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So, where is best to position a watermark?

Lower Right
16 (66.7%)
Lower Left
4 (16.7%)
Upper Right
1 (4.2%)
Upper Left
0 (0%)
Lower Right on Border
2 (8.3%)
Lower Left on Border
1 (4.2%)

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Where to position a watermark
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:14:26 AM »
So, was talking with a friend this evening, and he's saying put a watermark on an image on the lower left, whereas I have mine (currently) on the lower right. So, I'm turning to the community and asking what they consider is the best location for a watermark? I'm looking from the perspective of someone else, potential customer/whatever viewing the photo, generally online.
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Where to position a watermark
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:14:26 AM »

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 04:19:27 AM »
DEAD CENTER
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 12:16:20 PM »
DEAD CENTER

Umm...how about a location which won't totally obscure the majority of the actual photo?
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 01:28:44 PM »
DEAD CENTER

Umm...how about a location which won't totally obscure the majority of the actual photo?

There's two main purposes of a wm, a signature and protection against theft.

If you want to protect your photo because your work is being stolen on a regular basis or it's "high value" (perhaps for a commercial purpose and you need to ensure you retain control), have a faint watermark right across the image. If you want to add a signature, and to protect your credit if someone merely links to your work (as opposed to maliciously stealing it), put it in the corner.

There's no right answer. You can also put it in negative space and get an elegant, modern look - like a film title or ad. I tend to go for bottom right, as it's the last place the eye looks (we read top to bottom and left to right) so it seems like a logical piece of final punctuation.

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 01:36:34 PM »
For signature purposes I usually put it in the lower right corner (Lightroom setup) unless its a certain picture that would get distracted by having it there.
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 02:01:46 PM »
Hmm I got confused. I thought watermark and signature were two different things. My bad.
Ok, for signature purposes always bottom right, out of the picture area.
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 02:05:20 PM »
there should be a 'no watermark' option in the poll :)

i don't put watermarks at all, it's just a distraction...

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 02:05:20 PM »

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2012, 02:09:29 PM »
In the trash can.

99% of the people using watermarks have a grossly inflated idea of what their pictures are worth. I've found an inverse relationship between the size of watermarks and the quality of pictures. The bigger and more predominate the watermark, the crappier the image.
99%  ??? ... Thats a bit extreme.

Lower right hand corner ... otherwise, put it where you want it. Its YOUR work/art.

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2012, 02:16:15 PM »
If you are worried about someone stealing your work and not giving you credit the edges are the worst place.

Numerous shots I've taken people have just cropped and used on Facebook (granted most of these are candid/portrait shots that I don't care about). It's more or less audacity of not giving credit to the person who took them. Seems like Facebook/Twitter have just become breading grounds for "steal some cool looking picture and make it your banner".

Just my 2 cents though...
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2012, 02:18:39 PM »
In the copyright field of the EXIF data.  Anyone that actually cares will look there.


...but that's just my opinion.

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2012, 02:22:22 PM »
I put mine in the lower right via Lightroom which scales it automatically - keeping it small, lightly transparent, and barely noticeable in most photos, which I like.  It keeps reminding me I need to SERIOUSLY update my website though since my watermark is a URL.  I use a gothic font of some kind.  It took me a while to settle on the font because the watermark just wasn't maintaining the amount of clarity I wanted when I converted pictures to JPEG and web appropriate sizes.  I'm not concerned with copyright issues, but I like the watermark since I kinda think of it as a signature, nothing more.
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012, 02:30:16 PM »
Sorry... I don't see the option to vote for no watermark, because people who use watermarks are retarded err umm not bright.

You should scale down to an undesirable print resolution that would look good on screen and use exif data as mentioned previously. Otherwise you might as well go with DEAD CENTER and be crappy like that. Please take note of how many REAL professionals do that (Hint: None). If you are a middle aged photographer/soccer mom I can see how a watermark can be appealing.

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012, 02:51:09 PM »
Watermarks help send all sorts of people to my website. Very small in lower right.

I know that Facebook takes it off when showing the people the center portion of the image (this is done automatically, not by people, by the way), but it shows up in the full image.

All sorts of people find my website, and I let my 720 pixel watermarked images go freely around the internet. It is like water down the river. It goes to the ocean, and then comes back to me again.

In fact, maybe there is a reason why it is called a watermark even though there is no water involved with the digital type of watermark. It's because it truly is like water going to the ocean and then coming back again to me!
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Re: Where to position a watermark
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2012, 02:58:38 PM »
Watermarks help send all sorts of people to my website. Very small in lower right.

I know that Facebook takes it off when showing the people the center portion of the image (this is done automatically, not by people, by the way), but it shows up in the full image.

All sorts of people find my website, and I let my 720 pixel watermarked images go freely around the internet. It is like water down the river. It goes to the ocean, and then comes back to me again.

In fact, maybe there is a reason why it is called a watermark even though there is no water involved with the digital type of watermark. It's because it truly is like water going to the ocean and then coming back again to me!

This is probably the most intelligent use of watermarks I have every heard of. I may have to reconsider my opinion of them.
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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »
In the copyright field of the EXIF data.  Anyone that actually cares will look there.


...but that's just my opinion.

I dunno...that's not a bad place to add it in addition to on top of the image....but EXIF data is pretty trivial to scrape off an image.  :o

I read an article that at least up till 2010, that FB and Flickr were removing exif data: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2010/04/22/flickr-and-facebook-still-strip-exif-data/

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Re: Where to position a watermark
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »