Alright, if that's the case it's ok I guess. I'm not sure to which extent it really protects people's works, there are thousands of thieves here in deviantART who'll have access to their works though at least they won't get too many from out there...
Unfortunately, protection is needed, but I don't find it fair that we artists get the blame when it's the thief's. By justifying this kind of behaviour we are just feeding the thieves with more reasons to steal without feeling regret. We should defend each other, not blame each other for other people's wrong ways.
So for a solution to art theft you're telling us to reduce our works quality, put watermarks that distort our images focalpoint (which is usually right in the middle of the picture) and reduce our viewerbase?
I love drooling over every little pixel of an amazing picture and seeing all of the effort the artist poured into what they do. Purposefully making our art look shitty and low quality is not a viable solution, nor is it acceptable to place the blame on the artist for the actions of other people.
If you don't mind, I'm going to continue uploading my nicely sized 25MB 3200x1800 images to DeviantART like I always have.
I suppose you're a fan-artist? I understand your point, but brings up really important points.
As a Professional commercial Illustrator, I can guarantee you that any company or high-end client I've ever worked with will only allow me to upload Low-res custom watermarked works to my Portfolio/DeviantArt. This is basic artwork protection. Some don't ask for watermarks, but they ALL ask to upload low-res files ONLY.
Unless they're free resources, an artist should NEVER upload a High-res image to their Portfolios/Deviantart, 72 ppi is a must, that way they're unprintable and you take away that option for art thieves.
A custom watermark (Not the invasive DA one) also allows anyone to find the actual source easier (you), and makes DMCA claims a lot faster and obvious when the proof is just right there.
Commercial artists just are not allowed the luxury of uploading high-res stuff. Also lowres doesn't mean shitty, you can see the gorgeous art of many professional here on DA, and they don't upload high-res to protect their work.
But like ValaSedai said, whatever works for you. Just letting you see from the side of commercial Illustrators/Artists.
I understand what you mean, I did take that into consideration when writing the comment, but didn't feel like invalidating my point by bringing it up.
Whether you've been hired as a artist, or sell your own works, getting your works stolen, possibly even sold, must be gut wrenching, feeling near helpless and powerless is never fun, it's painful, and makes you want to curl up inside and hide everything from the world.
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