Thursday, July 29, 2010

Add Copyright Info to Your Images: Photoshop Tutorial

We artists know that as soon as we create something, it is copyrighted, which means that as the creator, we own all rights to that image. Some other people may not know that, and steal our images (or they do know that and do it anyway, but I'm not going to talk about that). But if you find someone using your image and you want to take them to court, the lawyers say you have to have gone through the process of registering your piece at the copyright office (and paying a fee) in order for you to be able to collect damages. Doesn't really make sense to me, but ANYway...

Some of us are too money-impaired to do that with all of our stuff. Adobe has addressed this starting with Photoshop CS4, by adding a feature that may* help you protect yourself a little more. I think it would protect you against instances where people claim that they don't know who the creator of the art is, as stated in that ridiculous Orphan Works Bill that was introduced last year. 

 * I am not a lawyer, this may not mean anything in a court of law, blah, blah, blah.

So, with your document open in Photoshop, go to the File menu and select 'file info.'

You'll get a new dialog box. Go to the description tab and there are places you can enter your information. The most important area, in my opinion, is the copyright status box. Here you can say that it's protected and add your name in the box underneath it. I also add stuff in the next tab over, the IPTC tab, to protect myself even further. I don't completely understand the IPTC stuff, but you can read about it here. I don't bother with the other tabs but there are a lot of other options to add more info about the image.

Now, you have your info for your original PS file. To get it on your web-safe image, when you go to "Save for web & devices", make sure that you check that you have selected copyright and contact info in the Metadata box. Hit save and you're done!

What's really cool about this is that when you open your new web-safe image, there is a © symbol on the name of your file!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Buzz on Over to the Story Book Bugs

Announcing the Story Book Bugs. We're a group of eight illustrators crawling with creativity who love to illustrate for children. Buzz on over and check out this amazing group of talented women who never cease to inspire me!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oil Spill Capped? Maybe, But We Still Need More Ripples.

Hopefully, the cap will work to stop the oil, but the animals will probably need help for a long time. I've created 3 more sketchcards for Kelly Light's Ripple blog. I feel privileged to have been able to contribute to this wonderful cause.

Each sketchcard on Ripple is $10.00. The $10.00 is a donation to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. Every penny is donated. The three Non-Profits that are benefiting are The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, The Sea Turtle Conservancy and The International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Illustration Friday – Giant

What kind of purse does a hippo need to go shopping? A giant one, of course! Her friend Gary Gator offered to be her purse for the day!