If you think, "Oh, it's just a sketchbook page," or, "It's just a class exercise," or, "No one will be interested in this," or "It's not good enough to copy," stop fooling yourself!
I had a class project I thought the same thing about show up on an Etsy.com listing ... and it wasn't mine. The whole composition was copied, down to the type treatments.
Luckily, the young woman took the listing down when confronted, but it taught me a lesson. Posting your images small and in low resolution doesn't protect you. That's what I've always done, but in this case the woman painted a copy of my art instead using the digital file to print something. In cases like that, having your name front and center might protect you.
Here's how I made mine above.
1. Open Your Image in Photoshop.
2. Copy a White version of your logo to a layer on top of the image OR create a text layer of your name with a white fill.
3. Place it over the main area of interest in your image, someplace where it won't be easy for someone else to clone it out.
4. Change the opacity of the layer to 50% (or whatever you prefer) to allow both the image and the watermark to show.
5. Add a drop shadow to help the watermark show up in light areas of the illustration.
6. Save your file to 72dpi and keep the dimensions as small as possible. The image above is 530 pixels x 400 pixels – just large enough to fit in the space on my blog. You can always keep a high resolution file for yourself, but don't put anything online that someone could grab and use to print.
And finally, not to be depressing, but if you post your art online you run the risk of it being copied. You have to think about sites like Pinterest and Tumblr where your images might get posted without a link to your site and your information.
I called my mom today and she asked how my design jobs were going. Partly because she cares about me and wonders how I'm doing and partly because I haven't updated my website since last Wednesday.
Now I have to decide if I should post everything I worked on today ...
... or draw them out over several days so she doesn't get the shakes again.
I love you!!!!
I got up this morning, looked out of our bathroom window and yelled, "Oh, CRAP!" We got another three or four inches of snow overnight that I wasn't expecting. It was not a welcome surprise.
Punkette came running, thinking I'd hurt myself or something and wanted to make sure I was okay. Instead of asking if she had yet another snow day, she was just as unhappy I was. You know it's been a cold, crummy winter when the 10-and-under set is tired of snow!
To combat another February day – it may have been sunny, but I am so done with snow – I decided I needed to get some color flowing. Of course, that means I also needed a new butterfly!
Is it me or does that just glow?
I'm trying out liquid watercolors for the first time. They are extremely vibrant (because you can water them down a lot and I didn't)and the blend very easily – you put them on the page and it's like they are magnetically attracted to each other. Definitely fun to play with!
In fact, I think I'm going to give it a go again tomorrow.
The darn dog is under the mistaken impression that he's a puppy. In reality, he's almost 12-years-old and really not up to prancing about in the snow anymore. Especially 6 inches of new snow on top of the multiple inches we already had.
I just sent the minions out back to flatten down paths to his favorite parts of the yard and he's supervising. He's also eating snow, snorting and sneak-attacking them when they turn their backs. And limping throughout it all!
And the vet tells me to keep him quiet and off his feet until we can get him there for his appointment later today. Yeah, right.