Time for a watermark.

Discussion in 'Hanson Knives' started by Scott Hanson, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    I created a a business Facebook page a couple of months ago and it's been steadily growing to almost 1200 followers. Along with the followers comes just about every other type of scammer out there. Several weeks ago I was talking to a guy on Facebook who was from Pakistan wanting to sell me knives, I told him no I don't buy knives. I thought that was the end of it until I checked his profile and seen he down loaded one of my knife photos, posted it on his Facebook page and offered it for sale as his own knives. I reported it and made him take it down. This a screen shot of the ad that he posted.

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    Ok well now something similar is happening right now, another guy on Facebook ( From Pakistan I might add ) has down loaded another photo of mine and is currently using it as hid profile photo on Facebook. He hasn't tried to sell it yet, or least not that I know of. And I sure don't want my work associated with the Pakistan made knives. So I'm wondering if I should report him right now. But one thing is for certain I am probably going to have to find a way to watermark my work. Along with using American flag and patriotic back grounds for my photos. Anyhow this is the guys Facebook page.

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    And his profile photo are actually two knives I made for Mack and Sheldon.

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    Anyone have any good ideas on a watermarking app?
     
  2. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    May want to check with @Mossyhorn
     
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  3. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    yup - mossyhorn and @The Warrior were the first 2 who came to mind for me.
     
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  4. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    I use the GIMP program to add watermarks to my photos. Free program.

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    I started adding my own to my photos, as so many of them show up on Pinterest:

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  5. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    I'll talk to Mossyhorn and see what he says.
     
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  6. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Thanks Warrior, I'm down loading it now.
     
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  7. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    There is a learning curve to it.
     
  8. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    It's taking a while to load, this is a back ground idea I think may make my photos unusable for them. I'm thinking of having a 20" x 30" poster printed
    out and using these for my back grounds.

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  9. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Yeah, you could do that. Lay your knife across it, and take the photo. Could always have your name printed on it as well. A quickie, obviously:

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  10. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Yes, I think if I dummy the colors on the flag down a bit I can make tit work.
     
  11. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    In Gimp (or Photoshop) you can add a layer on top of your photo, make it be anything you want (type, photo, whatever) and set the opacity. Then you can export a jpeg copy of the file. Voila, watermark.
     
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  12. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    I use Gimp and paint.net (both free) for work - Gimp has a higher learning curve, in my opinion, but is also more powerful/versatile.
     
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  13. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Also, if you went the flag route, you would want it with a matte/non shiny surface. You wouldn't want the flash showing up in every photo.
     
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  14. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    The nice thing about a photo manipulator, such as GIMP, etc, is that once you learn, you can do pretty much anything. Such as change the angle of the font to go with the knife:

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    Different fonts/colors:

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    Or custom gradients, etc, with drop shadows:

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  15. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    I'll have to have Geek squad set this up for program up for me I tried downloading and couldn't get it to work. Problem now is Wisconsin just issued a stay at home order for the next month so it may be a while yet.lol
     
  16. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    We have the same in Illinois. Sucks, but pretty much, when I get home from work, I just sit in front of the computer for the evening anywhos.

    By the way, you can Google tutorials for GIMP, or do searches on youTube. I learned tons like that.
     
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