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Ability to add a watermark

GrumpyTanner 4 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 3 years ago 2

It would be nice if we could add a standard watermark or a custom. But that may be stupid. I was just suggesting cause my boyfriend and I mostly do sketches and we don't tend to watermark them and the added security would be nice.

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In general, we agree with Neotheta on this. Watermarks are a bit tricky - while this does add security, many people will be less likely to share the art. The internet has been doing a much better job at finding the original artist for pieces that are shared; usually, the risk of someone stealing the art and cropping out a signature is worth the potential for attracting new fans.


We'd prefer to leave this up to the artist. They may watermark their work if they want, but it won't be a built-in feature.

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Watermarks do no good for drawings, it makes them annoying to look at and doesn't stop thieves at all.


Better solution is add your own nickname to one of the corners so that it doesn't obscure the work. When the drawing gets reposted (it will) people find back to you via google. Most reposters have good intentions, but you cannot stop them for admiring your work and spreading the word.


As for how easy it is for thieves to remove a watermark, modern programs have efficient tools for that. And most the times people actually trace and recolour so it won't affect a thing. Or just steal as is and pretend the watermark is theirs :P

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In general, we agree with Neotheta on this. Watermarks are a bit tricky - while this does add security, many people will be less likely to share the art. The internet has been doing a much better job at finding the original artist for pieces that are shared; usually, the risk of someone stealing the art and cropping out a signature is worth the potential for attracting new fans.


We'd prefer to leave this up to the artist. They may watermark their work if they want, but it won't be a built-in feature.