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May 2017

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Protect Your Art Work: Copyright For Digital Artists.

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When you are studying to be a visual artist or a designer no one really takes you aside and tells you about the legal part of the business.  The more exciting part of visual art and design is always the designing and legal talk can bore people to tears. However, despite how boring it might be, the legal side of things is very important. And one of the most important legal issues faces Visual Artists and Designers is copyright infringement and property theft.  I can tell you how many people use image search engines such as Google Images and just save and then repost your hard work somewhere else. I even had this happen to me a few times, and the whole experience is disheartening and frustrating in turns.

However, the good news is with some prevention, a lot of those experiences can be prevented or easily remedied.

Watermarks

watermark photoshopWatermarks are visual signatures that you can draw or paste on top of your artwork. It’s an old age practice that is still one of the most effective ways to protect your art.  I tend to watermark my own images by making a transparent png signature with my name and my website and then manually posting that image on every new artwork.

However, there is an easy way to batch watermark your artwork or designs by making an easy photoshop action.  I I also recommend using the Batch Watermarker software. It’s super easy and the UI is very intuitive.

EXIF/MetaData

FileinfoMetadata and Exchangeable image file format is a tell exactly you what format your image, video, or audio file and also allows you to add information such as date, type of camera or software that was used to create the file, html and the person who created the file.  This often works like an invisible digital watermark, and especially in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Bridge, you can mark the file as copyrighted and that information will show up in search engine results which will greatly decrease property theft.

Also, that information will show up in Alternate Text in HTML any website. So everyone will automatically know who your property belongs to.  The easiest way to edit your file’s metadata is by editing in your window. In PC you can do this by right clicking and selecting properties then select the details tab then press Apply. In Mac, you double-click the photo to view it, then you click the I button or Command-I and then you can enter your information there. You can find more information about this here.

Another way to edit the metadata is by using PhotoMe software, which you find here.

Alternative Text

Another way to copyright your image is by simply adding your name and your website to your Alternative Text or Alt Text in the HTML. It’s pretty easy and simple. If you want to know more about Alternative Text and why you should use it, you can do so here.

Copyright.com

Now, one of these days you might have to actually go to court and sue for copyright infringement. For U.S. law, your art is automatically protected under the copyright law.  However, there is possible that you might have to go to court and prove that you are indeed the original creator. One of the tools you can use is copyrighted.com. Every time you create a new art piece you can register it on the website and if you are sued you will list of who created it when it was created, and any other information to prove your side of the case.

This, of course, is not as good as your going through the legal process of copyrighting your art, but it’s still a free and easy alternative.

Right Click Protection

Depending on your blogging platform or portfolio platform you can easily add right-click protections to your site, which will disable people from right clicking and save your art to their hard drive. There are ways around it, especially if you crosspost to places such as DeviantArt or on social media because those places usually don’t offer such protections.  I use a self-hosted WordPress site for my portfolio, so it’s easy to add plugins that will protect your art from being saved.

My Favorites plugins are Prevent Content TheftWP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click, and CopyRightPro.

 

 

 

Making Time

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Okay, so I have been working. But I found out that trying to balance family and my work is harder than I originally thought. I’m still trying to balance everything and all my commitments. I also decided to get more proactive about finding freelance gigs. I’m starting to get recommendations, I should have done this at the beginning but I wasn’t in a position to do it.

It was one of the reasons that I got on fiverr in the first place (and no I still not getting any paying gigs which is freaking typical).  However, the recommendations thing was such a good idea and I might get some nice paying referrals out of it as well. I just need a foot in the door and that can do nothing but help.

I also decided to turn my fannish follies facebook group into a general fangroup so I can post discounts and connect more with all of my peeps  And since I’m addicted to blogging I have decided to start another blog about Cartoons and animated shows and movies.

It’s call Toonzies, and I will post a link to it once I have it up and running.  I’m also working on revamping ‘Dress Them Up’ as well.

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The Top Ten Summer Color Palettes That You Will Absolutely Love

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Summer is just right around the corner, and although I detest the Texan summer heat, I love the color that comes with it. And my favorite place to go for color inspiration is Design Seeds, a blog that is all about color and is run by color expert and designer Jessica Colaluca.  I used the color palettes as inspiration for almost every design and piece I use. I also used design seeds color palettes for this site’s  color branding.

Credit For Featured Images: Beach  Photos by Kent Larsson

1 . Neon Hues 

 

2. Color Currency

3. Color Sign 

 

4. Color Wander

5.  A Door Hues

6. Color Surf

7. Color Frond

8. Color Book 

9. Summer Brights 

10. Flora Brights

Always Hustling

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And I’m back! I took an unexpected week off because I decided that I didn’t have to suffer for my art.  And got off my duff and decided to work for a living. I’m not making a lot or anything, but it’s something and that means more to me than I can say.

As for the art, I took a break from the original stuff and did some art for my fanfiction stories that I’m currently writing. I’m also have decided to reboot ‘Dress Them Up‘. I loved that blog, but it got too much of time and I had to put it to aside. Now, I have a new game plan for it and I have a feeling that it’s going to be financial fruitful than my other blogs.  For me, WTFTMI is more of a passion than a money maker, but DTU combines both.

As for the art, I am way behind and a fanfiction art prompt, and I’m going to dive back into making premade book covers. I actually joined a few more facebook groups that will allow me to do some more some promotion on the art front.

So basically, I have been busy, busy, busy.  I tried to do some freelance writing, but honestly, I just find it way too stressful and I’m already stressed. I love blogging, but I love blogging on my own terms. So I’m working on making my blogs more profitable because a sister is broke. You don’t want to see how low my bank account. So I am out hustling basically.

Anyway, I’m off to finish some much-needed work.

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