by Matthew Neve Published 01/10/2010
Deface your image with a watermark in Photoshop such that it is unsuitable for use after theft. There are some delicate client-trust issues here - you are effectively announcing that you do not trust your client, some of whom might take offence. Also, if the defacement seriously interferes with the image people might not buy it because they cannot tell if they like it or not. One solution to this dilemma is to watermark the studio name across the base of the image, perhaps adding the word 'PROOF'.
In the example shown, the © symbol is retrieved from the vector shape tool, set at the desired size and then filled with white at low opacity. Adding a Layer Style makes the watermark even more difficult to clone over - some image thieves revel in the challenge so don't make it too easy! The copyright symbol © is placed in text by holding down the Alt key and typing 0169 on the number key pad of the extended keyboard on the PC. For laptop users you have to access the symbol via the Character Map (the fastest way to get to it is to type 'Character Map' in the help Search then copy paste the symbol.
On the Mac the method is trivial just type Option G.
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