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Images With No Watermark

Posted by: Andrea Realpe on 06/30/2013 - 7:14 PM

Hello all,

I am writing this post for a few reasons. Someone was using my images on their own site saying it was their original work. I always put a watermark on my work, so I did a little research. I found that our images that we search on google through fineartamerica are not protected. For example if you research one of your images on google and then click on view original images anyone is able to downloaded it. Is there any way to change this?
I feel that anyone can download our images and then use them as they please. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks:)

 

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Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/30/2013 - 7:50 PM

" Is there any way to change this? "

The answer to this sounds really harsh, sorry.

Don't upload, anyone can download your images and that would be the only way to change it.

Google "DMCA", you can send a take down notice to the webmaster or Internet provider.

 

Posted by: William Cain on 06/30/2013 - 8:02 PM

If I found out some one was using my image's i would probably react like in the movie Scarface when Tony Montana is down in So.America and the drug lord turns to him and say's 'Tony don't you ever try and #@%* me.I would sell my house and hunt you down is that harsh enough.

 

Posted by: William Cain on 06/30/2013 - 8:14 PM

Just curious how did you find out someone was using your art ? And what do you think the resolution was on your Goggle original soure (I didn't even know you could get that

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 06/30/2013 - 8:19 PM

if your watermark was on here when google found it, it should be there as well, it sounds more like they removed it. in either case tell them to take it down. there is nothing you can do about people downloading work, it's here, it will be there.


---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Sharon Talson on 06/30/2013 - 9:06 PM

@ William.. google your name and there`ll be a link to "Images for ... ".. scroll down until your find your art, then check the websites that`re using the image.

I`ve found several websites that are using my images... emailing and asking them to take it down is time consuming and frustrating... I at least wish they`d include a link to my site here and give me credit... getting tired of following up...

 

Posted by: Sheena Pike on 06/30/2013 - 9:11 PM

Andrea I completely understand your concerns and used to have a huge phobia of uploading my work anywhere.......but thats how we get seen and unfortunately people find a way.....I finally have given up and have let it go.....I watermark what I can and hope for the best....

 

Posted by: Andrea Realpe on 06/30/2013 - 9:49 PM

Thank you for all your responses. I really appreciate it. It is frustrating sometimes knowing that you put so much hard work into your art, but people do not give you credit for your work. I even contacted a few people selling my work, but no responses. I guess people will be people

@ William I found out that someones was using my photos through one of my art followers. I had no clue.

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 06/30/2013 - 9:56 PM

i stopped asking people to remove it, and tell them to put underneath - image by Mike Savad http://www.MikeSavad.com i'll use it to my advantage. i've been getting hits from one page i did that on.

---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Andrea Realpe on 06/30/2013 - 9:59 PM

Okay Mike was correct, so if you have the Fine Art America watermark then it should still be there when searching through google.
The only problem is that it might ward off buyers. I guess we have to take good with the bad:P

This is one of my images through google.

http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/endless-dreams-andrea-realpe.jpg

 

Posted by: Andrea Realpe on 06/30/2013 - 10:00 PM

Good idea Mike. I will do that.:)
Thanks a bunch!

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 06/30/2013 - 10:03 PM

i wouldn't worry too much about it. while people can do all sorts of things with that size, people will still take it - even with the mark. and in the time you fuss tracking things down, you could have made more art.


---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: William Cain on 06/30/2013 - 10:24 PM

Well I went as suggested by Andrea to Google looked up William Cain see images clicked on one up thru FAA saved and opened thru Photoshop much to my surprise and disapointment the image is 4x7 appox at 200 resolution thats a big problem I don't have a problem if FAA IS USING MY TAGS, LINKS OR WHATEVER TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO THEIR SITE BUT i do have a problem with 200 dpi the least they could do is bring it down yo 72 dpi

 

Posted by: William Cain on 06/30/2013 - 10:24 PM

Well I went as suggested by Andrea to Google looked up William Cain see images clicked on one up thru FAA saved and opened thru Photoshop much to my surprise and disapointment the image is 4x7 appox at 200 resolution thats a big problem I don't have a problem if FAA IS USING MY TAGS, LINKS OR WHATEVER TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO THEIR SITE BUT i do have a problem with 200 dpi the least they could do is bring it down yo 72 dpi

 

Posted by: Andrea Realpe on 06/30/2013 - 10:36 PM

@William You can add the Fine Art America watermark. I think that is the only thing you can do at this point.

 

Posted by: William Cain on 06/30/2013 - 10:42 PM

I have the Watermark which is easy to remove its the 200 dpi instead of 72 that I have a problem with.

