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Put watermark on images using PHP

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If you are a professional or a newbie photographer you will probably want to protect your photos from being stolen and used for free. Using PHP you can create different types of watermarks on all of your images. I am going to show you a way how to dynamically put a text messages on your images. What you need is a JPG image file and a font file used for generate the watermark message. I am going to use arial font which you can also download.

Below you can find a watermarkImage() image function which takes 3 parameters ($SourceFile, $WaterMarkText, $DestinationFile) and creates an watermarked image from the source image specified. The first parameter - $SourceFile - is the full server path to the JPG image that you are going to watermark. The second one - $WaterMarkText - is the text message that you want to use for the watermark. And the last parameter - $DestinationFile - can either be blank or full server path to a new file which will be the source file with watermark text on it. What this function does is to read the source file, then create a new image object (using the imagecopyresampled() function). Then using the Arial.ttf font file and the imagettftext() function it writes the WaterMarkText onto the image. The last IF statement checks if it should save a new watermarked file or should just display it on the screen.

function watermarkImage ($SourceFile, $WaterMarkText, $DestinationFile) {
list($width, $height) = getimagesize($SourceFile);
$image_p = imagecreatetruecolor($width, $height);
$image = imagecreatefromjpeg($SourceFile);
imagecopyresampled($image_p, $image, 0, 0, 0, 0, $width, $height, $width, $height);
$black = imagecolorallocate($image_p, 0, 0, 0);
$font = 'arial.ttf';
$font_size = 10;
imagettftext($image_p, $font_size, 0, 10, 20, $black, $font, $WaterMarkText);
if ($DestinationFile<>'') {
imagejpeg ($image_p, $DestinationFile, 100);
} else {
header('Content-Type: image/jpeg');
imagejpeg($image_p, null, 100);

You need to download the arial.ttf file and upload it on your server. Then create a new PHP file and copy and paste the above function in it. Next 4 lines are used to set the Source file, Watermark text message and Destination file. If you want to just display the watermarked image you need to leave the $DestinationFile variable empty ($DestinationFile=''; ). Also please make sure that for source file and destination file you include the full server path and the image file name. If you want to change the position of the watermark message on your images you can chage that line imagettftext($image_p, $font_size, 0, 10, 20, $black, $font, $WaterMarkText);

$SourceFile = '/home/user/www/images/image1.jpg';
$DestinationFile = '/home/user/www/images/image1-watermark.jpg';
$WaterMarkText = 'Copyright phpJabbers.com';
watermarkImage ($SourceFile, $WaterMarkText, $DestinationFile);

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73 Comments to "Put watermark on images using PHP"

  • mathimugan


    March 13, 2018 at 09:36 am


    How to add transparent background color for watermark.

  • GMS


    February 23, 2018 at 19:28 pm

    Excellent code that worked until I went from PHP 5.6 to 7.1
    Solved it by using the full path to the font, even though it was in the same directory as the code. Now it works great again.

  • Putra Agung

    Putra Agung

    August 17, 2017 at 19:16 pm


  • ratnesh


    November 8, 2016 at 13:38 pm

    How to Put watermark on video in php. please help me


  • neeraj


    September 5, 2015 at 06:33 am


  • louis


    September 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Is there a way to add a logo? that would be perfect for what we are looking for

  • neeraj


    September 2, 2015 at 13:44 pm

    how to add this php script in download file

  • Nikhil Gyan

    Nikhil Gyan

    August 13, 2015 at 09:07 am

    will you guys help me to set the background color for the watermark text here?

  • zaid


    April 16, 2015 at 06:57 am

    Good Script, But how to adjust watermark is in center of image when image size is change.

  • Tuan


    October 16, 2014 at 08:44 am

    good script

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