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NON-Take-able (copyable) Original Graphics, How do I setup???

I create graphics for a lot of people and offer free ones from my site.

But, can someone tell me the best way to keep my images from being stolen and used by someone else for free when they aren't the free ones?  I use mostly .gif and .jpg and do all my work in Paint Shop Pro 6.  I don't like the Copyright showing on my graphics, so I don't use that, I think it detracts from the image itself.

If you need more info, please just let me know.
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weedCommented:
You use a watermarking technique from DigiMark. http://www.digimarc.com/...its a photoshop plugin that embeds a digital watermark into your image invisibly. When that mark gets to another computer they have to make rather significant changes to the image in order to eliminate the mark. All your information is stored with the watermark so as its recoverable if there is debate about an image.
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p4t0Commented:
I agree with weed. Watermark is the only way that somehow you can protect your images. I say somehow because is really easy to get rid of a watermark and no significant changes are involved and the ripper can even put a watermark him- herself. A process as easy as copy and paste.

What I suggest, is that whenever you create an image (at lease a very important or valuable one), make a backup of the original file (diskette or cd), send it to you via post and keep the envelope in a a safe place and never open it.
This is very useful in case you have done a website and created all the graphics inside of it.

In this way, in case someone stole your images you can proof that yours were created before his/hers with the original envelope. I suggest to use the post since when they put the stamp with the date on the envelope, is a reliable sign that you did not cheat it.

Hope I helped you...

p.
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weedCommented:
Its not that easy to get rid of a digital watermark. Im not talking about a screened over image, im talking about digital watermarks. VERY difficult to get rid of and since its spread across the whole image, you have to severely modify the entire image to eliminate it.
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p4t0Commented:
I know what you are talkig about, I disagree and agree with you.

Agree in the fact that to get rid of a digital watermark you will have to modify the file but is not that difficult (there's where I disagree). With a little knowledge on image manipulation you can get rid of it.
For instance, if you have Photoshop (or any other graphic editor), download an image with a digital watermark, open it with your software, paste it on a new document, crop by 1 pixel the image,  save it with other name and the watermark disappear.

Sometimes it works also just opening and saving it with a different name.
 
Another way and maybe the dumbest, make a screen shot of the image (using the print screen key) and paste it into Photoshop, save it and the
watermark won't be there anymore.
So... unless there is a way where the watermark persist even when you had modified the image or made a screenshot of it, is not difficult to get rid of them.

I'm not saying that this procedure whould be used to rip other people's work of course but is always good to know them in order to protect your own work.  Afterwords, the only thing left is to trust in the good will of decent people who at lease ask your permission before using your work for their own benefit.

In the other hand, watermarks provide a sense of security and that's why people buy them...

p.
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weedCommented:
No, a crop will not eliminate the digital watermark. The watermark is redundant and is distributed through the whole image. Even a small portion of the image will contain all the information in the watermark. Saving it with a different name absolutely DOESNT eliminate the watermark.

Screenshots dont work either because the information is IN the pixels of the image. Those pixels are captured by the screenshot.
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p4t0Commented:
hello!

maybe I´m wrong.... maybe not. We can solve this thing just trying it... have any image with a watermark??? R U online?...

p.
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weedCommented:
Don't need to solve it. Done it many times and that's the way a digital watermark works. But try it yourself. Take any image, embed a digimark watermark, and crop out a 70x70 chunk. It'll still have its watermark.
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p4t0Commented:
You cannot be more right weed. Sorry for the trouble. I saw my mistake... we learn everything new everyday.

p.
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