Inserting watermarks with the Smart Watermark plugin for Wordpress
In this article, we will introduce you to the Smart Watermark plugin for Wordpress which will allow you to easily insert custom watermarks for any images that are uploaded to your Wordpress site.
Installing the Smart Watermark Wordpress plugin
Now that you are logged into your Wordpress dashboard, you will need to locate the Smart Watermark plugin. To do so, click on Plugins, then Add New on the left side of the Wordpress dashboard. Here, you will see a box that will allow you to search for plugins that are listed on the Wordpress plugin directory. A simple search for "Smart Watermark" should yield the search results that you are looking for.
Now that the Smart Watermark plugin has been located, its time to install it. To do so, click on Install Now under the name of the plugin. Wordpress will then automatically handle the download and installation on the Smart Watermark plugin. Be sure to click the Activate Plugin button once the installation has completed to ensure that it is active and ready to configure.
Setting up your watermark using the Smart Watermark plugin
In this section, we will walk you through the process of setting up the Smart Watermark plugin to automatically place watermarks within each image that is uploaded, as well as existing images. To access these settings, click on Settings at the left side of the Wordpress dashboard, then click on Smart Watermark.
Thankfully, the developers of the Smart Watermark plugin have made things quite simple to configure.
First, you will need to set the general position of the watermark. This is done by selecting the appropriate box under the Watermark Position option. Once you have the right place defined, you may also fine-tune it using the Watermark Offset Top and Watermark Offset Left options to move it pixel by pixel.
Next, you will need to set the watermark image width and height. To do so, adjust the values labeled Min Image Width and Min Image Height. Your watermark will automatically scale based on your image size, but this will ensure that it does not go below a defined size.
Of course, setting this all up wouldn't be any good without defining what images to place the watermark on. In the Add Watermark To field, select any of the images that you want to add a watermark to. For example, if you just wanted it to add a watermark to the full size image that is uploaded, you will want to select the box labeled original. In the example, I want them all to be watermarked so I selected all of the boxes.
Finally, we will add our watermark image. You will want this image to have a transparent background for best appearance, but any image will work. To do so, click on the Upload button to the right of the Watermark Image field, and select the image that you want to use as a watermark.
Once you have the settings like you want them, click on Save Changes. Any new images will now be watermarked on your Wordpress site
Adding a watermark to existing images on your Wordpress site
The Smart Watermark plugin allows you to easily process any old images that you may have already uploaded to your Wordpress site with a single click. After you have already configured your watermark settings in the previous section, you can click the Bulk Update tab on that same screen. Here, you will see a button that says Process Old Images. Clicking on that will then go through all of your images and add the watermark that you previously defined.
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