 

Posted by: Cynthia Decker on 06/30/2013 - 11:08 PM

William check your other thread - I think you are misunderstanding pixel size and resolution.

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 06/30/2013 - 11:45 PM

Delete - attack blocked.

OK, sorry about that. found a site that had one of mine - but no good to go there.
Sometimes it's just not worth the headaches & hassles.

 

Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 07/01/2013 - 12:54 AM

When I googled for mine then went to enlarge image the watermark is gone. Not happy with that! Still not sure how to see if my pics are elsewhere...

 

Posted by: Roger Reeves and Terrie Heslop on 07/11/2013 - 11:49 AM

Is there a way to bulk watermark all of my work...

 

Posted by: Roger Reeves and Terrie Heslop on 07/11/2013 - 11:49 AM

Is there a way to bulk watermark all of my work...

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 07/11/2013 - 11:55 AM

i think you have to ask the staff to change all the watermarks one way or the other.


---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/11/2013 - 12:01 PM

Just let me know if you want all the work watermarked

 

Posted by: Jim Cortez on 07/15/2013 - 7:43 PM

I have decided I want to add a watermark to all my images. Is there a way to do that?

 

Posted by: Heather Applegate on 07/15/2013 - 7:52 PM

Jim - see the post by Abbie just above yours!
But you only have 63 images, so you could just go through and edit them all yourself. Just check the box for the watermark.

 

Posted by: Nature's Details on 07/15/2013 - 8:29 PM

I just found one of my recent images in Google Image Search.

http://www.google.ca/imgres?start=153&client=firefox-a&hs=zmZ&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1366&bih=574&tbm=isch&tbnid=rt0B6LT08Dnq-M:&imgrefurl=http://fineartamerica.com/featured/war-military-artillery-black-and-white-horizontal-tiny-by-nature.html&docid=YQtHarhXrE4zeM&imgurl=http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/war-military-artillery-black-and-white-horizontal-tiny-by-nature.jpg&w=900&h=596&ei=KZHkUZOcC8a0ygG_uwE&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:70,s:100,i:214&iact=rc&page=9&tbnh=182&tbnw=263&ndsp=19&tx=98&ty=116

I clicked to view the original image and then right-click / save to desktop. When I right-click on the desktop icon and go to Properties, the details tell me that it is 900 pixels on the long side @ 100ppi, BUT the file size is only 138kb

Even though it is the 900 pixel display image available for anyone to download, it is so highly compressed by Google, that it is only any good for screen viewing. You could print it, but it would not be "art" quality.

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On the flip side I grabbed the same image straight from the display in my gallery using a tool called "Pixlr Grabber" and used the "EDIT" function. The image is opened in the Pixlr online photo editing program. From that online software, I am able to save the same image to my desktop as a high quality JPEG - 396KB or PNG - 498kb or even a TIFF at 1.2MB!

Could someone not do more with that 900 pixel image? Does the larger file size mean that it is better quality?

Does FAA not compress the images, after resizing for our gallery displays?

 

Posted by: JC Findley on 07/15/2013 - 8:35 PM

It is compressed or it would be larger than 900 pixels.

There is a lot you can do with a 900 pixel image but the reality is, if you want to sell large wall art it has to look good when displayed online so it ends up being the price of doing business.

You actually don't need a special program like pixel grabber to do it either. I can do hit ctrl-prt/sc and get a screen shot. Then I paste it into my editing software, crop it and poof I have the image.

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 07/15/2013 - 8:49 PM

it's easy to take them. just save as - when it's loading up before the overlay is applied. simple stuff. but it's still small and it's like a free sample. like i was reading someone liking a work of mine on facebook. and she was saying, i bet i could blow that up and print it on my wall. to which i told them that if they did that it would look like one blurry, ugly mess and you wouldn't get the detail that the original had.

---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Mike Savad on 07/15/2013 - 8:51 PM

also it doesn't really matter if you save it as a tiff, that's just a format, it's a jpg on the screen. making it a tiff won't improve the image. large file sizes just means it doesn't compress it down. but if you have a bad or a low quality image, saving it as a tiff won't do anything.

like if the cake is spoiled, adding frosting to it, usually won't make it taste better, and now the cake is heavier, or something like that.... and yes i want some cake.


---Mike Savad

 

Posted by: Loretta Luglio on 07/15/2013 - 8:55 PM

The watermarks are easily removed in Photoshop and other software. There should be more placement options of the watermark like the center of the art - a bit harder to deal with in removing. Of course it's a double edge sword as it makes it harder for the buyer to see.

 

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