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Copyright Protection of Photos by adding Text or Watermarks

Question by Mail Request | 29/05/2013 at 13:56

Hello! I came across your website when I was searching ways to protect my photos once they are uploaded online. Photography is only a hobby of mine, and I like to take creative shots. I know next to nothing when it comes to Photoshop and Copyright Protecting photos.

My question is, when placing the text on the photos, is this a good way to keep them as "mine" per se, for lack of better words? I like to upload them to Facebook from time to time, but I would rather disable the right click/save funtion. I like the idea of the watermark/adding text to the photos to protect them.

Any advice or deeper explanation will help me tremendously! Thank you.

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Stefan Trost

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There are several ways of how you can copyright protect your photos, but none of these possibilities is hundred percent secure.

A good way, I think is to keep the resolution of the photos small and to use text or watermarks on the images. Both ways prevent others from using your photos, because it makes the photos useless for them. For printing, you need a high resolution and if there is a watermark or text on the photos, it is not a plain photo you can use at all place any more.

All other methods like preventing a right click or embedding copyright information is not a choice for you. A simple screenshot of the desktop or basic computer or website programming skills will skip this kind of "protection".

Making a text or a watermark a good kind of protection, you have to keep some things in mind: a good idea is to use big (transparent) watermarks or texts covering the important things of your photo. Otherwise, someone can simply crop your image or use it in parts, so that the protection gets lost.

Another idea, you have to keep in mind is that someone can use Photoshop to retouch the parts covered by your watermark by trying to imitate the background, using another color to paint over your watermark and so on. Of course, the better your watermark is and the better your watermark is placed, the more problem that makes.

Both thinks, adding texts and watermarks to your images can be done with the tool Image Converter.

I hope, I could help you.
29/05/2013 at 14:06

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