Fine Art America is dedicated to helping artists and art galleries sell fine art originals and prints online.
In order to make it easier for art collectors to make buying decisions regarding artwork that they can't physically hold and inspect, Fine Art America has developed a
unique technology which allows collectors to "zoom in" and view full-resolution previews of any image on our site. To see a live demonstration, click here.
This feature has the dual benefits of allowing collectors to take a closer at an image while still protecting the image from theft.
For any image, such as the Lincoln Memorial image on the right, previews are available in square sections which cover the image in a checkerboard pattern. Previews are only available for
50% of those sections. Think of it this way - if you were to lay a checkerboard over the image, you could view full-resolution previews by looking through white squares, but the black squares would be off limits. By only offering high-resolution previews for 50% of the image, it is
impossible for the high-resolution image to be illegally copied. In addition, each of the full-resolution previews contains a Fine Art America watermark which further complicates theft.
A potential image thief with a lot of time on his/her hands could, at best, recreate a full resolution as shown below: