A Love-Hate View of Pinterest #2

Yesterday in A Love-Hate View of Pinterest I added my 2 pesos to discussions at Crafty Pod and The Magpie Knitter. Further thoughts...

Thank you! For all of your comments, wow!!!!

Pinterest is a great launching point for discovering and exploring new artists and photographers. Above, a funky page from Traci Bunkers pinned to my art journals board in pinterest. The image links to the post at Traci's site. Traci does a fun 30 day art journaling challenge. If you click the other link to Traci's site, where I have my handy dandy arrow, you see all of the other stuff at pinterest that links there.

An idea. My pie-in-the-sky idea is to let the person whose work your are pinning know that you found the work inspiring. Comments/favs/likes/+1's let the creator of the work know quickly that they are noticed, their work, words, photography spark ideas or motivate you. You know, I'm liking this idea more and more.

Sharing art + photography vs. keeping it safe. I believe that artists inspire each other by sharing. However quirky we are, and we all are our own brand of quirkiness, it's good to see someone else "gets" it. Take a risk, put your stuff out there.

Watermarks, schwatermarks. I don't think that watermarking dissuades dishonest people from doing dishonest or wierd stuff with your work. But your watermark might be visible on your photo when it is posted somewhere in the web-o-sphere, so people can find the source if they wish. I don't watermark in a fruitless attempt to get people not to post my stuff.

Truth. You cannot control your "stuff" once you post it. Kim Werker says this eloquently in Prying Control from Your Cold, Cramped Hands (via Craftypod).

Quickie primer on recording a photoshop action to add a watermark. [I'm using PS CS4 so your mileage may vary.] You "do" the thing you want to make an action for, and you record it (like the old, old excel macros). First, make sure the actions panel is visible, click VIEW and check ACTIONS. Then open a photo you want to watermark. Click the actions menu, and the tiny drop down menu at the top right corner that shows the zillion action-related things you can do. Click NEW ACTION, name the option, click RECORD and from that second you are "recording" the action. Click the icon to add a TYPE layer and then type in whatever you want as your watermark (i.e. blog name) then set the text font, size, etc. and click the check mark or enter to add the layer. Then change the layer blend to "SCREEN" and double click the layer to adjust the text options, and click the box that says, "BEVEL AND EMBOSS" and click enter. To stop the recording, click the black square immediately to the left of the red circle at the bottom of the actions panel.

Choosing a text color that is the same as the background color under the text makes it more transparent, and you can adjust the opacity of the layer. The action you just recorded will be in your actions panel under the name you gave it.

Discussions like these are important. All this talk and thought and pondering leads me to even more questions, down the rabbit hole.