What is it? What is it for? Why is it important?
Today I wanted to talk a little about why it is so important to watermark your pictures. People are jerks....that's why! I'm sure you have seen and/or heard of nail bloggers getting upset because their pictures are being used without their permission by screen grabbers for various reasons (fashion pages, nail inspiration pages, press, etc).
Well until now! I recently found an app that will let you write in a free form line...so curved, wiggly, spiral...you name it! It's called "TypeDrawing" (on iphone - not sure about Android availability...sorry) and it a Godsend
Here is a quick tutorial on how to do a cuticle Watermark on TypeDrawing:
Once you choose your font and size you can get to drawing! Choose the photo button on the right and import your photo. Click on the "T" to pick your pre-saved phrase(s) and draw with your finger or stylus. This part can be tricky, but if you keep trying (I used Undo a lot!) you will get the hang of it. Save it to your Gallery when you are done. You can only save your picture to your camera roll from the Gallery (weird I know).
Once I have saved it to my camera roll I can upload it to Photobucket or Instagram and take comfort in knowing that my info is on my photos in a way that can't be cropped out. People will know that it's your picture. If you would like a tutorial on how to do this another way visit Kayla's blog. She did a post on how to do this with the GIMP program that is very similar to Photoshop.
As a courtesy, if you see a fellow blogger/nail designer pics being used by someone other than themself, without credit, please let them know. From time to time I will troll through several hashtags to see what is going on out in the world and if I see a pic that is not credited I tag the owner so they can handle the problem. We work hard on our designs and swatches and it infuriates me that people think its no big deal to grab the image and use it without credit.
Any other handy tips and tricks let me know and I will pass them on!
Keep your pics safe!!