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    Watermarking images invisibly

    I was wondering if anyone knew how to watermark images invisibly - I know that it can be done - the image looks normal online, but when it is printed, the watermark appears.....

    Is that a good way to watermark? Is there a better way? Should I just put a small logo on the bottom of my images?? I have lots of pictures but now, starting a website, I want to make sure that they cannot just be stolen easily....
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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    While that may be a good idea if it's technically achievable, you would still have the problem of protecting against unauthorized uses around the web, which is by far your more likely problem. Most people think they can save, copy, and rehost any image they find online... even some supposedly reputable entities.So, because of that, most people watermark their images with a visible name or logo.

    The second reason for making a visible watermark is to meet the Copyright code protections. If you have your name, the Copyright symbol, and the year on the image itself, there's an automatic presumption in court that the image is yours. Not only that, it allows you to recover attorneys fees and other damages that otherwise would not be available if you did not have a visible watermark.

    So, I would suggest using a visible watermark using your name or the name under which you do business, the (C) symbol, and the year the image was taken.
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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    Thank you, that was very helpful! How do you do the 'C' symbol??
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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    Quote Originally Posted by ChowChi-Ching
    Thank you, that was very helpful! How do you do the 'C' symbol??
    On windows its hold the Alt key while typing 0169 =

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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    Thanks...... hehe, I just googled it.... Kind of a wierd thing to do but it works!
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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    There is always Digimarc which will track images across the web. It does cost, but does provide a hidden code in your images.

    Accessories/System tools in Windows provides a Character Map that if, you are using a font that the Alt-0169 doesn't generate the , will aid you in finding the appropriate combo.
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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    You may find this thread helpful if you are planning on adding a visible watermark to your photos. There is a tutorial in that thread for adding a watermark to your photos that's pretty easy to set up. It's a method I saw on Photoshop User TV a while back. I just used the "C" symbol for the tutorial, but you could make it anything you want.

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    Re: Watermarking images invisibly

    Quote Originally Posted by brmill26
    While that may be a good idea if it's technically achievable, you would still have the problem of protecting against unauthorized uses around the web, which is by far your more likely problem. Most people think they can save, copy, and rehost any image they find online... even some supposedly reputable entities.So, because of that, most people watermark their images with a visible name or logo.

    The second reason for making a visible watermark is to meet the Copyright code protections. If you have your name, the Copyright symbol, and the year on the image itself, there's an automatic presumption in court that the image is yours. Not only that, it allows you to recover attorneys fees and other damages that otherwise would not be available if you did not have a visible watermark.

    So, I would suggest using a visible watermark using your name or the name under which you do business, the (C) symbol, and the year the image was taken.
    I was also looking for the answer to this question and you've answered it & then some.
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