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Some Do’s And Don’ts To Copying Pictures

So you’re an artiste’. Fabulous. So you should never, ever need to copy a picture, right? I mean, wouldn’t you just whip one up as needed? Yeah… easier said than done! Okay, so now and then we all need to grab a quick pic from somewhere to use for a project, article, invitation, memo… you name it. And of course when it comes to printing those pics, make sure you’re on the ball when it comes to your ink and your printer. Just because the geeky little acne ridden clerk told you that those were xerox compatible cartridges doesn’t necessarily mean that they truly are. Know your computer and your printer as thoroughly as you know your pencils, charcoal, paints, paper, canvas - whatever your medium.

Know The Ins And Outs Of Picture Copying

  • You are perfectly capable of scanning a picture in your own home with a printer/scanner but be advised: the quality may be less than sufficient and the result will not be an actual photograph and will therefore not hold up as well or as long.
  • What about kiosks that offer scanning? Not all that much better than your home scanner, these are pawed at by everyone that stops to use them and offer much the same end result as your home printer - not a real photo.

Is It Even Legal?

We are all familiar with the term ‘copyright’. Some pictures are copyrighted… some are not. Many contain a ‘watermark’ which prevents others from making a quality copy of that picture but not all copyrighted pics have one. Technically, it is not legal to copy a picture that is copyrighted. Not even if you take it to those scanning/copying professionals mentioned above. When it comes to copying a real photo, such as a portrait, you must get the permission of the photographer that took the shot. Good luck with that, by the way.

Should you want an original work copied for immediate or future use, consider taking it to a professional scanning service. Whether you want a copy on a CD, an immediate copy or both they will be of the finest quality with the added advantage of digital, high resolution properties. Make copies of it yourself or take it back to them to have a professional photograph made from the CD; but you now have the best copy possible thanks to today’s technology.


Portable Advertising Is Great For A Growing Art Business

Advertising is advertising, right?  You couldn’t be further from the truth.  There are more kinds of advertising these days than ever before.

How To Advertise Your Business

Realize ahead of time that advertising costs money.  That doesn’t necessarily mean spending an arm and a leg and it probably goes without saying that the more money you save, the more advertising you can afford to pay for.  Outdoor advertising is probably one of the best methods of promoting a business.  And just exactly where you position your advertising is likely to make a huge difference in not only who you target but the effect that it has on your potential customers.

For this very reason,  portable advertising is a great way to go.  Whether you go with banners, flags, or some other type of advertising signage, if you can pick it up and move it to wherever it is most effective you solve the problem of location… At least partially.  You do of course still need to decide which locations will be best.  But with the use of portable signage, if one location proves to be less than successful you don’t have to worry about the difficulty of relocating your advertising.  It will be quick, simple and convenient.

The Bigger The Banner ...The Better The Sales

Or so you hope.  But bigger and more colorful advertising is far more likely to be noticed than some tiny, colorless black and white piece of insignificance.  And not only is bigger better, but more is better as well.  The more portable advertisements you have the more people you can capture the attention of. Remember also that outdoor advertisements will surely get to more people than advertising within four walls.  For this very reason you want to make sure that your portable advertisements are durable and impervious to mother nature’s elements.  It wouldn’t do to have to replace your method of advertising every time it rains, sleet, snows or the wind blows . Then you might as well have gone with non-portable methods.

And for goodness sake, don’t forget to advertise online.  With social media still enjoying its heyday, not being online is the equivalent of not existing.  It’s important to have a website that people can navigate easily and offer the utilization of a search engine on your homesite as well.


Selling Your Artwork And Drawings Online

  There is something truly rewarding about creating something that someone else wants to buy.  You have put your time, energy, effort and even your soul into a piece of art and it is almost mind blowing when someone sees the value in that work and hands you over the cash to buy it.  Of course, while the money is a bonus to the fact that you are creating something, this may give you the idea to begin selling your artwork online.  You will have competition, but if you have a great marketing campaign, you may be able to make a go of it.

 

Build A Website

If you want to showcase your work, you will have to build a website that displays your work.  Since you are letting the world see your work, copy writing is essential, so that you don’t see one of your creations popping up in the next fast food ad that airs.  You will want to make sure your website is easy to navigate and truly expresses everything that you want to get across.

Advertise

There are millions of artists out there and the vast majority of them are unknown.  That doesn’t mean that they aren’t great artists!  In fact, most of the greats weren’t even discovered until after they died.  These artists simply don’t advertise.  If you want to sell your work, you will have to spend money on an advertising campaign to get your name in front of as many people as possible so that you can start selling your work.

With the sheer number of artists out there all trying to take a piece of the same pie, you will have your work cut out for you but if you are strong, determined, patient and talented enough, there is no reason you can’t make a living doing what you love.  It is rewarding to be paid to do what you love and it can inspire you to do more.  In the end, though, for artists, it really is about people seeing your art and feeling something stir inside of them when they do.


