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Hate the Watermark? Stamp by Aazari-Resources Hate the Watermark? Stamp by Aazari-Resources
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No matter which art site I post to, inevitably, there is some maroon who feels the need to comment with something along the lines of "Nice art. Too bad you ruined it with a watermark." Seriously? You know, saying that makes me think you're probably one of those repugnant, slacking, sleazy art thieves whining because you can't steal it.

Sorry, but I do sell my work. Having work stolen and available unmarked for free all over the Internet can actually cost an artist contracts. I've seen it happen to other artists before. I make little enough as it is, I can't afford to lose any to some stupid art scalper abusing my work without my permission.

So, sorry, you're just going to have to deal with the watermarks and I would appreciate it if you bloody well kept your mouth shut about them. I can't stand them, either! I would LOVE to be able to put HUGE versions of my art up without watermarks, but unless something miraculously eliminates every last art thief in the world forever, that just isn't going to happen. Thank the art thieves. :roll:

EDIT: I really get a giggle out of the fact that the majority of Deviants who have faved this stamp don't watermark their work. :lmao:

Edit 2: An astounding number of people comment that they don't mark their work because they either don't think it's good enough to steal or not the kind of stuff that gets stolen. You should know that I've busted people selling the crayon art of children on Zazzle after scalping it from the Facebook or Photobucket accounts of the parents. You would be stunned at what will get stolen and, sometimes, illegally sold.
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:icongrey-flowers:
Grey-Flowers Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You know if you're so worried about your art being stolen to the point of putting a huge, ugly DA over it you might as well not upload it at all. I don't fav art with huge watermarks in the middle of them. And you're right. No one will want to steal your art because it will look so ugly.
Just sign your art in a way that you can't crop without cropping away the main part of the picture.
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:iconsimoncaneplz:
SimonCaneplz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  New member
I never wanted to get someones art stolen, they may had a defense that is kind like a suit of armour called a watermark.
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:iconlove9654:
LOVE9654 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I wish you could put the watermark in the corner, if could I would probably use them too.
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:iconaazari-resources:
Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem with putting the watermark in the corner is it makes it really easy to just cut off. I use one that's as transparent as I can get it with it still being readable.
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:iconlove9654:
LOVE9654 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist
That's true. I really wish people would stop treating  DA like it's Facebook or Tumblr and posting whatever they want without permission.  
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:iconmakeyourownmusic:
makeyourownmusic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thank you so much for posting this! :D It does help curb theft :)
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:iconaazari-resources:
Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it's useful for you. :-)
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:iconmakeyourownmusic:
makeyourownmusic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
:D
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:iconcloudsgirl7:
CloudsGirl7 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   General Artist
I'm definitely using a watermark AND signature nowadays. Some brat re-posted my art as his own few months ago, right here on deviantART, so now...yeah. (But at least said brat's account is gone now. ;P) Though I'm glad to say that at least most of my gallery at least has my signature.

And second line of your comment: :clap: People need to get over it. Fortunately, I haven't received any comments like that. But if I ever do, now I know what to say. "What? Butt sore because you can't steal it?" =P
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:iconaazari-resources:
Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear that happened to you. At least it was here where it was easy enough to correct. It could have been on one of those wallpaper type sites. Those are notoriously horrible to get your work removed from. If the owners even speak English, they're usually absolutely rude and obnoxious when asked to remove things.

The worst theft I've had so far was a jackass who tattooed one of my pieces on his arm without permission and no licensing fee. He sent me a picture of it like I was supposed to be happy about that. Pretty sure he wasn't expecting to get chewed a new one. :-/
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Bonbon88 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Most stuff I do is using bases and I have a bit of faith that they're useless to art thieves...
I watermarked stuff I did entirely by myself though C:
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:iconhermy-one:
Hermy-one Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watermarks are fine...as long as its not huge and horrendous and right across your characters face *headdesk*
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TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't watermark and am really bad about putting copyrights in my description ^^' (will go back and add that to every art in my gallery xD) But it bothers me to see stolen art, you may have heard of the art theft in the Facebook game Party Town. Its really bad and I hat them for it, a lot of people have been trying to stop them but its almost useless without a lawyer TTuTT 

I hear reports getting sent to disney (who were also stolen from by them) so maybe they will sue? I hope so, that would help us all. <3 I don't see why we would need a lawyer though when we have raw proof with dates and all though. I hope it gets sorted out.

