We are hosting our first webinar with an itinerary full of tips to help any Imagekind member increase their sales. If you are an artist on Imagekind, or are thinking of joining, this webinar will explain how to properly create a gallery, get your marketing pointed in the right direction, and help you to make more sales. In addition to our newsletter, blog, and soon to be forum, we are very excited about giving this format a shot as another way to pass on some useful tips & tricks, give some instruction, and answer some questions.
If you receive our Member Newsletter, then you probably already know the details – but for everyone else, here is a quick outline:
- Setting up your Gallery for Maximum Exposure: We’ll go through the options you have to create and customize your galleries, and explore the best ways to get your artwork noticed on Imagekind and beyond.
- How Artists Make Money with Imagekind: Learn how to increase your sales by knowing our pricing and mark-up system. Find out how to diversify what you can offer your potential clients and buyers using Imagekind creatively.
- Marketing Tips – Promote Your Galleries! Drive traffic to your site and your Imagekind galleries. More visitors means more sales!
- Questions and Answers with Imagekind Staff: Get answers and share your ideas!
It all goes down on Thursday, February 22nd 2007 at 5PM PST. We’ll try to keep it concise and interesting, and it’s all about increasing member sales – so REGISTER HERE and put this short webinar on your calendar!
Feel free to give us some feedback in the comments of this post after the event. Also – have an idea for something you would like to see us cover in this format? Let us know here as well!
Search engines find content on web pages.Â Imagekind provides some of those pages for your art and that’s a good reason for everyone to have a free or paid Imagekind gallery. If you can’t afford a paid gallery just get a free one!Â You get all the same benefits except that we just can’t give unlimited storage for free.Â Anyway, it also makes sense to open your own website and point to all the other sites where you sell art.
I really like the look of http://www.squarespace.com/
But Paul Helm over at Online Visual Artists Forum also likes Google.
There are lots of places to get a free site.Â Contact us at email@example.com if you need more advice in this regard.
Don’t forget to link directly to your Imagekind gallery and any other site where you display your art!Â The search engines will…over time…index your content and make it easier for people to find you.
Imagekind member Dominic Rouse has some great feedback on an event for artists that we posted about a while back.Â If you also attended and have any feedback, let us all know!
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2007 4:25 PM
Subject: smARTist Telesummit
Hi IK folks,
I just wanted to thank you for advertising The smARtist Telesummit on your blog a couple of weeks ago. I would not have heard of it otherwise.
I signed up for the course of teleseminars and am very glad I did so.
The organiser Ariane Goodwin assembled a panel of experts with a wide range of knowledge-base all of it pertinent to the artist intent on making a living from his/her art.
It was inspirational and I highly recommend it to all IK artists when it comes around again.
In fact it was so successful that Ariane is going to “open the doors year-round,” Keep an eye on www.smartist-telesummit.com for all the latest developments and you can even download all the recordings from this year’s summit by signing-up for the silver package.
Increased Commissions on Framing!
Starting today ALL ARTISTS (not just Pro and Platinum members) will receive 15% commission on framing purchases. This means that for every one of your prints that a customer frames, you will automatically earn the mark-up that you determined plus 15% of the framing sales.
Nowhere else on the internet can artists earn more than at Imagekind for their print and frame sales! Learn more here.
We get a lot of questions related to image handling such as resolution, file types, how to ensure image fidelity, preferred image file size, etc. Although much of this info can be found in the faq section of our website, we thought this would be a good forum to discuss the topic and provide you with some tips and information to ensure the best results for your art.
Image Dos and Don’ts
Do upload the best quality image you have.
Don’t use low quality compression when saving your images to jpeg.
Do send in high quality images on CD or DVD for a small upload fee or use our FTP portal, if you are having trouble or you have large tiff image files.
Don’t save and re-save your jpeg image files.
Do work with tiff files when modifying your images. It’s OK to save the final finished image for upload as a jpeg.
Do have print-ready images. This means professional quality photography, vector art, digital illustrations or drummed scanned images which have been color corrected, cropped and with all artifacts (dust, scratches etc) removed as they may appear in your printed output.
Do embed a color profile with your work.
Don’t scale or resample your images.
- DPI Dots Per Inch is a term used to define the resolution of printed output (your prints). It is NOT a measure of your image’s resolution (PPI). The higher the number, the higher quality you can expect from your printed images. As modern ink jet printers are capable of producing dots far smaller than a pixel, DPI always needs to be higher than PPI
- PPI Pixels Per Inch is a term used to describe the resolution of an image relative to it’s output size. Both capture and display devices use pixels as the primary element in every image. These tiny units collectively make up the image as you see it on your screen. Furthermore, because every image or digital picture has a finite amount of these pixels, it’s important to use care when sizing your images for print. The effective resolution of an image will change as you alter the desired output size for your prints. Increasing the output size (of your print) will simply redistribute the same number of pixels over a larger area and potentially leave you with a low quality (pixelated) print.
- Image Size is the the height and width of an image expressed in pixels. For example, a 6 mega-pixel camera will yield an image or picture with an image size of roughly 3000×2000 pixels.
- Compressed Images such as jpeg’s are images which have been made smaller in file size at the expense of image quality. Image file compression looks at an image and depending on the quality chosen selectively throws away data found in the image that it thinks is not necessary to reproducing the image. Subsequent generations of jpeg lose even more data with each re-save.
- Uncompressed Images such as tiff’s store ALL the information found in an image and don’t suffer subsequent generational loss, meaning they don’t degrade each and every time you save the file.
- Artifacting is the most common problem found when using low quality compression to an image or repeated saving. Artifacts generally shows up as fuzzy defects or noise along high contrast areas of an image. They can however be avoided by working with uncompressed files such as tiffs during all image manipulation.
- Resampling is a process where an image editing application (like photoshop) is used to upsize or enlarge the image in terms of it’s pixel dimensions. As every image has a finite amount of pixels, scaling it or “making it bigger” in essence asks the application to create more pixels and add them to the image, blending them alongside the existing pixels. Although in small doses it’s ok to do so, we generally discourage this practice unless you are an advanced user with expert knowledge in image handling practices.