How to Make a Watermark in PicMonkey

How to Make a Watermark with a Transparent Background in PicMonkey
*PicMonkey affiliate links used in this post. See full note below.

I recently decided I wanted to start watermarking (subtly adding my Web site to) some of the photos I post on the blog. I googled ways I could do that with PicMonkey, and found two popular solutions:

Option 1: Open your photo in PicMonkey, choose the font you want and type in your Web site, change it to white and fade it to about 65% (or your desired subtly). This is a very basic solution and a process that is repeated on each and every photo you wish to watermark. I wanted to add arrows which can also be done here, but is even more work to do to every photo and can get sloppy trying to make it look the same every time.

Option 2: Open your photo in PicMonkey, and under "Overlays" click on "Your Own" option at the top. This is the easiest solution, however, you have to have a watermark image to begin with--and that's exactly what I was looking to make. Sure, you could use a basic logo, but basic logos have a white (or other color) background which will also show up on your photo. The good news...

You can make your own watermark (for free) in PicMonkey!



Use PicMonkey's collage option to make a transparent background for your watermark.

Go to PicMonkey.com and select "Create a Collage" from the main screen.

You can use the free options or sign up for the Royale features. I love Royale and find it very worth it; but if you're just starting out, then go ahead and start for free (no account necessary) and see what you think as you go. The directions below currently all use free features.


Change PicMonkey's collage background to transparent and save for your watermark.

Go to the paint tray image to change the background.

Check the "transparent background" option. Click "save" and save the transparent image in an easy to find location.


Upload transparent background to PicMonkey and add your watermark text.

Go back to PicMonkey's main screen and upload the transparent image you just created.

It may look like a black image in your computer files, but will be transparent in PicMonkey. Go to text and add your desired font and text. Change the color to white and fade it to about 65%. It's helpful to make the text the size you want now so the watermark doesn't need to be adjusted when added to photos. This will keep it looking uniform (read: professional) on all your images.


Use PicMonkey overlays and text to personalize your watermark image.

Add desired shapes.

Change their color to white and fade to 65% (or whatever color/percentage you chose for the text).


Crop PicMonkey image to size you need for your saved watermark.

Crop image close to actual watermark content.



Save PicMonkey watermark with transparent background for future use.

Save watermark.



Upload photo, add watermark with transparent background as your own overlay.

Use watermark in your photos!


Upload any photo to PicMonkey. Edit as desired. Go to "Overlays" and select "Your Own" at the top of the screen. Find your saved watermark image, move it wherever desired and save image. The watermark will show up best when the background is dark, but can still be seen on light backgrounds. That's the beauty of watermarking--giving you credit without distracting from the purpose of the photo.

Of course not everything needs to (or should) be watermarked. I'll share more about that when I learn more about it. Until then...

Happy watermarking!



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More PicMonkey Tutorials...

color-matching text and overlays
editing photos
designing blog elements
creating transparent + solid images

*Note: PicMonkey affiliate links used in this post. I have used and shared tutorials on PicMonkey long before they had an affiliate program, and am happy that I can now earn a small commission for any purchases made through my PicMonkey links at no extra cost to my readers. I then donate a portion of all my proceeds. So, if you find this tutorial helpful and decide to upgrade to Royale, please consider doing so through one of the links in this post. Thank you!

38 comments:

  1. oooh, i love this. i've been in a state of disbelief since picnik closed down... maybe picmonkey can be my new free-picture-editing buddy!

    thanks for the tip!

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    1. Yes, I would definitely look into PicMonkey! It's actually created by some of the same people that did Picnik, so it's got a lot of the same features and set-up. Here's a couple posts about it...

      http://www.beginnerbeans.com/2012/08/photo-editing-for-beginners-with.html

      http://www.beginnerbeans.com/2012/04/good-bye-picnik-hello-new-free-photo.html

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  2. Ooo thank you! I love PicMonkey I just haven't done this - how perfect and helpful! You ROCK! :) Michelle W

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  3. I almost cried when Picnik closed down and then I discovered PicMonkey. Thank you very much for this watermarking method.

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  4. Thanks so much for posting this! It was SO helpful!

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  5. THANK YOU! I have been making ugly gray text in my photo editor as my watermark, but with this tutorial I was able to create a cute watermark with a little heart. I had no idea PicMonkey existed, but I was a PicNik fan. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. THANK YOU! I had been attempting this and didn't realize I should be saving first. I am so thankful that I found this information. Really appreciate!!!

