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    Watermarking

    Hi everybody, I'm new here and I have one quick question.

    I really want to post some of my Artrage work, but I'm really skiddish about someone stealing it (no disrespect to anyone here). I know how to make a watermark, but it's easy to go back and smudge them out. So, how do y'all watermark your work?

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    I don't.

    I post as low res as possible while keeping integrity.
    Let me just say I've been posting on the interwebs (lol) for 9 years now. I've never, NOT ONCE, lost any work against my will (that I'm aware of) BUT I've gained clients, projects and great connections.

    Now I've been stolen from by evil clients asking for "spec" pieces.

    Which is why I don't do spec pieces.

    In closing, if you aren't comfortable, don't do it at all. I can tell you a thousand ways to fix watermarks flawlessly.
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    Hello and thank you for reply. I'll post one of my works in a few minutes, I'll try and add a little bit of a watermark at least.

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    There´s nothing sacred or safe on the internet. Put your signature and copyright, and then see what happens. Cunning thieves will steal what they want.

    When I was designing web pages, I found that many were linking to some of my web graphics. Small images and nothing that special, but they were linking to them for their own pages, and using my bandwidth to do so.

    So go figure. And good luck!
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    You should see how many software thieves are pirating ArtRage...
    AndyRage's mantra for graphics engine code:
    "Sure - how hard can it be?"

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    Well i never really cared, But now that im doing shows and stuff i think i should start. I only post 72 dpi on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRage View Post
    You should see how many software thieves are pirating ArtRage...
    I can imagine.
    Thieves are lazy, thoughtless, uncreative, selfish, ignorant, disrespectful semi-humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popepain View Post
    Well i never really cared, But now that im doing shows and stuff i think i should start. I only post 72 dpi on the internet.
    the dpi is a partial semi-solution. If you post a very large picture (say around 1500 X 1500) at 72dpi, photoshop can give solid results with that in downsizing and upsampling. The thief can take it and resize to say, 300X300 and upsample to 200 dpi.

    From there anything's possible. Not to be negative, I am glad you've chosen to join and share your work.
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    So, posting in 72dpi would help prevent theft a little bit? Most of my images are 80dpi, 600x600. I'm not really familiar with dpi settings, I don't really mess with those.

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    It shouldn't be too difficult to add Creative Commons licensing to images.
    They have that option on Flickr and on Deviant Art. Well many places have it.
    That way you don't have to spoil your image viewing with a watermark.
    It would be a nice feature for the team to think about. It could be done in the manage attachments section maybe?

    Question though... do people really steal artwork? For what purpose?
    Last edited by screenpainter; 06-27-2008 at 11:29 AM.

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