Protect your original images with a watermark

Protect your hard work with a watermark! CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite offers pro editing tools to watermark digital photos and more. With it, you can give yourself peace of mind knowing your original images are protected across all platforms.

Protect your original images with a watermark

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How to watermark photos in CorelDRAW

As a quick reference, watermarks are added to photos or artwork to promote your brand, prevent theft, and deter unlawful use.

Here’s a short, step-by-step guide on how to use CorelDRAW to add watermarks to your photos.

Design your watermark

1. Design your watermark

Open CorelDRAW or download a free trial. Design your custom watermark from scratch with a legible font that’s easily read as semi-transparent text on different images.

You can also open an existing image with CorelDRAW that you want to use for your watermark.

Add a personal touch

2. Add a personal touch

Incorporate elements that best convey your brand, increase awareness in the marketplace, build familiarity with your logo, and resonate with customers.

Edit your watermark

3. Edit your watermark

Once all the elements are in place, you can use CorelDRAW to add finishing touches or fine-tune them. For example, you can nudge the size of the font or reposition or resize graphic elements.

Save your watermark

4. Save your watermark

Finish your edits and save the final watermark as a PNG file. Later, you can overlay it across photos in this format.

Save the image as a single layer rather than a series of overlays so others can't simply remove the watermark.

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Personalize your watermark

Personalize your watermark

Consider this your stamp of approval on every photo you release into the world. It represents you and should reflect your unique brand personality.

Add your signature

Add your signature

In addition to graphics, you can add your signature to a watermark using CorelDRAW. Several text features and tools allow you to incorporate one.

Apply a universal watermark

Apply a universal watermark

Once you’ve designed your final watermark, you can apply it to all digital instances of your work.


Watermarks are semi-opaque, semi-transparent images that are superimposed onto photos, artwork, and other graphic designs. They are like personalized stamps for your work.

Most watermarks take the form of a personalized or unique image that conveys ownership of the image.

It can be displayed in a variety of ways:

  • One large image splayed over most of the photo.
  • Multiple copies of the same image are arranged as a grid formation across the image.
  • A simple corner watermark that indicates authorship but doesn't impair usage.

How do I watermark an image using CorelDRAW?

First, you’ll want to open the built-in photo editor, Corel PHOTO-PAINT™.

Next, design your unique watermark with graphics, text, or logo.

You can apply the watermark to a single image or to multiple images using the batch processing option.

How do I make a photo transparent using CorelDRAW?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Open CorelDRAW and choose the Transparency tool from the toolbox.
  • Select an object that has transparency applied.
  • Click the Freeze transparency button on the Property bar.
  • The view of the object beneath the transparency moves with it; however, the object remains unchanged.

This will allow your watermark to have a transparent look and feel so it doesn’t interrupt the aesthetic of your original image.

How do I add a text watermark using CorelDRAW?

This quick process allows you to add a company name, tagline, or other relevant info.

Here’s how:

  1. Open your image in CorelDRAW.
  2. Find the Text tool.
  3. Choose the font type and text size you want for the watermark.
  4. Click the area in which you wish to place your watermark.
  5. Type the watermark text.

Now you’re ready to add a watermark to your images.

Protect yourself with a watermark