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Posted 17 Feb 2009

Pixel Addition Watermarking

, 17 Feb 2009
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A application that shows how to add pixels to create a visible watermark without using GDI.


In this article, I would like to explain about a visible watermarking method using pixel addition. I am writing this article because most articles I have read about visible watermarking use GDI (which, I think is complicated). So I thought, why not use simple math, considering that a pixel is a matrix value. In this application, I use Visual Studio 2005 with C#.


A pixel in a digital image is a matrix value ranging between 0 - 255. So, in 1024 x 600 digital image, there will be 1024 x 600 pixels. How does the matrix addition work? Just add the cover image pixel value with the watermark pixel value.

result Pixel = cover Pixel + mark Pixel

To give an opacity option, use a double value as opacity ranging between 0.1 - 1.9, and then you will get:

result Pixel = cover Pixel + (mark Pixel * opacity)

Using the code

The code in C# for the pixel addition would be like this:

private int pixelVal(int avemark, int pixcover, double opacity)
    if (pixcover + (avemark * opacity) > 255)
        return pixcover = 255;
        return pixcover = Convert.ToInt32(pixcover + (avemark * opacity));

And then on the Process button, simply process the whole matrix using a "for" loop. Just like in the code below:

watermarkBmp = (Bitmap)Bitmap.FromFile(openWatermark);
coverBmp = (Bitmap)Bitmap.FromFile(openCover);
resultBmp = null;
int red = 0;
int green = 0;
int blue = 0;
double opacity = Convert.ToDouble(comboBox1.Text);

for (int i = 0; i < watermarkBmp.Height; i++)
    for (int j = 0; j < watermarkBmp.Width; j++)
        //kalau watermark terlalu besar, kenapa error?
        red = pixelVal(watermarkBmp.GetPixel(i, j).R, coverBmp.GetPixel(i, j).R, opacity);
        green = pixelVal(watermarkBmp.GetPixel(i, j).G, coverBmp.GetPixel(i, j).G, opacity);
        blue = pixelVal(watermarkBmp.GetPixel(i, j).B, coverBmp.GetPixel(i, j).B, opacity);
        coverBmp.SetPixel(i, j, Color.FromArgb(red, green, blue));

pictureBox2.Width = coverBmp.Width;
pictureBox2.Height = coverBmp.Height;
pictureBox2.Image = coverBmp;

Points of interest

For me, using the matrix addition is much simpler than using GDI. And, it could have more options such as translation etc. Watermarking is fun, because there are many things to explore about it.


The first time I learned about watermarking was when I was working on my thesis about visible and invisible watermarking. But, when I searched for articles and code for visible watermarking, most of them were using GDI (brush, etc.). And, this is my first small version without using GDI.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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