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Thanks for downloading iWatermark+ the newest and most advanced member of the iWatermark family. iWatermark is the most popular multi-platform tool for watermarking photos and available on Mac, Windows (as iWatermark Pro), iPhone/iPad (as both iWatermark and iWatermark+) and Android (iWatermark). iWatermark lets you add your personal or business watermarks to any photo or graphic. Once added this watermark displays your creation and ownership of this photograph or artwork.

iWatermark is Unique in Many Ways:

✓ Available on all 4 platforms iOS, Mac, Windows and Android.
✓ It is both a regular app and an iOS 8 photo editing extension that can watermark directly within Apple's Photos and other apps.
✓ Use one or multiple watermarks simultaneously on a photo or photos.
✓ Watermark videos with any of the 5 visible watermarks.
✓ Watermark 1, 2, 3 or whatever number of photos in a batch.
✓ Optionally export watermarks for use on the Mac, Win or Android version of iWatermark.
✓ Signature Scanner uses the camera to import signature or graphics to use as watermarks.
✓ Live interactive adjusting of effects like tint, shadow, font, size, opacity, rotation, etc.
✓ Live preview of watermark(s) on a photo before processing.
✓ 212 custom and 50 Apple fonts = 262 great fonts built in and ready to use for text watermarks.
✓ 54 professional graphics especially for phototographers.
✓ Watermark database allows saving all watermarks you create. Reuse, export and share.
✓ 7 kinds of watermarks. 4 watermarks are exclusive to iWatermark (see below).

The iWatermark+ 7 Unique Types of Watermarks
Type Icon Visibility Description
Text TextWatermark.png Visible Any text with format changes like font, size, color, rotation, etc.
Arc Text GraphicWatermark.png Visible Text on a curved path.
Graphic GraphicWatermark.png Visible A graphic is usually a transparent .png file like your logo, brand, copyright symbol, etc.
QR Code QRCodeWatermark.png Visible A kind of barcode with information like email or url in it's coding.
Signature SignatureWatermark.png Visible

Your signature as a graphic to sign your creations.

Metadata PhotoTagsWatermark.png Invisible Adding information (like your email or url) to the IPTC or XMP part of the photo file.
StegoMark HiddenTextWatermark.png Invisible StegoMark is our proprietary steganographic method of embedding information like your email or url into the picture data itself.

There are two versions available iWatermark+ Free and iWatermark+. The only difference between the two is that iWatermark+ Free puts a small watermark that says 'iWatermark+ Free - Upgrade to remove this watermark' at the bottom of a picture. Many will find that fine, otherwise there is an inexpensive upgrade to remove that watermark. Upgrading supports the evolution of iWatermark+, it's a small price to own such a sophisticated program.

iWatermark comes with additonal graphic (signatures, logos, etc.) watermarks which you can use immediately to test out iWatermark. iWatermark makes in incredibly easy to create watermarks and soon you'll want to create your own. Save your watermarks for instant reuse to cover a variety of needs and types of photos.

iWatermark is not just an app but also an 'Extension' which can be used within the iOS Photos app as well as other apps. This means you can now quickly have access to the watermarking abilities not just in iWartermark+ but also within other apps, this can be very useful.

TIP: As an app iWatermark duplicates the original photo, watermarks the duplicate and saves it in the Camera Album and conveniently in the iWatermark Album. iWatermark never changes the original.
As an extension used within Apple's Photo app, iWatermark watermarks but the saving is handled by the Apple Photos app. The Photos app saves all changes to a photo in that photo, so the watermark and other changes are saved as layers. If you want to remove it you hit Edit again and hit Revert to go back to the original photo.

Why Watermark?

- Digitally sign your photos/artwork with iWatermark to claim, secure and maintain your intellectual property and reputation.
- Build your company brand, by having your company logo on all your images.
- Avoid the surprise of seeing your photos and/or artwork elsewhere on the web or in an ad.
- Avoid the conflicts and headaches with plagiarists who claim they didn't know that you created it.
- Avoid the costly litigation that can be involved in these cases of misuse of ip.
- Avoid intellectual property squabbles. 

You share your photos and friends, family and others pass them on without any clue to your identity. Many a good photo has gone viral (become wildly popular) without any acknowledgment, thanks or payment to the owner. Using iWatermark and one or all of the 6 different watermarks types can help protect photos and get photographers the credit they deserve.

