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I know you guys probably will hate both options but I just want to know which option is better? Art theft issues... 

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1,208 deviants said Big size with fvckin HUGEEEEEE watermark ((I hate doing this, it ruins the entire masterpiece XD))
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609 deviants said Smaller pic like 300px wide with smaller copyright info ((I hate smaller pic, it ruins all the details ;_; ))

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:iconheaven-cry:
heaven-cry Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
HUUUGE watermark. If they steal my job, I will make it OBVIOUS
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SleeepyHead Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
smaller immage....you can always add close up/full size detail shots that only show part of the image as well
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ESKEI-NET Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Why not both?
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:iconsystem-sky:
system-sky Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How about medium size with smaller watermark... anyways, we already know your style so if someone grab it and post it as theirs we would all know... :D
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Kyas-Essex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd go with a smaller pic, but then you wouldn't be happy. Maybe you can place more than one watermark. :hmm:

I tend to place 3 on mine. :lol: [link]. I have the very hidden one on the top left. You can see the M of my past username. The 2nd on the middle of the drawing, and the third on the lower right. In case art thieves remove one, they might not see the others. :lol:

Good luck and much respect for your art. :worship:
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:iconkaedwuff:
Kaedwuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
You know there are other ways to deal with art theft aside from obnoxious watermarking and image resizing. In the grand scheme of things, people are going to steal your art no matter what you do. Some of them are good at editing out watermarks too, regardless of their obnoxiousness. Others don't even care that the watermark is there in the first place, they only want the image for what it shows.

What you should instead be doing is addressing the place where they are hosting the image. Generally most servers will assist you in having your intellectual property taken down. It just takes a little bit of effort.
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KXZXW Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
A lot of your art is already pretty small it's not like an art thief could make prints out of it and make money... I don't see the huge issue
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:icontanbakudan:
Tanbakudan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Consider writing/designing the watermark yourself (e.g. handwritten signature/logo/stamp) so that they can't just use the same font and probably do some blending tricks, possibly removing the watermark... then again I have no idea if that sort of trick exists or not lol
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:iconlateral-vengeance:
Lateral-Vengeance Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didnt read through the comments to see if anyone said this or not. but I like the fact that you incorporate your name within the art itself. That's how i knew my FB friend was using your photo. I got skeptic and took the photo into google images and your deviant art popped up. :)
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:iconpresteza:
Presteza Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
go with the smaller resolution. The more "professional" thieves, those who will sell your prints/posters etc on ebay, can remove watermarks easily enough.
Your artwork can still be appreciated in smallview.

The huge watermark on large file only deters amateurs who want to post them up in their own gallery, but prettymuch ruins it in your own gallery as well.
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SeiichiSin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is hard to really pick a lesser evil on. I save pictures from DA in order to be able to really get inspiration from later.
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:iconbac-of-all-trades:
BAC-of-all-trades Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
make it so annoying to steal that they move on to other people! then go to the smaller watermark later.
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:iconhinata76hyuga:
Hinata76Hyuga Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
small size pixel nah... huge with watermark destroys everything so also nah...maybe place your signature or your seal stamp somewhere that peeps cannot manipulate without destroying the art piece is all i can suggest. But art theft there are everywhere neh... very hard sometimes to maneuver away from them. XD
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SlaughterRainbows Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
it's tough to say, a smaller picture would ruin the feeling and gets me frustrated too hehe
i'd say make it a medium size and place the watermark on a clever area.
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:iconamairim:
Amairim Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do it! the large version!
I hate the ninjas >.> you show them whos boss- stamp stanmp stamp!
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] <--a friend of mine started doing this more often after her stock was stolen & put on another site; it happened again & the person wasn't able to remove this since they would damage the photo
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:iconillydragonfly:
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Writer
How about of a signature in the central part of the drawing? I mean, close to the drawing so it can't be cut off and not on the drawing so it won't be ruined?
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:iconcamiyu:
camiyu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
i'd suggest

average size, with catchy signature of yours (include it with your art if posible)
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:iconcore-point:
Core-Point Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I think you should creatively work your name into several places in your illustrations.. bedside's your obvious initials in the corner.
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:iconpuremissa:
PureMissa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes, these options suck! Love your work to the end!
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0navyblue Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
have you heard of anipan? it's a recently started up art website which has some mechanisms specifically to help prevent art theft. e.g. disabling the ability to right-click the picture once it's up, but still allowing you to zoom in to see all the little details :>

