There are a number of ways to protect the product images from your website to not be used by others. However, one of the most solid and used method is to just add a watermark to them and make them unusable. If you have already built your store, took pictures of the products and uploaded them it will be quite tedious to add your watermark to every picture and then overwrite the existing ones with the updated versions, especially if you have more than 50 products. At iSenseLabs they asked themselves how to help the user in such cases and that lead to the creation of the WaterMark extension for OpenCart. With it you can easily add a watermark to all product images across your store/s in just a few clicks.
The installation process for WaterMark follows the same steps as most extensions for OpenCart 2. For more information on the matter you can check our Extension Management tutorial for OpenCart 2.
The simplicity of this module makes it very fast to setup. All you will have to do is to go to the Control Panel tab and input a few values:
If you want to use an image for a watermark, let us say your company’s logo or other branding symbol you can do so by selecting the type of watermark and then uploading the image from your local computer.
Next you can choose how to modify the watermark’s place on the image:
Here is how our image looks after we have saved the settings of the extension. Note, that some images will leave lines where the image itself ends. This can be avoided by using a higher resolution image compared to your product’s photos.
If you want to simply add text as a watermark from the module itself, you have to select Text as a Type of Watermark. This will open the text specific options of the module:
And here is how it will look as part of your products.
Watermarking is important for keeping your original product images safe from the hands of the competition and people who want to rob you of your work. We recommend creating a unique watermark image that presents your company’s brand and making it barely visible. This will not obscure the customer’s view and at the same time keep your images safe.