Digital Signature

I have spent a lot of time over many months trying to figure out if I should sign my photo prints and, if so, how.  There seem to be so many varied opinions out there that it is hard to decide.

Some folks say you should sign the mat when you mount the print, but others say people can decide to change the mat to match their walls so it doesn’t make sense to sign the mat.  Other folks have said you should sign your name and add the date and the name of the print on the back. Other folks talk about a digitial signature, etc., etc.

So, from what I can see, there is no “standard” way to sign a photograph for exhibition or display.  It is up to the individual or the gallery that is displaying them.  Based on that, for right now, I am going to use a digital signature.  For me, even that was a challange in that I have not really used Photoshop all that much. I spent quite a bit of time deciding how I wanted to sign my prints and then I had to scan the signature in and then create layers in Photoshop. One layer for each color that I might want to use.  Luckily there were a lot of good videos on Youtube to show me how to do all this.

What fun.  🙂



2 thoughts on “Digital Signature

  1. A digital signature sounds like a good idea. If it were me, I might do a large one right across the middle of each photo to protect it. Seems like so many copyright protected pictures end up on Pinterest. I wouldn’t think a gallery would have any say in how an artist signs his work, but what do I know! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Marcia. I have been tempted to put that big bold watermark across the center of the image when I post it, but that does detract from the image so I think for the time being I will stick with something in the bottom right corner. A number of the photo sites are pretty good with their security these days, so it is more difficult to lift an image from those sites.

      The issue with galleries is that they can dictate how they are willing to exhibit work and if you prefer not to do it their way, they can decide not to exhibit your work. I have been told that some galleries even dictate general frame style and color of mat that can be used.

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