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What exactly is a watermark?

  1. homesteadbound profile image89
    homesteadboundposted 5 years ago

    Watermark is another new term for me. If a person puts their web address on a photo, is it a watermark. I have permission from someone to use their photos but their website address is on them. Didn't know if I could use them. Some day I may be as smart as some of you....Thanks.

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image83
      Maddie Ruudposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, if someone superimposes the URL of their website on a photo, it is considered at watermark.  We do not allow prominently watermarked images on HubPages.  I would consider asking the photo source if they would consider letting you use an unmarked version of the photo, with attribution and a link back (which you can easily do in the "source" box of the image capsule).

      1. homesteadbound profile image89
        homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you, Maddie, I thought that was the case. I just wasn't sure. I want to do things correctly.

      2. kschang profile image92
        kschangposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Prominent, of course, is rather subjective, but the idea is if it's a small line of text in a corner, not prominent. If it's repeated across the image in nice big bold letters (even if it's "faded" / "ghosted")  then it's prominent. smile

        1. homesteadbound profile image89
          homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          kschang, thank you for this clarification.

      3. SunSeven profile image64
        SunSevenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Can we watermark our own photos, so that if someone steals it, or do the attribution or link back to our hubs?

        1. homesteadbound profile image89
          homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          From what I have read on other forum posts, you cannot use your own photos if you put a watermark on them, even it they are yours.

        2. sasta10 profile image78
          sasta10posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          If it's your own image ( you created it) then yes you can watermark it so no one else can steal it.  People us watermark to identify their image and catch people if they use it.  One place where watermark is used a lot of time is ebay.  Some ebay sellers uses professional photos one their listing and they don't like other sellers who are selling similar products to steal their photos and use it on their listing.  Thanks.

          1. sasta10 profile image78
            sasta10posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I think if hubpages see's a watermark image on you hubs, they will suspend your hub until you take the image off and resubmit your hub.

            1. homesteadbound profile image89
              homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Thank you for your input on this thread.

  2. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    A watermark is a relatively pale "shadow" image superimposed on a photo.  Like the stock companies do, to prevent it from being stolen.

    1. homesteadbound profile image89
      homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, psycheskinner. I really appreciate how everyone is so helpful here.

      1. noenhulk profile image57
        noenhulkposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Well said. I don't  want to answer "what is watermark" again coz  2 is enough... and 3 is a crowd. HAHAHA!

  3. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I watermark my photos and can't use them here unless I'm not selling them elsewhere..

  4. Hunbbel Meer profile image90
    Hunbbel Meerposted 5 years ago

    Watermark is for safety against piracy. (At least that's what I know)
    It can't be sell, watermarks are generally prominent.

  5. Chaotic Chica profile image84
    Chaotic Chicaposted 5 years ago

    This is an example of a watermark...


    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/5401801_f248.jpg

    1. homesteadbound profile image89
      homesteadboundposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Stacie L., Hunbbel Meer, and Chaotic Chica. It is very clear to me now. Thanks.

 
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