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The Cutcaster Phoenix

Today, we released the new Cutcaster, your royalty free photo and stock vector marketplace. Completely re-built from the ground up with a simplified search and dramatically improved user experience. We hope you will enjoy the upgrade.

Image buyers needed speed. They needed a top notch but simple to use image search. And they need great royalty free images at affordable prices. We pulled up in the ‘Ferrari of Search Engines’ with the passenger side-door wide open. Our image search tool is now superior in speed, accuracy and ease of use, freeing up users to focus on their creative projects.

Notable site improvements include faster image loading time, increased functionality, improved site layout, cleaner architecture and a simplified design that lets buyers focus on the image buying experience. As always, browsing by image categories or searching by keywords on Cutcaster is completely free and you don’t need to sign-up. When a user searches with keywords, they can then filter their search options by: categories, colors, contributor’s name, vertical or horizontal orientation, picture resolution, price, relevance and image format — including jpeg and/or vector files. The moment a user finds an image that meets their needs, they can further refine their selection from the “Similar Pictures” filter or by choosing another image from the same cluster of images. Picture buyers can immediately purchase images with any major credit card or use site credits to download the images, which comes with a record of it’s metadata.

While some photo agencies were pinching pennies from their users’ pockets or others were closing their doors because of the economy, the Cutcaster team dedicated themselves over the last 9 months to learning more about their customers’ needs, learning more about online image search and building one of the fastest and simplest user experiences for searching and downloading royalty free images.

Don’t ‘Betta’ against the Phoenix. We have risen from the ashes of our old site and now look confidently towards the future.

About Cutcaster
Cutcaster is a simple-to-use website for intelligently searching and downloading royalty free photos, hi-res pictures, stock vectors and free stock images for use on websites, presentations, newsletters, ads, books or any commercial project. Browse our enormous image categories, search faster with our intuitive search engine and download affordable creative imagery for as little as a few dollars.

Visit http://cutcaster.com/ to experience the dramatic improvement.

What’s the difference between JPEG, GIF and PNG files?

* JPEG (Joint Photographics Experts Group) – pronounced ‘jaypeg’ and you will sometimes see it shortened to just JPG. This format is ‘lossy’ in that the more you compress the image and thus reduce file size, the greater you will lose clarity and detail. JPEG graphics can render in full colour and are ideally suited to the display of photographs.

* GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is ‘lossless’ in that the compression process does not involve sacrificing quality. GIF graphics are limited to 256 colours, which is fine for computer graphics with hard edges and block colours, but not so good for photos. They can also have a transparent background, which can be useful if you want to display your images in anything other than a simple rectangular arrangement.

* PNG (Portable Network Graphics) – pronounced ‘ping’ – is another ‘lossless’ format but is not restricted in colour rendition, making it a superior format to GIF. PNGs are ideal for computer-generated graphics such as buttons, logos, diagrams and maps, but are less suited to photographs, where the resulting file size is likely to be excessive. Be a little careful, because not all online applications – or corporate forewalls – support PNG.

Find and Download Google Background Images at Cutcaster

So Google has changed up their website and now displays a background image on their white homepage. Want to get a great images for your Google background? Find amazing background images, photos and illustrations for Google. Spice up your Google homepage with one of our background images. Search over 600,000 royalty free images and illustrations which we have organizes below for you. Select a background image for your Google homepage from more than 10,000 free images and illustrations as well. Change your Google background image with a Cutcaster image. If you need help on how to add one of our images to your background please just email webmaster AT cutcaster.com.

Abstract backgrounds – abstracts are great for presentations, backgrounds and wallpaper.

Baby stock photo - We love babies at Cutcaster.

Banking and Finance Images – We keep our eyes on the news!

Baseball photos – If it’s spring it’s baseball season!

Sunny Day at the Beach photos – It’s about time to play on the beach.

Businessmen, Businesswomen and Business Team Photos – One of the top searches. Our business people are tops.

2011 Calendar vector illustrations- Our 2011 calendars are tops.

Car and Automotive photos – Automotive topics are in the news and in demand.

Cell Phone, Telephones and Telecomunication- Check out these fantastic images of people on the phone.

Children and Kids Stock Photos- We love kids too!!!

Computer and Technology stock photos - Computer and laptop images in high demand.

Concept- This is a light box of Law Concepts. Search Concept for all of our light boxes with special themes.

Cooking and Eating photos – Healthy cooking and eating images in high demand.

Dog and Canine Stock Photos- Pooch portraits are on the rise.

Drinking and Celebrating Stock Photos - It’s happy hour! Search light boxes for Beverages for all our drink light boxes.

