Placing a watermark on images that you plan to post on the Web will identify them as your own work and discourage people from copying them or claiming them as their own. Here's a simple way to add a watermark in Corel Photo-Paint.
Time Required: 2 minutes
- Open an image.
- Select the Text Tool.
- In the property bar, set the font, text size, and formatting as desired.
- Click on the image where you want the watermark to appear.
- Type the copyright © symbol or any other text you want to use for a watermark.
- Select the Object Picker Tool and adjust the text position if necessary.
- Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Emboss.
- In the emboss options, set the Depth as desired, the Level to 100, Direction as desired, and make sure the Emboss color is set to Gray. Click OK.
- Display the object docker by going to Window > Dockers > Objects in Photo-Paint 9 or View > Dockers > Objects in Photo-Paint 8.
- Select the embossed text or object and change the merge mode to Hard Light in the object docker. (The merge mode is the drop down menu in the object docker that will be set to "Normal" by default.)
- Smooth the effect by going to Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur. A 1 pixel blur works well.
- If you'd like the watermark a little more visible, use a custom color in the Emboss options and set it to a gray color slightly lighter than 50% gray.
- Scaling the type after applying the effect may cause it to appear jaggy or pixelated. A bit more gaussian blur will remedy this.
- You can edit the text by clicking on it with the type tool, but you will loose the effects and they will have to be reapplied.
- You are not restricted to text for this effect. Try using a logo or symbol as a watermark. If you use the same watermark often, save it to a file that can be dropped into an image whenever you need it.
- The Windows keyboard shortcut for the copyright (©) symbol is Alt+0169 (use the numeric keypad to type the numbers). The Mac shortcut is Option-G.