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How to add Digimarc to your images

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Prove image ownership and source with certainty, wherever your images are found on the web with Digimarc and Sirv.

Digimarc Barcode for Digital Images enables rights holders to apply an imperceptible digital identity to their image assets, empowering them to verify ownership of the Digimarc-integrated image wherever it’s found on the web.

Digital identity is applicable to all images hosted in your Sirv account with the activated Digimarc® Barcode for Digital Images feature.

Can you spot the difference? These two images look identical but one contains a Digimarc code.

Example image without a Digimarc Example image with a Digimarc

Instant, automatic encoding

Sirv applies your Digimarc ID to your images instantly, on-the-fly. No special image preparation is needed. Just upload any image and it can be immediately enhanced with Digimarc, resized, cropped or have any other of the Sirv dynamic imaging options applied.

Start using Digimarc

1. Create a Digimarc account - contact the Digimarc team for a custom plan (typically starting from $5,000/month).

2. Enter your Digimarc creator ID and PIN on your Sirv settings page. (If you don't have a Sirv account yet, create a free Sirv account now.)

Form screenshot to connect your Digimarc account with your Sirv account

3. Right-click a folder in your Sirv account and choose "Folder settings":

Screenshot - Sirv folder options

4. Enable Digimarc on all images in that folder by setting "Digimarc protection" to "Enabled":

Screenshot - enable Digimarc watermarks

Enable or disable Digimarc per folder as you require. Images in your root folder cannot have a Digimarc watermark embedded. It's generally good practice to organize your images into folders and subfolders, to keep them structured and manageable.

To apply Digimarc to images that have already been processed by Sirv before you enabled Digimarc, the previous image will have been cached for 7 days. The image will be automatically recreated with the Digimarc within the next 7 days (the TTL used by Sirv). If you wish to replace a non-Digimarc image sooner than that, simply add one of the many image parameters to the URL and a new image will be generated. Alternatively, you can reupload the original image and all cached versions of the image will be immediately invalidated.

Any image uploaded to Sirv can be instantly and automatically identified with Digimarc® Guardian for Images and tracked online for unauthorized use. Our Digimarc tutorial explains how.

Supported file formats

Sirv supports the export of all major image formats with Digimarc:

  • JPEG images
  • PNG images
  • WebP images

There are some exceptions:

  • GIF export is not supported.
  • Progressive JPEG export is not supported.
  • Digimarc supports 8-bit images only (not 16-bit images).
  • Lossless compression will render the Digimarc unreadable.
  • To apply a Digimarc, images must be larger than 256px width and 256px height.
  • Digimarc is not applied to the small image tiles generated by Sirv Zoom.

Expert help

Our customer support team is ready to answer your Digimarc questions. Please contact our team from your Sirv account.

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