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Is it possible to encrypt jpegs so they cant be reproduced?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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That would mean they can't be viewed either.
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by:rodobash
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What i'm getting at is a "watermarking" process that is not so disturbing to the image. Is there a way i can keep propriety of images without putting my "brand" on the image?
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Any image can be copied if someone wants it..  all they simply have to do is take a screen shot and cut out your image, then place it into any photo editing program.  

Put a copyright notice on the image, and use watermarks on thumbnail and preview images.  You can also try adding your trademark to the metadata of the JPEG, but unfortunately any image can be copied.. just have to be vigilant and crack down on those who use them without permission if you make a living from these images.  

Hope these comments could be of assistance, best of luck.  :-)
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I believe Photoshop has a watermarking procedure.  Most of the photographers I deal with do put their 'brand' on the pic somewhere so people can read it.  And @mmoore82 is right.  I tell people who ask about 'protecting' their pictures on the web, if you can display it, I can copy it.
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