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"Secured" Graphics



1:08 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone tried to "secure" graphics so they either cannot be saved from a website or cannot be printed if they are downloaded? I have a client that wants to put thumbnails of classic car paintings on a website but prevent a visitor from d/l and printing them (he is selling the limited edition of them). Any ideas?


1:15 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I know that it can be done with Java........

Black Knight

1:38 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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There's at least one commercially available (reasonably cheap) script to do this - basically the call for the image really goes to the script which then shows but protects the image. I don't know how that works about people saving the image from the cache though...


1:49 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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there is a CSS trick which does a similar thing. Basically you can use an empty <span> tag
and set the image as its background. which prevents people from right clicking and 'saving as'

But I dont see how any 'image protection' can really be enforced as all the user has to is hit the print screen button


2:03 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Visibly watermarking an image with a logo will mean that the user can download it but it will be unusable. In any event a 72dpi jpeg is useless for print reproduction and can really only be re-used on the web. In practice most artists have no problem puting their work online for this reason. Plus if the image is re-used (with your name and url watermarked into it) it is just more free publicity for you.


2:07 pm on May 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

For an example of visual watermarking go to [photodisc.com...]


2:36 pm on May 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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A completely different approach would be:

Do not 'secure' the images as such, but make them unusable in other ways: a 320x200x256 color picture at 75dpi looks good on screen, but won't be of much use when printed. Plus, using eg. jpeg compression will make it small, and virtually uneditable.


2:38 pm on May 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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sorry, just saw that the point was already made by typophile.

please disregard previous post


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