Hidden Watermark

I just read an article about 5 Useful Free Plugins for Gimp. One plugin is called Hidden Watermark with a couple of sample images. If you look at the original image and the watermarked one, you can’t really tell difference, until you open up and verify the image. I thought the purpose of a watermark is two-fold: to copyright your images, and to display credit.

The Hidden Watermark plugin covers the first, but not the second. Without a visible watermark, anyone can unknowingly infringe on your artwork. I rather have a visible watermark. I know I’ve stopped using images because I’ve seen watermarks on them. I’m sure others do the same. All the more reason to leave a visible watermark.

Just a personal preference.

Batch Watermark Images Using ImageMagick

In my├é┬áprevious post, I talked about using ImageMagick to resize images in a batch process. In this post, I’ll talk about leaving watermarks on images in a batch process. First of all, what is a watermark? A watermark is an image or text that appears on paper or photographs to prevent counterfeiting or for giving a photographer credit or ownership. It’s one way of getting recognition when distributing one’s artwork.

Let’s say you have a bunch of images about 30 or so needing a watermark. They all have an extension of JPG located in one directory or folder. First, if you haven’t already done so, install ImageMagick by typing in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get intall imagemagick

Once you have ImageMagick installed, change directory to the folder where your images are located.

We will use the convert command to leave a text watermark at the bottom of each image. I will go over each of the options one by one. We will put all the options together in the end.

Convert all images with a JPG extension

convert *.JPG

Use the Arial font

convert *.JPG -font Arial

Use a fontsize of 16

convert *.JPG -font Arial -pointsize 16

Place the watermark at the bottom center of each image

convert *.JPG -font Arial -pointsize 16 -draw gravity south

You can place your watermark text anywhere you want it, for example at the top of the image, the side or at the corner. I placed it in the bottom center. It’s just a personal preference.

Write a black text at position 0,12 supplied inside a single quote.

convert *.JPG -font Arial -pointsize 16 -draw "gravity south
fill black text 0,12 'Photos by: Ulysses'"

By the way, the command is all on one line. I placed it on several lines for readability.

Write a white text at position 1,11 supplied inside a single quote.

convert *.JPG -font Arial -pointsize 16 -draw "gravity south
fill black text 0,12 'Photos by: Ulysses'
fill white text 1,11 'Photos by: Ulysses'"

The reason we are writing black and white text that are slightly offset is for our watermark text to display regardless of background color. It’s a technique similar to creating a drop shadow. This ensures your watermark text is readable regardless of the color of the background image.

Finally, name the watermarked images in this format.

convert *.JPG -font Arial -pointsize 16 -draw "gravity south
fill black text 0,12 'Photos by: Ulysses'
fill white text 1,11 'Photos by: Ulysses'"

The watermarked images will be written as watermark-0.JPG, watermark-1.JPG, watermark-2.JPG and so forth. So, there you have it. You just watermarked 30 or so images in a batch process using ImageMagick.