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November 11, 2016

Watermarking Do's and Don'ts

WaterMarking-101-SQ_110.jpgSilver member Shannon Mason (mynetdude) from Oregon, USA has been researching watermark usage and he's wondering what our members are advising:

Ok... before you scream, I DID search "watermark" and I got a lot of good answers from that, but one question that hasn't been answered; and just a heads up, I'm probably not a newbie but not advanced either and in some areas, I'm probably intermediate or know nothing but I learn quick sometimes (when I want to) so know with confidence I'm not a total neophyte!

Do you watermark across the image (even faded) on a low res? I've read every thread from 2005 to 2013 since that is the last time anything related to watermark has been mentioned other than the new EXIF availability on this forum.

WaterMarking-101_325.jpgI don't know of any well-known photographers and their websites so it would be cool to get a couple of links in that regards so I can see how they are setting the standards when it comes to watermarks (or even if they are?)

How important is it to NOT throw your watermark across the image or even in the corner "large" but not across the image when it comes to someday selling, Shutterstock and many other sites literally plaster their watermarks right down the middle of their images but they kind of have to otherwise if they don't then many of the stock images are so easy to take without ever paying (such as backgrounds and some portraits or even some scenes in general).

I have looked at some of the copyright information even though some of it is old; many of it is still quite relevant so I'm familiar with what to do for the most part in that regards.

Lastly... I know nothing is foolproof short of never uploading it.

So--members, show us some of your favorite watermarks and tell us why you chose to go that route.

Posted by flashdeadline at November 11, 2016 2:40 PM

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