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Design 101: GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF vs Vectors- What’s the Difference?

Why are there so many image file types? Because every file type has its place. GIF, JPG and PNG are best used on the web, TIFF files work best for print and vectors are the most versatile for editing the size of an image. Vectors can be scaled from tiny business cards all the way up to graphics on the side of a semi-truck trailer. Vectors can also be blown up huge and scaled back down over and over without losing the quality of the original.

Most files (known as rasters) are made up of tiny dots or “pixels” and when you increase or decrease the size of the image, you’re just growing or shrinking all those little dots. Vectors use geometry: points, curves and shapes based on math, so when you increase the size of a vector, you’re not just stretching a ton of pixels, the image is basically recreating itself in the size you need. The final image will need to be ‘rasterized’ and converted into a TIFF or JPG for printing, since printers print in pixels.

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Cutcaster has a wide variety of vector graphics available. When you are searching for an image type, make sure you chose “Vectors Only” in the File Type box on the left side of the page or keep an eye out for the little “V” underneath our illustration thumbnails, indicating that those illustrations are available as a vector.

 

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Architectural Photos

Buildings are hard to capture- the size, reflective surfaces and windows, and sometimes awkward angles from below make them tough to shoot. Lightstalking.com has 6 Tips for Better Architectural Photos and we would add to those tips the list of properties and objects that are alleged to be covered by trademark or contract and that may be challenged if you sell a photograph of those properties and objects. The full list can be found on the Picture Archive Council of America website. It is terribly frustrating to spend time and creative energy on a photograph, only to find out the photograph is unusable and unsalable.

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Shooting Strangers

The world is full of interesting faces, but shooting strangers can be intimidating. Sometimes the best way to get over a fear is to make a game or an exercise of it, creating a reason to approach someone on the street and take their picture. In that spirit, we encourage you to emulate photographer Ata Adnan and give yourself the assignment to photograph a certain number of strangers. Ata shot 100, but even a smaller goal will help get you out there, capturing fascinating people.

If you’re still not sure about how to approach your subjects, check out Photographyblogger.net’s helpful post on How to Approach Strangers. Hopefully you’ll take a few that you’ll want to submit to Cutcaster, so don’t forget to have your ‘strangers’ sign our model release!

Beautifull girl stay at square in the night

 

 

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Cutcaster DIY- Make Your own Holiday Cards and Gift Tags

Let Cutcaster help to give your holiday gifts a personal touch. Use our festive holiday vectors and photos to create unique cards and gift tags. Even use it to jazz up your annual holiday letter or set the tone for your holiday party invitation.

Hit your local craft store for blank cards and fancy card stock to print or glue your Cutcaster images on to, add a little glitter glue, some fancy stickers from the scrap booking section, and you’ll have wonderful handmade pieces to send to your loved ones or clients! Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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Wednesday Tech Tip- Keep Learning

??????????????????“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”- Conrad Hall 

There is always something new to learn, especially in the world of modern photography, but we don’t always have time in our busy schedules to go to a school or studio and take a class. However, because of the advancements in e-learning, often we can learn at our own pace, wherever we are!

Some of the best photography e-learning sites are:

Udemy - studio lighting, wedding photography, DIY lighting setups, both free and reasonably priced classes.

Skillshare - wide variety of classes, general and specific from headshots to photoshop and fashion photography to “urban explorer” photography.

Lynda - Lists classes by skill level and features  both commercial and creative photography classes, plus end user classes that can help you to know how people use photography in their work and designs.

If you have something unique to teach, these sites are also looking for content!

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Featured Collection: Winter Sports

For some folks, the season for outdoor sports starts with the first snowfall. Skiers, snowshoers, ice climbers, snowmobliers and other cold weather sport enthusiasts are just waiting for the white stuff to pile up high enough and freeze hard enough for their season of play to being. Cutcaster has a whole lightbox of images perfect for advertising to and announcing to winter athletes that their time is now.

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Featured Collection: Alcohol

This season is a time for gathering, for meeting up with friends in town for the holidays, for hosting cocktail parties and throwing office holiday parties. Cutcaster has a terrific collection of cocktail related images, perfect for happy hour and football party invitations, holiday staff hiring announcementsbars launching fall/winter cocktail menus, and anything else needing a bit of holiday “Cheers“!

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Challenge Yourself

When we’re learning photography our exercises and assignments help us to learn and expand our skills and our vision. Even as a pro, exercises and assignments can help to break through creative blocks and inspire new images. Digital Camera World has a set of ” 9 Creative Photo Ideas to Try for November” over on their blog. Get out there and shoot some (or all) of these creative suggestions and then submit your best to us!

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Featured Collection: Weather

Weather affects us all. Sometimes its as subtle as a mood shift, other times as day altering as a rough drive to work. Cutcaster’s weather lightbox features images that can be used to illustrate both literal weather and concepts like “brain storming“, “showering her with gifts/affection/attention“, “winds of change“, “dry spell“, etc. Gather images to use in the event of a snow day or to advise employees and customers to drive safely in bad weather or to make a fun seasonal announcement.

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