Keep Your Graphic Media Offices Clean

No matter what type of office you work in, it is vital that you do your best to keep things clean.  When working in a graphic media office, this becomes even more important.  Not only do you have expensive equipment, which must be maintained, but you also have client materials which are showcasing some sort of graphic design, that you will want to keep as pristine as possible.  These images are your client’s property and you want to make sure that the images stay exactly as your client wants them.  Keeping your office clean only takes a bit of time and can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Images are Important

When you are getting a presentation ready for your client, you want to make sure that the graphics you are presenting are perfect.  Each line, word, image, and message was thought out step by step and the graphic design that you have created for your client is perfect and exactly what they are looking for.  However, if your equipment isn’t clean, or if you somehow manage to get the image itself dirty, the image you present to your client may not be the image you were trying to present, and depending on how bad the mistake was, you may even lose your client. When it comes to graphic design, you really are only as good as your next idea and if your client somehow perceives the image you provided as a bad creative decision rather than mechanical failure, you may lose even more than just that one client.

Image is Everything

For a moment, forget the fact that keeping things dirty can lead to mechanical failure that could potentially destroy an otherwise great presentation.  Pretend that somehow all of that dust, dirt, and grime isn’t going to eventually destroy your office equipment.  Instead, simply think about the image that a dirty office conveys to your clients or even your potential clients.  It would be easy for someone to walk into a dirty office and walk right back out.  A dirty office can give the image of indifference or even incapability.  You want your clients to think that you are the best at everything that you do and if the first impression that they get is a dirty office, they may never even give you a chance to get any further.

It is important to keep janitorial supplies on hand in an office setting to make sure that every situation can be easily cleaned up.  You may even want to hire janitorial staff to keep things clean.  If it’s just you and your coworkers, however, take a few minutes every day to make sure things are clean.


A Creative Drawing Business Can Get A Cash Advance

Remind me again what the loan officer at the bank said, when you walked in and proposed your idea for updating and expanding your creative drawing, small business… How’s that?  He couldn’t stop laughing long enough to actually say anything?  I see.  So, what I’m hearing here is that you’re still in need of some type of business cash advance to get that creative drawing business of yours updated, refreshed and revitalized.  No problem.  Let’s take a look at someone who might be able to help you out.

Professional Business Loans for Business Professionals

You managed to get a nice little business going with your artistic talents, the supplies you needed, a space in which to do your creating, some faithful customers, a possible showing in the works and more. What you’re discovering now is that you are apparently as good as or better than you originally thought. The orders are coming in and you’re having a hard time keeping up with how much it costs to keep producing.  That’s good news even though it may not seem like it, even if you don’t have money with which to purchase the items you need.  This is where professional loan companies come in handy.  They have a quicker approval process, they don’t require collateral, have skilled and knowledgeable professionals to assist you and have far more flexible payback options.  Yes, of course, they do have certain criteria by which to execute the approval service, but not having criteria would simply be bad business.

It’s Time to Put Your Best Foot Forward

And, if putting your best foot forward means purchasing a truck load of supplies and hiring a service to transport the finished products then so be it.  That’s what a business loan is for.  And with all of this business coming in, you may well even need to look into a larger place, in which to work and store your supplies, finished products and unfinished works.  Before you apply for your loan make sure that you have all your ducks in a row.  Have any information that the loan company may require at the tip of your fingers, in order to make the application/approval process easier and faster.

Thanks to those knowledgeable professionals, you should be able to figure out what you need, when you need it and how long it’s going to take you to pay back the money that you borrow in order to get the things you need.


Children Love Funny Halloween Costumes

That’s a very broad statement and not altogether accurate.  Whereas many children do enjoy a funny type of dress up for Halloween or other occasions, it is largely age-dependent.  The older a child gets the more thought they put into their costume and what type of person or think they want to portray.  What was funny when you were five years old is stupid and silly when you’re a whole 10 years old.  And if you’re still trick-or-treating at the ancient age of 15, you probably throw a mask on, grab a pillow case and shove the little kids out of the way at the doors.

Halloween Parties While They Are Still Young

Depending on how imaginative you are, children’s Halloween party themes can be as diverse as the children themselves.  You could have a costume party that requires every participant to already come in costume or you can have a make your own Halloween costume party by supplying child safe makeup, old clothes, costume jewelry, construction paper, paste, child safe scissors, cheap wigs and various props.  You will probably want to have a child dress up area curtained off for some measure of privacy (you know how kids can be), and possibly even one for the girls and one for the boys. You can leave the theme of the costumes entirely up to the children or concentrate on a specific theme, thereby limiting the amount and types of props, clothing, makeup and other supplies that you may need to provide.  For instance, maybe you want to have a circus themed dress-up party.  You could limit it even further by encouraging kids to dress up as their favorite clown… If that is, they actually have one.  And again, nothing is scarier than a clown so that may not be quite right for your child.  It’s scary enough for adults!

Remember, We’re Dealing with Kids Here

It certainly was never a concern of my parents because I was a little bit on the obscure side of what I considered appropriate for Halloween.  The bloodier, gorier, scarier and gruesome something was… the more appropriate I felt it to be.  But sure enough, when I was very young mom dressed me up as a little doctor.  And it was cute.  After Halloween of course I took it upon myself to take my doctor kit and ‘operate’, as it were, on my action figures and stuffed animals.  Much to my mother’s dismay.  Hey it wasn’t my idea mom, you wanted the doctor!  Anyways, remember that some kids just can’t handle scary, and I blame that on the parents.

Introduce your child to the true wonders of Halloween early, so that they don’t grow up to be wimpy little clowns and fairy princesses for Halloween.  Okay maybe not clowns… They’re just creepy.


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