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Old 27th of May 2006 (Sat)   #1
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Default How to copyright your photos

Hello-

I'm not sure if copyright is the correct term or not, but how do you mark your photos so that others can't download them and sell them or use them for whatever they wish? I realize that on most photos this may not be a big deal, but I'd like to know what others do, if anything, to mark their photos as their property. Is watermarking or including your name in a corner of the photo sufficient?

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You don't actually need to mark them at all. You retain copyright as you created the image. Any work uploaded to the internet is protected by law, although you can put a watermark on there if you want, just to make it that little bit more difficult for someone to pass the work off as theirs.. Of course, anyone who owns a copy of photoshop, and has a basic understanding of the program, can just clone it out anyway!?!
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Guess the important thing is to keep the originals always.

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Of course, anyone who owns a copy of photoshop, and has a basic understanding of the program, can just clone it out anyway!?!
Clone this watermark out .... and let us know how long it takes ....

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Clone this watermark out .... and let us know how long it takes ....
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Clone this watermark out .... and let us know how long it takes ....
lol! It'd take a while, but if someone really wanted to do it, they would.





ps. And no, i don't wish to waste an afternoon just to prove a point lol!
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ps. And no, i don't wish to waste an afternoon just to prove a point lol!
Your wisdom is beyond your years ....
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Oh, i don't know.... 34 is alot of years (feels like it anyhoo) lol!
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Visible watermarks are usually applied to small jpeg and proof files. Things a lot of folks would have access to but usually too small to be of any use. The watermark is not so much to protect copyright infringement as to get your name out there. Like a little piece of advertising on every photo. Plus, it looks more professional especially if it's subtle.

Invisible watermarks are a whole and other story. Those are usually applied to big files that could be of use to third parties.

Below this photo is a link to easy directions to add a watermark similar to mine. In addition to bevel and emboss, I used inner glow and gradient. Gives it a nice look. Playing with the opacity will determine how subtle it is.


http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/pho...swatermark.htm

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Thank you very much. I will have to experiment and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the link.
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