A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: When you post a project, remember that you can always click the Modify button to edit the post and add additional information.
Total Members: 296,386
Currently Running With Scissors:
733 Guests and 40 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Watermarking Images- something I don't understand  (Read 1126 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
Tylon
Offline Offline

Posts: 104
Joined: 11-Jan-2011

Graphic Designer & Crafter!


View Profile WWW
« on: May 14, 2011 04:15:17 PM »

Hello,

I left Craftster awhile back because I had a disagreement with a moderator about watermarks. I felt very discouraged to come back and repost, however I still have questions and frankly don't quite understand some things.  I am almost a senior in college for graphic design, I am well aware of the laws and licenses involved protecting certain works. I know this community is a great community, but this issue has been bothering me endlessly. I respect the Craftster rules, however I am very confused at what the whole issue is with watermarks.

On all of my work, I watermark my images which includes my own logo, my name and website. Watermarks are the only things that artists and designers have to protect their own works. I have had awful experiences with work and patterns being stolen because of lack of watermark, in which jobs and work were stolen from me. My work on here was taken down simply because of the fact I want to protect my work, but cannot include anything with a .com, which my watermark has . I am very confused at the issue why. Especially if I own the website and all of the material on it, a website simply with my portfolio and work, not EVEN a store or anything. I have been using the same mark for about seven years now, and it is a representation of myself and my work. I don't really like any images on the net of mine not having the mark, just because there are so many issues with copyright infringement, stealing, etc.

I decided I would post this on here, because I really enjoy this site, I truly don't see or understand what is so wrong with this. It has bothered me so much, I felt like I should tell my story to the people of Craftster. Like I said before, I respect the rules, I would like to know why it is such a big issue on here though. Craftster seems to be the only site that I have put my work on that dosnt allow my watermarks. I never got an explanation either when I asked the mod, they just said they enforced rules.

My watermark looks as followed (its usually faded in the images)- http://www.blog.tylonproducts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Screen-shot-2011-05-14-at-7.14.22-PM.png

I apologize if this isn't the right category. I had no idea where to post this. I was just looking for a reasoning/ explanation to this.

Thank you very much!




THIS ROCKS   Logged

I am a graphic designer. I am an illustrator. I am a photographer. I am a writer. I am a crafter. I am an artist. I am a creator.
microjivvy
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011 04:25:43 PM »

I'm not the person to answer your questions, but I'm curious as to what your concerns are over creating a watermark that fits within the rules? That would afford the same protection as any watermark (which isn't much -- I've had people remove my watermark from video, much less static images) and will allow you to post without conflict.

THIS ROCKS   Logged

MicroJivvy.com:  Whatever I happen to be working on.
My Pinterest
batgirl
Global Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Part Librarian, Part Superhero
Offline Offline

Posts: 19741
Joined: 23-Sep-2005

Stop Pinning, Start Making.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2011 09:36:05 PM »

Yep, you can totally watermark your work with your name, user name or whatever, *just not* a web address or something that directs people to another website, blog, etc. No need to leave Craftster about it or worry about it, it's just to keep c-ster a place where people can freely share ideas, without being bothered by lots of self promotion. You may need to swap out the watermark for a non-url one if that's what you typically use, but as long as it doesn't have an addy for another site, you're free to post away! Smiley For the full deets on the rules look here: http://www.craftster.org/rules.html#menu2b
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Just added lots of new items! Use coupon code "craftster" for 10% off! http://www.LilyLovesBernie.etsy.com
 50 Things
sweets4ever
Administrator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 40936
Joined: 18-Jan-2005


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011 08:08:09 AM »

I think your questions have been answered within the replies here, but feel free to ask additional, if not! Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Craftster has gone mobile!!  Read the news here.
BeccaJaneStClair
Follow the Butterflies....
Offline Offline

Posts: 1861
Joined: 28-Dec-2005

I'd rather swing on the moon than a star.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011 09:20:42 AM »

You could put a link back to your website in your signature, since that's allowed.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

(formerly AnnaOnTheMoon)

http://blog.beccajanestclair.com ~ http://annaonthemoon.livejournal.com ~  http://www.wists.com/annaonthemoon  ~ http://pinterest.com/annaonthemoon
Knickertwist
Tutorial Contributor

Member of the Papercraft Gang
Offline Offline

Posts: 4156
Joined: 08-Mar-2007

Gimme some sugar baby.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011 07:24:43 AM »

So I've had two threads limbo'd this morning because I'm a dope and didn't even realise I couldn't put my url in my images. Anywho, I have a couple of issues with this.

First of all I'm lazy. When I prep my files they are being uploaded to several places. I really don't want to have to create a separate set of images files just for craftster. I mean I love this place to bits but... I'm lazy!

My second issue is that the photos used here are linked elsewhere directly from this site. Does that make sense? What I mean is that there are buttons for sharing our projects on all sorts of social media sites directly from the craftster post. As soon as you create the ability to easily share our projects outside of craftster, to promote craftster, well I think it's sort of cheeky to say we can't watermark with our own .com's to protect/promote ourselves.

I know the arguments against what I've just said... "Stop being a lazy dope and just take off the damn .com!" and "People would just link to the projects in another way..." but this is kinda bugging me too.

I know people can just remove the marks (it's especially easy on my images) but that small pain in the ass factor will deter a few people and really, at this point, I just accept that people will swipe/share my images so YES! I do want my url on my photos so that when they are sent out into the big bad web my addy is on them. Leaving off the .com is silly because what about those who use .ca .ws .org or .net?

Gah! I don't know. Maybe I'm just grumpy from no sleep last night but this morning this issue is getting to me. Maybe I'll feel differently after a stiff drink at noon Tongue
THIS ROCKS   Logged

BeccaJaneStClair
Follow the Butterflies....
Offline Offline

Posts: 1861
Joined: 28-Dec-2005

I'd rather swing on the moon than a star.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2011 10:06:02 AM »

knickertwist,

If you google "knickertwists", your Etsy shop is the first result, and blogspot the second, so if people are trying to find your site based off a watermark that only says "knickertwists", I don't think they will have a problem Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

(formerly AnnaOnTheMoon)

http://blog.beccajanestclair.com ~ http://annaonthemoon.livejournal.com ~  http://www.wists.com/annaonthemoon  ~ http://pinterest.com/annaonthemoon
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Photoshop - Creating Star Wars Crawl P.1
Photoshop - Turning a Photo into a Cartoon P.2
After Effects:Creating an Explosion Behind Someone
Photoshop - Turning a Photo into a Cartoon P.1
After Effects Tutorial - Making a Space Explosion
Latest Blog Articles
DIY Summer
Craft Challenge 101 Announced - Stash Buster
July 8, 2014 Featured Projects

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.