How to Improve Your Watermark Protection

All of us know that the best way to protect your digital photos on the Internet is by watermarking them, but sometimes to place the watermark on the photos is not enough to secure your photos. For example, look at these pictures.

How to improve watermarking - original photo
Original photo with a small watermark in the center
How to improve watermark security - watermark removed
We removed the watermark but added significant watermark footprint

We removed the watermark using photo editing software. Remaining defects on the restored picture are so invisible that the photo can be easily stolen.

Does it mean that watermarks in general are insecure? No. Watermarks are secure if you use them properly. Look at the next pictures to understand how you can improve the watermark.

Watermarking photo securely - improved watermark
Original photo with a small watermark in the upper-right corner
Watermarking photo securely - improved watermark removed
We removed the watermark with no artifacts

What is the difference between the pictures above?

First of all, we placed the new watermark in the centre of the photo. Watermark position is a crucial factor that can make your watermark exceptionally strong or useless.

For clarity, we split the image that you want to protect into three areas. Placing the watermark in these areas will guarantee you a different degree of protection.

Watermark photos securely - photo areas
Secure photo watermarking - red zone Worst protection Secure photo watermarking - yellow zone Better protection Secure photo watermarking - green zone Best protection

Placing the watermark in the corner of the picture makes your protection as weak as possible. The worst decision in this case is to reduce the watermark size. However, such watermark (especially, small watermark) affects the overall picture expression as little as possible.

The yellow area is an excellent place for your watermark because it doesn’t allow an easy crop to remove the watermark. It can still be removed using a pixel-by-pixel retouching, but that is a hard task by itself.

The center of the picture is the best place to put your watermark. This is the most detailed part of the picture. So this way of watermarking makes the protection stronger. In addition, your watermark is particularly noticeable.

If your watermark seems to irritate the viewers (too noticeable), just make it translucent.

Opaque watermark on photo Transparent watermark on photo
Opaque watermark (no transparency) Translucent watermark (70% transparency)

The second distinction is photo coverage. The watermark is large enough to protect most of the picture’s details. As the result, this watermark can’t be removed without remarkable effects to the image. A good-sized watermark should cover at least approximately 30% of the photo.

Bigger watermark on photo
Protected photo with bigger watermark
Bigger watermark on photo
Noticeable artifacts after watermark removal

To restore this picture we have used the same technique as before. You see there are lots of defects on the picture so that we are not able to use it unauthorized way. Combining these two approaches above, you can considerably improve watermark security.

If you tried watermarking in your photo editor, you may find it a time consuming task. It’s not true with our watermarking tool Visual Watermark. We designed it to be easy to use and be able to watermark all your photos at once. You can download trial version for free from our website here: http://www.visualwatermark.com/download