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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Watermarking



Last week Gayle from Garden of Daisies left a comment letting me know that my paper dolls were beginning to appear on Pinterest.  She had quite correctly noticed that I don't have a Pinterest button and was concerned I did not know they were there.  Thank you Gayle - I was completely unaware anyone had pinned them.

I've always been slightly uncomfortable about the concept of Pinterest.  To see if I could find my own dolls I created a profile (apologies if I confused anyone by doing this as I'm unlikely to use it) but none of my searches turned up anything.

I then started searching in general and was amazed to discover some of my dolls on Tumblr.  Don't get me wrong - it is extremely flattering to think that anyone liked my work enough to include them.  It was also all done above board with a link back to my blog - and I was quite taken aback by the comments that were left by people saying they wanted to print them but felt sheepish as adults by admitting to doing so.

What was a bit disconcerting is that I had no idea this was happening.  I have had a tremendous response (for a such small insignificant blog) to my Morgana and Guinevere paper dolls.  The original Morgana doll  (purple, green and blue dresses) currently has 1551 page views.  The Guinevere doll is split over more posts but combined page views for her is already around the 1000 mark as well

Traffic for these dolls appears in my stats every day and the last thing I wanted to do was spoil anyone's enjoyment of them by defacing the images with a watermark.  But I've come to realise I probably don't have much choice.  (I've avoided watermarks before because I'm worried they may make me appear pretentious - and also it has to be admitted because I am lazy!)  

Today I've started adding watermarks to the Morgana, Guinevere and Princess Kate dolls.  (I've also temporarily restricted access to them in my Picasa Web albums.)  I've tried not to make the watermark too intrusive but I also had to make sure it had some impact.  This is how they appear:





Its possibly a bit of a 'cart before the horse' situation in the case of the existing dolls but it is a policy I will be continuing with.  As you can see in some cases the watermarks are more visible than others.  Its a pity I've had to do this but like any mother I am concerned about my children when they stray away from home!

I've also added an email button on my sidebar underneath my profile.  I know its a nuisance but for followers of my blog I'd be happy to email the original scans on the assumption/assurance it is for personal use only.

I'd also like to thank everyone again for the wonderful feedback I've had on these dolls.  As per some of the suggestions I am seriously considering joining The Original Paper Doll Artist Guild. Two of their upcoming themes - children and queens are both categories I'd thoroughly enjoy.  At the moment I'm assessing which of my hobbies I have time for (unfortunately my 'real job' takes up more hours and energy than I have to spare!)  Some of the things I do for fun have to go - I just can't make up my mind at the moment which I should keep and which to discard! 


What do you think?  Am I overreacting?  Should I put the original images back as they were before or am I right to be concerned?

  

8 comments:

ArtSings1946 said...

Interesting ... I personally have struggled with this but my daughter assures me that my prints couldn't be used ... they are reduced to a very small size even though they show up large on etsy. Also, I have asked folks to respect the copyright since it is a way for me to support our household. I know this wouldn't stop some but I do believe that most people are good ... and since I do they are. So, to each their own.

Happiness always.

CraveCute said...

I have thought about adding watermarks to my photos too, but decided I didn't like the way they looked. However, if you think that someday you will want to sell your art, it is probably the wise thing to do. As ArtSings mentions, it is best to reduce the size of the file so that it would be hard to replicate. As she says, to each their own. ~Diane~

GardenofDaisies said...

I think adding the watermark is a very wise idea.

There is something you can add to your blog which makes it impossible for people to pin your photos. A pop up window appears and says "pinning it not allowed on this blog". Not sure what you have to do to put that in place... You'd have to look it up.

Pinterest itself and the people who pin are not bad. It can be a really great way to share. For me, it's a big filing system, where I can store creative ideas I want to refer back to later. But I always link back to the original source. Credit should ALWAYS go to the original artist. And if something is copyrighted, it should not be on there.

I'm really glad that you are thinking of joining the Original Paper Doll Artist Guild. Paperdoll collectors would pay good money for these!! Your dolls and clothes are fabulous!!!!

DMS said...

I think adding the watermark is a wise idea- especially if you think you might want to sell the paper dolls in the future. How wonderful that you are having such a large amount of traffic to see the dolls and that people are noticing them out there in cyberworld. Yeah for you! I also think it is a wonderful idea to think about which of your hobbies you have time to enjoy so you can prioritize. :)
~Jess

Donna Yates said...

You're definitely not over-reacting. Use the watermark before others take credit for your work.

Barbara said...

I've not come across any of your paper dolls on Pinterest, but I wouldn't be surprised to find them there. They are very pretty, and that makes people want to share them. I think adding a watermark is a sensible thing to do. Terry does it on all his photos. I don’t mind people pinning from my blog or my website, but it’s different for me because many (not all) of the things are for sale, and I hope it will bring more visitors to the sites.

Pomona said...

I think you are quite right. You can also disable the right click on your blog so it is not easy for people to download the pictures - you just have to add some HTML code which you can find by googling. Cheryl from Time to Craft has a good blog post about what you can do.

And after that, I just wanted to say how lovely your work is!

Pomona x

Donna Heber said...

Hi Sharon,

You should definitely add a watermark. I have been doing it for years on my cards. You would be surprised by the things you find on the internet.

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