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Helpware: How to Protect Your Photos

Jan. 1, 2013

Noah Matthews

If you are a professional photographer, or you just post photos on Facebook and the like, you're probably aware that anyone can hijack your photos and call them their own. Which is why pros superimpose a text or image watermark on their photos. Amateurs who take cute photos of their kids and post them online should be putting watermarks on their photos, too.

Bytescout Watermarking, a free program for Windows PCs, will put any kind of watermark on your photos. If you want to superimpose your name and copyright on the face of the photo, this program will do it, easily, quickly and efficiently. You can get a preview of your watermark before you print it or post it online. My personal watermark is "Noah hates thieves. This is my photo, not yours." You get my drift.

The whole process is as simple as calling up a photo, choosing what style of watermark you want, adding text, and you're on your way. If you don't like what you see, you can start over.

Amateurs might be satisfied with the free version, but if you see yourself as a serious photographer - one who, for example, takes wedding photos - you will want the Pro version. It gives you all kinds of text effects, allows you to add watermarks to many photos at the same time, and resize photos. It will even allow you to place watermarks on videos. At $39, it's a bargain. That entitles you to a year of updates, email tech support and tutorials.

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