A Step-By-Step Guide to Adding a Text Watermark in Paint.NET

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Adding a watermark to your images is very easy using Paint.NET and can help to protect your copyright. If you already use Paint.NET to edit your photos, adding a watermark in this application is a logical step.

Watermarks aren't a foolproof way to protect your images from misuse, but they do make it harder for a casual user to infringe your intellectual property. The following steps will show you how to add a watermark to your photos in Paint.NET.

Add Text to Your Image

You can use the Text tool to add a copyright statement to an image.

The Text tool in Paint.NET doesn't apply text to a new layer, so before proceeding, click the Add New Layer button in the Layers palette. If the Layers palette isn't visible, go to Window > Layers.

Now select the Text tool, click on the image and type in your copyright text.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the DSK file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open DSK files, see our guide on how to change the default program for a specific file extension to learn how to make that change in Windows.

Edit Text Appearance

With the Text tool still selected, you can edit the appearance of the text. Note that when you select a different tool, the text will no longer be editable, so ensure that you have made all the necessary adjustments to the appearance of the text before proceeding.

You can change the font and size of the text using the controls in the Options bar. You can also change the color of the text using the Colors palette – go to Window > Colors if it isn't visible. When you are happy with the appearance of the text, you can position it as desired using the Move Selected Pixels tool.

Reduce Opacity of the Text

The layer opacity can be reduced so that the text is legible, but the image can still be seen in full.

Double click on the layer that the text is on in the Layers palette to open the Layer Properties dialog. You can now slide the Opacity slider to the left and as you do you will see the text become semi-transparent. If you need to make your text lighter or darker, the next step will show how to quickly change the tone of the text.

Change the Tone of the Text

You can use the Hue / Saturation feature to adjust the tone of your text if it is too light or too dark to appear clearly against the photo behind. If you added colored text, you can also change the color.

Go to Adjustments > Hue / Saturation and in the Hue / Saturation dialog that opens, slide the Lightness slider to darken the text or to the right to lighten it.

If you initially colored your text, you can change the color of the text by adjusting the Hue slider at the top of the dialog.