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Image Protection: Don't Use Watermarks, Use Model Mockup Views

If Amazon does not want to protect Merch images by using watermarks (due to potential sales suppression) ... then, they should consider using "in context" product views of real models wearing the shirts. This should be the ONLY product image available in the listing and its thumbnail preview (removing the flat, easy-to-steal images from the listing altogether). These images could be automatically applied to a mockup template by way of programmed displacement maps. [Do a Google Image search for "t-shirt mockup displacement map"]

Points to consider:

  • Watermarks are easy to remove in Photoshop.
  • Watermarks can potentially detract from sales.
  • Displacement Map Mockup views ENHANCE the product listing with a real-word view.
  • Displacement Maps create an almost IMPOSSIBLE to steal-and-reuse product image. An in-context "model view" is certainly useless as a source image. It includes representations of wrinkles, folds, shadows, perspective distortions, etc.
  • If using displacement maps is not an option, then using watermarks SHOULD be considered as a means of offering *some* degree of image theft protection.
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Amazon Customer commented

Why cant I vote??? Every time I try i get a message "Sorry you dont have enough votes left"?

What does that mean??? We can only vote on a few issues and then we're done?

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That's what I interpret too which is sad. I ran out of my votes a few weeks ago.
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Same. Been like that for months.

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CanadaMediaGuy commented

this is a great idea

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Bisermons commented

Its a good idea. The preview can also be smaller

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TacoWoman commented

I have no votes left but this is a fantastic idea.

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Petspower commented

Fantastic idea!

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Pratik commented

I would agree as well mainly because of the case that model mockups have wrinkles, folds, etc which makes it very hard to obtain a stable image to rip from.

Although at some point I believe that clear mockups (like we have right now) attracts more attention as it gives a clear, unhindered view of the design to buyers but if this gets implemented in right way that the buyer can still see a good shot of the picture/design without any problems or crippled view, this can be a fantastic thing for sure.

I''d vote if I could but it's a +1 from me.

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Ricardo Almeida commented

This is the best idea I've seen here. Please consider this, Amazon.

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Dee07 commented

Yes, if you take a look at the designs on Zazzle's mockups, they are really hard to reproduce due to the images distortions. It would be a living hell for copycats.

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Merch_Duelist commented

Great idea, but it will probably never happen.

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Amy commented

Actually this really smart

I'm a long time clothing seller on eBay and Amazon and for items that I sell that are not on a person or at least a mannequin in the photo historically take longer to sell or I get the occasional customer emailing me "well what does it look like on a person"

Wrinkles and shadowing might be the end of a huge painful thorn in designers backs and Merch teams

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