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« on: September 23, 2023, 20:40 »
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Your thoughts on the new iStock watermark?

Way too easy to remove? Or can image thieves remove pretty much any watermark these days, so it doesn't really matter?

I think I will need to delete some of my files because of it, but in most cases where the copy space is on the right I should be able to flip the image horizontally and re-upload.


« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2023, 21:03 »
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Very Getty-like. Arguably watermarks are easy to remove anyway, but with an image like this one, there's virtually nothing you need to do!


« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2023, 06:12 »
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On Adobe Stock I don't  see any watermarks at all recently. Anyone else? Why is that?

« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2023, 06:36 »
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This new very minimal watermark is super easy to remove with Photoshop generative fill

« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2023, 06:44 »
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This new very minimal watermark is super easy to remove with Photoshop generative fill

If the image has copy space on the side you do not even  need to take that much effort. Just crop the image. Many customers want square shaped images for social media anyways. This new watermark is an insult.

« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2023, 08:10 »
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watermark doesn't make much sense nowadays.
With 40MP+ DSLR watermarks at small resolution preview doesn't make much sense.
At microstock you will make the money with high resolution on demand DLs or EL.
If someone buys an Image for $0,X subscription or someone downloads a low resolution preview for "free".
There is not much difference.
If there is a need for a high resolution images or EL, they will probably buy it.


« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2023, 08:27 »
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Why not contact iStock and show them how easy it is to replace - perhaps they will come up with a better watermark that can't simply be replaced with generative fill, and/or cropping it?

« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2023, 09:05 »
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watermark doesn't make much sense nowadays.
With 40MP+ DSLR watermarks at small resolution preview doesn't make much sense.
At microstock you will make the money with high resolution on demand DLs or EL.
If someone buys an Image for $0,X subscription or someone downloads a low resolution preview for "free".
There is not much difference.
If there is a need for a high resolution images or EL, they will probably buy it.

I do an excessive reversed image search on my sold images each month and 90% of my sold images are being used only in low resolution. Yet I make my living from microstock alone.  Enhanced licenses are very rare for me and only make like 10% of my income and most  of my"on demand downloads" are between 0.10-40$ on Shutterstock these days. So I beg to differ. If you sell several thousand low resolution subscription images each month that adds up to quite a big amount and is the foundation of my income.

« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2023, 10:20 »
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Why not contact iStock and show them how easy it is to replace - perhaps they will come up with a better watermark that can't simply be replaced with generative fill, and/or cropping it?

iStock has had several variations of better watermarks - the ones they just replaced with this one would do. The one before that was even more "in your face". They don't need any help to come up with something better and they chose this weak one with a full understanding of its limitations.

The way things are now - none of the stock licenses mandate a maximum size for online usage, for example (which they used to do) - a watermark is just there to alert honest people that they need to license the image. On the other hand, making it so easy to steal can get out of hand. Ask Hyundai and Kia about their settlement.

And I know, stock agency contributors don't have anyone to go to bat for them as work is stolen wholesale.

« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2023, 10:23 »
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On Adobe Stock I don't  see any watermarks at all recently. Anyone else? Why is that?

There is one - it's an all over faint pattern. Compare Adobe Stock with iStock for one of my images to see the difference

« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2023, 07:10 »
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Thank you for your help, Jo Ann

« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2023, 04:39 »
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guy

« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2024, 12:10 »
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The combination of how high resolution the preview images are plus the pathetic watermark means I might just have to remove all of my images. I sell mostly vectors and it would be incredibly easy to download the preview and do a trace of it for free. I sent a complaint to iStock but doubt it will make a difference.


 

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