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A watermark is a small, often transparent mark regularly containing a Scratcher's username or icon. It is placed in one of the four corners of a piece of art. The point of a watermark is supposed to help abolish art theft by the image and the mark being grouped together, making it unable to remove. The usage of a watermark is beneficial if participating in a Multiple Animator Project or a similar project.
Types of Watermarks
The username watermark is a quick and easy mark, as it is simply a typed username. Username watermarks are mainly used by newer Scratchers or Scratchers who do not feel as confident in their drawing abilities. However, they are more simple and are more easily removed.
Another type of watermark is the user's icon. This image is placed in a corner of the art and grouped together with the art so it is harder to remove.
Sometimes a group of Scratchers will work on a collaboration together and create a watermark for projects that will be used in the final project.
Creating a Watermark
Creating a watermark requires access to the Scratch paint editor.
- Convert the artwork to bitmap form. This makes the watermark not removable once it is placed. However, this may also reduce the quality of the art and make it harder to edit.
- Use the text tool to type text which will be the watermark. A small piece of art which does the same function can also be used.
- Save the project with the watermark. This attaches the watermark to the piece of art, making it not removable without external tools.
- Optional: Use the ghost effect to make the watermark slightly transparent, so it does not bother viewers.