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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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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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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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LOVE9654 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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makeyourownmusic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thank you so much for posting this! :D It does help curb theft :)
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Aazari-Resources Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it's useful for you. :-)
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makeyourownmusic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
:D
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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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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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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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