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Old October 19th, 2010 -   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you supply your customers with pictures of a custom design before they purchase it for "free" or charge a "fee"???

Thanks for all of the responses....Now I'm more confused than ever. I definitely hate the thought for working for free but do not want to discourage customers from purchasing custom designs from me. I would be happy to apply the fee collected upfront to their purchase but if they decide not to make a purchase then all of the time I have put into the design is worth nothing.

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We tons of custom printed artwork, we charge for the custom designs, all proofs sent to a client for approval are copyrighted and watermarked so there is no confusion as to who created the artwork and who owns it, anything less and your opening yourself up to confusion as to who owns what and the opportunity for someone else to capitalize on your efforts.
I can tell you that I get numerous emails sent to me asking me to price a design with watermarks on them. I think some people purposely like sending these types of pictures because it makes it easy to track down the original owner of the design. I think they are hoping that I see the original price and I will sell it to them at a lower cost just to make a sale. I will not copy any designs if I see that someone else has done the work already. I may offer to make them an alternative design if I can but never copy the exact design.

So by just watermarking a design is not protecting my image from being copied it's just making it easier to make for the person that is willing to copy it.