Digimarc Guardian for Images FAQ

This information was last updated January 8th, 2018.

Most technical questions about Digimarc Guardian for Images can be answered here or in our comprehensive Best Practices Guide. If you still haven't found the information you're looking for, please contact us.

Who should use Digimarc Guardian for Images?

Digimarc Guardian for Images is for people and organizations managing digital-image assets online, from private consumers to global brands. Consumer subscribers use Photoshop to enhance their images with a unique customer ID, allowing them to identify their assets online. We prepare custom license agreements for our Enterprise subscribers so they can enhance images with unique organizational and transactional IDs, as well as make use of scalable enhancement software. Our DAM platform partners also offer seamless integrations with your existing technology solutions for a simplified workflow.

What does the Digimarc Guardian for Images imperceptible identifier do?

Known as Barcode for digital images, our imperceptible codes carry your unique IDs as payloads, eliminating any uncertainty about the origins and ownership of digital-image assets online.

How are my images enhanced?

Consumer subscribers enhance their images using the Digimarc Guardian for Images plug-in for Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Creative Cloud users can install the Digimarc Guardian for Images plug-in via Adobe Add-ons.

Users of earlier versions of Digimarc Guardian for Images for Adobe Photoshop can download the legacy plug-in.

Enterprise customers have the option of using purpose-built embedders that scale to enhance larger image volumes. We also work with many Digital Asset Management (DAM) partners who can do the embedding for you, once we have established your custom enhancement solution.

Are there limitations on the size of images that can be protected?

Images must be at least 256 x 256 pixels in order for the Barcode for digital images signal to persist.

How does Digimarc Guardian for Images search service work?

Powered by a third-party partner, the search service crawls static sites on the public web. Sites are selected for crawling based on their age and adjacency to other known sites. If your images are found, we report these findings back to you in our customer portal. If your report shows no results, this indicates that no images were found during the specified date range. Contact our customer-service team to learn about more frequent, directed search capabilities as well.

Please note: search services are only available to enterprise-level Digimarc Guardian for Images customers.

Are my images protected on Facebook and other social media sites?

Facebook compresses images once they are posted, sometimes heavily, which can degrade Barcode for digital images. Pre-compressing your images before applying your unique Barcode identifier helps increase survivability. For enterprise customers with search service, it is important to note that much of the social media world is private, dynamic site content, which means that if someone posts one of your photos on a private Facebook post, the search service will not reach it. The same is true of other social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and others that serve content dynamically and/or allow users to mark posts as private.

Are screenshots of my Digimarc-enhanced images also protected?

When a screenshot is taken, the output is often a significantly lower-quality version of your image. If enough quality is lost during that process, the asset may be stripped of its unique Barcode identifier. Unfortunately, there is no universal way to address this problem, as many different system configurations take screenshots at different quality levels. One proactive thing you can do to increase the persistence of the signal is to pre-compress images before applying the Barcode identifier. Applying the Barcode identifier to a lower-resolution image optimizes the signal strength.

How much does Digimarc Guardian for Images cost?

We have two subscription levels: consumer ($99 annually) and enterprise (which is the only service we license to businesses and other organizations). At the enterprise level, custom solutions and pricing are negotiated to meet unique organizational needs.

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