Protecting Downloaded Photos... - Dreamstime

This goes for buyers who would like to use their downloaded photos online regarding the subject. Here are some tips on how to protect these photos from being copied and used with out permission... You know it's bad for buyers as they paid for it and for photographers as they wants to sell it again!

Anyway here are some of the tips:

1. If you want to use big resolution image try to slice it in smaller pieces. In this case make sure that the slices will load in away that makes appear gradually to look normal in slower internet connections.

2. Use it in lower quality. In photoshop the option of saving photos for web is an excellent way of having light images with lower quality and without loosing the good look! (I use 65% in JPG format and selective number of colors in GIF images).

3. Using personalized text over. This differs from a case to another, whether text can be big, small, solid, transparent... etc.

4. Glowing edges for non isolated photos is a way to adapt the photo on your background.

5. If you have to use it without cuts try to make it in smaller size and if it's possible to incline it for some degrees right ir left.

6. Editing the background for isolated images is fundamental to personalise the image and make it difficult to be cleaned again.

7. If it's possible to use different brightness and contrast from the original photo. Of course gama and saturn corrections are possibilities also.

8. Using vector shapes suitable to your design over or around. Like adding frames, lines, categories... etc.

What you should not do?!...

Putting any watermark over the downloaded image saying it's your copy right! (Unless you bought the rights of course)

Thanks for reading... Cheers ;)

Photo credits: Seema_illustrator.

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August 21, 2009


Hi Preckas, I will try later to post a blog about how to protect photos through scripting and using disabling browser option.

Cheers ;)

August 21, 2009


:) Good tips. I think there is also a command that does not allow you to right click on an image and copy it. Not quite sure how it works though.

August 20, 2009


Thanks Tangie, I forgot this one and it is important to be mentioned on a web site. I will try my best to put it in my projects where I have DT photos ;)

Thanks Irisangel :)

Thanks Seema, your image is simply great and fits the blog as well.
I'm happy to have it here also ;)

August 20, 2009


Hi Maen..Very nice tips..I specially liked the second one, as I'm not very good with Photoshop and like getting such useful tips..thanks also for using my image..I had a long tiring day at work n was thrilled to see my image in your blog when I came back home :)

August 20, 2009


Very interesting thanks.

August 20, 2009


Adding credit line to the image might also help. We also recommend to those who download our images that they mention the image is Dreamstime property and cannot be downloaded or copied. Any usage without proper licensing is liable to further legal actions.

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