Flowers stock photos - Still one of the most searched words. Check out our premium box.

Food and Eating photos - We have some of the finest food photographers in the business at Cutcaster. Search on food for light boxes of food collections.

Fruit and Vegatable photos - Beautiful, seasonal, fresh.

Stock Photo Furniture - Isolated or in place, furniture shots have a lot of uses.

Garden and Gardening Photos - Gardens, gardening, and outdoor living are hot topics.

Golf stock photos - Fore!! We are looking for the greenest greens.

Health Spa stock photos – Spa topics are sought after at Cutcaster.

Illustration – Illustrations like web icons, illustration silhouettes, concepts are in demand.

Medical stock images- Medicine and health care images are in high demand. We would love to see hospital and doctor’s offices.

Money- Currency, financial, trading, and thrift concepts.

Office Team stock photo- Office people in groups, interacting with each other.

People family stock photos- Families acting naturally together in demand!

Stock photo real estate – Front page news, real estate concepts are needed now.

Sky and Weather stock photo- Something as simple as the sky, or as complex as weather are searched for now.

Soccer images – We are looking for sports of all kinds.

Spiritual – Religion topics, we need many more of these themes.

Wine stock photo – Connoisseurs love our wine images.

How to add a background image

Sign in to your Google Account in the top right corner of the Google homepage.
Click Change background image in the bottom left corner of the Google homepage.
Choose where to select your background image:
From my computer: Select the image download from Cutcaster saved on your computer’s desktop.
Once you’ve chosen your image, click Select at the bottom of the window. It may take a moment before your new Google homepage background appears.

How do I remove Google Image background?
You can remove your background image at any time by clicking Remove background image in the bottom left corner of the homepage.

Only select images that you have confirmed that you have the license to use. You can obtain a royalty free license for any of the images you find at www.cutcaster.com.

How can I use a stock photo I find online?

A lot of times when you find an image online that you want to use it might not be that clear what you need to do in order to legally license the image and use it for your creative project. Whether there are questions surrounding the license type, the usage, any restrictions, who the actual copyright holder is or if your usage requires a model or property release. To sum up some of the ways you can use photos at Cutcaster we created this short writeup to show you how you can use Cutcaster images?

Cutcaster images may be applied to the following uses (in most cases limited to 500,000 copies under our Standard License):

• You can use any images in advertising posters and brochure design for use in promoting the sale of other products.

• Within editorial or advertising copy in newspapers, magazines, books, book covers, school textbooks, editorials and directories.

• In coordination with opt-in marketing.

• For product packaging.

• On letterhead and business cards, brochures, pamphlets, catalogs and on pop-up and/or panel displays for use in trade shows or at conventions.

• In multimedia presentations and incorporated into film and video for distribution and/or sale in the home video market OR for broadcast and/or theatrical display..

• Use as a background image or splash screen within software .

• On cover art and/or artwork used on in CD or DVD .

• In eBooks for any e-device reader, including multi-seat license electronic textbooks.

Please note, certain restrictions apply depending on whether you’re purchasing the images under a Standard Licensing contract or if you are purchasing an Extended License (EL). You can learn more about the differences between licenses by clicking on this link to our legal page.

Are there ways I CANNOT use Cutcaster images?

There are some use cases, in which you are prohibited from using an image purchased from Cutcaster under our Standard License. These include:

• Print runs exceeding 500,000 copies unless an Extended License is purchased which would give you an unlimited print run.

• Print on demand (POD) projects such as wallpaper, postcards, mousepads, mugs, t-shirts, posters, giclee prints, artwork and other items.

• Any unbecoming or derogatory depiction of the model or persons pictured in an image, including use of models in pornographic material, political endorsements and alcohol, drug, or tobacco campaigns.

You also cannot:

• Resell or share Cutcaster content.

• Use any Cutcaster image as part of a trademark, service mark, or company logo.

• Try to depict that the image was created by you or anyone other than the copyright holder of that image.

Please always read the contract first before you buy any images form Cutcaster and consult your legal team if you have specific questions. We are here to help but are not a substitute for your specific usage. Feel free to contact us at webmaster AT cutcaster DOT com.

Hot off the Press – Microstock Photography Survey Results

Thanks to Tyler Olsen, the fearless leader of the rowdy forum for microstockers called Microstock Group for publishing their Microstock Survey – 2009 Results.

