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Tutorial: Protect Your Artwork by mydigitalmind Tutorial: Protect Your Artwork by mydigitalmind
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This is an Adobe Photoshop turtorial.

I made this tutorial to help deviants protect their artwork. This will place a hidden copyright and information within your images' properties. This tutorial shows how to create an action so that you can add file info in one click.

To see this as an HTML tutorial visit [link]

To learn how to put this information on your files by the mass using Adobe Bridge, see my other tutorial: [link]

Please :+fav: if you find this tutorial helpful so that others have a better chance of seeing it! I'm not looking for the pageviews, I just want to spread the word!

Notes:
  • This has been tested on JPG images.
  • If someone does a Save For Web on the image, then the copyright information will be lost.
  • This will not prevent ripping - it only helps you with a hidden signature


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:iconangi-shy:
Angi-Shy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
hey there, i might need some help... when i tried this first time, everything worked allright, but now whenever i try to do the same thing again, it doesnt work :(
when i switch the copyright status to "copyrighted" this message pops up every time: [link]

In translation it says something like "Unable to complete the command File Info because there is a problem with the module File Info." What am i doing wrong? :O_o:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmmm.. I'm not sure what could go wrong. Perhaps try creating the action again?
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:iconnestledinbrambles:
NestledInBrambles Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like an idiot asking this, but where's the actions panel thing? It would be much appreciated.
Thanks :meow:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Go to Window > Actions - the panel should pop up from that :)
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:iconnestledinbrambles:
NestledInBrambles Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmmmmmmm no it doesn't. Could it have anything to do with the version of my Photoshop?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure. A shortcut on mine says Alt+F9 - try that maybe?
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:iconnestledinbrambles:
NestledInBrambles Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I'll try that. Thanks :meow:
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:iconmarigretle:
Marigretle Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. This will be very handy when I post my artwork. Thank you again!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! That is what it's here for :D
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:iconmadebyrona:
MadeByRona Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful!:clap:
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SonicandShadowfan15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg, how did I not discover this sooner?! THIS IS SO HELPFUL!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! :squee:

Would you mind if I were to share it on Tumblr? Both this and the Bridge tutorial, to help spread the word! If not, that's totally fine since I'm not one who usually share things on Tumblr unless it was REALLY big. :XD:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's fine with me. The point of me making it was to inform people!
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SonicandShadowfan15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:la: Sweet! Thanks! Did just that and checked to be sure both would link back to your page! :D
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:iconstormierene:
Stormierene Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I don't understand how this works.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It creates a hidden copyright on your photos, so if you view the properties, your info is there.
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:iconuiizaelic:
UiiZaelic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional
Thank you! This is VERY helpful and much appreciated!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! Glad to help!
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:iconuiizaelic:
UiiZaelic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional
I only see one flaw to my shagrim after testing it out on one of my new pictures. If you 'right click' and 'save as' on the uploaded 'protected picture' the thief can still get the pic; of course being the smaller uploaded size with watermark. But the information is gone unfortunately when you right click the saved / stolen picture. Guess that's a website flaw for ya.

I'd like to learn how to 'shrink wrap' on DA. I've seen artist do it before but I can't find any tutorials on it. I'll keep on searching.
:sherlock:

This is awesome for those that don't mind people hitting a download button though; and I am very happy that I stumbled over your tutorial! This is perfect for my freebie art!
:squee:
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:icontroyzen:
Troyzen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thak You.Cool a tutorial
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconstar-vader:
star-vader Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is alot of help u ur know ur info
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to help!
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:iconstar-vader:
star-vader Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
np
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:iconkubulu:
Kubulu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Great tutorial :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconkubulu:
Kubulu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:D you're welcome!
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:iconmattsykun:
MattsyKun Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So if I do this, and upload it to dA, then no matter who saves it, edits it, and reposts it, it'll still be copywritten? Is that what I see?

Nonetheless... WHY DIDN"T I THINK OF THIS! :iconfacepalmplz:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
See my second bulleted note - as long as they do not save for web (or copy & paste) the info should stay.
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:iconmattsykun:
MattsyKun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Shweeeet~ I'm doing this now.

Thank you so much! It's so discreet, and not many art theives think that deeply into it! You're awesome. :glomp:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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:iconlaurenarchambeault:
laurenarchambeault Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Photographer
This is such a great and easy-to-follow tutorial but I was wondering if you could help me?

I followed the directions and made an action and saved my picture (not for the web, but under save as...) but when I went to properties, none of the information showed up! :(

Any idea what to do?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Within the action panel, you can expand the actual parts of the action - do you see things filled in under "File Info" > "Set File info of current..." > list of everything you saved ?
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laurenarchambeault Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Photographer
Yepp, the Action shows the changes to Author, Description, Copyright Status, and Copyright Notice.

If I go to the saved image's properties, it only shows that it is Copyrighted and the Notice which says something along the lines of 'This image may not be reproduced,' etc.

The properties is missing the Author and Description: My name and the copyright year and name.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
If you re-open the image in photoshop, does the info show? Not sure what could be wrong. Works every time for me.
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laurenarchambeault Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Photographer
Yeah, when I re open it the copyright symbol is on the title and everything, it just doesn't show up on the properties.
At least the copyright part shows up, I guess I'll just modify where I place the information.
Thanks anyhow!
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:iconmyuee:
MYuee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
thank you :heart: this really helped me out :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to know! And you're welcome :)
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:iconcleverdarkelve:
cleverdarkelve Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Photographer
Thank you so much for this helpful information! :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!!
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:icongod-loves-you-all:
God-Loves-You-all Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Useful!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear!!!!
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:iconleocbrito:
leocbrito Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
This is extremelly useful! Thank you :aww:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy to help!
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DragonGamer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this. It will help a lot.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
God to hear!! :D
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:iconfranz85:
FraNz85 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008   Interface Designer
thx
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconadracksmoq:
adracksmoq Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
:+fav:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconwhitember:
Whitember Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Tanks for the help...
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