The internet has made it easy for artists to share their artwork with people around the world. The problem is that sharing your images on the internet can increase the odds of someone stealing your work. In this post, discover how to protect your art images on WordPress.
Protect Your Art Images on WordPress
It is very easy for someone to save your image on their computer by right-clicking and selecting Save Image As.
Even though it is so easy for people to steal images online, I still have to believe that there are more good people in the world than bad.
As a visual creator, you have to protect your art business and your artwork. The images you share online is the primary source of your income.
How to Protect Your Art Images on WordPress
The following steps will be an easy way for you to protect your art images on WordPress.
Go through each strategy and decide what will work best for you. You can use one strategy or all three if you would like.
Taking the extra steps to protect your art blog is like a brick and mortar store installing video monitoring systems on their premises.
Protect Your Art Images on WordPress – Add Watermarks
What is a watermark?
A watermark is a faint sign or symbol that is placed over an image. It is usually the name of an artist or a business.
Let’s start protecting your images by learning how to add watermarks to images. This strategy is easy to perform and used by most artists and photographers.
You can easily add a watermark to your images with a free or premium image editing software.
Watermarks will discourage most people from stealing images, however, there are some people who know how to erase the watermark and will still be able to use the images.
Be carefull if you are going to be adding watermarks on your images. If you are selling your artwork online you want your images to reflect what it looks like in real life. High-quality images sell art online.
You can add watermarks to your images so they do not create too much of an eyesore on your artwork.
Here is how you can accomplish that with Canva.
How to Add a Watermark to Images with Canva
Upload an image to your desired image dimensions.
Click the “T” Text link on the left sidebar.
On the top menu bar select the desired font style and color.
Type in your text.
Drag and drop the text to the desired location.
Click the Transparency link on the top right of the menu bar. The link looks lick a checkered box.
Adjust the transparency to your liking.
Properly placing the text on the image and adding a transparency will eliminate the eyesore so your audience can enjoy your artwork and help to protect it from theft.
Protect Your Art Images on WordPress – Disable Right Click
You can take another step to protect your images on your artist blog by using the WP Content Copy Protection plugin.
WP Content Copy Protection is a simple plugin that will disable right-clicking on your entire page.
With this plugin people will not be able to right-clicked and save images from your artist blog posts.
This plugin has a high rating and there are over 30,000 active installs.
If you want to go the extra mile this might be an app for you to look into.
Protect Your Art Images on WordPress – Resize Image
The top two solutions are good but resizing your image will be the best solution for you.
Resize your image to no larger than 500 pixels x 500 pixels at a resolution no more than 72 pixels per inch.
This will make the image size too small for someone to print but will look good enough to view on the computer.
If someone would print an image this size, the height and width of the print would only be about 2 inches x 2 inches. A print that is that small would make it difficult for someone to sell and make a profit.
This is one of the safest ways to protect your work.
To quickly resize my images I go to PicResize.com.
PicResize is a free online image resizing site that makes resizing images a breeze.
How to Resize Images with PicResize
Click Browse and upload an image from your PC.
Choose the desired dimensions from the Resize Drop-down Box.
Skip to step 4 and choose the desired Image Format.
When you are finished click the I’m Done Resize My Image link on the bottom of the page.
You will be redirected to a page where you can:
- View Image
- Resume Edit
- Save to Disk
- Save to Web
Learn More About WordPress
Have you been searching for an easy way to learn more about WordPress?
You might feel overwhelmed with your WordPress artist blog if you are just starting out.
I have written two eBooks and created two video courses that will show you all of the basics you will need to know to create a professional artist blog.
It is always a good idea to take extra steps to protect your artwork and your business. These are easy ways to protect your art images on WordPress and will give you peace of mind.
Take some time to decide on the actions you will be taking to protect your artwork.
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