Monday, September 3, 2012

Bulk Watermark Tool

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As a blogger, I've been amazed at the sheer number of digital photographs I've taken - several thousand. I never set out to take that many, and I never realized that Google will happily index them all, and serve them up to anyone who searches for them.

Bulk watermark tool: Preview sampleI'm happy to give all those images away and let people enjoy them as they will, but it would be nice if all those images showed the address of my web site unobtrusively in one of the corners. That way my images will be associated with my blog even if they become separated.

What I would like is a way to click a button and put a watermark on all those images in bulk, without having to fuss with them individually. Since the day I realized I wanted a watermark tool, I've had all these ideas for the perfect tool rolling around in my pea-sized brain.

One of the great things about being a programmer is that when I realized I wanted a little watermark tool, I just went ahead and built it. My requirements were very specific: I wanted an expert mode tool that once I had the look of my watermarks setup, I could crank them out with little or no fuss. Something simple, streamlined and powerful. Something where I could spent the absolute minimum amount of time creating the watermarks.

So far the new watermark tool is working well, and I decided to give it away to anyone who wants it, with the hope that if someone finds it useful, he or she will mash the donation button. But that is secondary to the nerd ideal of sharing something cool with the community, so the donation is optional.

Feature wise it's pretty basic. Right now it only does a text watermark, but you have full control over the color, font, margins, position and transparency for your watermarks.

One of the things I'm most proud of about this tool is the preview screen. You can scroll though all the photos in your collection just within the preview screen. This way you are sure your watermarks are all going to look good.

This tool is not designed to replace expense photo editing and management systems. Those obviously will always have their place. But if you just want a quick way to crank out a whole bunch of watermarked photos, this might just be your bag.

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