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I think adding your copyright info to the meta of the images is more important than a watermark. I understand both sides of the "to watermark, or not to watermark" discussion, and both have valid points. But more important is that you should always added copyright and contact info to your file's meta data. There's really no excuse not to - it doesn't ...


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I think probably they do deter misuse. Psychologically, using an plain image without credit is a different beast than using one with COPYRIGHT ROLAND SHAW staring you in the face (or taking active steps to remove the watermark). Also, there's more opportunities for people in the chain who might not otherwise think of it to say "hey, do we have permission for ...


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Good Gravy, thanks for posing this question. I have struggled with this question for years, wanting my images to be seen as they are, not marred with marketing clutter. Being a full-time professional (and sole income provider) I have come to this conclusion...Watermarks are wonderful, powerful and absolutely necessary! Pros: They protect your property by ...


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There are two types of watermark, visible and invisible. Visible watermarks are usually added to "brand" an image, add your name and copyright information, in order to deter image theft (though it wont prevent it). They can be easily added by creating a new text layer in Photoshop/Gimp. Invisible watermarks are used to help track images and are a more ...


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To echo the words of others, I cannot and will not help you here. You are asking for knowledge on how to remove a copyright owners SIGNATURE from THEIR WORK. Sorry, but that's wrong. If you want a signature free copy, you should be contacting the owner of the work to see if they will offer you the right to purchase a COPY, however it is up to them whether ...


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I am generally of the opinion that people with no respect for copyright will continue to ignore/subvert any deterrents that you use. If they can see it, they can steal it. Watermarking, however, can be used as a marketing tool, and as long as it does not detract from the image itself it is completely valid. As far as tracking down usage, there are lots of ...


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I think watermark, if done tastefully and artfully is worth it, perhaps not as a deterrent for copyright theft, but so if your images are seen, that it properly gets people to look you up. Yes they can crop out the watermark, but if you can prove that, then you probably can increase the damages awarded. I also think that a well done watermark enhances an ...


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A single watermark is most common, and mainly serves as a notice that the image is copyrighted. A single watermark is often easily removed with editing, like photoshop's content-aware fill. They tend to be a semi-opaque grey in order to not ruin the picture entirely, while being visible enough to serve their purpose. An important point is that an image is ...


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Most people use watermarks to prevent the photo from being used by other people without consent. The best way to do it is to have it on the actual subject itself, but at a very low opacity. Once the photographer decides to sell/give the photograph away, he can always share the hi-res image without the watermark. Having said that, it you want to have a ...


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There are a number of ways to create a watermark, with varying degress of ease. An application that allows you to "apply" a watermark during image export. This is pretty straightforward. Adobe Lightroom has this option. An image hosting company that lets you apply watermarks to all uploaded images. This is also straightforward, though can be a paid-for ...


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What you are describing is digital watermarking. This isn't the same as traditional watermarking where the watermark is clearly visible, but rather is a way to encode information in to the storage of a photo in which it is difficult to detect and remove. It's not a perfect science and certain types of compression will frequently destroy many digital ...


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Lightroom does this very well, plus it will handle other exports steps simultaneously. It is very easy to do. Just enable the watermark section in the Export dialog. You can use image or text and adjust transparency, position and scale. All the watermarks on Neopanoramic which you can see here are generated by Lightroom. You can contrast this with ...


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I assume you are talking about watermarking images you post on the internet, put in your portfolio or otherwise distribute "for free", paying customers are likely to get somewhat upset if you give them watermarked images. There are 2 ways people use watermarks: Marketing tool - you circulate watermarked images in the hope that people will see the images ...


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Since you seem confused, I suggest you use Picasa. This is a free software from Google. Once you have in installed, follow these simple instructions. This can be done in Lightroom very easily and in Photoshop with a few more steps but it is overkill to spend money on an expensive software just for watermarking. Some people even do it from the command line ...


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I use FastStone Image Viewer: Once you open the viewer (if you opened it in a single picture view - press ENTER to open Manager), you can select any number of pictures you want Then follow the menu Tools / Batch Convert Selected Images (or just press F3) Click Advanced Options button Open Watermark tab, and place a flag on Add Watermark checkbox Adjust it ...


