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Photo Application Woes at FaceBook
If you are a professional artisan and make a living by creating and selling your imagery Face Book is a wonderful place to build a community. It does have some challenges though. Like many things specific to small business there is a double edge sword one has to deal with. One of the issues with Face Book is the proliferation of print on demand apps that hook up directly to big box retail stores. While this is a very cool way for the average user to share the images in their albums with loved ones it can be catastrophic for a professional image maker.
First with posting images online realize that anything you post can be stolen and used. It doesn’t matter if you use low resolution images or if you watermark them, they can be grabbed and used. So individually one needs to make the decision of whether or not you are going to worry about that happening. If you are extremely worried about it, just don’t post anything anywhere…..good luck marketing your work in the new world. That may sound snide and cynical but it is not intended to be. For many of us we just chalk it up to the cost of doing business and use deliberate best practices to keep the honest people honest. Worrying about how many times I am getting ripped off is counter productive and does not serve me or my family.
So the debate is out there regarding to watermark or not watermark? I think that is a question to be answered by each person depending on the level of comfort and trust they have. We used to watermark everything but don’t any longer, I find watermarks extremely distracting. We do use low rez files though. Usually before posting the images get re-sized in photoshop. We size everything to 4×6 or so at 72 dpi then go to> save for web and devices and let Photoshop do the rest. Also a huge help in this arena that most photographers don’t take advantage of is to actually register copyright for the images. We just do them in batch’s and it is part of the workflow one time a month. If/when someone does steal an image and uses it you have a much better chance of making things right if they are registered.
So again quickly here are a few best practices.
1- Use low resolution images
2-put copyright info on each image
3-Register the copyright of each image.
Here is the video that will tell you how to turn off the Face Book photo applications. Also you can download the Disabling Photo Apps in Facebook pdf ….CLICK HERE .
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Clipping Mask uses: An Edge on your image
While there are many different ways to use clipping masks a very simple thing to do is to use them for putting various edges on the frame of your image. Auto FX has some awesome software that has thousands of edge masks and it is a great tool. If you dont have Auto FX this short little video will show you one simple way to make and use a clipping mask for various edge effects.
To view this video just click on the link below. Note: If does not show up underlined or blue in some web browsers but it is a live link.
Here are the downloads. The streaming video is at the bottom.
Download Part ONE-Painting Skin File here
Download PartTWO-Painting the hair and clothing here
Download Part THREE-Painting the Background here
Download Part Four-Dodge Burn here
Here is the chat transcript and questions:
Following are the streaming links. You can watch it here if you like.
Part ONE Painting Skin
Part TWO Painting Hair and Clothing
Part THREE Painting Backgrounds
Part FOUR Dodge and Burn in PS, Muck, Emerge and Finish
If you like the webinar even with all of the techincal challenges you can leave a comment at the link below. At the time of this writing there is not much of a post there. I will fill in with comments and a description. This is the public blog post regarding the webinar.
Finally here is the place you can download Dens Oil Brushes. They are the proprietary property of Artist Denise Laurent. You can see Denise’s award winning contemporary animal art at http://www.deniselaurent.co.uk/
Corel Painter Quick Tip: Using Paper Mover Video
Following is a quick little video on using the paper mover in Corel Painter. It is very handy to use if you want to send someone one of your cool paper textures or make a file to add to a training DVD or whatever.
Be sure and check out this Photoshop video tip from Woody and Ninya Walters as well.