not that i'm promoting you to move to it haha ;;;;... it's just a heads up.
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:iconamairim:
Amairim Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
print screen lol!
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:icontshuki:
tshuki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Removing watermarks is fairly easy by the way, ha ha..
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kaze-no-shojo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
300px is a terrible size I love to see large pictures that allow you to see all the detail
I've seen quite few pictures with watermarks and if it's not distracting it's not that bad
the tiny pictures are terrible most people probably can't even see it :(
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:iconaureta:
Aureta Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I prefer smaller sizes, because you can always submit some small detail shots separately in scraps and link them in the description if anyone wants to see more. But 300px sure seems small...
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geverglade-280 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I don't know, both are horrible!!! )=
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:icondesheria:
Desheria Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I prefer the big size; that way we can still see the details. I hate when artists upload smaller files. I feel like I can't see all the tiny things they worked so hard on.
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Akemat-Lynn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry but I feel like both options won't help at all, if someone wants to steal someone else's artwork then they are going to do it! A small picture or a huge watermark isn't going to stop them. But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's okay for them to do so but ruining your own work to keep it from being stolen is never the answer, besides usually art thieves don't get away with their crime anyway. It's never a matter of if they get caught but when they get caught, and when they are caught their is always a negative backlash on their end of the rope from the art community in general. Your a great artist and I'm sure you have many fans who will look out for your well being as far as art goes!
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aumikre Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't have to make it HUGE--just put it somewhere inconvenient to crop out, or incorporate your sig/watermark into the picture itself.
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you can simply do nothing
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DiePersephone Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
oh no! its like to choose between devil and beelzebub!!! :tears:
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:iconvata-raven:
Vata-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's an Idea...how about you offer digital copies for a price. I do think there is a way to prevent people from being able to copy them
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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the suggestion but I really don't think this will solve my prob. They're Thieves. They don't buy things...
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:iconvata-raven:
Vata-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then it comes down to this. What do they steal?

If it's fanart, your shit out of luck. Shouldn't be profiting off characters that aren't yours in the first place. Yes, it's the same thing. When people are selling fanart prints, you are taking money from something that isn't yours. You use that character name and show, and profit from it because you know people like it...same thing from people taking it off your DA for free.

If they're OCs, you can in fact copy right characters, if they're in novels, graphic novels, and all that stuff.
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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But at least I worked my ass off, original or fanart, it's my creation. Not the thief who steal and saying they draw/paint it or even use my fanarts to enter to a contest. You're right bout selling fanart. I have no right at all.
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:iconkamakru:
Kamakru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Then how should Virus show the image of the digital copies to be purchased? It still presents the same problem.
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:iconvata-raven:
Vata-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least they're getting money that way and not ripped off
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:iconkamakru:
Kamakru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
what I mean is, that Virus has to show the image in order for people to purchase it, correct? How do they show the artwork in a way that people won't just steal that image instead?
Whether or not they're offering it for sale, you have to show the image in order to sell it - that's the part we need to figure out. How to actually display the image, whether it's marked 'for sale' or not.
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ShinigamiInc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Why not do something like signing (or place your watermark) it in the picture where it’s difficult to remove, but doesn’t affect the picture. Just a suggestion.
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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I usually put my sign and copyright info in a white space or at the bottom where it's easily crop. Thank you for this idea.
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:iconshinigamiinc:
ShinigamiInc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Which I greatly appreciate. :D

I hope this works, it would be a shame to have to take away from your beautiful art.
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:iconartbymoga:
Artbymoga Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with this suggestion! That way we can still view your stellar art without a huge watermark blocking out most of the piece.
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:iconhokousha:
Hokousha Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I would rather have a huge beautiful picture to see how you were able to execute your plan of attack on the piece and just look pass the watermark, than to see an itty bitty piece and just say it looks nice.

I also like =Yuuza's idea, and just make watermark that is placed somewhere were it can be read and become part of the work.
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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think I will follow her suggestion :)
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SonicWolvelina99 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What I do is hide the watermark. :3
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:iconvirus-ac:
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hide the watermark?? I don't get it? how??
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SonicWolvelina99 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like you put it in a place where it can't be found easily (preferably, near the centre of the image) and if someone steals it, you can report them and say your watermark is there by showing proof with the PSD/GIMP/etc file to the reporter.
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:icondeenuke:
DeeNuke Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi-res imagine with a watermark in the middle, or where the details are most visible, so it will be either a pain to remove or impossible to crop out.
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:iconantonus:
Antonus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Here's what I always do.

Neither one, and hide your signature strategically in the illustration.
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:iconjuutwin:
Juutwin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
On a personal website where you can stop the saving of the image in the code - you can put the larger picture. For places like Deviantart and Tumbler and other places where people can easily save the image. Put a smaller one.
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