Adding watermarks to your photos

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lauracaptain
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by lauracaptain » Thu May 03, 2018 11:56 pm

Hello all that are interested.

There are 2 things going on with watermarks: a signature of recognition (the good) and a watermark to prevent theft (the bad or ugly). LOL!

First of all, I personally like when an artist signs their work, just the signature, which includes photographers. It's expected for painters, sculptors, etc. so why not photographers? I like knowing who did the work, who the talent belongs to and how to find more of their work. I do have to mention that I prefer it to be minimal, un-distracting, in good taste and no logo involved. Just a hint of a signature/watermark because the signature is not on show, the photo is.

Secondly, I don't think I'm too concerned with someone stealing my photos and it's hard to completely prevent it. Why bother trashing a great photo with a huge, ugly watermark of your signature, logo or etc.? This just turns people off. Basically, if someone wants to download my (low res image) and use it on their desktop or screensaver then I'm fine with it, I'd be flattered. Even if they want to share it online somewhere I would be fine with it as long as they gave me credit as the photographer and a link to where they got the photo. I would greatly mind if they tried to take credit for my work and tried to make money from it in any way shape or form. That is theft, that is wrong and that takes money away from the photographer/artist.

If for display only, you should post low resolution images online which prevents theft since you can't make large prints with them. And if you sign your name to your work then a legitimate person that is interested in using/buying your work will be able to find you. Which also involves including the proper metadata in all your images (copyright, contact info., etc.).

Of course this is only my opinion and everybody has their own. :D

tradexcelgraphic
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by tradexcelgraphic » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:28 am

There are lots of free tools in the web where you can use your watermark on your picture. :) :)

tomoswald
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by tomoswald » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:39 am

Feel free to post links to any you would recommend

tradexcelgraphic
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by tradexcelgraphic » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:28 pm

Photoscape is one of them.
though this tool is for beginners :P :P

tomoswald
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by tomoswald » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:30 pm

Not heard of that one myself

lauracaptain
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by lauracaptain » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:30 am

I simply created a transparent layer in photoshop that has my small signature on it. I put it over a photo, move the signature where I want it, make it the color I want, adjust the opacity and save a new copy of the image. This process can also be automated in photoshop for batch processing.

dabhand16
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by dabhand16 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:31 am

I've got a couple of Photoshop actions to do my model pictures from a shoot in bulk. It uses the same method as Laura.

mohammedbadhshah
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Re: Adding watermarks to your photos

Post by mohammedbadhshah » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:45 am

I like this tool. This is very useful & secure.

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