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Always watermark your pictures!

where could your family picture end up?

     
8:12 am on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Danielle and Jeff Smith used the photo as their Christmas card, and also posted it on an internet blog.

A friend travelling in the Czech capital alerted them when he spotted the Smiths smiling at him, life-size, from a poster in a supermarket.

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9:30 am on June 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I know I should but it seems like too much trouble. Have you got any tips on quick and easy ways to watermark?
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Have you got any tips on quick and easy ways to watermark?

I do it with a script in PSP. Photoshop has them too. That way I get it to do embossed, transparent watermarks which look good on almost any picture.

What you need to do is set the script to record your actions, create your watermark, click stop and name the script. The next time you need the same watermark you just select the script from a drop-down menu.

This is good for a few images, otherwise you might want to use a batch process with a script.

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Irfanview or exifer can do batch watermarking locally and a whole lot of other tasks. Only takes a few minutes to setup. The trouble with any watermark is they are easily removed or very obtrusive. If you want to make one that is hard to remove use a gradient texture fill.

Server side you can do it on with GD or Imagemagik.

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How big was the file that they uploaded to allow it to be used as a life sized poster?
3:06 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Dumb question probably, but which of the following should the watermark say?

ie

(c) 2009 www.mysite.com

(c) 2009 My Company, Inc.

(c) 2009 www.mysite.com - my company, Inc.

We just shot about 5000 pics for a project and site. With the crud going down from gettyimages etc, I try to make sure i keep original copies of all my pics with the original photo data. If you are shooting landmarks, there is a good possibility that you could end up with a photo similar to what gettyimages have. Then you get the classic extortion letter from them.

The other problem is that I usually put my watermarks on the edge of the photo and try to do it in a way that cropping would be difficult. However, it isn't that hard to crop it out.

In the case of personal pics of your or your family, it is a lot easier to prove it's you.

3:47 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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(c) 2009 My Company Inc. - www.mysite.com

The copyright belongs to the company, therefore it should come first. Over time, the website address may vary but the copyright should remain constant.

The only reason to put the website first would be if you plan to sell it together with images - in this case, you should probably omit the company name altogether (unless you plan to sell that with the website).

Kaled.

 

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