I own my own business and love watermarking my images. But sometimes you need to do it on the fly, and not wait until you are at a computer (like posting to instagram for example). This is my favorite way to watermark photos from my phone. I use iWatermark (free) for this.
First we will need to create a logo/image to use as a watermark. (This needs to be on your phone already). So if it’s on your computer, plug your phone into your computer via USB and place the picture file in the same folder as your other pictures on your phone.
For help removing backgrounds from your logo, see my post here.
Creating the watermark only needs to be done once, but it does require a few extra steps than just watermarking a photo. I will explain both. First, open up iWatermark and select the picture you want to watermark (it’s a little backwards, but the app doesn’t let you create a watermark until you’ve selected the photo you want to watermark).
Then select your photo and click done:
Now it brings you back to the main app screen (you will notice your photo is behind the menu). Select create graphic watermark:
No click image and find/select your logo for your watermark:
You will now see your logo on your photo:
Here you can resize your logo by pinching two fingers on it, and change the angle etc. I like to change the opacity to 50% on mine (this is just my preference) Click the edit button bottom left:
Now I will save my watermark. Click Save and Exit, then pick a name for your watermark:
Now you will be brought back to your main menu screen again. Select watermark photo:
Once clicked, a list of watermarks will come up. The one you just created should be the first one (there are some generic watermarks in there as well for you to use:
Once selected, hit save. You can also reposition the watermark at this step too.
Then click save & exit at the bottom. You can share this directly to instagram etc from here. I like to save it to my photo library.
Note: Once the watermark is created, you can simply open a photo, select watermark photo, and save it. Nice and easy.
I was recently asked how I watermark my photos, so I am going to do two separate write ups. One for how to do it on a computer and another on how to do it on your phone.
The first thing you will need to do is make sure your logo has a transparent background. If it does not, you will need to open it in Windows Paint and convert it from a jpg to a png file.
Right click on your image, select open with > paint. Once in Paint, click save as > scroll down to .png and click save.
Now go back to your logo file and open it in Snag It (snag it can be downloaded here).
(NOTE: I always save this stuff on my desktop, you can move it later. Keep it easy to find for now).
Now we need to get rid of the background color of the image. Your logo might look something like this:
In snag it, click on the draw tab up top, right next to file. Then click on the bucket icon, click the fill button, and select transparent. Then use the point of your bucket icon and click to make things transparent. See a my video on this step here:
Next you will need to open the image in snag it that you want to watermark. (I am using a picture of my jeep).
Now we will create the watermark.
First click on the image tab up top (next to draw).
Over on the right up top there is a little button watermark with a water droplet icon. Click on it. Now you need to find your watermark logo/image. Where it says file location, click it and find your logo, hopefully it’s on your desktop.
Then click open. See how I did it here:
Now you will see the watermark is probably not the size you are looking for. We also have the choice to underlay or overlay the watermark. (It automatically does overlay).
Here is how to adjust the scale for an overlay watermark:
An Underlay watermark is a little trickier since there are different angle options to underlay it. It’s basically your preference. I will show you how I did it here:
Also keep in mind, whatever watermark you use, style and size are saved in snag it’s settings next time you click the watermark button.
That’s about it. See my post about how to watermark your pictures from your phone here.
Let’s talk Plasti-Dip.
Let’s start with the basics.
I always prep whatever surface I am going to plasti-dip with rubbing alcohol (the kind you find at a pharmacy or grocery store) and a microfiber towel. (I don’t use paper towels for this since I don’t want any paper residue left behind).
Next I use blue painters masking tape and get as close to whatever I am painting as I can:
I then take more blue painters tape with some newspaper sheets and go around the emblem again:
Now, a couple things I wish I knew before I tried this for the first time: Make sure your plasti-dip can is warm! If it is too cold, when you shake it to mix it, tiny air bubbles will stay in the can and come out when you are spraying. I like to let my can sit in the sun for a few hours before I use it. (Not when it’s too hot, maybe on a 70* day).
I also shake the can for a good 60-90 seconds. Then I let it sit for about 30 seconds. That way if there is air bubbles in the can, they should dissipate.
I also always keep a large piece of newspaper near whatever I am about to spray, so I can test spray before each coat to make sure the plasti-dip is mixed correctly and there are no air bubbles.
Spray nice, light coats. The first 1-2 coats will look speckled, this is normal. You do not want to go to heavy on coats, especially the first coat.
