The most-used watermarks by photographers 🌊

11 May 2021

Nowadays, watermarks have become a fundamental element for photographers who want to protect their images from falling into the “wrong hands” on the internet. Above all, they are designed to protect your work, and to ensure that your pictures aren’t used without your permission.  But they are also used to sign your creations (just like artists sign their work).

The most-used watermarks by photographers

Sometimes you might decide not to use them, so you don’t “disturb” or “stain” one of your pictures with a mark that can sometimes spoil the great work. Or because you’re not too bothered if people use some of your photographs (without your permission). The choice is yours.

But if you decide to include watermarks on your photographs, below we show you various options about the different types of watermarks that are most-used by Arcadina users.

“Watermarks are your best option when it comes to protecting your photographs on the internet.”

Watermarks for photographers

1. Watermarks in a strategic place

This type of watermark fulfils two purposes at once.  Knowing the authorship of the picture (if you choose a watermark with your business name or information that identifies you) and protecting the photograph from fraudulent copying.  These watermarks are more intrusive (in a central place, you can ensure they are 100% effective) and more eye-catching so their possible removal is more complicated.

A fantastic example of this type of watermark is the one used by Michele Morrone in the photography retail store of her website with Arizona design.  Indeed, once the photo is sold and paid for, Michele’s customers can download the photograph in high quality and without the watermark.

An effective watermark against free distribution that will not go unnoticed.


2. Watermarks that are used time and time again

Without a doubt this will be the most effective watermark of all.  In the case of the website with NewYork design from Retratería, Michele has chosen a watermark of her own logo and has spread it across the picture numerous times.

With this type of intrusive watermark, the clarity is lost when it comes to looking at the picture (although it allows people to see if the photo is interesting enough to buy or not) but it wins in security.  And in this case, being a website that sells photography, the security of the original photo is fundamental.  Indeed, once the photo is sold and paid for, customers can download the photograph in high quality and without the watermark.

The ideal? Reaching a balance between clarity and security.


3. Transparent but effective watermarks

Another of the more secure options when it comes to protecting your images from “possible thefts”, are blurred watermarks in the background and with low opacity.  They are discreet but effective at the same time, given that removing them in editing processes is practically impossible.

If you visit the gallery of the website with Bangkok design from FotoEuropa, you will discover watermarks that fully cover each picture with the name of its website but that aren’t especially hindering thanks to their low opacity.

Protect your pictures without hindering with blurred watermarks.


4. Watermarks as a business signature

This type of watermark has become very fashionable recently. And it involves creating a watermark taking advantage of your business signature. This method is usually incorporated well into photographs giving a very aesthetic and elegant air to the pictures.

Below we will show you the example of the watermark used by RubĂ©n San Nicolás in the pictures of his website with Tokyo design.  A watermark as a business signature protects your pictures from fraudulent copying as well as authoring your work. Allowing people to enjoy the photographs whilst hardly noticing the presence of the watermark.

Your signature will give a touch of elegance to your gallery and will serve to safeguard your pictures.


5. Large size watermarks

If what you are wanting, as well as protecting your photographs with a watermark, is your visitors to have the authorship of each picture present at all times, the best option is to go with an XXL size watermark.

This is the case with the website with Venezia design of Ana Alonso FotografĂ­a where a large size watermark has been used. As you can see, although it is a powerful watermark, it doesn’t interfere at all with being able to see the picture.

A large size watermark will be your best ally to give you publicity on the internet.



One of the options you can use to create a watermark with personality is to use the logo that represents your photography website.

If you want to discover how to create a logo for your photography website, go to the next article.

>> How to create the perfect logo

In the case of the Beltrán Fotógrafos website with Arizona design, they have placed their logo as a watermark in strategic places on their images (depending on the type of background of each photo). In this way your visitors will be able to enjoy your photographs without visual disturbance.

Both in terms of size and placement, in this case the watermark will serve above all to show the authorship of your images.

Use a discreet watermark so that visitors can enjoy your pictures 100%.


Discover how to create a water mark with Arcadina

As you can see, more and more Arcadina customers are using watermarks to protect their photographs. If you also want to publish your photography securely on the internet, choose a design that matches your brand and style of photography and create your watermark with Arcadina.

As you have seen, you will be able to incorporate your watermark onto your pictures subtly or in an eye catching way.  You choose.

If you want to find out more details about watermarks, below we leave you another interesting article about this precise topic.

>> Watermarks for photographers, protect your photographs on the internet

Did you know that with Arcadina you will be able to create your own watermark?

All of the websites on our platform have a simple watermark creator integrated.

websites for photographers

Discover in the next link how to create your watermark with Arcadina in a few minutes.

>> How to create watermarks on an Arcadina website

Create your photographer’s website with a watermark

If you have a photography or creative business, create your photographer website on our Arcadina platform matching with your mark and with the type of product you offer.

If you have any questions, our Customer Service Team are always available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Make your dreams come true and develop your professional career with us.  We offer you a free test website for 14 days so that you try our platform without any obligation to stay.  What are you waiting for to have a professional website?

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