How to Watermark Your Images in Inkscape

It can be helpful to know how to add a watermark to your designs in Inkscape. Your copyright information discourages others from borrowing your work without your permission. Of course, if you want to sell your designs, you need to be able to show customers your work, but they may also be able to use your designs without paying. Watermarking your Inkscape design is easy. It protects your copyright and reduces the chances of your work being misused. If you don’t want the art you’ve been working on during your sleepless nights appearing on a t-shirt to sell online, take the time to watermark your work before publishing it.

Protect your work with a watermark

The information you post about the design may include your name or company name or other identifying information indicating that the work cannot be used freely without your permission. It should be large enough to be clear and transparent enough for your art to be seen through the watermark. Changing the opacity of elements in Inkscape is easy. By using this watermarking technique, you can add your copyright to your designs and allow potential customers to view your work.

Add translucent text to your design

  1. Open the design in Inkscape.

  2. Click Low in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select add layer † Placing the watermark on a separate layer makes it easier to remove or suppress later. The layer must be placed above the design layer or layers. Switch to the top layer by clicking Switch to the above layer on the menu Low

  3. Click Text in the menu bar and select Text and Font to open the Text Tool Options window.

  4. Choose a resource Text in the Tools palette on the left side of the workspace, click the design and enter your watermark or copyright information. You can change the font and size using the controls in the window Text Tool Options and the text color can be selected using the swatches at the bottom of the window.

  5. To change the transparency, click the tool Select in the Tools palette and click the watermark text to select it.

  6. Click An object in the menu bar and select Filling and ironing † Click on the tab to fill when the Fill & Stroke palette opens.

  7. Locate the labeled slider cover and drag it to the left, or use the down arrow to make the text translucent.

  1. Save the file and export a PNG version of the file that you can use to display your designs, knowing that general users are discouraged from using your work without permission.

To enter the © symbol in Windows, press Ctrl+Alt+C † If that doesn’t work and your keyboard has a numeric keypad, press and hold the key alt and type 0169 † Type in OS X on a Mac Option+G † Option key may be labeled “Alt

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