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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to mark your photos

I did a post last month about a despicable person who was using others' photos to collect money for dogs that she did not have and had nothing to do with. It is SO important that anyone posting images online of shelter animals mark them to help avoid slime balls from stealing those photos and using them for fraudulent fundraising or other nefarious activities. Below is a step by step process for doing a simple mark on your photos to help you keep your work protected. I am showing the instructions using Gimp because it is a free photo editing program that can be downloaded from the internet. (just google it) The steps are basically the same if one is using Photoshop.

Step one: Using your already saved image, choose "New Layer" under "Layer" - it will bring a box up and just hit ok. You will see a New Layer at the top of the layers box. If it is not at the top just use your mouse to place it there- otherwise it will be buried underneath the top layers. 

Choose New Layer from the drop down


You can see that you have a new layer to work with - the new layer shows on the top right 

Step two: Choose the Text Tool. It is in the toolbox and is the "A". Once you have clicked on it click on your image and the Gimp Text Editor will pop up.


A = the text editor


Once the text editor is chosen, just click on the image and the text editor box will appear. 

Step 3: Type in your text. I like to put my name and website. If you are taking photos at a specific shelter, you may want to put the name of the shelter - their website- your name.. anything that will help identify the photo. 


Typing in the box will appear on the image.

Step 4: Position the text on the image by using the guides. As you hover over the text on the image, you can choose to push the edges out and up or down or reduce the size of the box that the text appears in. 


Use the guides to put the text where you would like it to appear.

Step 5: Choose the size and color of the text in the tool box.


You can change the size of your text by using the up and down arrows next to the size. Make sure that you adjust your text box on your image accordingly. 


Change the color by clicking on the color section in the toolbox. A box pops up and you just choose which color you like best. 

Image with adjusted size and color for text.



Step 6: Choose opacity. You can decide if you want the text to be very strong 
of lessen it by making it less opaque.





With the opacity set at a lower % the text can still be seen, but does not disrupt the overall image.  


showing at 100% on opacity makes the text solid and easily seen, but can be distracting to the overall image. 


Step 7: Flatten and save. 


Choose Flatten under Image to combine the layers. 


Once the image is flattened, you will see only one layer showing in the layer's box 


When you save your image, notate that is the marked image so that you can easily identify it from the original version. 


This just a very basic way to do the marking of photos. You can actually design a logo or saved text to be added to the image. This is just an easy way to help people protect their photos and to help stop the criminals from ripping off the images online. The best way to get people to stop stealing is to make it harder for them to do so. 



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