I probably use the copyright symbol © daily as I prepare images for the web. Not only does it make me feel as though the image is somewhat protected, I think it looks kind of cool on the image. It is so incredibly easy to do and I encourage you to put your name along with the copyright symbol on your work also. Some people suggest the date should also be included along with the symbol. I think for commercial work this is incredibly important. For my fine art work, I find it to be a bit intrusive. I do of course complete the metadata file with the copyright symbol, date, and also with the phrase: All Rights Are Reserved for any images I post to the web.
Creating the Copyright Symbol
On a Mac: press alt/g
On a PC: Press the Alt key/key in 0169 on numeric keypad
Here are a couple of images with the copyright symbol on them. I created the symbol and text in Photoshop using the text tool. Once I knew my standard image size, it was easy to create an Action in Photoshop to generate the the copyright symbol along with any text, font size and color you may want to add. With the addition of a Photoshop Action placing the necessary symbol and text on your images is now an extremely quick and easy task. Another important step to protecting your work is to consider registering your images with the Copyright Office in Washington DC. Over the years this process has become quite easy also especially since currently it can be done all on line.
“Desperation” © Susan McAnany – All Rights Are Reserved
“Pepper Line” © 2007 Susan McAnany – All Rights Are Reserved
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As the new year rolls in, I’m inspired to come up with a 2016 Motto versus a New Year’s resolution this year. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is they are often forgotten by the end of January. I know I am guilty of that and I am sure many of you are too. I am at a funny stage in my work, eager to branch into something new and exciting yet waiting for a few personal things to happen so I can move forward. But yet, I still have my camera, my eyes, my creativity and two strong legs to get me around. So as I look at my situation and my creative desires that need fulfilling. I am making a commitment to the following 2016 Motto:
“Strive to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary!”
I tend to to this anyway as evident in my Misconceptions Project. To this day that work still inspires me and I am always on the look out for new and exciting ideas. Finding words that pinpoint my 2016 Motto has helped me craft a vision for my work or maybe in my case renew my vision. Throughout my life and creative development I have found re-accessing a couple of times a year is always helpful. Also good is to reflect and think about the things that have worked and not worked over the past 6 or 12 months. I probably should be doing that every 3 months to be perfectly honest. I guess as another inspired person once said, “Life is a evolution, not a revolution”.
Here are a couple of prints illustration my 2016 Motto “Strive to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary”:
“Obsessive ” © Susan McAnany
“Security Force” © Susan McAnany
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