First up is iPiccy.
I am starting with iPiccy.com/editor. iPiccy was first out with easy to use collages since the demise of Picnik.
Watermarking - putting text on your photo and then lightening it. This marks the photo as belonging to you.
You can watermark without adding a frame or resizing but I like to include all the steps at the same time as I watermark.
In iPiccy the first step is to choose your photo. I store all my photos in iPhoto (Mac) so I crop my photo, rename the photo, and then export it to a folder on my desktop for easy access.
If you are a Mac User and this is the first time you have used iPiccy there are a few steps you have to go through to get things working. Follow the screen instructions provided by iPiccy. It may seem complicated but it does work if you follow the on screen instructions. Don't be discouraged if things don't work the first time. Start fresh and try again.
Once iPiccy is on your screen click on the yellow "Start Editing" button. All the iPiccy screen shots below are the property of iPiccy.
The next screen is where you choose your collage shape and add images. Images can also be added after the collage shape window is open.
Once you pick your collage shape you drag your picture/s into the shape and your basic collage is made. You now have to resize it (camera icon), frame it (frame icon) and add your watermark (sheets of paper icon).
I resize my finished photos to 980 pixels x (automatic fill in for rest of data)Next I select the frame tool (yellow in the picture below). I pick the type of frame (this one is Basic), the color (a blue to go with my picture) and click on OK to close the color window, and then Apply must be clicked to apply the frame to the photo.
The stack of paper tool (yellow in the picture below) is where you add the watermark. Click on the stack of paper tool, then click on the T text icon and type (your blog name or title ...), choose the color you want, choose the font you want (scroll down the left hand scroll bar to choose the font). When you like the look drag your watermark to where you want it displayed on you picture page, use the Fade bar to lighten it and then...
click on the yellow icon of a disk to save your picture. Type in the name you want (I used Watermarking1Collage.jpg). I save mine in .jpg (there is a choice on this screen for type of file format you want to use and you do have to select .jpg if that is your choice. Then click on Save Photo! I save my finished photos in the folder with the other pictures for my current post.
Here is a second copy of my finished watermarked picture. You can see I have added my blog title (aVintageGreen) near the bottom right corner of the picture. That is my watermark.
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