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Prevent theft: watermark your art

Illustration courtesy of FRED NOLAND

Author, illustrator, and toy photographer Chris McVeigh recently wrote an excellent article for Macworld on how to watermark your image files to prevent others from stealing your work. In the article he outlines in great detail the necessary steps to watermark all of your artwork files in one fast, painless process. The process is the same for Photoshop CS3, CS4, or CS5.

Before going to the article let's clarify two terms he uses for those artists not that familiar with Photoshop.

Action: In Photoshop an “Action” is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files. For example, you can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies a filter to the image for a particular effect, and then saves the file in the desired format.*

Batch process: Performing a particular operation automatically on a group of files all at once rather than manually opening, editing and saving one file at a time. For example, graphics software that converts a selection of images from one format to another would be a batch processing utility.**

Don’t be put off by these terms and think that the article might be too technical for you. Chris explains everything step by step, it’s a very short article and worth reading through several times to learn how to protect your artwork.


Illustrator Fred Noland draws from a deep well of inspiration ranging from the Expressionists to Underground Comics. His illustrations have appeared in the SF Weekly, LA Weekly, Tennis, Bike, Nickelodeon, Canoe and Kayak, Illinois Times, Xbox Magazine, TokyoPop, Santa Fe Reporter and more. His sequential art has been featured in the Cartoon Art Museum, and the Oakland Museum at the OAK installation. He has also taken part in group shows at San Francisco's SOMARTS and Amaru Galleries and RPS in Oakland.

See more of Fred Noland's work at:
Fred Noland Illustration
Fred Noland Blog
The Funhouse

*adobe.com
**pcmag.com

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