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Lance Thackeray
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United Kingdom
Born/living in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England, spending each day plonked in front of my computer trying to make sense of both the world and myself. Wild imagination, past experiences, mild autism, and a sometimes skewed perspective of my surroundings, all swirl together and fuel what I might consider to be creative energy. I do graphics and music and shit. ♥

It's well into early hours when I think about stuff. So here's some stuff I thought about.


- Don't do it. You may believe you're protecting your work, but it makes hardly any difference, if at all. Photoshop in particular makes removing the average watermark an utter breeze. My mother could remove a watermark with a quick google search on how to do it and which tools to select in the toolbar. Above all, watermarks are ugly to see and distract from your work.

- This is opinion, not fact. Watermarks make you look like a douche. If you're just starting out and upload a piece of work with a huge watermark over the top of it, you look like you care more about protecting your work than sharing it and progressing your talent. If that's the case, why are you sharing it at all?

- If you're a seasoned pro with a huge following and use watermarks, you too share most of the description above. I'll expand on this below as there's more to it.


- So you use watermarks because you're afraid of people ripping your work. I understand that. Here's the thing, though. If you are indeed just starting out, your work is most probably not worth ripping. I don't mean that as an insult, it's simply reality. "Just starting out" is exactly that. Absolutely anybody on the planet can start out, and their results will be the same as yours. Chances are, you followed some well known tutorials about some well known techniques, all of which anybody could do. Slapping on a watermark and ruining the visual appeal of your work is utterly pointless and will do you no favors.

- Watermarking with a solid reputation. Your style is distinguishable from everybody else and you have the benefit of tens of thousands of extra pairs of eyes looking out for you. Why are you watermarking your work? Nothing on the internet can remain unseen forever. If anybody attempts to steal your work, you're going to be informed quicker than you think.

So you've been ripped?

- If your work has bean ripped or stolen, it can feel like shit. However, what's actually happening? Regardless of your following, your digital art is copyrighted to you as standard when you upload it. Beyond that, each piece of work has source files (a PSD for example). If you never uploaded the source files, the ripper has no proof whatsoever that they created the material. You're winning already.

- If the ripper has a large reputation themselves, they will still eventually get caught and will have a long way to fall. Their reputation is ruined. You win.

- If the ripper is a noob, they're probably going to get away with it for longer. At the same time, they're gaining less from stealing your work because they're a nobody. No threat here. You win.

Legal actions

- Okay, so what should you actually do in the event of discovering something you worked hard on suddenly appear under somebody else's name? Firstly, you have the option of contacting them or not. Let's say you don't. You decide to let things happen naturally. They'll get questioned eventually and will fall, which is fine. Or, you could contact them and leave a polite message asking them to remove the infringing material. In most cases, they'll do just that.

- Let's say they don't remove it. Now you need to ask yourself how much damage it will cause you. Are they selling your work? Are they using it in such a way that could cause lasting damage to your career? Albeit very rare, this is where you should file a lawsuit. Remember, no matter how great their lawyer, they can't magic up the source files. As a bonus, if the ripper is a company or somebody who has gained financially from your work, you may be in for some substantial coins as compensation. Epic freaking win.

Alternatives to watermarking

- Lower resolution is much better than an ugly overlay. This could be used for resource packs, such as graphic elements. Note that websites such as apply a watermark overlay automatically. I personally find it to be rather stupid. The watermark itself covers hardly any of the image with heaps of space in between the faint lines it does apply. Resizing even to 90% would be a better solution. Better yet, 50% resolution scaled to 100% so end users can still create mockups at actual size.

- My personal favorite is the invisible watermark. It may seem contradictory to everything I've said, but the majority of my work contains a huge "Lance Thackeray" over everything. How? The beauty is that changing just one character of a digital hex color has little difference on the human eye. No matter how much manipulation the image goes through, the adjacent pixels to my name will never be the same. If I was ever in a situation in which I had no source files, a bit of processing would reveal my name for all to see.


My point here is that watermarking your work is both hideous and pointless. It prevents nothing, only delays the inevitable. I cringe every time I see one. Showcase your work with pride and the knowledge that no matter what, your source files are the bottom line. Winner winner chicken dinner.
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SAN666 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
SimonBarja Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hi Lance. I wanted to ask if you had XDJ III version available for Xion????
Chrispynutt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I'd rather have a Pureav design, than Material Design. This is the truth.

Hope all is well.
SimonBarja Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hi Lance. I wanted to ask if you had XDJ III version available for Xion lol because I've been following the post on the official website of Xion long time and I love your new creation for Xion. For me the best. I appreciate you proporcionases the skin when finished. Hopefully soon because it's spectacular. Thanks :) Happy
Pureav Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey man. It's very close to being done, but I have other priorities at the moment. It's not too far away, though...keep a look out!
coltsevers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Hello, are you still available to do GUI designs for crestron touch panels something like lars and dean you have done for guifx.

i would be interested in buying a bespoke design package from you..

could you let me know if this is something you can do, be much appreciated.

thanks in advance
Victhor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Ey hello! Look, I've read some time ago about how you feel about group's submissions, so Im contacting you before going any further.
I recently created a group of Winamp and UI fans, and I would like to add some of your works in our UI concepts section (… if its ok with you. I'll wait for your confirmation before sending any request.
Thanks in advance!
Pureav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey man. Sounds good to me. Which pieces are you wanting though? I don't really want to spread any of my older work around (which is almost all of it) as I have plenty of new stuff coming. Feel free to send a group request though and I'll decide either way. Cheers! =]
Victhor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Mmmm.. Somehow that's too bad , because a lot of what I feature is quite old.. But it's OK, I trade that for a couple of your new submissions when they are out hehe..
Now, seriously, I'm sending the requests! Thanks! 
Pureav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
No probs man. I've just gone through and said yes  to the ones I don't mind being out there. I'm glad you wanted my latest Sylenth skin...that's the kinda stuff I'll be doing from now on. Oh and XDJ 3 is just around the corner.

I had to say no on a few though...I feel genuine embarrassment from half my dA gallery. No point in advertising yourself as having 4 or 5 years less experience than you actually have. =]

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