Last week Adobe released big news about its new cloud-based product, Lightroom CC. You might recall that one of my deal-breakers for full-time use of this product is that you don’t have an option to watermark your photos before sharing or saving them.
Luckily, if you are editing on your phone or iPad, you have lots of options when choosing a watermark app. PhotoMarks is an app that does the job well.
When Bits & Coffee released version 2.5 of this watermark app not too long ago, their founder gave the $4.99 app to me to review.
Any watermarking app should allow you to add either text or a graphic watermark to your photo. PhotoMarks checks that box: you can add both text and logos easily.
When you open the app, tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen to select the photo that you want to watermark.
After opening the app, tap the Text or Logo icon to select the type of watermark you’d like to add. Of course, if you want to add a graphic logo, it logo needs to be stored on your phone or tablet to use it with the app I keep mine in Dropbox, which I can access from my phone whenever I need it.
You can see from the screenshot above that PhotoMarks gives you the option to reduce the transparency of your watermark. This is handy if you want the mark to be more subtle so that it doesn’t distract from your photo.
To the right of the Transparency option, you’ll find the Drop Shadow option.
Tap and drag your logo to move it somewhere else on your photo. Or use a two-finger pinch to make it smaller or larger. You can use two fingers to rotate the logo also.
A great feature of PhotoMarks is that you can save your watermark configuration so that you can apply it to other photos. To save this “Profile,” tap the icon at the top left corner of your screen and select “Save Profile.”
When you want to apply this profile to another photo, click on the same icon and select Load Profile. You can save several configurations, so you might need to choose the profile you want to use at this point.
If you don’t have a graphic watermark to use, you can use text instead. Rather than tapping the Logo icon that you see in the first screenshot above, you would tap the Text button. Something tells me you didn’t need me to tell you that!
You can type in whichever text you’d like. PhotoMark offers Date and Timestamps too if you’d like to record this with your image. Note that these stamps record the time the photo was taken – not the time you watermarked it.
The time uses a 24-hour format – I didn’t see a settings option for changing it. However, given that our phones sort photos by date and time, I can’t imagine that anyone will use this feature often.
Note that you can right, left, or center align your text. And I love that PhotoMarks has built in the copyright and trademarks icons. Those will be quite helpful to many people. After you’ve entered the text for your watermark, tap the checkmark.
After adding your text, you can change the font, color, and transparency, add a drop shadow, or even add a stroke to outline the letters. PhotoMarks offers just over 100 colors to choose from, so you might not be able to customize the color exactly to your brand.
Same goes for the fonts. While you can select from many fonts for your text, they won’t find the full list of Google fonts that you might be used to.
Just like with logos, you can two-finger pinch to change the size of your text. Use those same two fingers to rotate the line of text. Or tap and drag to relocate it.
Finally, you can save your watermarked file onto your phone – it won’t overwrite the original. You can also share your watermarked photo from PhotoMarks directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or several other social media outlets.
So, if you plan on using Lightroom CC’s cloud-only plan, PhotoMarks is a great option among watermark apps.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me in the comments below whether you watermark all of your images before sharing them. Do you ever use a watermark app on your phone or tablet?