How to protect your Photos on the Web? A common question by Photographers…there are many different ways but Aperture 2 provides you with a simple and quick solution to place a Copyright watermark on all Your images.
Some thief’s go through great length and spend time removing even opaque watermarks in Photoshop, there is never a 100% guarantee even with Aperture and its automatic watermarking.
The perfect solution is don’t display your Images on the web…but I think these days are over and we all like our images out there…so how do we protect our images?
© Gunther Deichmann - aerial of Kayakers in Palau Micronesia, barely
visiable and not to distructing from the image an applied watermark
using Aperture 2
Here are some simple Tips to make it harder for these thief’s …
Make sure your images are in gif or jpg low resolution but still good enough to show them in their full glory. Avoid high resolution images, it is an open invitation for thief’s and they slow down your website.
Apply a watermark as described below using Aperture’s settings.
I recommend placing an opaque watermark over the entire image or covering one third of the image, this is much harder to retouch. Don’t place your © COPYRIGHT name and notice on the sides or at the bottom, this can be easily cropped out.
Choose an opaque setting you are comfortable with and is not to distracting from the overall visual. (Opacity settings eg.0.1 to 1.0 all depends a bit on the image, light or dark) With different options available the opaque slider in Aperture 2 is a good start how the watermark is going to look, just try different settings until you satisfied.
Use only your name or create a logo in Photoshop as a layered file,
it is entirely up to you. The screen shot below shows you where to find the Watermark settings in Aperture 2.
You can also deactivate the Watermark any time if you need your images without it.
I provided you a link to “How do I protect my images online” a great article I found recently with some additional options and tutorials to save guard your images from those thief’s.
Go to Preference and choose the export icon, click and a drop down
menu appears. Click on Edit and another menu becomes available.
Now you see all your Watermark options and settings. (red square)
Below: Excerpts from the mention article...
I am setting up an art website. I want to protect my photographs. What’s the code that keeps you from highlighting an image, right clicking an image, copying an image, etc.
* no right-click script
This prevents people from downloading the image when they right click on it.
* Shrink wrapping
This hides the image by letting the thief download something other than what they are trying to download.
This puts information on the image itself, so when they download it, they have your copyright information right on it.
Flash makes it more difficult to steal images...
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