching for them!

I hope you’re enjoying the Picture Perfect series.  I’m having fun sharing a few of the things I’ve learned over the years.  As I’ve mentioned before, please don’t be afraid to mention anything you’re wondering about or wanting to learn more about in the comments as I’m always willing to help you out if I can!

Until next time, stamp away and be sure and check out more Sweet Stamp goodness on my blog:  Oh, Smudge!





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45 Responses to How to Create a Watermark for Your Photos Using PicMonkey

  1. KelliJo says:

    Do you have any suggestions on how to not have your CAS (mostly all white) cards not turn blue? I use Photoscape to edit mine… they go really bright blue-ish colored!

  2. Niki G. says:

    What an awesome giveaway. Sweet Stamp Shop is always so generous with the giveaways and awesome sales!

  3. Iva Youngs says:

    I would like to see more sentiments. more for cards.

  4. Jennifer says:

    A sports one with soccer.

  5. Emily H says:

    I like birds and wreaths.

  6. Barbara Heydweiller says:

    I would love a lot more kitties and little girls with long wavy hair

  7. Lisa says:

    golf with cute sayings to go with the art.

  8. Jessica Owens says:


  9. I would love some birthday sentiments. I can never have enough different birthday sentiments.

  10. Mirella says:

    Sentiment sets (for different occasions) are always on my lists of purchase! 🙂

  11. Hmmm…I like images you can color. How about squirrels, hamsters, flowers…?

  12. Jenny says:

    I would love to see the cute animals that you can mix & match the accessories on please

  13. I would love to see sentiments for different occasions. I find I don’t have a lot of them to choose from.

  14. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    How about some southwest images. That could be fun

  15. Your stamps are really cute! I would like to see flowers 🙂

  16. Maybe something with fishing,
    cute lures, rubber rafts?
    Carla from Utah

  17. I would say just keep going with what your doing as far as stamp sets always love the fun and different designs you come up with that you don’t see everywhere!!!

  18. I love creatures of all kinds, what about some monsters or aliens?

  19. Susie says:

    I see the new cute dog set, so not dogs now! Lol. Maybe little boy or child.

  20. Jessica Vold says:

    More dogs, more baking, chocolate/tea/coffee set please!

  21. maida says:

    Get well (Band-Aid, pun sentiments, tissue box, etc.). Chocolate can also be for get well!!

    marg0006 at Verizon dot net

  22. karenladd says:

    I love cute animals, especially forest critters or unusual ones (other than dogs and cats). Also love food images!

  23. I would love to see a crafty set. I can see it now……scissors, bottle of glue, ruler, sewing machine, with crafty related sentiments. “Yes, I have a problem”, I need a 12 x 12 step program”. etc…

  24. Aida says:

    Wow, I love your critters already! But I’d still like to see more of them. They are just so adorable.

  25. Dorina D says:

    SENTIMENTS for all occasions and some nature stamps or western

  26. Judy1223 says:

    Melissa, amazing post, perfectly clear directions…THANK YOU!

    As for stamps I’d like to see, I love the designs already, I’d love to see some sentiments that are a bit bigger…and maybe a mix of fonts together. I do love BIG sentiments and BIG designs!

  27. Nitasha G. says:

    I’d love to see a workout/ weight loss stamp set!

  28. old barns, mountain background, old clocks

  29. ameliaharris99 says:

    More sentiments. Bigger the better (size was not necessarily length). I love to use stamps more on my cards but if the stamp is big enough I will add to my layouts. 🙂

  30. I would like some chunky kids

  31. Jenn says:

    Love to see some journaling stamps for traveling

  32. Kathy Martin says:

    Beach and birda would be nice.

  33. Denise Bryant says:

    Inside/outside sentiments are really nice!

  34. lolyborda43 says:

    I’d love to see more flowers. Thanks for the tutorial on watermark, it’s very useful.

  35. Holly says:

    Wow. All the suggestions are super. Love all the various ideas. Flowers, crafts etc.

  36. Michelle Robinson says:

    Sentiments that can be coloured 🙂

  37. Ryan Ann says:

    would love to see some stamps for foodies 🙂

  38. Kristin Stuthard says:

    I’d love birds, more dogs, tea/coffee, and any to do with love! 🙂

  39. I’d like to see wedding stamps with a mix of sentiments that can be used for wedding invitations

  40. morentin1326 says:

    i would love to see turtles, nerdy, and teenage boy stamps… they are always the hardest to find and create with…

  41. I would love to see sentiments for different occasions!

  42. Super CUTE card and THANK YOU for the tut!!!!!!!!

    awesome give-a-way 🙂

  43. Anna Cruz says:

    more sentiments for different occasions. 🙂 thank you for the giveaway !!

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