Quick Start

1. Select a photo or photos. 
2. Then select a watermark or watermarks. Or (optionally) create a watermark, hit 'Done'
3. Watermarked photos are saved to the SD Card in the folder “iWatermark+ Images” or shared it via Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.


At the bottom of the main screen is this navigation bar.

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Photo(s) | Info | Watermarks | Settings | Sharing | Help

The icons in order:

ImportPhotosIcon@2x.png Photo(s) - Select one photo a batch or paste a photo.

InfoIcon@2x.png Info - View photo info, metadata and StegoMark in a photo.

WatermarkListIcon@2x.png Watermarks - Select, create, delete and organize watermarks. The badge 2 indicates the number of watermarks selected for use.

EditWatermarkIcon@2x.png Settings - Change watermark settings for last selected watermark.

Screenshot 2014-09-28 12.44.08.png Share - Via email, save to, Facebook, Flickr, etc. A badge here means the number of photos ready to share.

HelpIcon@2x.png Help/About - Leads to this manual, about info, advanced settings for this app.

How to Watermark

Simple. Open iWatermark+. 'Free Trial Version' is only seen on the free version:

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1. Touch the 'Photo(s)' icon ImportPhotosIcon@2x.png at bottom left of the above screenshot to select a photo.

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2. Touch the 'Watermarks' icon WatermarkListIcon@2x.png at the bottom of the above screen to see the watermark list below. 

3. Above touch the grayed out checkmark to the right of  'Copyright', a built in sample graphic, to place a watermark the photo. The checkmark is now highlighted CheckmarkOn@2x.png.

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Photo by Kit Furderer, Models Alison Thalmann Furderer and sand King Kong.

4. Touch the 'Done' button to return to the main screen (above). Adjust things by touch with gestures.

Gestures Available in iWatermark+
- Touch the watermark and drag to move. When you drag close to a corner it will snap to that corner.
- Use pinch and/or zoom to change the size of the watermark.
- To rotate the watermark put thumb and forefinger on the watermark and twist.
- Double touch a watermark to go direct to the settings for that watermark.

5. On the main screen in the nav bar click the share button to
    a. save watermarked photos to the SD Card in the folder “iWatermark+ Images” 
    b. or share your first watermarked photo by email, Facebook, Twitter, etc..

Yay! You just watermarked your first photo, simple. But wait! There's more...

Using the Settings

Q: How do I duplicate a watermark?  
A: There are two ways:
1) In the settings of an existing water simply changing the name of any watermark will clone (duplicate) it. To test put a 2 after the name. In the screenshot below you could make the name 'Copyright 2' when you hit the 'Done' button a duplicate is made. You are now in 'Copyright 2' and the old 'Copyright' still exists in the watermark list.
2) Coming in version 1.7 in the watermarks list drag a watermark to the left to reveal duplicate and delete buttons. 

You just cloned and saved your own reusable watermark. 

Types of Watermarks

iWatermark has 6 major types of watermarks, text, graphic, signature, QR, metadata and StegoMark.

Text Watermark

Text watermarks are easy to create. Text is sharp at any size and depends on the available fonts. iWatermark+ gives access to 182 beautiful fonts. 112 custom fonts and 70 Apple fonts. 

Create Text Watermark! 

To start, on the main page, touch the left most icon and select a photo as a background to help create and view your watermark. After you create a watermark then you can use it to watermark photos.

1. Touch the Text... item on this page.

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2. This will lead to the Text Watermark page. Here fill in a name and the text. 


3. The settings are grayed out till you hit 'Done' just once. That will make the settings below active and then you can adjust scale, opacity, etc. If you hit 'Done' twice you will go back to the main screen where you can select the settings icon for that watermark to return.

Adjust the settings like in this video.

Watch this video.

IMPORTANT: All controls below are interactive as shown in the video above. That means when you slide the size slider the view switches to the photo so you can drag back and forth to see and choose the exact size you want. Touch slide and hold back and forth till you see the effect you want then let go. This is to allow you to set the size, opacity, etc and immediately see the results of your adjustment on the photo.