Anyways, I totally agree with you even though I don't watermark its almost necessary lately! I never knew how much plagiarism goes on until now! The show New Girl might get taken off of TV because they plagiarized! Its surprising that they think it will go unnoticed. I hate to see that stuff.
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govbuzz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I added a watermark without thinking why i did it.  Now i think that perhaps no one will see it because no one will show stuff of mine with watermarks on their site . 
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KimberlyTheHedgie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, actually, a girl just do her "awesome work" without watermark, and I stealed for fun to see what she would say and she blocked me! I told this to my father and even him said that it would be better if she added a watermark.
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TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just because she didn't watermark it doesn't justify what you did. Its still hers, do you have no respect for that?  
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:iconkimberlythehedgie:
KimberlyTheHedgie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my, that's off, I was trying to forget it, but HEY, there's always something to make it a nightmare again.
Sorry. I think I am becoming upset.
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TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry I made you upset about it, but its not something to be proud about.
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KimberlyTheHedgie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
PROUD? Whaddaya mean? I'm actually melted by two things here; 1-It's burning hot here;
2-I'm embarassed, ashamed, sad and angry at the same time. Sorry, I am just a jerk who stole an piece 6 months ago.
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TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You said, "Yeah, actually, a girl just do her "awesome work" without watermark, and I stealed for fun to see what she would say and she blocked me! I told this to my father and even him said that it would be better if she added a watermark."

As if she did something wrong by not adding a watermark, it sounded almost as if you were proud about stealing it. When you say 'and she blocked me!' I took it as you couldn't believe she blocked you for stealing her art. You then said you father said it would be better if she added a watermark, as if that justified your actions.

I'm sorry if I took it the wrong way but, yeah. Just because she didn't watermark doesn't mean you can take it as yours. I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings I just took it the wrong way. 

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:iconkimberlythehedgie:
KimberlyTheHedgie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Um, yeah, you didn't hurt my feelings since everyone already said that. And I'm not a bit proud of it. Really.
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TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm sincerely sorry <3 but please never steal art again, instead draw your own, original art. Its much more fun and worthwhile that way.
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:iconmeloetta-shiny:
meloetta-shiny Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have my own watermark, just open an extra layer, write your signature and lower the opacity, that way you don't have to use the dA watermark that covers all your artwork.
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:iconlove9654:
LOVE9654 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist
That's great idea! I think I think I'll do that too :)
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:iconmeloetta-shiny:
meloetta-shiny Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I´m glad I helped. c:
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:iconraph1966:
Raph1966 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Probably old topic by now, but thanks to art theft they are a necessary evil. How we make the watermarks can take some of the sting out of it. I see HUGE dA watermarks and it turns me right off. I know why they're there, but it does distract from the very thing we want to share on an art site. (Shame on art thieves! :shakefist:) Totally agree with you though.
I read the Edit 2 and it gave me some food for thought. I know my stuff isn't, in MY mind, "worth stealing" but I've seen art of lesser quality stolen too.  WTH? :confused:  I'm starting to watermark my stuff now anyway. Ya neveh know...especially art of my characters from my book.
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Exunary Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to not watermark my stuff, cuz I found my art to be worthless and shit, but I found my art almost everywhere, <almost> and I hated it, because I delete old drawings because I was sort of ashamed for them.

But on the other sites, they were still there :/ ...

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks peeeopleeeeeeeeeeee.........
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:iconbritts-demesne:
britts-demesne Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Or thank Google. I've been finding my stuff through that damn search engine. >:/
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Mirria1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exactly. same here. >:/
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I watermark a lot of my work, but sometimes I won't because it obscures details. It kinda depends. I don't sell my work, so I'm not worried about losing profits, but it would be annoying to have people steal my stuff.
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Heatphones Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Currently I don't have the convenient Art Level to put up Watermarks, but I am sure once I am improving, I will sadly have to watermark my stuff too.

