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The Top Methods For Copy Protecting Images On Web Pages

This method of using a Transparent Overlay to protect images includes code to use at the bottom of the page:

6. Transparent Overlay 3 star image protection technique
The process of using a transparent overlay is good protection from mouse saves, which is the most commonly used copy method. When a user right clicks to save the image all they can save is the transparent image which is uppermost in the image location. Yet the original image is seen because it has been used as the background tile in a table cell.

The example to the left is comprised of 3 components:
   - a table set to hold all parts
   - the main image as a background cell
   - a clear image overlay

If anyone uses right click actions of the mouse to save the image, all they will get is a clear image.

The clear image used here is a 20 x 20 pixel clear GIF stretched to the size of the main image.

The HTML code for this table set can be seen below:

Or if you prefer to use CSS styling for backgrounds:

A lot of image stock libraries use this method because they want all browsers on all platforms to to view their catalogues. Unfortunately such a trade-off does mean that they cannot effectively copy protect anything, and all it takes to circumvent this technique is to save the page and all of its contents... or take a screen shot.

Another easier to prepare technique also uses a transparent image, but instead of just overlaying a single image, the clear gif is suspended over the whole page using a JavaScript layer. This method can save the web master a lot of time in preparing each image/page but it will also cut off any access to hyperlinks on the page, should they also be covered.

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The above mentioned methods for copy protecting images deal with images that are displayed online, from a web page. These methods are not suitable for images that you may want to send by email or provide as a download. For example, if sending an image to a client for their approval of your design, then the options for protecting the image are reduced to:

  1. Using the watermarking tool above to copy protect the image..
  2. Sending the image encapsulated in a secure document format like CopySafe PDF.
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