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Picture Watermarks/Copywrites

  1. Whitney05 profile image67
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    I am curious how many of you guys watermark your pictures for posting on the web? It's something new I've been considering for my website, so I was thinking about rediting my own photos on HubPages with a watermark.

    Do you guys watermark or add a copywrite to your pictures or just add it in the caption?

    Here's something I watermarked for my website, what do you think?


    I'm thinking about other options for a better watermark, they include:
    a. stretch across picture but have the words lighter
    b. stretch half way across picture
    c. make smaller and darker and place near the main image
    d make smaller and leave opacity the same or make lighter and place near the main image

    What do you guys think? For HubPage images and those similar to the one I've linked for my site? I figure it would be a pain to go back and re-edit them all, but I'd rather not have my pictures used without my permission. I don't mind pictures of the dog toys in my latest hub, but I wouldn't feel comfortable someone using a picture of my dog or my reptiles for their own use (without my permission that is).

    I do want the words near the image so they can't be cropped out.

  2. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Link one of your images without a watermark.

    So I can steal it.

    Just kidding.

    So I can do a few examples of what I've done.

    And it's copyright, not copywrite. wink

  3. Whitney05 profile image67
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    I did realied the typo afterwards, but was in a rush and didn't have time to correct it. Thank you.

    Here's the same photo: http://www.goreptiles.com/uploads/3geckos.jpg

    I would love to see what you do with it.

    I'm curious if anyone puts a watermark on their photos for HubPages... Anyone?

    1. stephhicks68 profile image84
      stephhicks68posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Whitney, I've used a lot of my own images, but haven't put watermarks on them.  Occasionally, I note that they are copyrighted below the image, but that's as far as I have gone (for example, see some of my Bend, Oregon hubs...)

  4. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    I don't see the point of putting watermarks on images anymore, because with the captions I put the copyright signature line and if I wanted to add the exact date I uploaded it I'll add that aswell.

    More often than not images get indexed by google, especially new and original ones, and so the traffic potential of the alt tagged keywords bring me traffic on my hub pages and blogs.

    As soon as you create or write something, copyright is instantly applied, but to be safe add the copyright notice with your name and date if really necessary.

  5. embitca profile image81
    embitcaposted 8 years ago

    I don't really bother either. If I remember I put the little copyright symbol beneath them, but most of the time I don't remember.  I don't really worry about it too much as I don't usually upload the highest resolution versions of my images.

  6. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    For me it depends on where the image is going to be used or how much of an attachment I have to it before I put a copyright symbol on it. And I'm often giving away images for free use anyway (I have a lens that offers free royalty-free images for Hubbers, Lensmasters and other authors at Gather and Associated Content). But if you do need to slap something on it, I'll take advantage of that opportunity and make sure I put the website address on it, so people know exactly where it comes from.

    Personally I tend to favour the first one here, because it's unobtrusive. If anyone ever needed to crop it to remove the watermark it wouldn't take much for anyone to realise that the original owner is the person who has the most image still intact big_smile




    That's just a few ways. The only limit is your imagination and the bounds of good taste.

  7. Whitney05 profile image67
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    Thanks darkside. It's definitely something to consider. When I asked my dad about it, he just gave me the first idea. He was busy though.

    I just haven't decided how I feel about people using the pictures of my pets. I don't care about other pictures.

  8. Marye Audet profile image91
    Marye Audetposted 8 years ago

    I text my images, especially my food images because my food blog tends to get scraped by blog-scrapers alot..it makes it easier at court. I guess the way you do it is however you are most comfortable with, I have seen numerous ways of signing the images and all of them seem reasonable to me.