Here are all the items you can adjust:

Fonts: Select one of the 150 fonts available in iWatermark. Text and the font are displayed in the actual font face, wysiwig (what you see is what you get).

Size - touch and drag the slider back and forth to get just the right size. Pinch and zoom of the watermark on the photo can also be used when you are actually on the main page.

Angle - rotates the watermark.

Opacity - set the opacity/transparency of the watermark. Transparent left and opaque right.

Color - sets the color of the watermark easily by clicking a color or hit the 'Edit' button at top right to create any color using the Hex or RGB editor (below).


Shadow - set the color and opacity of the shadow of the watermark.

Backdrop - select the color and opacity for the square background just around the watermark. 

Position - you can drag a watermark to any position on the main screen but this setting allows you to set the relative position of the watermark irrespective of the size and orientation of each photo in a batch. 

There is an automatic mode that allows setting just by dragging a watermark around. It maintains its position by the percentage left, top corner.

Pin is a manual method to attach a watermark to left, center or right and top, center and bottom.



At the top of the keyboard in 'Text Watermark' settings is this:

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The first 3 are pretty obvious tap those to insert those characters (copyright, registered trademark and trademark symbols).

Use 'Insert Tag' to put Metadata (like camera model, creation date, etc.) from that photo into a visible watermark on that photo. There are some examples that come with the app but you can use these to create your customized watermark to display this info on your photo for a particular purpose

To use Tags touch the 'Insert Tag' button you are taken to this page:

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Each tag has under the format and example from the selected photo.

Each of the above items is a variable that stores a particular piece of metadata from a photo. Here you can touch one of the metadata variables (tags) to insert that photo info as a text watermark. That text watermark can be formatted and other text added to help describe and explain the tag.

Touch one of the above tags and then you have a text watermark like this.

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In the above example the %CAM1 is a variable that holds the camera model info that is pulled out of each photo. 'Camera:' is just a description for the info that will follow it. In a batch of photos from different cameras that watermark might print Camera: Nikon on the first, Camera: Canon on the second and Camera: iPhone 6 Plus on the 3rd. 

Tags can also have label. For example in that tag add in the text field, Camera:%CAM1 to label it.

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It is amazing what adding 3 watermarks and a tag can do for a photo.

TIP: It's not possible to have different fonts and font sizes within one text watermark so if you want to do that make two separate text watermarks.

Arc Text Watermark

Produces a watermark of text on a curved path. Below are all it's settings, more settings then any other watermark. The best way to understand these is to experiment and test them out. It has more settings then just a 'Text' watermark. Those additional settings are described below.


Spacing - adjusting the space between letters. Similar to kerning but kerning adjusts the space between 2 particular letters whereas 'Spacing' adds or subtracts space between all letters equally.

Radius - adjust the radius size in % up to the maximum horizontal or vertical length whichever is smaller.

Size to Fit - automatically resizes the circle based on word length and font size. 

A to ∀ - flip the text.

Angle - rotate the text around the ring.

Inner Circle - controls the color and opacity of the inside of the circle.

Bitmap Graphic Watermark

Graphic Watermarks are good for art work, logos and signatures. For Graphic Watermarks you can use any graphic but they should be graphics with transparent backgrounds. The sample signatures, symbols and other graphics we include have transparent backgrounds and are .png files. That means means that while the graphic is square only the signature itself is seen. The background is transparent and the photo underneath is visible. The file format to do this is called .png and it allows the background of the watermark to be transparent (a .jpg does not allow this transparency, .png must be used).

Q: Why use .png with transparency for a watermark on a photo? 

icon_64_FINAL.png    .png with transparency
icon_64_notrans.png    .png without transparency
A: To have just the object of the logo like the first stamp above.
Without transparency shows the entire graphic which might show as white block like the second stamp.

A .png allows an area to be transparent. In this case the white area is in both graphics but the first one is a .png with transparency so the blue background shows thru. Check out the FAQ (below) or Google 'png' and 'transparency' to learn more about making .png files with transparency.
The 'Signature Scanner' produces a .png file with transparency for you if you have a dark subject (like a signature) and a clean, bright white background.

Create Graphic Watermark!

