Saturday, August 17, 2013
I believe we posted this photo of the clock in Cody's Roadhouse Grill about a year ago. Today I'm using it as an example. We've had a number of our photos ripped off by unscrupulous persons. In one case we found a company was using a photo of ours in their logo. It is too expensive and time-consuming to initiate legal action when this occurs.
Therefore, on certain photos -- photos we feel have the most value -- we will be adding a watermark/copyright notice and it will be displayed prominently on the photo thereby making the photo less attractive to the bad guys/gals. These photos will also have our copyright information embedded in the photograph's file.
Generally, I process photos with Photoshop CS3. If you are interested in setting up this watermark/copyright system, I'd recommend you obtain a copy of "The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book" by Scott Kelby. You will find instructions on pages 412 through 416 and these instructions are easily understood (with pictures!). Mr. Kelby tells you how to make a Photoshop action which allows you to insert the watermark/copyright on a photo with just a click of a button.
Those of you who use Photoshop Elements will find, I believe, you can create a similar watermark/copyright. The latest book I have is for Elements 5, again by Scott Kelby ["The Photoshop Elements 5 Book"]. He explains the process in detail on pages 380-385.
The CS3 book's first edition came out in 2007, but it is still available at Amazon. Amazon has brand-new copies for $35.81. However, if you go to the Amazon site, you'll find you can get a new copy from other sellers for $15.00 and used copies beginning at $.01. If you'd prefer not to buy the book, perhaps your local library has a copy or could obtain a copy for you.
Finally, it is possible you can find instructions on this process elsewhere. Go for it!