Easy Watermark is one of the best WordPress plugin that adds watermark to the uploaded images automatically. Being a light weight plugin, it’s much flexible in terms of customization and allows a lot of control options to modify the uploaded watermark. It supports text as well as image watermarks. In this post, I will show steps to Prevent Image Theft with Easy Watermark plugin in WordPress.
Prevent Image Theft with Easy Watermark Plugin in WordPress
Step 1: Plugin Installation
At WordPress Dashboard, locate Plugins > Add New. Then search for “easy watermark” and click on the “Install now” button.
After installation, activate the plugin by clicking Activate Plugin as shown below.
Step 2: Easy Watermark Plugin Settings
Now a new menu tab appears under Settings > Easy Watermark. Click on the tab to customize the default settings of the plugin.
The settings page of the plugin consists of 3 settings: General, Image and Text.
General tab lets user control various types of settings. First of all, user can choose option to automatically add watermark on uploading images. The user can select the types of images (such as jpg, png, gif) for which watermark will be added. Another option is of backup, i.e., the user can choose the option that allows original images to restore if needed. Other options to set here are watermark type, jpg quality, date format and time format. General settings also allow user roles for adding watermarks i.e., and post types attachments where to display the watermarks.
The second tab is “Image” where user can upload the watermark image and change its settings.
After uploading the image, more settings seem visible. The user can align the watermark image through the option “image alignment”. Scaling mode allows user to rescale the image. It has the options Fit, Fill, Fit to Width and Fit to Height. Fit / Fill either make the images retain their full width or make them fit into the area selected. Fit to width and Fit to Height scales the watermark proportionate to the size of the image. Another option Scale lets user scale the image size by percentage. Image Offset allows user to define offset in both the percentage and pixels. Then comes the option opacity through which one can change the opacity of the image.
Third tab is “Text“ where settings for watermark text can be chosen. One can fix the alignment of the text through the option text alignment. Text offset allows user to define offset in pixels or percentage. One can choose font face through font option whereas text color, text size, text angle can be changed using respective options in this tab. Finally opacity can be adjusted in percentage.
Step 3: Adding Watermark to Old/Uploaded Images
There are 2 different tools in the plugin namely Bulk Watermark and Restore original images. To add watermark on the images that are already uploaded, go to Media > Easy Watermark. Then cautiously choose the Start button of Bulk Watermark. This will set the watermark to all the existing images in the website. Another option is Restore original images which does the job of restoring the original version of the uploaded image (without watermark).
In this way, the Easy Watermark plugin allows user to add watermark very easily and seems to be the most customizable WordPress Watermark plugin till the date. You can also checkout other watermark plugins available for WordPress sites.
Dhiraj Bikram Khadka
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