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How to Apply a Watermark in GIMP: A GIMP Tutorial

Updated on March 12, 2011

Watermark Images With GIMP

Adding text to the white layer.
Adding text to the white layer.

Select an Image, Create a White Layer

  1. Go to FILE and OPEN the image you want to watermark.
  2. Go to WINDOWS, then select DOCKABLE DIALOGS. Choose LAYERS to open the Layers window.
  3. Click the small white rectangle in the lower left corner of the layers window to CREATE NEW LAYER.
  4. Name the new layer "WHITE LAYER" and select this layer.
  5. Go to the toolbox and select the PAINT BUCKET and the color white. Go to the new "WHITE LAYER" and paint this layer white.

NOTE: If you want to see the new layer to paint it, select the "eye" symbol next to the background (image) layer. This will cause the photo layer to "turn off." Then take the paint bucket and click on the checkered screen of the new layer.

Create Text/Emboss/Finish Watermark

  1. Select the WHITE LAYER and then the TEXT TOOL from the toolbox. Choose black as the text color.
  2. Choose the font, location, and size you like, then write your watermark text on the white layer.
  3. The text will appear as another layer in the layer window. On the TEXT LAYER, select FILTERS, then DISTORTS. Choose EMBOSS from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the TEXT LAYER and change the mode to HARD LIGHT in the drop down area of the layer window.
  5. Select the WHITE LAYER in the layer window and change the mode to OVERLAY in the drop down area of the layer window.
  6. The watermark will appear on your photo.
  7. Select FILE and SAVE AS. Save the image with an identifying name. Export the file when you save it, selecting 100% as the quality level.

A Final Note

The "white layer" can be black or any other color: the embossing process is what gives the text the watermark look. Don't fret about the color of this layer, just ensure the text is black!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks! I'll have to go and take a look! I'm fairly decent with GIMP, but the video editing stuff is currently beyond my ken!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Try CamStudio the free version of course. It's pretty easy to learn for video tutorials. An example is in my how to make 2 pictures side by side using free Gimp. I did a small video for that one. Link is in my profile.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I'm glad it worked for you! I need to make more video tutorials, but my flipcam doesn't have great resolution. Oh, well - one of these days I'll learn how to do those screenshot videos!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Stopping back to say hello. When I needed a watermark I said to my self I know right where to find a good step by step gimp guide. Worked awesome :) Thanks again for writing this hub.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks! I hope it is helpful!

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Awesome info!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Respect

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thank you! I'm new to the hubpages system, but I am having a lot of fun. I have several GIMP tutorials- I plan on adding more as time allows!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      I Always enjoy a good Gimp tutorial. Fabulous job I hadn't tried this one yet. I am trying it right after I write this comment. Thanks for writing how to apply a watermark with Gimp and welcome to HubPages btw. Voted up and useful. :)