Here are the best free watermark software and protect their copyright in order to avoid improper use.

If you need to upload your photos or images on the Web or send them to strangers, there is a way to apply your watermark and protect its intellectual property through a simple watermark.

Here is a list of watermark software that will allow you to watermark your photos stickers, notes, personalized logos and much more. You can also set the watermark position, size, transparency and so on. Get comfortable and take a few minutes of free time to read the next lines carefully, because at the end of the reading I am sure that you will be able to create watermarks to protect your photos in no time.

7 Best watermark software to protect your images

Programs to sign photos

The best free watermark programs for Windows and Mac. Follow the instructions to download them, install them and sign digital photos. Below you will find free watermark that will help you to mark photos without being a photo editing expert.



If you want to sign your photo shoots you must first of all download the XnConvert software. It is a program that not only converts many images but also adds filters and watermarks (text and logos) operating on multiple levels.

To sign digital photos with XnConvert you have to start the program and click on Add file or Add folder. Then select the photo you want to edit. The thumbnails will be loaded in the Source tab. Then click on Actions and then on Add Action. From the Image menu select Watermark.

Choose now the file containing the transparent image with your signature or logo defining its opacity and size. Then click on Destination and indicate in which folder the program will save the new processed images. Specify the destination format (JPEG, PNG, etc.) and click on Convert to complete the process and enjoy the result.

Visual Watermark


Visual Watermark is another program to brand any image and protect its copyright. You can download it in a free version with a 30-day trial period and then buy it for personal use for $19.95.

After downloading it on Windows or Mac, start Visual Watermark and drag the photos you want to sign on the main screen. Then click on Next step and choose one of the items from: Add textAdd logoAdd group. Continue with the next step and specify the folder to save the photos.

Then choose one of the options to fit the image in width and height, and press Preview to see the result. To apply the watermark to the photo just press the button Insert the watermark.

uMark Photo


uMark Photo is a program compatible with Windows and Mac that allows you to add a signature or logo in the photos. Offers a free trial version of 15 days after which you will have to pay $29.

After installing uMark Photo launch it and enter your email and activate the free version by pressing the Activate button. Then press the Continue trial button and OK to use the watermark software. Click on Add photos to start selecting the photo you want to sign, and click on Add watermark, to choose or add a text watermark with Add text watermark, or a logo watermark, with Add image watermark, or a watermark with a shape geometric with Add shape watermark.

Enter the watermark select it. drag it to the point where you want to place it and press Save image and then select, to indicate the folder where to save the images. Choose the format in Output format and press Start to launch the export. Wait for the images to be saved and confirm everything by pressing OK.

FastStone Photo Resizer


FastStone Photo Resizer is one of the best programs to sign photos that allows, on the Windows operating system, to apply a brand, a signature or a logo on images.

To insert a watermark, specify a folder in which the photos are contained. Choose the ones you want to sign and press on the Add button. Alternatively you can also drag images into the Input list box.

Tick the item Use Advanced options and press the button Avanced options, and then immediately select the tab Watermark high. Check the Add watermark option is click on the icon with the three dots to specify the writing or logo to be applied on the photo. In Position indicates the position between Top leftTop CenterBottom rightCenter and so on.



IrfanView is another completely free graphic program that among other things also watermarks on the photos. This program manipulates images for conversion, scanning, viewing and printing; it also creates presentations and adds audio and video.

To apply a signature to digital photos you must first start it and from the File menu click on Convert/Rename in series. In the window that appears select the photo you want to mark by searching it on your PC and click immediately on the Add or Add All button, if you want apply the watermark in series.

Then select the destination folder in the Output directory and then press the Advanced button. On the Set for all images screen, check the Add text entry and click on Settings. Here you can set the width and height of the watermark, choose the position and in the text field specify the wording adding CopyrightDateTime. Then set if you want to apply the transparency and font that you like. Align the wording and complete it by pressing the OK button.

After returning to the main screen, press Start Conversion and enjoy the result.



If you are an expert in photo editing and you already have Photoshop you can create watermarks and add watermarks to your photos in a few simple steps. Before starting Photoshop download the Digimarc plugin. At the end of the download starts its installation and then launch Photoshop. Go to File and press Open … to import your photo into the program.

Then go to Filter, at the top, then to Digimarc and to Include watermark to insert the copyrights. After marking the photo, save it on your PC and you’re done.



Even Gimp like Photoshop offers the addition of a signature on images for professional users. To apply watermarks on photos, choose the New item from the File menu. In the window that appears set as 1600 width and height 1200. Go then on Advanced options and choose Transparency from the drop down menu. Then press OK.

To apply your signature select the text tool from the toolbar and choose font, font size and color. Now write the text you will use as a signature and use the arrow keys on the keyboard to center it. Then use the item Auto-cut Image from the Image menu to customize the size and presses on Export from the File menu to complete the operation. Enter the file extension .png in order to set the image as transparent.

Now open the photo you want to sign by choosing the Open item from the File menu and then select the Open as Layers item from the File menu to load the image file of your signature. Use the Move and Scale tools in the toolbar to adapt the signature to the image you want to sign. Once you have the desired effect, choose the Export item from the File menu and save it all.