How to protect your photos from being copied

How to protect your photos from being copied

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How to protect your photos from being copied

In this vivid world of the Internet, publishing photos online inevitably comes with the risk that someone can use them for their own purposes without your permission. For example. It can be quite easy for viewers to save those pictures to their device- and it can be something you would prefer not to do. Specifically, if you’re a photographer or designer – it’s possibly something you want to stop. Obviously, no one wants their content to be used without their consent or knowledge. 

Nobody likes it, and it’s terrible to think that someone is using pictures without your knowledge. However, anything in the internet space is prone to theft and your images are no exception. In this article, we will tell you how to protect your photos.  

There are numerous measures that can be used for protecting your photos. The most significant and widespread is watermarking. It will make it more difficult to copy your images from your site.  Watermarks is the most obvious way to prevent image theft. Let me tell you how to easily watermark photos. You can add a small piece of text, logo, or semi-transparent watermark to a photo. This not only protects but is a great way to stamp ownership over your pictures.

Watermarks can be anything, from your site logo to your signature or website address, as they are more operative than textual content. It is because they are very hard to remove and most people do not have enough knowledge to do so. Obviously, people will not be so interested in sharing images that reflect someone else’s brand or name

Adding watermarks to photos is simple.  You can easily and evenly watermark by Photoshop and in Adobe Lightroom.


How to watermark images in Adobe Photoshop

Below are some simple steps on how to watermark your photos

  • First step: Create a black document in Photoshop that is approx. 300 height and 500px wide. Resolution 150, transparent background.
  • Second step: With a paintbrush with black paint and create your signature, pick font or logo on the canvas.  Use black as your colour or you can use other shades of Gray.
  • Third step:  Grab the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around your watermark.
  • Fourth step: Next go to Edit> Define Brush Preset. 
  • Fifth step: Name your watermark and click on OK.
  • Sixth step: When you want to watermark an image, simply go to the brush logo you created, and stamp it to the image.   You will find it in your brush catalog.  
  • Seventh step: You can reduce the opacity of the brush or change the colour if you wish. Experiment with diverse blending modes and opacity levels to fine-tune your watermark.

You have to ensure that the watermark is not too pushy and distracting. The aim is not to have your photo slant with your name all over it. By contrast, do something refined and clean. Reducing opacity helps lessen the negative impact on your photo’s appearance. A poorly designed watermark can make your work cheaper, and make you look less proficient.

How to watermark images in lightroom

Another significant technique is using lightroom for watermarking your photos. Doing watermarking photos in Lightroom is quicker than using Photoshop.

  • First step: In the Lightroom tab on the top navigation, choose “Edit Watermark”. In the upper right-hand corner of the window, select “Graphic”, from the Edit menu 
  • Second step:  Now, you need to choose the kind of watermark you want to create in the upper-right corner of the watermark editor. You can pick a text watermark or a graphic watermark
  • Third step: You can use the selections in the options menu on the right side of the watermark editor to fine-tune how your watermark looks. You can adjust the position of the watermark along with the opacity
  • Fourth step: When you have finished creating your watermark, save your watermark.  Click the “Save” button and give it a name. Give it a meaningful name that will make the watermark easier to find. Once saved, it will be available in any Lightroom module.

Creating a watermark can be an extension of your branding. Perhaps you are a photographer or designer having a watermark in your content makes you more professional.

Reasons why watermarks for photography are necessary. 

  • This is a clear visual signal that will protect the photographer’s rights from potential violations. 
  • It enables people to find you from your work.
  • If the watermark is removed, the photographer may get additional damage in case of a violation.
  • Watermarks can be very useful for photographers and business proprietors to promote their work and their brands on websites and social media platforms. 

Now, you know that important methods of watermarking also have their importance, there are some tips or points to consider while watermarking pictures.

Point to consider while watermarking photos

  • Think about your watermark design wisely. The options are infinite, but, as you are capturing a beautiful picture that has taken a lot of effort to create, be sure to put some effort into the design of your watermark.
  •  Size matters; you want the watermark to be readable, but not crushing.  Make sure to choose a conservative size of watermarks. You must have carefully created a pleasing image, as watermarks. This is because it can also ruin your image while trying to save them.
  • Try using a graphic logo instead of plain text for a watermark. 
  • When using text watermarks, use a standard and recognizable font instead of some gothic font that makes it hard to read.
  • Semi-transparent watermark always looks better and more proficient than bold copyright impressions. Make it 60% or less transparent
  • Put your watermark in the corners of your images. The top-left, top-right, bottom-left, and bottom-right position generally works best.
  • Try not to use multiple texts for watermarks.
  •  Be creative, watermarking is about adding text to an image, but how you do with it is entirely up to you. You can be as creative as you can get.

Wrapping up

The unfortunate fact of the Internet world is people can use images and other content without your permission from their respective holders. Nothing can prevent the determined robber from stealing your photos, you can only stop and make it difficult for them. Using all these image protection techniques listed above will make it very difficult for infringers to download and misuse your photos. It will also daunt and prevent thieves from fearing possible consequences.  We hope that our article above will help you understand your options of watermarking and will start you with the precise foot. We suggest designers and photographers to create a subtle and professional looking watermark, or a simple watermark so that it does not distract from your work.

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