1. To start follow the same instructions in Text Watermark above but this time on the New Watermark page select 'Graphic...' then give your watermark a name.
You can use any graphic or photo but 99% of the time a .png graphic with transparency will be what you want for a watermark. All the example graphics in iWatermark are .png's with transparency.

Q: How do I create a graphic (transparent .png format) to be a watermark?
A: Go here.

Q: How do I import a graphic or logo (in transparent .png format) into iWatermark+?
A: Go here.

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Pick - allows selecting a graphic from the Camera Album on your device. A .png formatted image is best because it has a transparent area.

Paste - a .png image if you have it in the clipboard. You can copy in another app (like from Email or Photos) and paste here.

Scale, Opacity, Tint and Shadow work as described above in Text Watermark.

Once you hit 'Done' all the other controls are available and explained above in Create Text Watermark.

QR-Code Watermark

A QR Code (it stands for "Quick Response") is a cell phone readable bar code that can store website URL's, plain text, phone numbers, email addresses and pretty much any other alphanumeric data up to 4296 characters. A QR can make a great watermark. The QR example image below holds our website url, http://plumamazing.com Scan that (with a QR scanner) and your browser will go to our site automatically. You can make one for your site or to any page with info you want to display.


Usage examples. QR's can be handy as a watermark on photos and other graphics that can hold name, email, url to take people to your site or other info depending on your creativity.

1. Someone might have QR watermarks for a bunch of photos and each QR could lead to it's own web page with information on location, conditions, pricing, etc.

2. Watermark your photos with a QR that contains your url, email, copyright and other info. Good for maintaining your connection with a photo for Facebook, Twitter and other social media. When you upload a photo to a social media sites they often remove metadata. Social sites do not remove visible watermarks like text, signature, graphics or QRs.

There are many QR readers available from iTunes and Google Play. 

Create QR-Code Watermark! 

From the 'New Watermark' page select 'QR-Code...'. Give it a name and adjust to your taste. Keep in mind if you reduce the size and opacity it may get difficult for the scanner to read all the info. Experiment and read more about QR's on the web for more info.

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Signature Watermark

A signature (from Latin: signare, "to sign") is a handwritten (and often stylized) depiction of someone's name that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and intent. A signature is symbolic of the works creator. Many famous artists (Claude Monet, Albrecht Durer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Salvador Dalí, Johannes Vermeer, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Maxfield Parrish and many others) signed their work. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, a signature can make a classic watermark. 

A 'Signature Watermark' can be create by the 'Signature Scan' or by graphics (a transparent .png file) that you input. Graphics with high contrast like a signature where the ink from the pen is black or at least dark and a background of white works well. 

Create Signature Watermark!

Take a sheet of unwrinkled bright white paper, a dark ink pen or shapie and write your signature in the center. Have this sheet evenly lit with no shadows.

From the 'New Watermark' page click 'Signature Scan' to see this page.


Click the 'Scan Signature' button, it will take you to the camera where you can take a scan/photo of your signature. This may take a few tries to get the hang of it.

Scan Contrast - Adjusts the forces of light and dark in the universe. This is the most important setting for adjusting to get just your signature and removing shadows or wrinkles on the paper.

All the other settings are found in 'Text Watermark' above.

The white will be removed and only the dark ink bits will remain in the .png file it creates of your signature. Now you can easily sign smartphone photos and other art images before putting sharing them on facebook, twitter and instagram, etc.

Putting a subtle signature on a photo is one good way to alert future viewers that you created it and thus maintain a connection to your photo especially if it goes viral.

Vector Graphic Watermark

info coming soon.

Border Watermark

info coming soon.

Metadata Watermark

There’s more than meets the eye inside a digital photo image file. Photo files can store not only image data but also information about the images and that is called 'Metadata'. Photo files can include technical, descriptive and administrative classes of metadata of several types with names like EXIF, TIFF, IPTC, etc. You can google for more info. The important thing is that iWatermark+ supports metadata as a watermark type. This means you can create a watermark that adds your name, title, copyright, etc inside a photo file as metadata. It is another layer of security and a way to validate that a photo is yours.

In iWatermark you can do 3 important things with metadata:

1. Add invisible metadata to a photo with a watermark.
2. Add a visible watermark which displays your choice of metadata imprinted on a photo.
3. View the metadata of a photo.

