When it comes to embedding a watermark–a partially transparent
text overlay, typically used to identify that an image is a sample,
or credit the source–in digital images, almost any image editing
program worth its salt can get this common task accomplished. But
when you have dozens or hundreds of images that need the same
treatment, sometimes it’s just easier to work with a dedicated
tool, such as Watermark Image.
Donationware utility Watermark Image lets you watermark a single
image, but it is best suited to large batches of files, where it
can perform the same, repetitive operation innumerable times. Just
choose a source directory (where the un-watermarked images are
located) and a destination directory (where modified, watermarked
image copies will be placed), customize the watermark, then let ‘er
If you’re creating a directory full of thumbnails, the output
options include the ability to resize the images. The watermark can
be a previously-created image file or just text, rendered in any
font available on the host PC. Choosing text colors can be,
however, a bit tricky for novices–lacking a color wheel, you have
to type in the hexadecimal
HTML color codes manually (black, for instance, is #000000).
Watermark Image also lets you see a preview of only the first image
(sorted alphabetically by name) the program finds in the source
directory; this may present a problem if you, for example,
watermark a mostly-white image with white text.
The user interface is a bit sparse, and the options fairly
limited, but Watermark Image really is just a single-purpose
application that does what it says, and no more.