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Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby DCMW » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:30 am

I am new to this forum and new to cnc plasma cutting. I am currently in the process of starting my own business from it. I want to create a website of prints that people can see and choose from to buy metal art. How can I post these DXF file photos to my website and or social media, like Facebook, and not have to worry about people "copying" or stealing the DXF file photo? Thank you in advance for any advice.

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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby Bobkovacs » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:24 am

Watermarks help somewhat, but if someone really wants to copy your work, they can do it fairly easily with pretty much any illustration software.

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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby Capstone » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:28 pm

DCMW wrote:I am new to this forum and new to cnc plasma cutting. I am currently in the process of starting my own business from it. I want to create a website of prints that people can see and choose from to buy metal art. How can I post these DXF file photos to my website and or social media, like Facebook, and not have to worry about people "copying" or stealing the DXF file photo? Thank you in advance for any advice.


I only post FINISHED pieces of Metal widely on social media and make sure the pics include either a brand watermark and are shot at angles that prevent easy digital copying. I never post designs that I could do because frankly a simple targeted google image search on almost any subject will return thousands of clean silhouettes all day so who needs a catalog to show a customer?

I think 90% of my customers come to me with an "idea" and let me create the design. That's my value. I then present these ideas for their consideration privately and I'm sure to include lots of watermarking or hide certain edges in what I send. Here's a sample of the proofs I'll send. Notice that there's plenty of descriptors instead of detail in the image itself. It give the customer what they want but not an entirely finished piece to take elswhere

mockup.JPG


Even though someone with enough time could copy this, why would they if the cost to copy this for most skilled people outweighs the ability to compete with the original creators price? That's why I send the customer a small jpg image.

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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby DCMW » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:55 am

Thank you Capstone, I appreciate the advice!

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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby Gamelord » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:52 pm

Add in a good sized fuzzy drop shadow to your pictures and take the picture at a slight angle. This will make it exceptionally difficult for someone to get a decent trace without doing a lot of work. If they can fix that then they can copy anything, even an obstructive watermark.
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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby motoguy » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:01 pm

Gamelord wrote:Add in a good sized fuzzy drop shadow to your pictures and take the picture at a slight angle. This will make it exceptionally difficult for someone to get a decent trace without doing a lot of work. If they can fix that then they can copy anything, even an obstructive watermark.


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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby Gamelord » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:57 pm

Depending on your software, you should be able to take any image and add a drop shadow on it. To do so in Corel, export your DXF out as a .png file with no background, then open photopaint. In Photopaint, open a new blank document without a background. Then open the saved .png file. Then copy the .png file and paste into your new document. Then select your drop shadow icon (should be on the left side, it shares the place as the transparency tool). Once selected you can then edit the drop shadow with the icons/menu bar on top. Select "Small Glow" from the pull down menu, then select the color (usually black because that is what matches your actual dxf drawing), then select the amount of shadow and fade with the last couple icons. Then combine the entire image with the background and export the new image as .JPG (or whatever format you wish). Below is an extreme example with a blue colored drop shadow. Blue would be easy to edit out but a grey or black that matches the actual DXF would just continue the edges of the DXF out to fuzzy-land and be very difficult to edit out without re-drawing the entire thing.

Another thing would be to put a gradient as a background that utilizes the same colors as your drawing. I have added that image below as well.

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Re: Keeping DXF file photos safe

Postby rdj357 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:21 am

It also helps to resize the proof image pretty small. That makes any attempted trace come out very grainy. I tried and was able to get a pretty decent trace on the gray gradient ram scene because it is so large. Had it been half that size it would have been impossible.
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