Create Metadata Watermark! 
1. To add an invisible metadata watermark starting from the 'New Watermark' page select 'Metadata...' and you will see this page:

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Here you can add the creator of the photo and who owns the copyright. Enter keywords to help locate that photo in the future if you use Lightroom or Picasa. The comments field is for whatever you wish to add.

Limit of one Metadata watermark per photo.

Steganographic Watermark

StegoMark is the very first implementation of a steganographic watermark and is only available in iWatermark. Steganography refers to any process of embedding some data invisibly into the actual photo image data.

We call it a StegoMark because it combines Steganography, often called Stego for short and the Mark in the word Watermark. StegoMarks use a special algorithm designed at Plum Amazing. This specialized encoding makes that data almost impossible to decipher without iWatermark. If there is no password then any copy of iWatermark can reveal the hidden text. If there is a password then only a person with the password and iWatermark can reveal the hidden text. 

One way to use StegoMark is to embed your email or business url into a photo. This along with a Metadata and a visible watermark gives different layers of protection to your credentials in and attached to a photo. These layers will resist in various ways things that can be done to a photo like cropping, resaving, renaming, etc. to maintain your ownership information.

Create StegoMark! 

To begin go to the 'New Watermark' page and select 'StegoMark...' and you will see this page:

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Add a Name for this StegoMark and the text you want to embed in the image data. 

If you have no password then anyone with iWatermark+ but no one else can read that text.

If you enter a password then only someone with the password and iWatermark+ can read that text.

Only 1 StegoMark per photo.


At the bottom of the main screen is this navigation bar. Each of the icons on the navbar takes you to a page that oversees one component of watermarking.

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Photo(s) | Info | Watermarks | Settings | Sharing | Help

The badge 2 on the stamp icon shows the number of watermarks presently selected.

The share icon will also show a badge of the number of photos ready to be shared.

ImportPhotosIcon@2x.png Photo(s)

When you touch the 'Photo(s)' icon ImportPhotosIcon@2x.png this dialog for photos is shown below.

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Here is where you can choose to open 1 photo, a sequence of photos, take a photo or paste a photo.

InfoIcon@2x.png Photo Info

With a photo selected touch this icon to view photo info (file name, date, time), metadata (EXIF, IPTC, etc.) and StegoMark info here. 

Technical information about an image (EXIF) is created by the camera. Content information (IPTC/XMP) is created and added by you, the photographer. EXIF, IPTC, TIFF, XMP are all different formats for saving info into photos. They have evolved over time. To learn more you can use your browsers to find more info.

If you or someone else has used a StegoMark on a photo then to read the message it contains go to this panel and enter the password or no password (if it was created without a password) to reveal the message text.

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WatermarkListIcon@2x.png Watermarks

This page lists all example and watermarks you create. Watermarking can be turned on/off here.

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Things you can do from the Watermarks page.

- Select watermarks by touching at far right the checkmark highlighting it blue.
- Select only one watermark by touching the name which will select and turn off all other selected watermarks.
- Touch the settings icon EditWatermarkIcon@2x.png of a selected watermark to go to it's settings.
- Hit the + icon or the 'Create New Watermark' to create a new watermark.
- Touch and slide a watermark to the left to show the red delete button.
- Touch 'Organize' at top left then drag this icon on the right up or down to rearrange the order. Or delete watermarks by touching the red ball on the red side.
- Touch the magnifying glass to search watermarks by name.
- Touch the ? icon at bottom right to:

a. Go to these Help pages.
b. Go the 'About' page.
c. Touch 'Support' to recommend a new feature or ask a question.
d. Touch 'Settings' to go to the 'Settings' page whic allows changing a few parameters. We recommend leaving it as it is.

EditWatermarkIcon@2x.png Settings 

Change watermark settings for last selected watermark. Touch setting icon EditWatermarkIcon@2x.png on the main page to go to the settings page for the presently selected watermark. You can also double tap a watermark on the main page to go to settings for that watermark too.

