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Watermarking your work

Stars in her eyes by TehAngelsCry

In this piece, I (*TehAngelsCry) have placed my watermark off-focal, which means that it’s near the focal but not intruding on it. A simple drop-shadow ensures it’s legible on any colour (since it’s covering a lot) and the dropped opacity helps it blend into the background.

What is a Watermark?

A watermark is essentially an image, or piece of text, you add to the top of your work to protect it. Depending on placement, it can prevent others from claiming it as their own; if you add text to the edge of your canvas, it is easier to crop out / remove than if it is in the middle or covering the focal.

Why use a Watermark?

They’re completely customisable. You make the watermark! You can edit and design it however you like.
They’re easy to implement. You take the image you have made and layer it atop your recent work, changing the colour and opacity as necessary to ensure it is as unobtrusive as possible, whilst still being legible.

If placed correctly, they’re difficult to remove. As mentioned above, placing it on the edge of your canvas can prompt people to crop it out if they want to steal your work; however, it is less obtrusive than placing it in the center of your work, or over a focal (the latter option clearly offering better security). It is your own discretion as to where you place your watermark.
They’re predominantly unobtrusive. Unless you make it large and at a high opacity, they often do not distract the viewer from your piece of art. Remember to keep your watermark subtle, but not hidden.

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