It is time for our first mini tutorial. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can protect your artwork as a digital artist without cluttering it with a watermark.
I really want to believe this world is full of kind people. Unfortunately, this world is also crowded with *ssholes. There are a lot of people out there who just steal work from hard-working artists, print it on products, sell it, and making thousands of it per month. Yes, per month. I don’t understand how those people sleep at night. Well, they sleep great actually, with money that’s supposed to be yours.
It happened to me one time, but I reached out to the seller, and they removed it. But there are also thieves out there who act like the stolen artwork belongs to them and they try to fight you by telling everyone it is theirs.
Now, you have to prove that it is yours. But I understand that you don’t want to bombard your artwork with watermarks, because it kinda looks stupid.
This is something I recommend you to stop doing right now. First of all, you can’t see the detail of the picture correctly, and it shows off that you don’t trust your audience. Trust goes both ways. If you show your audience that you don’t trust them, they don’t trust you with buying your artwork.
In a perfect world, people are not *ssholes, and you can post your artwork without watermark. People say that when you post your work without watermark, your chances are higher to receive reposts.
Chelsea, there is no way in hell I am going to post my work without a watermark’’.
Don’t worry, neither am I. We are going to do something sneaky. *Turns on flashlight from below*. We are going to add hidden watermarks.
You see this print below? You probably think: This watermark is not hidden. Well, that is not my watermark, it is my Instagram handle, so when I post it in Facebook groups, they can find me on Instagram.
But did you know there are three watermarks in this picture? I won’t leave you in tension. All the watermarks are marked in the video below. Enjoy this video tutorial about how you can add a hidden watermark on your artwork that doesn’t look stupid.
If you enjoy this tutorial, it goes a long way if you could take 30 seconds, and share this blog post on your favorite Social Media platforms. It would honestly mean the world to me, and it allows me to get my content in front of others.
What is your favorite way to protect your art? Let me know in the comments.
Lots of love,