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Share allows exporting your watermarked photo(s) thru sharing extensions via email, save to camera album, airdrop, print, copy, Instagram (available in version iWatermark+ 1.7), Facebook, Twitter, etc. Also to Tumblr, Pinterest, Evernote, etc. using iOS 8 sharing extension feature. Sharing extensions are put into apps and allows sharing files to that service. For example download Pineterest to your phone and you will now find that you can share from the iWatermark+ or Photos app directly to your Pineterest account. Same for Tumblr, Evernote and other services that have their made their own app with built in sharing extension.
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In the screenshot above notice that there are a number of 3rd party sharing options, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Evernote, Hootsuite and a growing number of sharing apps support this exchange of info. Scroll right to see more. So, the sharing extensions available depend on what apps you have installed. Scroll to the farthest right icon is an icon titled 'More' click this to arrange the order of your sharing extension and turn them off if you don't need them.

The 'Share Extension" allows other apps to offer new export options in iWatermark+
Whereas the previous 'Photo Editing Extension' allows apps that edit photos to watermark photos using iWatermark+. iOS 8 is great!

Instagram (available in iWatermark+ 1.7 avail. mid Feb.) - download the Instagram app and iWatermark+ will show it in the above sharing/export area. Take a square photo in Apple's camera app. Watermark in iWatermark+ then select Instagram in the sharing area (above) and it will take the watermarked photo straight into Instagram where you can apply filters and upload to Instagram. iWatermark+ is the simplest way to watermark a photo destined for Instagram.

Facebook sharing is built into iOS. For Flickr, Twitter, Evernote, Tumblr download those apps to have them show up for use in the sharing area.


To upgrade from the free to paid version of iWatermark+ click the button on the main page. This will take you to the iTunes App store and iWatermark+. Or search for iWatermark+ in the iTunes app store.
Thanks for upgrading! There is an amazing amount of time and energy that has gone into creating this highly sophisticated app. By purchasing, you and your friends are directly supporting the continuing evolution of this app. Thanks from the crew at Plum Amazing!


Q: What is the difference between iWatermark+ Free and iWatermark+ both for Android?
A: The only difference between the two is that iWatermark+ Free puts a small watermark that says 'iWatermark+ Free - Upgrade to remove this watermark' at the bottom of a picture. In the Free version a button to upgrade to the regular version is on the main page. Many will find that adequate. Otherwise upgrade to the version without that watermark. Upgrading supports the evolution of iWatermark+, its a small price for such a sophisticated program.

Q: What is the difference between iWatermark+ for the iPhone/iPad and Android and the desktop versions for Mac/Win?
A: Desktop computers have faster processors and more memory, so they can handle photos that are much higher resolution. The desktop versions are easier to use on large batches of photos. The desktop version is another link in the chain of a photographers workflow. The iPhone/iPad version are designed to allow you to use touch to change the various parameters. Both are designed to fit their hardware. To find out more go here iWatermark for Mac and iWatermark for Win.  

Q: Why should I watermark the photos I put on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.
A: Excellent question! Because most of those services remove your metadata, so there is nothing tying that photo to you unless you put a visible watermark on it. From their browser people can drag your picture to their desktop and share to others till there is no connection between you and your photo and no info in the file that says you created or own it. A watermark makes sure that everyone is clear on the fact that the photo is your IP (intellectual property). You never know when a photo you take might go viral. Be prepared. If your photos are watermaked when they go viral then it is much more likely that you the owner can be found and given credit and perhaps even paid.

Q: I had a crash or freeze what do I do.
A: Its rare but a crash could happen for the reasons below. Use the solution to each of the 5 problems to fix it.

1. Problem: Something is wrong with the phones OS. 
Solution: Restart the phone to restore to its default state. Also consider checking to make sure you have the latest Android.
2. Problem: The app is corrupt due to a bad download.
Solution: Delete the app on your phone or tablet then redownload. Make sure you have at least a Gig of memory available on your device.
3. Problem: High resolution photos are using more memory than is available.
Solution: To test use regular smartphone photos first. SLR photos under 10 megs should work, SLR photos 10 megs or higher may not work. What iWatermark+ can do depends on both Android software and Android hardware. SLR photos may be pushing the limit depending on the photo size and your Android hardware. iWatermark+ works on bigger photos then ever before but keep in mind the limitations of memory in your Android devices.
4. Problem: Not enough memory left on the device.
Solution: Simply delete a podcast, video or other temporary content. Having a gig free is a good idea.
5. Problem: Watermarks are using too much memory.
Solution: Turn all watermarks off. Then turn them back on one at a time. Use fewer watermarks and use watermarks that require less memory. The 

If you have tried all of the solutions above and can't fix the problem then we want to know. Email us the details to reproduce it. If we can reproduce it then we can fix it.

