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How to ensure that the right images are watermarked at the right times

An image watermarked to illustrate it contain a retouched individuals

Have you ever needed your images to be watermarked upon publication? Whether you’re required to do so by law or if you want to prevent externals from copying your content, watermarking is a good way of altering an image to the outside world.

However, such processes are often manual. It’s also common to experience an explosion in duplicates and additional files when having to download, edit, and upload your image again - this time, a watermarked version of it.

While some organizations can choose to simply avoid watermarking, others have little to no choice in the matter and risk being left with a higher workload and unnecessary files. An example of this is organizations using retouched images for marketing purposes in Norway due to a new regulation enforced by the Norwegian Consumer Authority.

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In this blog post, we’ll explain how you can use FotoWare to ensure that the right images are watermarked at the right times, using this regulation as an example.

Complying with the Norwegian Consumer Authority’s regulations for retouched images

As of July 1st, 2022, the Norwegian Marketing Control Act demands all marketing images where a person’s body shape, size, or skin is altered to be clearly marked upon publication. This goes for all forms of advertisement, including social media, flyers, influencer marketing, website, and more. The watermark is of a standardized format, with strict rules regarding its size and visibility.

With this new law, the Norwegian Consumer Authority aims to promote body positivity by raising awareness of the fact that advertisements don’t always tell the truth and, ultimately, reducing the usage of retouched images within marketing.

While some organizations respond to this regulation by eliminating their use of retouched images, others may have limited options here. For example, if they’re a part of an international enterprise or if they’re cooperating with influencers, local marketers may not be able to make this change.

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This poses several challenges, especially for larger teams. A typical problem is ensuring transparency within the organization, making it clear which images are retouched and which are not. If this is not adequately marked, you risk team members asking around or digging through emails to find such information. Another problem may be the watermarking itself, often resulting in a lengthy manual process, where images must be downloaded, uploaded to the editing software, downloaded from there, and uploaded again.

How FotoWare solves this issue in two simple steps

Step 1. Use markers

The process of complying with the regulation outlined above can be broken down into two separate steps: Being able to tell which images that are retouched and watermarking these. The first of these is easily solved in FotoWare through markers.

Explained in short, markers are tiny icons that, when triggered, appear on an asset’s thumbnail, aiming to communicate something about it. They can be customized in great detail and are directly tied to a specific metadata field. For example, you can have markers illustrating the file type (png, jpg, etc.) or whether or not the asset is used for a specific campaign or channel.

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In this specific case, it would be beneficial to create a custom marker to indicate whether a person in an image has had his/her appearance altered. This way, everyone working with the images will be able to quickly tell which that are retouched and which are not.

 

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Step 2. Enable a processing profile with a watermark

Once your team is able to easily tell which images need watermarking, the next step is to ensure that the watermarks are accessible when downloading the images.

In FotoWare, this process begins by uploading the watermark(s) to the system. We recommend uploading them in different sizes, so you’ll have multiple options depending on your images' dimensions.

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Next, you’ll move on to your processing profiles. Here, you simply create new ones, this time with your selected watermark. Once that’s done, you simply attach these to your selected processing profile set(s). Which set you use may depend on the archive, so make sure to attach the suitable profiles to the right set.

Now, your watermark should be available when using the “crop & download” function. We recommend using pre-determined dimensions and marking these clearly, so the users know which processing profile to match with which image size. If this is set up correctly, complying with the Norwegian Marketing Control Act for retouched images should be an easy task.

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