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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.

Face of a woman

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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8 reasons Facebook photos aren’t just for voyeurs but perfect for your business

How can you use Facebook to sell more of your images and promote yourself effectively? At Cutcaster, we have compiled a few basic steps, which will help you leverage the power of any social network but specifically for Facebook in order to effectively market your photography business:

1. If you do not already have a Facebook account you will want to create one. Make sure to fill out all the fields on your Facebook profiles so that people who visit your profile can learn more about you and the type of photography you do.

2. Sharing your images is critical. “Like” your images at Cutcaster by clicking the like button below your image’s thumbnail on any image details page. The number of times an image is “liked” at Cutcaster via the Facebook button is one factor that gives your images a boost in our search results.

3. Upload watermarked versions of your images to Facebook and make sure to highlight a wide sampling of your artwork and areas of specialties. You must always be aware of the Facebook user agreement which you should examine and why we tell you to use a watermarked version. Once you have them uploaded this is where you will want to link to your Cutcaster portfolio in the description area or specific images in your port. Make sure you use your referral links so you earn more money.

3. Ask some of your clients for permission to post some of your images to their page so other potential clients who are connected to them will see your images.  In this case, anyone connected as a friend of your client on Facebook will see the posted image. This exponentially grows the group of potential customers you will reach.

4. Post updates of what you are doing professionally or shooting to the wall of your Facebook page. If you have an outside website or use a stock photo agency like Cutcaster, then use the wall to promote your other sites. If you’re about to publish some new photographs, then this is a good time to let your Facebook community hear about it!

5. It’s a great idea to create a Facebook fan page which you can use as a promotional tool for your photo or design business. Give people updates on upcoming shows, new images, new techniques you are learning, workshops you are attending or offer special deals to potential customers.

6. You need to be posting fresh new images to your Facebook pages regularly that highlight your improvement and continued education as a photographer, that highlight new areas you are experimenting with or new aspects of your work. These subtle hints will serve as reminders that your photo or design services are available.

7. Like and participate on groups at Facebook which are related to your photography work and interests. Make sure your comments are insightful and thought out i.e. not “it’s good to be here” or “nice shot” spammy. Pose questions if you want to get a response. By providing valuable information on other users pages you will be actively helping their community and growing your own reputation as the go to person for your area of photography.

8. When posting an image to your facebook page or someone elses’ fan page, you are able to change the title name which serves as an anchor link back to your image’s page. Since you are able to manipulate the title by choosing your own, you can pack it full of relevant keywords you are trying to target through search engine optimization.

Have you joined the other Cutcaster fans on Facebook? Our Facebook page highlights useful design and photography tips as well as connects our contributors with our buyers. Login to Facebook and visit http://www.facebook.com/Cutcaster to like our page.

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Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins- Halloween Stock Photos, Illustrations and Images

Don’t scare away your visitors with awful photos for Halloween. Find the best Halloween photos and vector illustrations at Cutcaster to send shivers down your visitors spines. To view any of the above images visit our Halloween Photo Collection which has hundreds of scary images, spooky illustrations and devilish clipart.

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Finding Great Photos for your Blog or Website

In our first article on how to find good, affordable photos for your website or blog, we discussed how Cutcaster was a great image library that could save you money when using images to promote your website or blog.

Now your asking yourself where can you find images or illustrations that will maximize your website or blog’s visual appeal? Ever wonder where the bloggers get images that won’t break the bank? With a huge selection of affordable, high-quality images, Cutcaster is extremely popular with professional and casual bloggers who need great-looking, low-cost photos to engage their readers. You want the peace of mind of knowing that the images you use are free of intellectual property or copyright entanglements, and Cutcaster can give you these safe images quickly and economically. Images start at less than a dollar and you don’t even need to register to buy images from us.

As an added bonus, bloggers who want to join Cutcaster can enroll in our Referral Program, which is free to join and earns bloggers extra cash for referring photo buyers and photographers to Cutcaster. With just a few good referrals, the images and referral links will earn you enough money every month to pay for all your image needs. See how the referral program works here.