Improvement makes me happy, but it has a huge Price, because of the Art Thieves. >:
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:iconaazari-resources:
Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, I've seen art thieves steal the fridge hung paintings of preschoolers and sell them on greeting cards. Nothing is safe from them.
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Heatphones Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Serious? :iconiyellatyou:

Well... I put a "Heatphones" in my Traditional Pictures, most of the time, since I am not doing Digital so much. Sometimes I also use Paint.Net to add a Watermark thing, but I wouldn't assume that someone wants to take my pictures. xD;

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Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously. I never thought anyone would ever want to steal my work, either. It's happened, though.
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Grand-Corsair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to make mine there but not distract from the work. I like to do a nice trick and make a sheet with my name repeated over and over and then make it really light so it's there but if you zoom in you see it. My art teacher tld me the best water mark is the one the thieves don't see because they will not try to remove but you can point at it and say but my water mark is there. *wink*

I will admit some times people make there mater mark so dark it's really hard to see or distracting.
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maroon? Don't you mean 'moron'? Thanks to so much art theft, we now need such a mark.
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Painmistress Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don`t mind the watermark since I have art that has the watermark DA provides for us. Plus, any piece of artwork can be stolen.
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BiohazardBeauty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had this problem with someone on facebook. They stole all my photographs of myself, and my cosplay, (I'm a model.) than told their fans it was them. Absolutely sickening. Now I watermark everything, even though it destroys the photos. (like, I really does destroy the photos, but I have no choice.)
I love this stamp because it shows what I feel. People can hate on my watermarking all they want, but I'm not risking identity theft again.
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Grand-Corsair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's creepy I'd be freaked out if some one posted my picture claiming to be me.
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BiohazardBeauty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was really freaked out. And they posted all of my photos, every one of them, and used them to flirt with men who called them 'sexy' etc etc. Made me feel really really scared :/
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Grand-Corsair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you report them to facebook? I hope they got banned, freak.
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BiohazardBeauty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I managed to get the fake profile banned, but unfortunately the idiot who has two more accounts (for roleplaying of all things) wasn't banned :/ he's the one who created it to be 'in a relationship' with 'me' :/
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Grand-Corsair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is all kinds of creepy. *shutters*
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BiohazardBeauty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely was :(
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Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so much worse when someone hijacks your personal photos. It's just... creepy. So sorry that happened to you.
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star-electric Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loolz I agree with this. I have never had art stolen nor complained about a watermark "ruining the picture". Also do you need to "legalize your watermark so your work can't get stolen?
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Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, you really don't have to do anything to protect your art. The marking is just a smart way to deter the lazy ones from stealing. The only time you have to even register a copyright is if you are having to go after someone for cash damages in court. You can even do that up to 90 days AFTER you catch the thief, so it's not like you have to go drop the registry fee every time you make art. Plus, if you have a whole site dedicated to the creativity, you pay one registry fee to log that as a "collection" or publication and then everything you put on it in that year is totally protected. Then you just do that once a year to protect anything new you added. Otherwise you have automatic basic protection the moment you make your art. That means you can legally control the usage of the art, but you can't sue for money unless you register.
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SkyhawkC Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Very true! Great stamp :)

Yes, it is funny that many of the fav'ers of this dont watermark their work; me included. I used to, but then I realized that all the work I post is rather unrefined and it doesnt matter to me all that much. :shrug: Eh, lots of my good stuff I dont post simply because I dont feel like it.
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ChibiDanyz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this stamp!
I start to using watermark when a moron stole one of my works (A drawing of a princess) and post it in a Wiki without my permission. And some months ago another moron stoles my sister edited picture of Princess Daisy and she told everyone that she have made it, and she stole A LOT of art from deviantart.

But, we have a possitive side, as :iconmagmadp: says we can make our personalized watermarks that can express ourselves too! I already make one for my little sister :icononidiiana-chan: (The one who has been stealed), and now Im working on mines :3
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing !!!
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