As a photographer, it is critical that you do whatever you can to keep your images safe online. While there are methods to make it more difficult for visitors to copy your images, nothing is perfect and for the image to be in their web browser it is usually already on their computer.
So what do you do? A watermark is one of the best options for keeping your images from getting downloaded without your permission while still allowing your clients to view their proofs. And that’s just what this plugin does.
Using the Watermark Plugin
After uploading and activating the ProofBuddy Watermark plugin you will have an additional section of options on the Images tab under ProofBuddy Settings. It should like the image to the right.
You have 4 options to set.
- Watermark File: This is the file that you want to have watermarked on top of your images. While you can use JPGs and GIFs, PNG is the preferred format because PNGs support both transparency and 24-bit color along with multi-level alpha.
- Max Width: Allows you to set the max area that your watermark will take up in your image. Your watermark file will be scaled to fit so that it isn’t larger than this percentage across either dimension of your images. For example, if you leave it set at 20% and have a 800×1000 pixel image the watermark will be no larger than 160x200px (20% of 800 by 20% of 1,000). It will be scaled proportionally though.
- Position: Determines where on your image the watermark will be placed. 9 choices: top left, top center, top right, middle left, middle center, middle right, bottom left, bottom center, and bottom right.
- Replace Existing: When checked, all existing watermark cache files will be removed. They will be rebuilt the next time an image is requested. This lets you change settings on your watermarks without permanently affecting the actual images.