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How to protect your digital art from being stolen [10 Nifty tips on how to protect your digital art ]

I’m sure all digital artists have encountered this quandary at some point. I create original characters, but I’m a little concerned that if I share them online, the designs may be stolen.

Posting artwork on the internet can open up a world of incredible opportunities. It can bring you followers and job prospects, but it can also attract art thieves.

I did a Lot of Online research on this here is what I found out…


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1.Protect Your Work with a Watermark

Far too many artists have experienced the sting of their work being stolen online.

After all, your art degree or background in art school should not be used to benefit another!

While there is no way to completely prevent art theft, there are actions you can do to safeguard your work online.

Including a watermark in your image has a number of advantages and disadvantages.

To make it more difficult to steal the image, your watermark should cover a sizable amount of it. This, though, can appear obnoxious and distracting.

A translucent, legible, and professional watermark can help alleviate some of the discomforts.

Additionally, some artists incorporate their signatures into areas of their work that are difficult to edit away.

2.Remove the Right Click function

Numerous people steal artwork simply right-clicking the image and saving it.

You can disable the right click in JavaScript, but this is a rather easy workaround. Some people stop the script using applications or other means, while others simply take screen images.

Nonetheless, disabling right click may dissuade people who do not wish to deal with issues.

That is why artists gravitate towards social media platforms, such as Instagram, that automatically deactivate right click.

While screenshots are still possible, they are also low-resolution, making it more difficult for thieves to profit from your information.


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3.Include Disclosures and Complimentary Reminders

Many people do not grasp the value of giving credit and refraining from stealing ideas.

Remind your followers on social media and on your website about intellectual property and how credit benefits you as an artist. You can be assertive without coming across as pushy or nasty!

4.Artwork with low resolution.

The internet is designed to handle images of various resolutions.

By displaying high-resolution photographs, you not only lengthen the time it takes for your pages to load, but you also invite the unscrupulous to download and print your images.

The optimal resolution setting is between 72 and 96 dots per inch (dpi). These photos load quickly, look fantastic, but do not print well.

5.Reduce the size of your images

Pixels are used to measure the size of an image. (For instance, a 300-pixel-wide image is smaller than an 800-pixel-wide image.)

The benefit of smaller photos is that they load more quickly and print smaller.

When they are magnified, they become pixilated and grainy, rendering them unsuitable for resale printing (or anything else for that matter)

6.Make it simple for others to contact you

This may seem counter-intuitive, but making it easier for people to contact you increases the likelihood that they will seek permission to use your work.

Even if you are hesitant to provide permission, deny gently and without erecting obstacles between you and a prospective consumer.

NOTE: You might also offer low-resolution photographs at a low cost to anyone seeking desktop or screen saver images.

Not only does this provide you with additional source of revenue, but it also increases your chances of selling original work down the future.

7. Take Caution where you are Posting

Certain artists attempt to mitigate the risk of art theft by refraining from publishing on social media platforms such as Pinterest. While this strategy is successful, it also limits your exposure.

Social media is critical for growing your audience, since your clients will share with their own networks.

Consider prominent sites with your target market when deciding where to upload your artwork.

8. Distribute Notices of Infringement

If you believe someone has stolen your work, begin by requesting that they cease. When feasible, give individuals the benefit of the doubt, and always maintain a professional demeanour.

Regardless of how nasty or disinterested others are, screenshots can haunt you and cast a negative light on you.

9.If at all possible, retain the services of a lawyer

When you earn your art degree and begin working as a professional, choose a copyright lawyer you can trust and consult as needed.

They can issue official cease and desist letters and, if required, file lawsuits.

Consider the possibility that your work became viral, only for someone else to profit from it!

10 . Use just the portions of images

Just the fragments of images Not the full Artwork.

Cropping your image to reveal only a section of the overall design is always an option.

This may or may not be an option depending on the nature of your artwork.

Because the cropped version is still susceptible to copying, I don’t believe it’s a really workable alternative for anything more than thumbnails.


About the Author:

Manny Acharya is the co-founder of Artmellows. Your go-to place for Design, Digital Art, Digital sculpting, Photography, Design Tools and gears Info, and Product Reviews. Manny is a Digital Artist, 3D Sculpt Designer, Ardent Photography, Drone flying Enthusiast, and tech Lover. He supercharges Digital Art and design by crafting memorable 3D sculptures & 2D Design and art. Learn more About Manny:

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