Pixelmator: Watermark Copyright Protection and Practically Free at $14.99
Creating watermarks for your photographs is something every photographer should be doing. It tells people you are proud of your hard work and at the same time offers a warning to those who wish to pirate your images and use them for their own purposes. All photographs are technically and legally yours once you push the shutter, but keeping a solid hold on your legal rights requires doing a bit more and you can start by adding a watermark to your images. What is a watermark you ask? Take a look at the image below and notice the Registered © 2012 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.com text in the lower left corer. That’s my copyright watermark, and it tells the world who owns this image AND that it has been registered with the US Copyright Ofiice in Washington DC. How do you create and produce these watermarks for your photos? Continue reading to find out how.
I’m not a fan of Photoshop which is the way many people create watermarks. I’ve never have been a fan and I can honestly say I have very little experience even working with it, however, I do think Adobe is amazing overall and we can’t live without them in the digital world. Before Apple’s Aperture software, Adobe held us all hostage by nearly forcing us to buy a $700.00 program that should have originally been called Designer’s Shop. Then along came Aperture and the cat was out of the bag, which in turn gave us Adobe’s Lightroom. Gone was the gun to our head nearly demanding us to fork over the cash for reviewing, tweaking, cropping, captioning, keywording and the like. I can’t imagine how different our digital photography lives would be had Apple not turned the workflow process on its head. So how does this all relate to Pixelmator? I felt a brief history was in order to explain why Pixelmator is so exciting. One caveat for those on Windows PCs, currently Pixelmator is just for Mac.
The one downside to both Aperture and Lightroom is their inability to work with layers. That’s Photoshops strong suit, but to have to pay the amount of money Adobe requires to use layers is painful. I don’t fabricate ANY images within Photoshop where layers are most necessary, and as I mentioned earlier I have almost no experience in even using Photoshop. The art of producing an entirely new photo via layers and computer generation is not against the law and for the commercial crowd it’s essential. That said, I’ve run across a need for layers since Aperture requires another program for creating watermarks. This fact could open up an entirely new can of worms for discussion, since Aperture’s inability to produce watermarks is ludicrous. Adobe could make the argument that they’re worth every penny because of their ability to easily produce watermarks in both Photoshop and Lightroom. Pixelmator to the rescue.
I’m not planning to go into lengthy details since I’ve only used it for creating watermarks, however, based on other reviews and going through its features, it has the power to do much, much more including a lot of what Photoshop does. All of that and it costs nearly 35X less.
I don’t have time today to do a How To on Creating Watermarks but I plan to do that in the future. There are several good videos on the web showing how to put watermarks into Aperture . Here’s one that is pretty well done.
For now go to the Apple App store and check Pixelmator out. For those who do digital photo manipulation it’s a huge program for a minuscule price. Now, just do all of photography a tremendous service by labeling your image a digital illustration/composite if you use Pixelmators tremendous power. If you have samples of images you’ve worked on with Pixelmator put a link in this discussion on the Blog. Would love to hear from those who are using it already.