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20140806_153612Sometime ago, someone mentioned that they would like to add their name to their photos like I do. I do it a couple of different ways, depending on where the picture is located (on my computer, or on my phone).  This is not a step by step tutorial, but rather, a guide to share what programs I use to put watermarks on photos.

First, I created an image with my name in it. I use “gimp” for this purpose, a free image manipulation program. I also need to say that I have “Ubuntu” as my operating system for all my computers. I ditched “Windows” years ago. You will need to use whatever program you have for manipulating images. (Photoshop?)  The gimp does have a version for Windows also.  The file created should be the .PNG type. PNG files are capable of having a transparent background (not white). Otherwise, there would be a square showing up on each picture where the “signature” is located. Once you have that file, send it to your phone in whatever way you do that.

On the computer:
I use a program called “Phatch” (Photo Batch). It can take many pictures and do all kinds of things to them all at once (a batch of them). I use this on Ubuntu. If you use Windows or Mac, it looks like it is possible to get this program working on them, but it doesn’t look easy. Years ago, before I dumped Windows, I used a nice free program called FSresizer. It worked real nice to do nearly the same thing as Phatch. Most of the time, I also resize my photos so they are not so big to upload to the Internet. Both Phatch and FSresizer do this easily.

On my phone:
I have an android phone and use a program called “Photo Watermark App Free“. It is an easy app that lets you add watermarks to your photos. I use the PNG file I created earlier and put it on my photos. “Watermark Photo” does not have a batch mode (to do many photos at one time), but it is easy to use.

That’s about it.  If you have any questions or want particulars, leave a comment. Click the images below to go to the appropriate web sites.  -John.

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Phatch

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FSresizer

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Ubuntu Operating System

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Watermark Photo

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wordpressWhy am I posting a thing like this on our family blog?  Maybe it will help others that are having a similar problem with their blog.  I use WordPress as my blogging software.  Lately, my software updates have been failing.  Blogging software and other web/Internet software needs to be updated when there are discovered vulnerabilities just like other software.  I also use something called Jetpack that provides statistics and other functions for my blog.  It also needed to be updated and was failing.  OK, I am going to get a little geeky here, so if this is of no interest to you, then thanks for stopping by.

To fix this:

  • First, log into your web site administration control panel however you do it.  For me, it is cpanel. Get into your file manager and find your plugin directory.
  • Find the jetpack directory inside your plugin directory and delete the whole jetpack directory.
  • Do a plugin update if required.
  • Do a WordPress update.  It took quite a while for me.  If it asks you to do a database update, do it.
  • Reinstall the Jetpack plugin and activate it.
  • Have fun.

I hope this helps someone with a similar problem.

-John.

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I’ve been hacked! My web sites have been hacked.  Fortunately, the hack was so bad that it just broke the web site and I noticed it right away.  It looks as if they came in through my hosting company some how, but I have not received any notice that a server at the hosting company has been compromised.  I deleted the web site and restored it all from a reliable backup.  It was a learning experience; and I am glad that I am fanatical about backups!

– John

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Are you using Google GMail? Or, have you sent an e-mail to someone who has Google GMail? Watch this little video, and beware and be aware!

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