Oct 7, 2010

Image Information Miscellany

I'm sure not doing a good job of staying on top of my blog lately. Sorry about that. Just a busy couple of weeks. And not the good busy but the chore and appointment busy. I haven't had much time to work on collage sheets either, but I do have a couple in the works.

One important note to make about my collage sheets . . . after my business Yahoo account seemed to not want to let me attach, and after a new gmail email account was set up and my messages kept failing cuz gmail thought I was sending spam . . . I've decided to no longer send jpg sheets as email attachments. I also had trouble on several occasions where the customer's email inbox was too full to accommodate the large jpg file attachments coming in - wasting everyone time. This change shouldn't cause too much trouble for anyone. They'll be sent through download links, just like my png versions. It's really easy and even a little faster once you get the hang of it. I'll be sending easy instructions along with each order how to open the links. Just wanted you to know.

A couple of new pieces . . .


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 10/6/2010. All rights reserved.
Digital collage. Image credits: doors and background are from Itkupilli.etsy.com; mirror frame, rat, and crown from Holliewood Studios at Deviantscrap.com and used with a commercial license; chest from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.com and used with a commercial license; textures and shadows from a variety of places; picture in mirror, body and face from my own images coming to tumblefishstudio.etsy.com very soon.

The Audition

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 10/6/2010. All rights reserved.
Digital collage. Image credits: black and white frame altered from Crowabout.etsy.com; dance audition sign from purchased stock photography; curtains from Fidlette Designs and used with a commercial license; background from flickr's 'Playingwithbrushes' and layered with my own textures and a wee bit of a background from Itkupilli.etsy.com; face and body from my own images.

This is the first of a series of posts I hope to offer with tips and tricks and useful image information. Hope to give you a helpful post every couple of weeks or so for awhile. Or more often or less often but several over the next few months.

Information about Png images . . .
Many of my customers don't realize the advantages to png sheets and images. Png pictures have a transparent background so that if you want to layer images in any program on your computer, the white background of a jpg image doesn't get in the way. You can print png sheets just like jpg sheets - since the background is transparent, you can't tell the difference between a printed jpg sheet and printed png sheet. The transparency of the png sheet just makes it more flexible to use should you ever want to work digitally. Png images are larger files than jpg images but for most people that is not a problem.

Want to try the digital side of collage?
I would highly recommend Photoshop Elements if you don't have another editing program. It costs less than $100. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Photoshop's Creative Suites, but they have plenty of tools to get started with. Also, you can get the Gimp editing program for free or for a small donation if you want to make sure you're getting a good clean version. Gimp works very similarly to Photoshop Elements and even has some more options PSE doesn't offer. I find PSE a little easier to work with but I do use Gimp frequently.

Information about buying digital images . . .
I love images and not just my own. It's no secret that I use images from lots of sources. I am very careful with copyright and Terms of Use (TOU) as I encourage everyone to be. Respecting TOU policies and copyright will ensure that we all continue to have access to quality images.

One thing to be especially careful of when purchasing images if you sell your work . . . Not everyone allows their images to be used in works for sale. Be sure to check a designer's TOU to see if they allow you to sell items using their images or you could be in copyright infringement.

Some designers allow for commercial use of their images without additional licenses. Some charge a one time fee for that license and some charge a yearly fee for a license.

I was so disappointed tonight to learn one of my most favorite designers ever, Holliewood Studios at Deviantscrap.com is no longer allowing her images to be used commercially. I had purchased commercial licenses in the past from her and am so bummed to have to look for another image source. I will really miss the chance to use any of her future kits.

Since a huge portion of my blog buddies and art friends sell their work, I'm working on putting together a list of designers and sites that allow you to sell work using their images. I'll share that handy dandy resource as soon as I re-check and confirm all the TOU's.

Information about using Flickr images . . .
Again, be sure to check for permission to use any image from Flickr. Most images on Flickr are not available to use in your work so don't ever assume you can. There are free to use groups that offer a great variety of images you have permission to use in your work but even some of them specify you may not sell work using a particular image. If you're not sure, ask the image owner.

I think it is a good policy to always credit the images you use. Most designers require it and if you're using something from a Flickr member, it's just a nice gesture to show your appreciation. It also clears up where you got something should anyone question it. Many vintage pictures were mass produced and it's possible for more than one person to own some of them. But, designers almost always clean up and color and restore the images they sell and would know their work anywhere.

Tomorrow's Friday! Yay! Have a great CREATIVE weekend!


Sandy said...

Oh wow Marsha fantastic new work.
Love the sepia effect. Unbelievable work again. Big applause.

Have a lovely weekend.

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

Hi Marsha......Fabulous new work especially the sepia one. Thanks for the info too, very much appreciated and helpful hun. Have a great weekend.

Sueann said...

Love the new pieces...esp. the dance one. Very cool!
Have a great weekend!

Leslie said...

Calliope is a fascinating piece. I love it!

Jenny said...

Thanks Marsha for all that wonderful info...I didn't realize that the png sheets were as printable as jpgs...thought they were just for digital work...I have often wondered how you separate the images on collage sheets where all the images are on top of each other...am guessing they are only for digital work..it is something I would like to try one day...
BTW I love your new collages...

Jenny x

Lorraine said...

I just love your collages Marsha but I think you know that already! This is a fantastic post, very informative. Thank you for this.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Good Morning to you Marsha!
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous collages with us! I love your unique style! Also, thank you for the extra information concerning collage sheets.

I am having SO much fun working with the sheets I got from you!!!! So fun to work with!! I'm hard at work on the collages for my blog post for the party, but just couldn't resist posting a bit of a teaser on my blog yesterday!

I am so appreciative of all the lovely feedback!!

Wishing you a great day!


chrisg said...

Hi Marsha - delish work again (as always). Thanks for the ino on the use of png sheets - having just ventured into the use of png sheets myself I can heartily reinforce your sentiments - I only have MS Publisher but it has helped me layer images and size elements accordingly. Now off to investigate Gimp - looking forward to your hints & tips articles - anything that can help me improve on my work is a bonus - Thanks again and have a great w/end

Terri Kahrs said...

So good to see a few new pieces!!! And thanks for an incredibly informative post! I love PSE and couldn't live without it - even though I'm a cut & paste girl!!! Happy weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Suz said...

Thank you for the good information. I really appreciate is as I am struggling to understand some of these things. My daughter gave me Photoshop Elements for Christmas but I am such a rookie. Love your sepia illustration.

Lisa said...

Thank you for the information. I would like to try digital but I haven't been sure what kind of program I needed and how to work with digital images. Maybe one of these days I will be brave enough to give it a try.

yoborobo said...

Marsha - you are a font of knowledge, you know that? Thank you for sharing with us. I use PS for photo stuff, but I really need to dig in and learn more about it. But first, I need to manufacture more time in the day - haha. Love the new pieces (as always!). xox! Pam