After you have checked and done the above and have a consistent bug please let us know the details to reproduce it and if we can reproduce it then we can fix it.

Q: Does iWatermark Pro save a photo in highest resolution to the photo album?

A: Yes, iWatermark for iPhone saves in the highest resolution to the photo album. It may show you a reduced resolution for your display to improve speed but the final output is equivalent to the input. You can also email watermarked photos straight from the app at your choice of resolutions including the highest resolution. It may be that if you are trying to email from the photo album itself and you are on 3g (not wifi) Apple is choosing to lower the resolution of photos. That has nothing to do with iWatermark. It does have something to do with choices by Apple, ATT and maximizing the 3G bandwidth.

Q: How do i delete a watermark?
A: This depends of if you put the watermark on:
     1. In the iWatermark app or
     2. In the Apple Photos app or another app using iWatermark as a photo editing extension.

If you did it in the iWatermark app the answer is you can't. If you need the photo without the watermark find and use the original. iWatermark duplicates the original and then watermarks that leaving the original untouched.

If you are within Apple's Photo app or some other that means you are using iWatermark as a photo editing extension to watermark the photo. Here it's different because the Apple Photos app does not duplicate the original, it edits in layers and you can revert those edits. iWatermarks watermarks are put on as a layer in the Apple Photos app. Choose 'Edit' and hit 'Revert' to remove a watermark put on within Apple's Photos app.

Q: I choose 'Do not allow iWatermark+ access to photos' by accident. How do I turn that on for iWatermark?
A: Go to settings:privacy:photos and in there turn on the switch for iWatermark+.

Q: I just bought the app, why does the 'Created with iWatermark' still appear on my exported photos?
A: You are still opening and using iWatermark+ Free not the paid version of iWatermark+.
Solution: Delete iWatermark+ Free which has Free in a green banner on the icon. Use the paid version instead. 

Q: What do I do if I have a sales question?

A: We don't control iOS app sales at all. Apple controls sales totally for iOS apps. Apple does not share the names/emails or any info on who buys the apps. We can not add or delete a duplicate order. For all sales questions please contact Apple. 

Q: Is there a size limitation on photos?
A: Yes. Every year it gets a little bit larger. Apple upgrades the OS and the hardware. This makes it easier for developers like ourselves to support opening and manipulating larger images. It is quite amazing that a phone can open SLR photos but there are limits.

iWatermarks present limits are any photo over 100 MB uncompressed may cause a memory error. The uncompressed size is different then the file size. You may be able to open a file like the pano in the screenshot below but to watermark it takes at least twice as much memory. This number we are sure will continue to get better every year.

Having said all that, feel free to try if you get the warning below, it won't hurt anything and we've found it quite often works and depends on the device you have. We promise as more is possible in the hardware of iPhones and iPads we will expand what is then possible in software.

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Q: How do I move the watermark?
A: To move the watermark just touch it with your finger and drag it wherever you want. You can also change the font size, scale (using pinch/zoom) and change the angle (two finger twist) directly by touch. When you rotate the angle with two fingers you will notice that the watermark locks in at the cardinal points 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees. The watermark location can also be changed from the item called 'Position' located at the bottom of the settings in most watermarks.

Q: Does iWatermark pass on the EXIF info from the original photo?
A: Yes, any watermarked photo you save to the Photo Album or send via email has all the original EXIF info including GPS info. If you want GPS always removed then there is a setting for that in the preferences.

Q: How do I have different fonts and font sizes in a text watermark?
A: It's not possible to have different fonts and font sizes within one text watermark so if you want to do that make two separate text watermarks. 


Q: How do i create the special type of graphic that works as a watermark?
A: The graphic is called a .png with transparency.

Here is an outline of those steps:

In Photoshop or similar app a transparency can be created like this:
1) create a layer and paste your graphic object.
2) magic wand all the whitness, then hit delete. You are left with the checkerboard background which is
3) hide the background layer
4) save as PNG. A transparency cannot be created with .jpg it must be a .png with transparncy file.