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Picasa is probably the most popular program that can also do that. It has a simple GUI interface. Here is the Google help page on how to use it. You can also use NConvert with you own script or have XnView generate a batch file that will call NConvert for you. NConvert is command line, so you need to do the calculations for exact positioning (how many ...


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Let me make it easy for you. TSR Watermark Image Software will let you put Photographer Signatures / Logos on your photos. It's free for personal use. Supports PNG Logos as a signature/watermark Supports typed text as a signature/watermark Supports resizing photos before watermarking. Very useful for Facebook Photos! Specify the position of your ...


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For this, I think I'd use ImageMagick. It's free and oriented primarily toward batch operations like this. The ImageMagick web site has samples for doing watermarking. Edit: As @Sean pointed out, it is worth noting that ImageMagick is a command-line based tool, so to use it you need to create the right command line. It may not be the most suitable tool for ...


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Steganography is the study and practice of hiding information. According to the linked article, digital information hidden in files such as photographs is often lost during printing, so that's going to be a hurdle for you if you want to prove that a particular photo is yours. One technique that could work is a version of the way art is authenticated at ...


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Try a Google search for "how to watermark images android". I found this which seems like what you want: iWatermark for Android Secure and protect your photos. If you are a photographer or artist iWatermark works for you to by adding a visible personal text or graphic watermark. You could also take a look at some more involved options: ...


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I would not bother. Just keep the RAW files or at least keep the higher resolution JPG for yourself. Nobody else can have them, so you can always proove that you are the original photographer. No need to use watermarks for that. Just put your names in the EXIF or IPTC data so you can easily be found for those people who want to contact you. Just use ...


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Digital watermarks do exist and they are what you are looking for - but they are not the answer to your problem. You have the copyright and so you can sue them if they do anything with your pictures without permission - in order to make is easier to prove it's your picture you should register your image with the government organization that deals with those ...


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You hold copyright even without mentioning it, so the copyright symbol, year and "Photography" are only necessary if those are the details you want to stress. I'd use the word "Photography" to give hint that I do photography as business, inquiries welcome. Size and placement depend on what you want to achieve with the signature. If it's just for ...


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Watermarking is usually used as one per image in my opinion. Watermark usage can vary in terms of the fact that some people wish to create their own design of watermark, some prefer to keep initials, some try to outline the company/ organisation they are working for by putting their logo as a watermark etc. Personally I think watermarking is usually used by ...


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I don't think there is any stigma about tasteful watermarks on "free" and portfolio images. I do think there is for any images the customer is paying for unless it's a discounted rate. (For example, I have seen some photographers provide Facebook galleries of a large selection of photos with watermarks and/or their name tied to the image's captions for a ...


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There are really two questions here: Is it common to use software specifically for watermarking or better to do in Photoshop? What are the advantages or task-specific tools? I don't know any pros who are using any tools outside their normal workflow to accomplish watermarking. Maybe some people do, but Lightroom, Aperture, etc. have really made these ...


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First off I am not sure if there is an easy way to create an invisible watermark in PSE without buying a Digimarc subscription. With that said there is a way to create an (almost) invisible watermark using the blue channel and layer styles but this is not possible in PSE. Here is a tutorial on how this is done in PS. (Maybe download the trial version of ...


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If both image have exactly the same size, this is pretty easy. Using an image editing program supporting layers (Paint.Net, Gimp, Photoshop), you can load each image on a different layer, one on top of the other. Then, carefully select the area you want to remove from the top image (make sure you are working on its layer) and remove the selected area. The ...


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I took a quick look thru the Sony W690 user manual, and it looks like there's no option for freely chosen text (your name) being added on the photos. But you can do it with a photo editor, only it happens in computer, not in-camera. The word "watermark" sounds a bit too fancy, when at its simplest form it could be just plain text drawn over the photo, ...


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I'm not sure if your camera supports it or not, but another alternative to visibly watermarking an image is to embed your name and a copyright message in the EXIF data of the image. I know my camera automatically does this for me, but I also have a high end DSLR. I'm not sure if it is possible for your camera, but if it is, it would put information in ...



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