I believe that you have heard of BuzzFeed, a news and entertainment company based on digital content. They also run a few Facebook groups on different topics, and in one of them, nearly 150,000 members are explicitly forbidden to tag credit photographers when sharing their work.
Inevitably a time comes around in when a budding photographer decides to start “taking this seriously”, “discouraging image theft”, and my personal favorite, “gaining exposure”. And they do this of course, with a watermark.
Now mind you before I get to the nitty-gritty of why this is Bullock’s, I’ll cover the surface level problem with this. First, 9/10 watermarks made by a beginner look horrendous. Too big, too small, too opaque, too transparent, or gaudy. Not to mention most beginners haven’t settled into a legitimate business name by the time they start watermarking images. So ten years later they can look back at their Facebook images with that wonderful, neon pink, floral designed “elegant memorable captures Dixie memory precious flowers” and recall with pride, their humble beginnings.
If you share your photography online, you know that your images will be re-distributed and re-published without your permission.
If you are a professional photographer, or a photo enthusiast, you probably also realize that rampant online copyright infringement costs creative professionals a significant amount of lost revenue – every image that is published without a valid license is a lost sale for someone.
If you have always wanted to fight back against copyright infringement, or if you just want to see exactly who is using your photography where, one solution is to apply an invisible digital watermark to your photography.
In this article, we will review Signili, a new service that can add invisible watermarks (as hidden copyright information) to your photos, and then help track exactly where those photos are used online…
A recent research from Google has demonstrated that an algorithm can remove watermarks from photos in no time. Because of this, adding visible watermarks to your photos may not be a sufficient protection from theft. A new service named Imatag adds invisible and indelible watermarks to your images without compromising image quality. It lets you track your work and discover when it’s illegally used online.
Watermarks are a hotly debated topic. There are lots of good, and some silly, arguments both for and against them. But it’s funny how nobody ever seemed to accuse Van Gogh or Picasso of “ruining” their artwork by adding their signature to the corner of the canvas.
So, with that in mind, here’s Colin Smith at Photoshop Cafe to show us how to turn our actual signature into a watermark. Obviously, this is in Photoshop, and Colin quickly turns his signature into a brush with which he can stamp any image he chooses. A quick and easy process to make it, and an even simpler one to use it.