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Images for profile pages, websites and blogs

In our first article on where to find high resolution, affordable photos for your website or blog, we showed how Cutcaster provides a great image library,  saving you money when purchasing photos and vectors to promote your website or blog.

Want to download a great graphic or image for your Twitter page, Myspace profile background, StumbleUpon site, website, personal or business blog or WordPress blog that won’t cost you an arm and a leg but will add a level of uniqueness or professionalism to your online presence. Just visit Cutcaster, do a keyword search for the image you are interested in downloading and check out the variety of images you can choose from for under a couple of dollars. Search and find affordable images and graphics for every major holiday or everyday event that just needs an image to tell a story. Get awesome graphics for birthdays, holiday celebrations, expressions, daily fun, personal friendships, love themes, religion and spirituality, encouragement, family, etc. Any of the photos and graphics you will find at Cutcaster will go great on your Twitter, Myspace, Friendster, hi5, Xanga, Piczo, Orkut, Tagged, TagWorld, or your personal blog. Download and add some creative flare to your online presence. Enjoy!

To download any graphics or images from Cutcaster, you do not need to register for an account and simply need to search for an image, add it to your cart and then checkout with any major credit card. In addition Cutcaster offers site credits that can be used to download images and illustrations from the site at discounts.

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35 Creative Photos to Inspire you this week

It’s Monday and everyone is dragging a bit. To kick-start the week off right, Acris Design posted a great selection of Photo-shopped art that will make your eyeballs love you and your mouth water with excitement. If you need a little inspiration to kick off the week check out these 35 Photos to jump-start your creativity.

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Cutcaster Image Pricing Algorithm

What is the Cutcaster Pricing Algorithm?

Cutcaster’s proprietary pricing algorithm maximizes your content’s revenue by changing its price to match the demand in the marketplace. The more your image is in demand, the more you should be paid for it.  The algorithm is based on metadata and search variables surrounding your content and also how your files stack up against similar content in the Cutcaster marketplace so we can understand better what the buyers are willing to pay.

How does it add value?

Just like how the price of a companies stock price on an exchange is set through the interaction of buyers and sellers, we wanted to create a similar change in pricing for a piece of digital content.  If you set the price too high and nobody buys or views your content, well, the price will come down. If there is a high level of demand for your content, you as the seller should be able to charge a higher price for it, so the price will move up.  What the algorithm accomplishes for you is automation of this process across your entire inventory of content, so with very little effort you can feel confident that your work is being sold at the right price.  If the price is set to high, well that is where the buyer can bid on content and show you what price they are willing to pay. At Cutcaster, we want our content contributors to spend their energy being creative.

How does it work?

It’s actually pretty simple.  You have the option to set your own start price and let the algorithm work its magic from that price or you can use the algorithm default starting price which will look at the image, the keywords, the description, similar content in our marketplace and other pertinent information to get a fair start price. From there, the file is released into the Cutcaster marketplace where the price will fluctuate depending on the demand for that type of content. The formula is flexible and will/can be modified. Feel free to let us know if you think there’s room for improvement or other variables we should consider when evaluating your prices.

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Blurb, Photography Book Now Contest

Photography Contest

Photography Contest

We recently told you about a Photo Contest put on by our friends at Blurb, called Photography Book Now, that focuses on creating self-published photobook designs where you can win a ton of cash and get judged by world class experts in the photography world. There’s just a few weeks left to submit your book to Photography Book Now! To have your work reviewed by an internationally renowned panel of judges and a shot at $25,000, submit your book by July 15! Here is the link for more details: www.photographybooknow.com

Here are some of the photo categories that you could enter.

Here is a list of the prizes.

Blurb is a provider of online photo books, who started the competition for photographers “who are the age of 18 years or older, are self-identified photographers who currently receive or have received payment for their photographs”.

That means that a lot of you at Cutcaster can take advantage of this and submit your photo book (online or hard copy) and win the Grand Prize of $25,000. Just so you know that there is a contest submission administration fee of $35 for every submission.

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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.

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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.

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