Monday, November 25, 2013

Watermarking Our Photos For Our Shops, and Online

Watermarking Our Photos For Our Shops, and as we do some things online.

As we sell, show our hobbies, accomplishments, and have things we want to share we often do it with our photos. Pictures can show things that we want others to see. When you show your photos did you ever think of having any issues with someone using them for their own usage? It is something that can happen, does happen, and many times you might know about it till you are notified, or you come across it yourself as you roam the internet. There is no complete way of preventing this from happening, but we can try different solutions to maybe prevent some of it. 

We can watermark our photos. There are many mixed feelings with this. You either love the idea of the watermarks, or hate it. Unfortunately, it is not a definite way of preventing the so called theft of ones pictures. Watermarks can tend to look ugly, and sometimes can ruin the image too. It is one way to consider in protecting your images by being used by someone else for other purposes. 

If you do wish to use them try to make them as subtle as you can. It depends on how fancy, and involved you want this to get. You can use a photo editor to put some text over the image, or overlay a slightly visible designed logo over the image or in some other area of the picture. Some put it at the top, sometimes the lower right corner, sometimes underneath it, etc. With this you can also determine the font you wish to use, the size of it, use some funky font, put a box around it, use color, but it is up to you what you would like done. 

There are different programs that can be used for such a task. Before downloading anything you might already have something on your computer. IrfanView is a popular oldie, but goodie image viewer for windows has a watermarking feature built in. Googles Picasa photo managment has a feature in the Option menu, and Photoshop Elements offers an easy way to create watermarks too. When I do something like this for my pictures I use a free one called Picmonkey

As mentioned you can simply overlay some text on top of an image with your copyright info. It can viewable, but it does not have to over power the image either. I like to do simple, hardly visible, but it is there. I generally place mine as close as possible to the image without distracting from you viewing the picture. 

Get as creative as you want with the size, color of text, font, position, and so on. I don't think you need to over complicate things, but this is up to what you would like to have done. 

Hope this little tidbit of information was able to help you some today, or give you some places to look further. Thanks for sharing your time at LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Take care, and have a Happy Day everyone!

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