I usually allow about 15 minutes of dry time between coats. (Don’t forget to test-spray your newspaper between coats. Often my nozzle gets clogged and does not provide an even spray pattern. If this happens, just peel the dried plasti-dip off the nozzle with your finger).
When I am finished, I gently peel the tape & newspaper layer off of the car.
Then I peel the first tape layer off carefully as well. You can see when painting an emblem, the plasti-dip almost comes off perfectly from the paint:
To get the plasti-dip off the painted surface (around an emblem for example) I like to go around the emblem with a pick, making sure it separates nicely between the emblem and the paint. Some people use razors, but be careful not to scratch anything, or yourself. I like to keep the pick parallel with the paint:
Here are the emblems I did on my 2014 Jeep. The finish should be smooth, even and a little rubbery. Not a lot of texture.
I was nervous about going (as I have been in the last year or so with Anxiety) I am afraid I will get sick to my stomach and not be able to make the 8 hour drive down. Or afraid I will be trapped in some way. My anxiety has shown all its colors in the last few years! Anyway, I have been struggling with the strangest neck / throat pain in the last few months. I have had many tests, scans, doctor appointments and the only thing they can tell me is it could be stress; but at times I feel like I am choking, or my throat is closing. It drives me nuts!
What I noticed even though I was nervous about going to Maryland, once I got there, and was at the drag strip, my pain/discomfort was GONE!
I am and have always have been so passionate about racing, and this event was second to none. So it was worth going on this trip just for that. When I don’t constantly think about how much my neck situation bothers me, it goes away. Which leads me to believe it is stress. I currently have a job with a lot of down time. I should be grateful, because it leaves me time to do things like blog and read, but it also allows my mind to go bizerk!
So lesson two lessons learned.
#1 – Drag Racing is still my #1 Passion, I can feel it in my heart and soul. Nothing compares to it, even when I just have to spectate.
#2 – I still have a lot of work to do on my thoughts.
I have made progress; and I journal/tell myself that all the time. I believe my level of anxiety is much lower than it used to be, and I am responding instead of reacting.
The other thing about my job is, the people I work with are a little lazy and dysfunctional. And if I am not careful, I focus on it, it drives me nuts and I feel worse. I need to keep my focus on my dreams, goals, and what I am grateful for. I am not even sure what kind of work I want to do, although I would love to help other people some how, through my struggles.
This morning I decided I wanted to make this blog more than just an online journal. I want to include parts of me, and what I love. I will be elaborating on this topic more with my other loves. But my numero uno love, second to none is racing…drag racing to be specific.
A little history on this…
I have a father who loves cars as long as I can remember. I can remember being as young as five years old and liked mowing the lawn. Dad would let me ‘walk with him’ pushing the mower, and then he would give me $1. Not a bad deal. I realized my desire to learn how engines worked began then.
I also remember Dad taking me to the drag racing track around the same age. I was too young to know what it was, but this exposure became relevant a few years later. I first felt a connection of my own with cars when I was about 13 and first saw a 1990 Honda crx. I instantly fell in love with this car, its unique body lines, no frills interior, and subsequently became fascinated by internal combustion engines. I had to know how they worked.
I loved this particular Honda because it came with a small displacement engine, but due to its light-weight, and immense handling capabilities through correct weight distrbution; when swapped with a larger, honda motor they produced measurable results on the track. Thus my love was born of light weight, four cylinder cars. I have also tinkered with mitsubishi’s, corvette’s, and even a saturn!
I spent my teen years focused on learning as much as I could about cars, engines, whatever I could, always fascinated, wanting to learn more and the more I learned, it was like the less I learned I knew! It was ever evolving, and ever satisfying.
I started modifying my own cars in 2002 or so, and have just been learning, and growing ever since.
I started drag racing in 2004, and have never looked back. Having been to the ‘drag strip’ many times when I was young, I already knew with these surroundings, they felt familiar. I still remember the first time I ‘staged’ my car to race, the feeling, the adrenaline; nothing compares…it felt perfect. I was enthralled, I loved it. And I always wanted to improve my times and go faster. I love the feeling of racing something, that I built with my own hands!
Something else interesting happened. I had an innate natural ability to drag race. I cannot really describe it, but it just comes to me. I am at peace on the track, my mind, reflexes, body just work together like a perfectly orchestrated symphony. There is nothing on this earth that I have experienced that compares. This is my Bliss.
And ever since I have spent 90% of my free time working on, racing or enjoying my car (s).