Hello lovely tribe of Savouring Simplicity. I’m Theodora from Life of TOI, I’m so excited to share with you all the simple steps I take to protect my images online.
When I found out that Elizabeth was starting the new series about how to simplify your life I jumped up for joy because for some time I’ve been trying to simplify how I do many things. And one of those things is how I edit my photography. I like to procrastinate so anything that helps me simplify my life it's more than welcome.
When I started blogging I wanted to be super private but as time went by and I got to know amazing and inspiring women who love to share without fear my insecurity about internet started to subside a little. So I started to share more photos of myself and loved ones.
Initially I would crop our head out, leaving most of the emotions I wanted to convey in the portrait out of the frame.
One day my husband said what was the point in sharing pictures if I wanted to crop most out. So I searched for another way to protect those images and the first thing I tried was watermarking them. I tried various fonts because I always forgot which one I used on the previous photo.
Then last summer I found a font I like and stacked to that.
Still it took me about two minutes to watermark each photo. In April, to simplify my photo watermarking process, I created my own overlay. These days it takes me about half a minute to watermark/protect a photo.
SOFTWARE I USE
I generally use PhotoScape for quick edits and to add my watermark because it’s easy for me and I downloaded it for FREE couple years ago. However, I know PicMonkey has the possibility to add a watermark on your photos and it looks simple and awesome but due poor internet connection in my office I lean towards PhotoScape to save myself time and frustration.
So before I add the watermark on the photo, if there is a need to edit my photos, I edit using Photoshop Element 10. I shoot in manual 95% of the time so I don’t do heavy editing.I normally adjust brightness/contrast and crop to my satisfaction. But really everything is done with simplicity in mind.
STEPS TO WATERMARK:
1. open Photoscape and go to EDITOR window
2. OPEN the photo you want to add a watermark from the photo folder on the left sidebar
3. select OBJECT, first icon on the bottom left (mountain with sun), it will open unto Photo…, click, it leads you to the folder where you saved your already created overlay image
5. select the logo/icon confirm with OPEN
6. adjust opacity and position confirm with OK
7. SAVE with a different name to retain the original (edited) copy.
I hope this is a simple way to protect your creativity and personal work on this scary world called internet.
How do you protect your photography/creativity online?
Theodora was born in Ghana, raised in Italy, as newly wed she lived in UK with her husband. Between work and life she completed a bachelor degree in English Literature and History. Her passion is photographing her children and the simple things in life. She has contributed to online parenting magazines like What to Expect and the Green Parent.
She’s currently living in Canada with her husband and two beautiful young children. When they are napping you can find her snapping pictures of them, writing, editing a novel or documenting their family everyday life and the simple things that make me happy at www.theodoraofosuhima.com/