Watermarking an image is a good idea that assures protecting it from unauthorized usage. WordPress platform has a lot of watermark plugins for the same purpose. Out of them, Signature Watermark plugin allows users to add both text and image watermark to the uploaded images. It includes a lot of options to customize the appearance and settings of the watermark. For proper functioning, it requires PHP 5.0+, GD extension for PHP and FreeType extension for PHP to be installed in the server. This article shows steps to add Watermark using Signature Watermark Plugin in WordPress.
Add Watermark using Signature Watermark Plugin in WordPress
Step 1: Plugin Installation
To install the plugin, simply go to Plugins > Add New. Search for the keyword “signature watermark”. Then click the “Install Now” button.
Click on “Activate Plugin” button to activate it.
Step 2: Signature Watermark Plugin Settings
As soon as activating it, a menu tab appears under Settings > Signature Watermark. Click on the menu tab to adjust default settings of the plugin.
The main settings page of the Signature Watermark plugin includes watermark settings, text watermark, image watermark and watermark preview.
Within the Watermark Settings, a user can do a lot of customization on the uploaded image. First of all, a user can select the watermark type. This may be either text or image or both. Then he/she can enable automatic watermarks for desired image sizes. The image sizes defined within the plugin settings are thumbnail, medium, large, featured image, home image, thumb page, global image, default image, rating image and full size. Next comes the image types to be chosen. You can select either JPG, JPEG, PNG or GIF as image types where the watermark should work. A special feature included in this plugin is Backup of the images to be uploaded. This allows user to revert the images to original if necessary. This feature can be enabled through the settings page. Other setting options include advanced features and JPEG quality adjustment. Some of the advanced features and JPEG quality adjustment are available only in the ultra version.
Now, the next tab is for Text Watermarks. Through this tab, one can set the text for watermark with custom font face, text width, text color and transparency. The other two options watermark text vertical position and watermark text horizontal position are available in ultra version only.
Image Watermark tab has the settings defined for images used as watermark. A user can set watermark image URL and width in percentage. Some features like watermark image vertical position, watermark image horizontal position and high quality watermarks are only available in ultra version.
The watermark preview can be seen through the tab Watermark Preview.
Signature Watermark Ultra
A pro version of the Signature Watermark Plugin is available with extra features .It is named Signature Watermark Ultra. The ultra version supports watermarking images manually in Media Library. Highest quality watermark can be generated using re-sampling of images rather than its normal re-sizing. Adjustable watermark and jpeg quality can be achieved through the ultra version.
The one-time cost for ultra version is $ 39.95 for single website. Its one-time price is $ 59.95 for up to 5 websites. The remarkable features differences between the basic version of Signature Watermark to the ultra one is as follows:
- The ultra version provides the features of watermarking the image manually from Media LIbrary in WordPress.
- Watermark quality is fully adjustable in ultra version.
- JPEG quality is fully adjustable in ultra version.
- Watermark location is fully adjustable in ultra version.
- Provision of priority support license is enabled for Ultra version.
Thus Signature Watermark is one of the highly customizable watermark plugin that supports both the image and text as watermark to the uploaded images. You can also browse other watermark plugins available for WordPress sites.
Dhiraj Bikram Khadka
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