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Yes, but with merit.
As a professional photographer, or as anyone selling images online, watermarking is a good protective measure against theft of your intellectual property – but it’s not something you should use all the time, and when There are best practices to follow when you watermark images.
Watermarking, which means adding a copyright mark or logo to an image, is not a new practice. Remember the good old “print” days, when photographers used to send or hand you prints with the words “copy” or “proof”? You would then order the print you wanted and they would create the clean print for you with the words removed (you could be a millennial, of course, but that’s how things used to be back).
Nowadays, most photographers have moved their portfolios online and those who watermark images digitally; Adding text, logos or symbols to images as a way of preventing Internet users from stealing.
There are many photographers who avoid watermarking, for several reasons:
On the other end:
We examined the issue of watermarking in an old blog a few years ago, and our approach has stood since then: You should watermark, but you don’t need to watermark. All of your images. For example, online images that are so small or low-resolution that no one will realistically see the value in stealing them do not need to be watermarked. Watermarking should be reserved for your most precious large-sized, high-quality images.
The best way is to use the right digital tools to add a “quality” watermark to your images before uploading them to your site, and there are plenty of them. You can look at tools like Adobe Photoshop, Watermark, Cheap-as-chips Watermarquee or Watermarkly, which range from cheap to free.
Especially when selling images from a WordPress website, look no further than our FooGallery PRO commerce plugin, which comes with built-in functionality to add a professional watermark to your images; Whether it’s a watermark design from our library (see below) or one you create yourself (with Adobe Spark Post, for example).
To save you time, the watermark is applied at the gallery-level to all images in the selected gallery, rather than you having to apply it before uploading or to each individual image. So you should keep all the images you want to watermark in a single gallery.
The watermark appears only on full-size images that website visitors open in Lightbox; It will not appear on gallery image thumbnails. Depending on your settings, you can choose to show a singular watermark, or you can have it repeat throughout the image.
As an added security measure, PRO Commerce also includes an option for right-click image protection for your gallery, so that visitors can view the high-resolution full-size images in your gallery lightbox, where they will be watermarked.
For your most valuable images, it may be worthwhile to go a step further from time to time. There are tools you can use to search the Internet for your images, see who is actually using them, and assess whether they are doing so legally. Try Google Reverse Image Search, Duplicate Checker or Tiny.
If you decide to watermark images in your WordPress gallery, there are a few things to remember:
Many people say that the best way to protect your images is not to put them online. Yet this is simply impractical in the age of e-commerce. However, you can watermark images professionally and add right-click protection with FooGallery PRO Commerce. It works in your browser’s search box with some of the occasional search agents, and you should be able to put your images in the right (paying) hands.
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