I'm in the middle of finishing up my portfolio and resume this week. I have to re-render everything and update all images on my ArtStation website. Is it a good idea to protect your artwork/property with initials (or even hidden initials in the image/video)? It is better to say "Art by Author_Name_Here?
What about contact info on the image? Is it necessary? It seems like a good idea to include name and email on the bottom right but also better to just have your name or initials since you can easily find contact info on the website. What do you guys think?
Personally I don't bother 'signing' anything - if people are on my artstation and want to give me money they can contact me easily through that, if they're somewhere else they probably aren't going to give me any money so it doesn't matter
it doesn't hurt to pop your email in the corner though
I have read a number of times that it's a good idea to have email and name on the bottom right (as long it's not distracting or taking over the screenshot).
Still, reverse image search is really good at finding duplicates across the public web, so that's a useful trick, albeit a manual one. Useful more just for curiosity sake, than for rooting out DMCA violations.
Just if you're going to add it, make sure it's non-obtrusive.