413 market research panelist respond to the survey, giving a relatively small sampling of microstockers creating remarkable imagery today. Tyler explained where the participants came from. The majority of respondents came from the Microstockgroup forum. Tyler explained that the rest came from twitter, numerous microstock blogs, the iStock forum, DPChallenge forum and the “long tail” of sources continues.

http://blog.microstockgroup.com/microstock-survey-2009-results/

Hey Tyler, Do you have a link for the 2008 or 2007 Photography survey results?
For more on Tyler, he works as a microstock photographer who also runs the MicrostockGroup forum and blog. Being so closely involved in the microstock community as a submitter, forum moderator and blogger, Tyler is able to keep updated in the constantly changing microstock marketplace.

What is a comp image and does Cutcaster offer them?

A ‘comp’ (short for complimentary) is a free, low-resolution, watermarked version of Cutcasters’ images. Buyers will generally download comps to evaluate an image’s suitability in a particular creative project or to evaluate varying page designs.

‘Comps’ may also be used by photo researchers or photo buyers who are doing research or purchasing images for a third party and need to seek this party’s approval of the image(s) prior to purchasing. Comp images may not be incorporated into any finished products.

To download a comp, you must first login to Cutcaster and then the download will be moved to your desktop.

Cutcaster’s stock photo license and how photos can be used

Here are just a few examples of how Cutcasters’ stock photos and stock illustrations have been used by some of our photo buyers. Just so we are clear, Cutcaster’s license covers your photo and illustration usage with regards to its use on websites, advertisements, commercials, mobile applications, invitations, set designs, multimedia presentations, displays for trade shows, billboards/banner, newsletters, flyer design, packaging/label design, product packaging, promotional projects like promotional greeting cards and promotional postcards, hard copy printed materials, book covers and insides, broadcast video/film, scholastic material, business letterhead, business cards, brochures, office decoration, decoration for restaurants,  public areas, decoration in stores, ebooks, electronic products and many more uses.

If you are looking to buy a stock photo or illustration from Cutcaster and want to double check to make sure that your usage falls under our licensing terms, please email help@cutcaster.com or call 2156882751. We are happy to see Cutcaster contributors’ photos being used and are here to help you make sure you are using the stock image in a way that the license allows you to.

If you have a question about any of our licenses please visit the Legal page.

Agriculture

Animals and Wildlife

Architecture/Construction

Art

Backgrounds/Texture

Business/Finance

Concept

Editorial

Education

Food and Drink

Healthcare

Health and Beauty

Holidays

Illustration

Industrials

Landmarks

Lifestyle

Music/Entertainment

Nature-General

Objects

People

Religion

Scenics (Nature)

Scenics (Urban)

Scenics (other)

Science and Medicine

Signs/symbols

Sports/recreation

Technology

Transportation

Travel

Other

How are Photo Buyers using Cutcaster Images?

We want to hear from our photo buyers at Cutcaster and see how they are using our fantastic images in their creative projects. If you don’t mind sharing with the Cutcaster community how you used the image you bought from our marketplace we would love to feature some of your work and give you a bit more free publicity. Send an email to webmaster@cutcaster.com with the details of your project and how you used Cutcaster photos or illustrations and you can be featured in an upcoming blog post.

How to Bid on Images at Cutcaster?

The first step to bidding on images and naming your price at Cutcaster is to create an account at Cutcaster under the Register page.  To bid on images and name your price you need to be a registered Cutcaster user.  It’s free.

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Once you have selected the image you would like to bid for, you can look to the right hand side of the screen and see the different pricing options based on the file sizes.  First, choose the size of the image you would like and the license type, Standard or Extended.

filesize

Next, if you look right below the menu table, you will see three options.  threeoptions

You can enter your new price (bid) and click on the ‘Send’ button:

place new bid The artist will receive an email letting them know that they have a bid for one of their images and will have 48 hours to either accept the bid, negotiate or reject the bid.  In most cases, sellers react in less than 2 hours to bids.

If the Artist Accepts Your Bid:

Login to your Cutcaster Account and from within your Studio page under ‘My Marketplace’ you will see a red ‘New’ under ‘Accepted Deals’.

my marketplace new

Click on ‘Accepted Deals’.  You will then have the option to ‘Purchase This File’.

purchase this photo

You will then be taken to Cutcaster’s Cart page where you can checkout using any major credit card, Cutcaster credits or pay by invoice.  If you have a coupon or discount code, you can also use them on this cart page.

cart area

When you select your payment option, click on the green ‘Checkout’ button and the image will be available for you to download.

If the Artist Decides to Negotiate:

If the contributor decides to negotiate after receiving your bid, you will receive an email letting you know what price the contributor is willing to accept.  Log onto your account and under ‘My Marketplace’ within your studio page you will see the counter-offer under ‘Content I Want to Buy’.

content i want to buy

You can either Accept, Negotiate or Decline the new price:sellers new proposal

If the Artist Declines Your Bid:

If the artist declines your lower price (bid), an email will be sent to you notifying you it was declined.  The declined offer will show up in your ‘Delcined Deals’ in ‘My Marketplace’.

declined deals

If you have any further questions, always feel free to email help@cutcaster.com.

