||[Feb. 25th, 2004|12:30 pm]
Hi everybody!! Thank you all for your insights on your own creative methods - I find it all fascinating!!! >^_^<|
Speaking of painting.....
You can watch me HERE!
Right now I'm polishing up wobblesnorts's commission, and after that.... who can say? ;)
Thinking many find watching you paint fascinating too!!!! By the way, how do you do watermarks?
I definitely suggest making watermarks for any online images! There are a lot of image-thieves out there, so it's important!
You can make a transparent watermark in most image editing programs, like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. What I do is write my name with the copyright symbol in white as a new text layer, and then change the opacity of the text to about 25-50% (depending on the darkness of the painting behind it) and flatten the layers together. That way you can see the text, but can still see the image fairly clearly.
Some people just put the text directly on there, using Windows Paint or any other simple program, and don't worry about transparency (which is even harder for people to steal, but the text might be more distracting). If you don't have Photoshop or PSP, just do it that way using the built in paint program.
Even simpler is another, more "manual" method - take a thin strip of paper, or clear plastic, or whatever, write your name, copyright, website, or whatever you want to mark the image with. Then, when you scan the painting just lie the strip of paper over it! A lot of artists do that, and then you don't have to mess with any image editing text. This is the most obvious way to mark your images, and nearly impossible for somebody to edit out. The only bad thing is that it will cover up part of the image.
Whichever way sounds easiest to you!
I can do it with photoshop...but where can I find the copyright symbol...its not on my keyboard!!!
Ah! You just hold ALT+0169 and release!!!! Lots of unusual symbols can be made by holding down the alt button and typing numbers, hehe. I'm sure there is a list out there somewhere!!