After some exploring and playing with different options, I too am finding myself jumping on the PicMonkey bandwagon. At least for watermarking my photos.
There are a lot of tutorials out there for how to watermark your photos using Photoshop or text-only watermarks with online photo editing software/apps. However, I hadn't been able to find a way to watermark my photos with more than just text using something a little faster than GIMP or Photoshop. Because I like my little logo/watermark with the button. And I like to change up my watermarks - different colors and sizes, placement on the photo for different pictures. So I figured out how to do that with PicMonkey (which is FREE so anyone can do this!) and I didn't see any tutorials out there so I made my own... (The watermark is that little blue logo in the bottom right-hand side of this photo.)
Before you get started, you want to make sure you already have a watermark that you are going to add to your photos. I'll walk you through a bit of basic edits with PicMonkey, but you want to have the watermark ready somewhere you can find on your computer. Mine are in .png files. Once you have that done, you're ready to begin...
I'm pretty OCD and like the equivalent of a screencast, but all screenshots so that's what I made for you here. That means this may look long and complicated, but it's not. I'm just showing you every tiny piece of this process so there's no guessing - it's not really as difficult as it might seem from the length of this post, I promise!
First, you want to go to PicMonkey. Easy URL to remember: http://www.picmonkey.com/. You'll end up at a page that looks like this...
After I selected this adorable picture of Mr. Maximus that I happened to have handy, this is what the screen looks like...
And now the photo is a little lighter... some people might think this looks a bit washed out, but I like how there's a bit more detail in Max's face now.
Now I'm going to crop the photo before I add the watermark and finish it up.
Ta da! Max in action! Now we're ready to watermark the pic...
To watermark, we want to go to that overlays section. The little yellow circle shows you how to get to that tab. Once you click over to that tab, you can add stickers and labels. Or a watermark! To add your own logo/watermark, you want to click that "Your Own" button.
Then, your files will show up and you can pick your watermark/image file you want. I have all my watermarks in a file together. I made mine in GIMP so that's why a lot of the files are in .xcf. But you can easily save them as .png in GIMP and that file type works fine with PicMonkey.
The watermark shows up in the middle of the photo right there. But then you can move it wherever you want.
I just dragged the green watermark to the bottom right-hand corner here on this photo (see the arrow). You can also adjust the box around the watermark to make it whatever size you want.
Once you have a watermark you like, click save in that bottom left-hand corner (see the yellow arrow and circle).
Once I had that photo, I just uploaded from my computer to Photobucket. From Photobucket, I grab the URL and add to my blog post.
Obviously Picnik eliminated some of this uploading and downloading, but this is a way you can keep your pretty logo as a watermark!
If you have any questions or other suggestions for adding watermarks, please leave them in the comments - I'd love to hear your thoughts on blogging in the post-Picnik world!