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    Talking Art Theft - And how to stop it

    Hey guys, i have a question for all you its not a real big thing i guess. But well, all of us as artists work hard to do are work, and sometimes even want to sell it, or maybe even most of the time, we all have websites, and we all post on art forums. I was just wondering, how exactly do you protect against people right clicking your images saving and printing out with there own digital printers. I mean if you sell prints, and you have a pretty big pic of the photography or painting on your website someone can easily copy it, with ok quality still. Is there a way to stop this, i see alot of artists, showcase there work on there sites at small image sizes, thats another question what is a good size to display work at on the internet, without ruining how it looks from going to small??? And from others not taking it.... kinda deal. I have many people told me ya i printed out your pic man looks great or w.e and i am all like oh really can you please not do that blah blah! But really im soo mad. But usually friends with them sooo uhh.. But im sure many more people do this.


    Anyways... i hope i made sense with all that rambling.


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    Always post stuff never over 72 dpis. It'll look like shit when printed out but will be fine on screen. Also, the right amount of compression can help... But pleaaaase no right-click disabling... It's a bronze age old trick which only slows down the real thieves and pisses off the nice people that would like to keep your art as a sample.
    Always remember ; if it looks good on screen, it's okay. Only the end result counts. And there's no 100% proof way to avoid art theft. Take it as a compliment when it happends You never know ; Your work could be showcased on pink fuzzy slippers from a developping country !)
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    Quote Originally Posted by egerie
    But pleaaaase no right-click disabling... It's a bronze age old trick which only slows down the real thieves
    Yeah its only too simple. Ramp up your screen resolution, open the picture on browser fully, take a snapshot, paste and crop on photoshop.

    72 dpi at medium compression Jpeg should be more than adequate. If you have tonnes of details then they'll be lost but if its a line sketch then its more than enough.
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    OK thanks guys, as for this 72 dpi thing most pictures i submit are at that...saved to web, 72dpi the whole shabam... But, should i post the images smaller? I usually post/put them on my website at, 550 by 750 ish, or like 750 by 450 something like that...?
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    Lightbulb

    Even 800x600 images would be fine - have you ever tried printing out an 800x600 image at a reasonable size? It gets all pixellated and goes to hell pretty quickly. If anyone wanted a printout of an image from the web, it's either gonna have to be a tiny print, or a large, crappy quality one. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    Just don't go posting the original PSD file or anything, and you should be fine

    It's worse with 3d models, since those can actually be downloaded, re-rendered and people can say they're their own. I've had that happen to me before, fortunately it's pretty easy to prove who made the original, since the original author tends to have "work-in-progress" files, backups and different versions of the file, whereas the thief only gets the version that was available online.
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    It seems there's some WIDESPREAD misconception about DPI. It doesn't matter, in any single little way whatsoever, what DPI you save your image as.
    The only thing that matters is the pixels, you can have 3000 pixels at 1 dpi, 72 dpi or 300 dpi and it'll look identical.
    The DPI is just telling the program how big it should make the image when printing and it can be changed manually without interfering with the image whatsoever.

    This might be obvious for most but I still see references to DPI when it is completely irrelevant.

    edit: what I'm trying to say is:
    save a 500x500 image at 72 DPI and it will look IDENTICAL in EVERY WAY to a 500x500 image in 400000000000000 DPI.
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    I find myself worrying momre about people who will right-click, save, then post your art as their own in their online galleries, portfolios, etc.

    I've used obnoxious watermarks in the past, but they usually only discourage the more "simple" art thieves who can't properly use photoshop.

    Thankfully, this has never happened to me but we all know of someone who has had their work ripped off like this. Moreso, one friend of mine found her artwork, despite it being 72 dpi, printed on various T-shirts and mousepads on ebay.

    Flattering, I guess, but damn...
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    My problem is hotlinking. Some asshat on myspace is currently jacking my bandwidth, but I can't find them among the zillions of memebers. The last time it happened, it turned out to be a girl who jacked my lil' link banner to Eatpoo- "Welcome Ladies"! She simply copied and hosted it herself after I politely asked her to quit. My Webalizer took me straight to her page, but the current link just goes to the sign-on page. Grrrrr!!
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    Watermark is your freind. Always put your name, web url (or email, something people can reach you at) in the picture somewhere.

    And keep things below 800x800 would help a lot. If you want to show details, simply post up a cropped zoomed in detail shot on particular parts. It's really no need to post things too big. It just become a hassel for the viewer really.

    There's really no fool proof methods for prevent thieves. They can smudge off your watermark or sigs, or just trace over. You just have to learn to deal with it. And pray some people would help to look out theives for you.
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    from my experience i have found the people who worry and take the most steps to "protect" their work are the ones who have the least to worry about. i cant count how many crappy crap crap images i have seen with a big ol stupid watermark over it.when was the last time you saw a craig mullins watermark? honestly, who cares if someone steals your work in the hopes to get a job? you think if they get hired off stolen work they are gonna be able to keep the job they get if they didnt have the skills to begin with? ninja please. im not saying stealing is okay, but anyone who steals artwork and gets hired for a job off it is going to be expected to perform to that same level of the stolen stuff. so dont trip, dont worry about watermarks, and just worry about making art good enough to be stolen. -c36
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    Haha, thanks guys, thx coro that makes alot of sense man
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    Ima rip off coro by saying "Ninja please.." from now on..
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    shit i wish id watermarked that comment -c36
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