Blogging Tips: To Watermark or Not?

Recently in a blogging forum someone asked if they should or shouldn’t watermark their images on their blog. Up to this point I had always watermarked my images, though I was never fully pleased with how it made my pictures looked. No matter how opaque or tiny I made the mark.

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The responses in the forum were interesting!

Many suggested NOT watermarking your images for the following reasons:

  1. Large Instagram accounts (like Apartment Therapy or Design Sponge) and online magazines will not feature images that are watermarked. It’s not as gorgeous on their feeds (or yours!).
  2. If you have stated on your website that another site may use your photos so long as they link back to your original post, then you shouldn’t need to watermark in addition to that. (Check out my FAQ page for my image use clause.)
  3. Your pictures look much more natural and magazine like without watermarks.
  4. You’ll find that large blogs like Emily Henderson and Oh Happy Day do not watermark any of their images.

Henceforth, I chose to stop watermarking my images. I’m almost tempted to go back and use un-watermarked images in some of my older posts, but since this whole blogging adventure is one of gradual growth and change, I think I’ll just leave them be. Not having to watermark my images during the editing process has definitely saved me some time and sanity in getting new posts together, instagramming images, and submitting projects to bigger sites. Win win win!

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Petite Modern Life

Petite Modern Life

I'm Karisa. I live just outside of Seattle with my husband Michael {Mr. G}, our two cats, Rue and Archimedes, and our new Australian Shepherd pup in crime, Moose. We are do-it-yourself enthusiasts. I'm the dreamer, he's the strategist, and teamed up we get it done. In January 2014 we purchased our first house! The many adventures of remodeling, decorating, and inevitable redecorating will be documented here. I was born and raised in the PNW & I love the PNW life. Mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, trees, rain, and sun: every sight & season has its own flavor & tune. It inspires in me activity, coziness, and sprees of creativity. I'm rather obsessed with white paint, natural light, homemade pizza, and a glass of red wine.

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