Marekkis Watermark is a simple plugin for watermarking images on WordPress websites. In this post, I will show step to watermark images with Marekkis Watermark Plugin in WordPress. It watermarks images in 2 different ways.
- For new images that are being uploaded to the server, the plugin creates watermark on the fly via media uploader after activating the plugin.
- For the older images that are already uploaded, it can watermark each of them in bulk by choosing the directory of the images in the WordPress server.
The impact of former process on creating watermark is less and generally does not slow down the website but latter process adds watermark to all the images within directory which requires much server resources. This might result in hosting suspension of the websites as the bulk watermarking process might exceed usage of RAM of the web server.
Watermark Images with Marekkis Watermark Plugin in WordPress
Step 1: Plugin Installation
To install the plugin, simply go to Plugins > Add New. Then search for the keyword “marekkis watermark” and click on the “Install Now” button.
Click on “Activate Plugin” to activate it.
Step 2: Plugin settings
After activating the plugin, go to Settings > Watermark to update the necessary configuration details. Similarly, there is another option at Settings > Watermark Dir in which watermark can be applied to the images in bulk by choosing specific directory.
On the Marekkis Watermark – Admin Area, there are various setting options which can be set before the actual watermark implementation on images. First option lets user choose whether to use watermark or not using a drop down menu. Then position of watermark can be set. The position has nine different placement locations. An offset can be set to the watermark in both x-axis and y-axis in pixels.
Now the type of watermark can be chosen. Either an image can be used as watermark or it might be a text.
If image is to be chosen as watermark, this should always be a pre-defined file named stempel.png i.e. if we want to use any logo as watermark, we should first named it as stempel.png and upload to the specified directory (overwrite it in /wp-content/plugins/marekkis-watermark/), and only then the logo image will work as watermark.
For image watermark, there are other configuration options too. You can choose the watermark file types as GIF, JPG and PNG. The other two options lets user select if (a) the original images uploaded and (b) the resized images through WordPress media upload should be watermarked or not.
If text is to be chosen as watermark, the plugin has a lot of variations or control options on settings page. First of all, many types of font faces can be chosen from a drop down list. Then font size can be set in pixels. Font color can be updated in hex without a “#” tag. Next, actual text to display as watermark can be written in text area. Opacity can be given in percentage that defines the transparency of font used. Then shadow on fonts can be given in hex without “#” or can simply left blank that lets not to show shadow on fonts.
An instant preview of the watermark can also be seen in the setting page after updating and clicking on the Preview button.
To watermark in bulk, you can use Settings > Watermark-Dir.
In this page, you can choose any directory from WordPress server and choose the individual images independently. Then after selecting either all or specific set of images, watermark can be applied to them. In this process, there is an option to create back up of each file which can be used whenever the original image needs to be reverted.
Dhiraj Bikram Khadka
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