Monday, April 29, 2013

watermarking images


I've learnt something today - all artists should watermark their images!


It's weird, but because my artwork is quite left-of-centre, I haven't ever thought about it ... until I saw a cool YouTube clip of deathrock songs with my tapestry as the main image! Luckily, it's been credited now - but it really made me think about protecting all images that are online.

Then there's the problem of how to watermark - is my tapestry part of the Goth Deathrock Art Project, or is it part of Threefold Designs?

It's quite flattering that my work is seen as a good representation of the Deathrock subculture ... which is why I started this project in the first place.  It's also good for woven tapestry in general, which doesn't get enough credit.  Saying that, I took 6 months to weave this thing, so crediting me as the artist is VERY important!

Now to face the daunting task of slowly going through my blog and main website to watermark images - this is going to be a sloooow process!

Do any other artists reading this watermark their images?


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  1. I'm not an artist, but I post project photos on my blog. I wasn't watermarking them because I never expected much of an audience. But recently I noticed that some of my photos were being pinned to Pinterest and/or coming up in Google image searches. So I went back through all of my posts and watermarked most of the photos. I made a watermark brush in GIMP to simplify the process, and it actually took a lot less time than I thought it would.

    Congrats on the now-credited recognition for the tapestry! It is a fantastic piece!

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    1. Thanks Bane! Ah, I might have a peek at GIMP, since I've been using a clunkier method ;)

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  2. Like Bane, I noticed some of my photos on Pinterest, as well. I now watermark new photos but have only gotten about 1/45th of the way through the old ones! That's a good winter project maybe, and Bane's watermark brush idea might make it a little less painful ... :o)

    That's very flattering that they chose your tapestry though, and nice that they did eventually credit you!

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    1. The internet is such a small world sometimes - I haven't even checked Pinterest - at least Pinterest links in to its original source, which is something at least ;)

      Yeah, I saw it because it was posted in a Facebook group I am involved with ... just got a shock when I recognised the image!

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  3. It is a killer tapestry, it is bound to receive the attention it deserves ;P

    I have been watermarking my images since I began posting my work on the internet, but I've never come upon my work outside of where I originally post them.

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    1. Aww, thanks very much - I'm pretty proud of it! ;)

      Yeah, I noticed you watermark all your images - I shouldn't be so naive about it all, it's a good lesson to learn!

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  4. This has even made me consider watermarking my personal photos on my blog! Even though they may not be of real interest in anyone else, there is possiblity someone may use a photo I've taken, and by rights it is still my intellectual property.

    Food for thought!

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    1. I've noticed a lot of (smart) bloggers like Madame Mari Mortem watermark everything - I think that's the way to go, just in case! ;)

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  5. Yeah I definitely would start watermarking my photos as well :P.

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  6. luckily my images aren't interesting for so many people and i didnt manage to upload the stuff / diy corsets / daylong-drawn-and-designed pictures etc that might be interesting enough... but actually i think it is a bit sad people would 'steal' something without giving credit at all in the first place :-/

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    1. Yeah, I know ... they were quick to give credit to the bands on the compilation, but didn't bother checking the image :\

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