Add a Watermark in Inkscape

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Add a Watermark in Inkscape

Knowing how to add a watermark to your designs in Inkscape can be very useful if you use the free application to produce digital stamps or other elements for digital scrapbooking. If you want to sell your designs, you obviously need to be able to let customers see your work, but this may also allow them to use some designs without payment. Applying a watermark to your designs is easy to do in Inkscape and can help to protect your copyright and reduce the possibility of your work being misused.

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Add Text to Your Design

You can use the text tool to add some text on top of your design.

Select the Text tool, click on the design and then type in your copyright information. You can change the font and size using the controls in the Tool Options bar and the color of the text can be selected using the swatches at the bottom of the window.

Note: To type a © symbol on Windows, you can try pressing Ctrl+Alt+C. If that doesn't work and you have a number pad on your keyboard, you can hold the Alt key and type 0169. On OS X on a Mac, type Option+C – the Option key is generally marked Alt.

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Change the Opacity of the Text

Changing the opacity of elements in Inkscape is easy. Using this technique with watermarks allows you add your copyright to your designs, while allowing prospective customers to peruse your work.

Click on the Select tool at the top of the Tools palette and, if necessary, click on your text to select it. Now go to Object > Fill and Stroke and click on the Fill tab when the Fill and Stroke palette opens. At the bottom of the palette, you'll see that there is a slider labeled Opacity and dragging it to the left makes the text semi-transparent. You can now export a PNG version of this file that you can use to display your designs, knowing that casual users will be discouraged from using your work without permission.