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 Post subject: Watermark Qustion
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:42 pm 
I noticed that most of the photographs here have someones watermark on them. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on creating my own watermark that does not ruin the photos.
I have Photoshop CS5 and have been using photoshop since PS 4.0 so I would understand if you tell me to go here or there. But I have never made a watermark before and don't know what is the most effective template to put one into my images. I don't really want to make it so that it covers everything but at the same time i would like to know an effective way to put one in that no one could use certain images as their own.

Also what makes a catchy watermark? just putting in my name? or creating a logo out of my name etc etc?.

Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom,

Mibbitts


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Wow mate, resize your avatar, it stretches the whole forum :lol:

About your question: I go for the subtle watermark, just my name in somewhat transparent white. I've kind of stopped caring about watermarks though, if they steal it, they'll steal it, and I get to sue them and finally make some money :lol:

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I imagine if the photo was so valuable you would not post it on any forum. I agree, more and more are putting obtrusive water marks on their shots. One member commented about a water mark, "the likelihood of anyone stealing the shot is between low and zero"

I wish someone would steal my photos as I would know I'm improving. :)


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It seems some see it as an affront to their viewing experience to see any type of watermark, even though a watermark can have useful meaning.


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There are many water marks on the forum photos that are well done and not obtrusive, When I see a extremely large watermark in the centre of the photo which draws the eye straight to it, I don't bother with looking behind it and the photo content. The only reason I would add a watermark is to conceal my shot or advertise my name. 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:06 pm 
The watermark question was not for online or for when posting here. I am putting together a portfolio this summer for my college course in september and just want it to look as professional as possible before showing it to my new instructor next semester.


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