This is a blog post that I have been putting off for awhile, so I guess it’s time to write about how to protect your mobile photos and art work. I’ll talk about watermarks and give you a list of apps that generate a signature to apply on top of you photo or images. Then I’ll talk about the PROS and CONS with watermarks and my honest opinions at the end of the blog post.
The top photo was edited with Brushstroke. The app has a signature tool to apply on top of your painterly images. There are some app that will let you apply a signature or have text to put on top of you photos/images.
PhotoMakr is a watermark app, I picked this app up because it’s FREE at the moment and normally $2.99.
It’s a very easy and simple app to operate. Just type in your name or initials, add in the copyright seal and adjust the size/transparency of your watermark. You adjust the size by pinching with your fingers on the screen. It’s a very handy tool and doesn’t take up space on your iPhone.
Watermark App List:
PhotoMakr – $2.99 (FREE at the moment)
iWatermark – $1.99
iWatermark+ – $3.99
eZy Watermark – $1.99 with in-app purchases
eZy Watermark Video – $1.99 with in-app purchases
iStamp+ – $3.99
Phonto – FREE with in-app purchases
Watermarker – $1.99
A Clear Watermark – $1.99
These are just some of the watermark app out in the App Store. There are loads more but these are the popular and best ones to get.
The pros only to watermark is it does detour people from stealing your images. It’s also advertising your art work or photograph.
The cons I find them to be distracting, ugly and down right tacky (sometimes). There was a time I would fave a photo on Flickr if the had a watermark on their photos. My eyes goes straight to the watermark.
TinEye is a reverse image search engine service. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
Here’s the catch: TinEye is capable of searching for images in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format. As of 2009, other formats that contain images online, such as Adobe Flash, are not searchable. So if you’re into TIFF file formats and upload them, those images are not searchable.
Some people swear by TinEye but I don’t. What you should use it is when you happen to find your photo/image on a site or social network where a person using your image without permission. That’s when I would use TinEye. Not to constantly policing your images. If you are worried about your images being stolen or used without your permission, then don’t load them on the Internet.
These are the ways to protect your artwork online when posting them on Instagram, Flickr and other sites. In my opinion I don’t use watermarks and don’t feel the need to put them on my images. Most people know my style of photography and mobile art editing. It’s nearly impossible to copy what I do and everyone else should feel the same way about their art work too. If someone wants to steal my images, go for it. I must be pretty good if you want my images that badly. There is the option of not posting them online too. But then no one will see your art work and where the fun in hiding your work. I post my photos and mobile art work to share with people. I know the risks and willing to gamble on the odds. I’m not in it for the fame or getting rich, most people should have that attitude when posting art work online. It’s really about expression and sharing your point of view or capturing a moment you want to freeze in time.
If you have any questions about this blog post please leave comments. Have a great day and see you soon.