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A lot of artists are scared of sharing their work online in case people ‘steal’ it. Their argument is that people won’t buy their work if they can see it online for free. My response to that would be that people are never going to buy your work if they don’t know about it! You open yourself up to a much bigger potential customer base if you market yourself online. When your work is shared online then people are doing the heavy lifting for you, by sharing your work with more potential audiences.

The only thing that you have to do is ensure that every time your work is shared online, it includes a link back to somewhere where people can easily purchase an original (or other work) online. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds - assuming that you have a high quality website that people can link through to. (You do have a high quality artist portfolio website, right? If not speak to us!)

An easy way to find your images online is using the free Chrome plugin, RevEye Reverse Image Search. Use this to find if your images have been used elsewhere by other people on their own sites. If they have used your work on their website, contact them and politely request that the include a credit and a link through to your website. Legally they should be crediting you anyway, but being civil and friendly about it will more likely have a positive result. Unless your work is being used in a negative way, or they are trying to profit from your hard work, then you should be encouraging people to share your work - so long as it always has a credit and a link back to your website.

How we can help: 

We can help you build a website that displays your images beautifully, credits your work clearly, and protects your images. Have a look at our portfolio to see how we've helped others in the past and get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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