FTP image upload option at Cutcaster will be changing in the near future

As Cutcaster approaches our 2 millionth image uploaded to the site, we are planning to make some important changes to the upload area and the options you have as a seller to upload your images to Cutcaster. These changes will require us to take down the option to upload via an FTP client off an on again while we do work to the server and re-implement new upload guidelines. Don’t worry, you can still upload online via the browse/upload option and when the FTP option is available. And in the near future we will be re-introducing a newer and more powerful FTP upload option.

The changes were needed in order to address our FTP server being overloaded at times with uploads, require new sellers to pass a review test before they could use the FTP upload option, so they were not overloading our reviewers with low quality images and prepare us for our upload area of the future.

We hope you understand, and if you have any questions, please email webmaster@cutcaster.com.

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“Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane”

Everyone is waiting for Santa to arrive, Norad is ready to track him as he flies around the world and there is even a Google site where you can track Santa, play with an interactive “Countdown to Christmas” calendar, schedule a call from Santa, play games and more!

Help your friends, family and customers welcome Old Kris Kringle with some of our fantastic Santa illustrations.

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Top Photography Trends Pinterest Board

Check out this really inspiring Pinterest board from Trendhunter.com. It features unique and interesting techniques, subjects and styles, covering everything from artistic and editorial work to more commercial advertising and fashion photography.

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And while you’re over on Pinterest, check out our Cutcaster boards.

 

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Featured Collection: Holiday Decorations

We’ve got great Christmas lights and ornament photographs and illustrations that are perfect for that email about the office holiday outing, your trim-the-tree party invitation, pre-Christmas sale flyers, or whatever you need them for!

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Cutcaster DIY: Make your own giftwrap

What is better than handmade for the holidays? Put a little extra special DIY into your gift giving by creating your own gift wrap pattern. Purchase one of our Christmas pattern vector graphics, add personal messages or images and then layout multiple of the pattern until it is about 3′x2′.  Then upload it to Kinko’s or your local copy center and let them know you want it printed on their blueprint oversize machine. It might take a little more design effort, but our Christmas illustrations can make great wrapping paper too!

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 Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Using Long Exposure for Holiday Photos

Check out this highly entertaining video from DigitalRev on long exposure shots. Lots of tips, plus hints on what you can do with long exposures during the holidays.

Here’s a few examples of long exposure photographs we have on Cutcaster. Check it out and challenge yourself to submit some amazing long exposure images.

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Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

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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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Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

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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!

 Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

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