Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why I Watermark


So...I just got this in my inbox on Facebook:

"First things first, How are you? 2nd i would like to ask if you can send me all the pictures and videos you have of all the reenactments you have. That would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for bothering you with this request it is kind of urgent though and i would like them if you can by the end of next week. Also if you know anyone else who may have pictures and videos can you let me know? Thank you Isabella, od Bless and Happy Christ Mas!!"

Umm, no. No I will not. That's over 2,000 images...and you're not paying for the right to use any of them. Sadly though, this is not the first time something like this has happened, and it just keep me focused on watermarking all my publicly shared images.

As a blogger, any image I post here is considered "public". Therefore, I can't filter who sees them, and more importantly, who could steal them. So watermarking your images is as important as ever! Just to show you what I mean, I Google Image Searched one of the images on my blog.



I dragged one of the images I often use into the search bar, and up popped all the links that using that image. Thankfully, all the links were mine. But often I have GIS other images, such as those taken at reenactments, and people had stolen them, and were using them without my permission! No one wants that for their photos, especially those that may be of your children or pets. SO even though it may be a pain, and a bit time consuming, it's worth it to take a few minutes, and put your watermark across an image.

I myself made a .png file that I can simply drop onto the photo, re-size it, and save it. It saves time, but still protects the image from being easily stolen.


Above is the logo I use, and below is the logo in use on a photo. I designed it so that you have to tilt the screen, or look at the image at an angle to see it. That way If someone does steal it, I can see the watermark, while others may not.


So remember, take a few minutes and watermark your images.

Love and Lightning Bugs,
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22 comments:

esahm said...

This is good info. I've got my blog copy protected so no one can right click on images, but I should still watermark!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Definitely a great idea! Do you make these for others? If so, how can I find out how much you charge?

Thanks,
Dawn

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Not to jump in but I would say that you SHOULD still watermark. What's to stop someone from making a screenshot of your stuff?

Dawn

Ronni Keller said...

So so so important!! Great advice!

Anonymous said...

I would love a pretty water mark like that for mine, I need to learn how to create one that would match for my photos. I hate that we are forced to this but better safe than sorry.

DeDa Studios said...

Watermarking is something I have on my 'To Do' list in 2013. Pinned your recommendations.

Dede said...

Thanks for the reminder. I have an image converter that's really simple to use, so I try to put a watermark on all of my personal photos that I post. I'm stunned that someone had the audacity to ask you for ALL of your pictures/videos. Lazy, much?

Julia Potvin said...

Oh people are funny....I usually always put my mark on photo's, it just sometimes is hard to hide it enough so it doesn't take away from the photo itself and to do one that needs to be tipped to see it, is over my head..

Melissa Pezza said...

I have never watermarked but I really need to. This post is a great reminder! Thanks so much!!!

Mama Luvs Books said...

Oh wow! That's nuts. I never watermark mine. I probably should!

Hobbies on a Budget said...

I can't believe people steal something as personal as your images. Your watermark is very tasteful and doesn't detract from the pictures. Great reminder!

Gluten Free for Jen said...

I try to remember to watermark but I have started doing so more and more each day. I finally learned how to do it on my photo editing program and it literally takes seconds. So I have been more cautious about. I am no where near the photographer you are but I still take pride in what little bit I dabble in.

Agnes BeaderBubbe said...

I have never watermarked but sounds like a good idea. Will try it. I try not to use pix of family (those i will definitely watermark) and if I do download a pix from internet I take a cartoon..just so I can avoid using others personal pix..can someone use your pix even if watermarked? or does it prevent the use. Or does it just show that they dont own the pix?

Coupons and Friends said...

This is something I definitely need to do.. I have a lot of things to do though:)

Katrina said...

I need to watermark my photos, too. Love your watermark!

Kimberly C. said...

I do think water marking is important, as is giving credit for photos we use on our blogs. It makes me nuts when people post photos and don't share where they got them or who took them!

Anonymous said...

You have such a distinct yet subtle watermark-I really do love it! You should go into business as a photographer.
Amy Desrosiers

Angela Christopher said...

I love how your watermark just blends right in, you did a wonderful job!

Padhopper® said...

I've seen my images on facebook, with my watermark cropped out. I so need to design something like you have, to put in the middle of my images. How did you make it so delicate and faded looking?!?!

Erin Slocum said...

I love my watermarks. . . . of course you did a great job making them.

Brr23 said...

I am wondering what is the best way to watermark photo's?
Great post!

Lil' Daily Deals said...

I really need to do this as well. I did not know you could google search images. Thank you for sharing the information.