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  7. Amazing! You just rocked my night! Thanks for sharing this :D

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  8. Thank you! Amazing how hard this was to find... until I found you!

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  9. you are awesome! just spent all morning trying to figure this out! YAY!!!

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  10. I am SO glad this has been so helpful! Feel free to link to where you implemented so I can see all of your awesome handiwork!

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  11. Thanks for this tutorial! Made life so much easier this morning! :)

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  12. THANK. YOU. SO. MUCH. It took me sooo long to watermark all my photos. Now it will be so quick and easy, THANK YOU! You made my life so much easier!

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  13. For some reason when I go to save the transparent collage is turns to white right before I save it. Not sure what I am doing wrong,

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    1. Be sure to save it as a .png file. The background will stay transparent in .png, but turns to white if saved as a .jpg. Hope that helps!

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    2. Yes this helps so much! Thanks :-)

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  14. Another great tutorial! Thanks! :)

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  15. AnonymousJune 17, 2013

    Thank you SO MUCH, have been doing pics one by one for way too long!

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  16. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    I am using my own image which already has a transparent background. But my problem is that it's too small but as soon as I enlarge it I have no idea of the new size for future images. I also can't automatically centre the watermark! Any ideas?

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    1. Right click on the transparent image and select "Original size" and see if that's a size you like. If so, do that every time. I'm no helping with the centering. I personally like to leave my watermark small and change it's location depending on the photo--that might work depending on what you're aiming for. Good luck!

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    2. I used my origianl imaged and for some reason it wont go to the transparent background even after i clicked it..

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    3. I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. But if you're in collages, don't add an image to the collage. Just select "transparent background" and save it. Then upload it to PicMonkey and add text, etc. from there. If that's not what you're talking about, feel free to write more specifics and I'll see if I can help :)

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  17. Thank you soo much for this "tutorial"! I've been dying to figure out how to make my own watermark (easily) and this was Just the thing! =)

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  18. Wow, thank you so much. I just found this tutorial earlier today. I've been using Picmonkey but for every photo I've been adding new text, resizing, fading, etc., I've been trying to figure out if you could save the whole template for ages but couldn't work it out. So glad of your help as this will save me so much time :)

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  19. I feel a little silly asking this but my photo editing sidebar options in picmonkey aren't the same as yours-- I have no shapes. Also, when I go to crop, my image disappears. any ideas?

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    1. PicMonkey recently updated the sidebar icons, so instead of shapes for the overlays, it's a butterfly. And I'm not sure on the cropping; I've never seen that happen before. Maybe a glitch?

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  20. Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm just about to publish my first blog post, but had no idea how to watermark the photos for it. Your instructions were really easy to follow!

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  21. I use Muzy (so I can get all of the features of Picmonkey for free), but it doesn't let you save it or rename it as a file you want, and it only lets you post it to Muzy itself. Unless you share it. So, I basically followed through the steps you mentioned, but instead of fading out the watermark, I made the background black and kept the watermark white. I then emailed it to myself so I didn't have to go through the process of going to the post and manually saving it. When using the watermark on a photo, I just change the blending mode to screen, as it makes the black background disappear. Then, all I have to do is fade it. Just thought that fellow Muzy users would appreciate that! :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing :) And, you know, PicMonkey has enough features for free that you could easily make a simple watermark with it. No account necessary. If you wanted something a little easier ;)

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  22. THANKS so much!! Just found this tutorial!!
    So very helpful!! LOVE my watermark!!
    TFS

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  23. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I volunteer for two different animal rescue organizations, taking adoption profile photos, and I also have my own blog. I was spending so much time typing in the text, sizing, fading............each and every time! I look forward to checking out more of these tutorials, and will add you to Bloglovin.

    Thanks again

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  24. YES! Thank you for this!

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  25. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm a new blogger and just made my watermark :) Great tutorial.

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  26. Thank you for the awesome tutorial! Very easy to follow, especially for a new blogger like myself. I haven't published my post yet but I have included a link to your tutorial for others to see :)

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  27. A HUGH THANK YOU, I've looked several different times for a blog, video, etc. showing how to watermark photo's with no luck. And here you are, a life saver!! This was an easy to understand tutorial! Much Thanks!

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  28. Thank you so much for your tip on creating a watermark. so helpful.

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