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Kospero's evil watermark tutorial by Kospero Kospero's evil watermark tutorial by Kospero
This is a tutorial about how I protect my images with an evil watermark.

This watermark will also work after a change from rpg to cmyk. It can be usefull to verify your pictures and the watermark in the channel is still there after copying the image instead of downloading it. And differrently to other watermarks it affect the printing process – a serious printer will check the channels before printing the image and I think it would be strange to him if there is still a watermark!

Metadata or whatever doesn’t annoying the printing process, copied images could lost their metadata, visible watermarks can easily cut out or retouched if they are not over the main object. But not this evil watermark. ;)
And it doesn’t distract the viewer. You can find my pictures in different groups and I’ve made DDs with pictures including this evil watermark so nobody have ever had a problem with viewing the pictures wich have this evil watermark! :)

This watermark will also work with pictures where the main objekt is in the middle or somewhere else without the need of covering the main objekt with a big visible watermark.
For more protection you should include a visible watermark in your pictures too like I do.

I hope this evil watermark will help to protect more pictures! :aww:


If you like it then please :+fav: fav this and tell other people of this tutorial so more people can use it to protect their images! :iconblinkthanksplz:
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The tutorial would work in other programms too maybe with little changings. Try out to get the best result on your pics.


Have fun! :wave:
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Moonshadow-Phantom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
now I got it :D
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TheDuckofPower Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing this concept! :la: :happybounce: :squee: I had thought to do something like this, but wasn't sure how to execute it. Here's a pic I used it on: [link] (I altered the green channel since there was so much blue in the pic) :D
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SunsetTheDragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS:icontearplz:
It took me actually long time to figure it out because I had to use GIMP. But I finally got the results!
Ya know, I even did a journal featuring this :>
I wish more people could see this, we all hate art thieves :<
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But GIMP isn't that different...
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SunsetTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know, but it's the user interface.
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing seen from the screencap is how layers are arranged?
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SunsetTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhhh... never mind, ignore the last comment.

Well, from what she said in the tutorial "Go the the blue channel of the copy and cut out the text" made me assume that you get up new channel menu each time you select a layer in Photoshop and that you could select different channel for each layer. (I've never tried Photoshop in my life ^^; ) Ok, there are 3 layers, you select the green channel for the first layer, blue for the second and red for the third. When you select the first layer the green channel will appear highlighted, second layer will make blue highlighted and third will make the red one highlighted XD
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daremaker Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
This is just awesome.
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Feniiku-Arts Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(also faving on this account for reference :))
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Feniiku Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*saves this tutorial* very useful :) thanks for sharing!
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Kospero Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks too! :)
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Team-Rocket-was-here Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Must... Try this.... Out. ~<3
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:wave: Link your results if you like! :sun:
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Team-Rocket-was-here Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Will do!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
This sounds great and if I find it works well enough will add a permanent link to it either on my page or journal. Thank you for sharing.:iconemotehandshakeplz:
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi! :)

It would be great if you can show me your results. And if you have any questions to this tutorial, ask me. :aww:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
No problem, I'm going to try and find time to try it out over the weekend.
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Kospero Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
On your pencil art you can change the backgroundcolor for this watermark from white to black when using it on a lighter drawing. I do so when I've a photo with more white than colors in it. :)
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thank you for the tip, that's handy to know.:nod:
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this!
I never really bothered with watermarks before but now that my art skills are improving a little I want to protect what's mine.
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
We should made art thefts life as hard as possible! :D
:) I hope this tutorial helps too.
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed!
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candlejacked Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
GREAT tutorial! I must figure out how to apply it to Painter.
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! :) If you can make changes to the channels than it should be as easy as in photoshop.
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candlejacked Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I've never used channels in any program before, so I'm especially new to it and I really don't know what I'm doing at all. xD I had more luck nearly completing the tutorial in Gimp than I did in Painter, but again, it's not like I know what I'm doing any way. I can't get past the part of creating a blue channel and having a blue filter put completely over my pictures.
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xLolitaScorned Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good tutorial!
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I hope it will help to protect art a bit more! :)
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Makirou Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, very handy C:
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi! :wave:
Would you link if you'd tried it on one of your pictures? I like to have a look how it work on different pictures to bring this evil watermark to perfection. :)

It would be great when as much people as possible will use it so eventually everyone will know about this and than know that a picture with the evil watermark is stolen!
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Makirou Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I tested it out, here's my picture with the evil watermark: [link]
I linked to this tutorial in the description :)
How did you figure this out? Haha
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Kospero Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
:dance: thanks!! It's great to see it the first time in another one's picture! :nod:

I copied your picture into photoshop and it works! If you doesn't know about it you doesn't see the watermark in the picture. But the blue channel is a mess! Changing brightness and contrast and I can read your name all over the picture. :D



Years ago I was thinking about watermarks and even one that you can't remove. Not by cutting out nor retouching it. I was thinking about a watermark that is all over the picture. I tried out the text thing with low opacity and with different layer settings and than got the idea to combine it with the channels where you can't remove it. It was once a rule from my college lecturer that inspired me to this watermark: Don't make changings in the main channels you will never get back, always use a copy of the channel.
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Makirou Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad it works so well! I'm going to use this for all my pictures, I'm not sure about the commissions though.. But I can ask my commissioners if they want their picture sent to their email and then I can upload the watermarked version on Deviantart :)

I think you are very smart!
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