Update to Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images and Illustrations Cutcaster still needs

We talk to 10-20 buyers a day and gather requests for content that they need now.  If you have photos, illustration, or vectors that fit into the categories below, we need your work!  Send in your best work and be included in lightboxes we send directly to customers!  As with all submissions we are looking for good photographic composition, lighting, and technique.  Remember to think like a designer when keywording your images.  Never spam keywords that don’t fit your images.

Business People and Concepts:

We need shots of people at work, business equipment, offices, and office buildings, people in business attire. Remember, not every shot of a person needs to be isolated on white, and not every model needs to be looking straight at the camera.  Use your imagination, but keep the poses natural, and relaxed and always use a model release.

Food and Drink:

We need high quality images of food and drink, as well as people cooking, and eating those meals. Grocery store shots are very desirable, but watch your logos and trademarks!
Keywords:  Food |  Wine |  Cooking | Grocery Store |  Eating |  Drinks |  Feast | Alcohol

Holiday and Seasonal Themes:

At Cutcaster, we use the term Holiday to describe a seasonal event, not a vacation!  We need all of the holiday themes.  These are huge sellers!  Christmas, Yom Kippur,  Ramadan, New Years, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year, Earth Day. Birthday themes are also needed.  If it is a holiday celebrated anywhere in the world we would love to see it!

Home and Garden:

Household images of beautiful interiors, furniture, modern kitchens and baths.  Pretty gardens, and pool side views are also needed. Home repair and improvement are also needed.

Personal Care and Cosmetics:

Personal care and spa treatments are hot right now.  Grooming, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and outdoor health activates are fast sellers.  Any way you pamper yourself!  Cosmetics are also hot. Portraits highlighting classic or dramatic makeup and hair  are needed.
Keywords:  Spa |  Make-up |  Yoga |  Massage |  Women’s Health |   Diet

Financial Images:

It’s all about money.  Cash concepts, taxes, real estate, trading.  Business people in banking situations, or simple designs with cash concepts.  The stock market is hot right now.  Submit images that show thrift and savings, as well as upbeat images of financial stability.
Keywords:  Money |  Taxes |  Real Estate |  Trading |  Banking |  Savings

Kid Stuff:

We love kids, from infants to teens, advertisers are looking for great looking kids in natural poses, as well as child related products. Don’t forget, when shooting kids you must have parental consent, and a signed model release!
Keywords:  Infant |  Toddler |  Teen |  Child Care |  Family

Healthcare:

Healthcare topics are huge right now.  Swine flu, flu season, medical offices, and professionals. Medications, and prescription drugs,  holistic medicine.  If it has to do with health, we need it!  We are very interested in seeing vectors on this topic as well.
Keywords:  Medicine |  Flu Season |  Doctor |  Drugs |  Xray |  Dental

Religious and Spiritual Images:

We need all of the world religions represented in our library:  Christian and Catholic, Muslim, Judaism, Hindu and Buddhist, as well as lesser known spiritual paths, including Paganism, Sufism,  Amish and other religious cultures.  Icons, rituals, festivals, symbols (for you vector makers), traditional food, and items as well as spiritual locations.  Be sure when submitting images of churches/mosque/ synagogues to include the name of the building, and where it is located, as they did here.
Keywords:  Christian |   Muslim |  Judaism |  Hindu |  Buddhist |  Spiritual

Diversity:

In a very multicultural world, it is important to show people of many cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Hispanic, Asian, and African Americans in business settings are highly desired.  As well as families, and groups.  Business settings, home, and school pictures are desired.  We also need people expressing their native cultures, such as Hindu traditions and Native Americans in traditional clothing.

Sports Images and Vectors:

There is a wide world of sports out there, and we need them all.  Football, baseball, soccer, golf, rugby, squash, cricket, tennis, mountain biking, water sports, and winter sports.  From drag racing to curling, we need them all.  For vector makers, be creative!  Make your sports come alive!
Sports:  Winter Sports |  Water Sports |  Soccer |  Football |  Baseball |   Golf

Electronics and Telecommunications:

We all have them:  cell phones, computers, flat panel tv’s, surround sound.  We also need the back bones to these systems:  Server rooms, computer rooms, satellite arrays,  circuit boards and more.  If it makes the internet run, makes your phone ring, or your cable work, we want it!

Do you need a particular image or illustration? Post your requirements in the Project Request Forum!