The Preview app on Mac OS can also be used to make a .png with transparency. More here.

For details search on the web for a tutorial on creating a graphic with transparent background.

Q: How do I import a signature/logo/graphic to use in iWatermark+? 
A: There are 3 ways:

  1. Use the built in Scan Signature which is in the Edit menu when you click Scan Signature Watermark in iWatermark+. Go here to learn more.
  2. Via email. Mail the file to yourself. Go to that email on your mobile device and click and hold on the attached file to save to the Camera Album where you can find it from within iWatermark+ to import and watermark your photos.
  3. Get a graphic from the web. To test this method, on your iOS device type in the Safari browser something like:
    iWatermark logo .png

In the screenshot below it shows the result of that search in Safari. In this case one of the graphics happens to be the iWatermark Stamp Logo image at top right. Touch and hold on the example graphic till the menu (seen below) is displayed, select 'Save Image' to put it in your Camera Album. Then back in iWatermark+ you can use 'Pick' in a 'Graphic Watermark' to open the Camera Album and find and select the new graphic.

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Q: How does Photo Stream work? do I add a photo to Photo Stream instead of the Camera Roll?
A: This is controlled by Apple not by us. More info is here

Q: How do I delete the example signatures and logos that are provided?
A: In the Watermark List page touch the watermark and drag left, this will show a red delete button on the right side, touch that to delete that watermark. Or go to organize at the top left of the page where you can also delete watermarks or drag them around to change their order.

Q: I lost my phone and need to redownload the iPhone/iPad (or Android) version. Do I have to pay again?
A:No. Both the Apple iTunes store and Google Play let you redownload apps you already bought and their policies are at those links.

Q: How do I upload to Flickr?
A: Download the Flickr app from the app store. It's free and it has an iOS sharing extension built in. That means when you export from in iWatermark+ it can go straight to "Flickr. Just remember to fill in your user info in General:Settings:Flickr on your iOS device for first time set up for logging in.

Q: Is there a version of iWatermark+ for the Mac or Windows?
A: Yes, they are available here and called iWatermark Pro. They are very powerful, good for batch processing, allow multiple watermarks simultaneously, uses parallel processing (FAST) and have more effects and flexibility. Great for photographers.

Q: Is there a version of iWatermark+ for Android?
A: There is a version of the old iWatermark and soon there will be the iWatermark+ version.

Q: Do any of these watermarks prevent people from printing out the art I post on FB?
A: No, they do not stop people who are determined but they do help prevent people in a variety of ways. Your signature or another visible watermark with your logo increases the fine. From what i have seen of the law online, an image with watermark increases the fine to $150,000 instead of just $30,000. We do not offer legal advice but it does make sense to put an visible watermark on a photo to: 1) let people know it is your intellectual property and 2) increase the fine if they they are caught disregarding your watermark and using your photo.

Q: If I want to use iWatermark for both iPad and iPhone, do I need to pay for two apps or just one?
A: Some app makers want you to pay twice. We don't. The same iWatermark works fine on iPhone and iPad. Legally you are the owner of both and you can have your software on both. But please get your friends to buy a copy since it's very inexpensive and apple gets a third of the total. And/or you can put up a nice 5 star review. Both of those help us to keep evolving, programming and improving the application.

IMPORTANT: The signatures of John Hancock, Ben Franklin, Galileo are just examples of graphic watermarks. They are the authentic signatures of these individuals. Each was scanned in, digitized, the background removed and saved as .png files. The are included for fun and to show what is possible. We recommend you create your own signature or use your logo for your photos. See the info in the Q&A above about how to create and put your own signature or logo into iWatermark. If you don't want to create your own graphic watermark you can always create text watermarks as you need them.

Other Apps

We make other apps like SpeechMaker which is a fun, educational and practical app for children thru adults to help keep stagefright at bay. It is a mobile podium and teleprompter and helps anyone give better speeches, learn lyrics, enjoy rap, quote poetry, understand grammar and appreciate history.

Do you or your company want a custom app? Contact us to discuss your ideas.


Please send us your suggestions, bugs and just to tell us how you like it here. Email us a good quote and a link to your site. If you have a great photo with watermark feel free to send it along. We would enjoy hearing from you.