Archives for November 2010

Disabling Photo Apps in Facebook

Photo Application Woes at FaceBook

If  you are a professional artisan and make a living by creating and selling your imagery Face Book is a wonderful place to build a community. It does have some challenges though. Like many things specific to small business there is a double edge sword one has to deal with. One of the issues with Face Book is the proliferation of print on demand apps that hook up directly to big box retail stores. While this is a very cool way for the average user to share the images in their albums with loved ones it can be catastrophic for a professional image maker.

First with posting images online realize that anything you post can be stolen and used. It doesn’t matter if you use low resolution images or if you watermark them, they can be grabbed and used. So individually one needs to make the decision of whether or not you are going to worry about that happening. If you are extremely worried about it, just don’t post anything anywhere…..good luck marketing your work in the new world. That may sound snide and cynical but it is not intended to be. For many of us we just chalk it up to the cost of doing business and use deliberate best practices to keep the honest people honest. Worrying about how many times I am getting ripped off is counter productive and does not serve me or my family.

So the debate is out there regarding to watermark or not watermark? I think that is a question to be answered by each person depending on the level of comfort and trust they have. We used to watermark everything but don’t any longer, I find watermarks extremely distracting. We do use low rez files though. Usually before posting the images get re-sized in photoshop. We size everything to 4×6 or so at 72 dpi then go to> save for web and devices and let Photoshop do the rest. Also a huge help in this arena that most photographers don’t take advantage of is to actually register copyright for the images. We just do them in batch’s and it is part of the workflow one time a month. If/when someone does steal an image and uses it you have a much better chance of making things right if  they are registered.

So again quickly here are a few best practices.

1- Use low resolution images

2-put copyright info on each image

3-Register the copyright of each image.

Here is the video that will tell you how to turn off the Face Book photo applications. Also you can download the Disabling Photo Apps in Facebook pdf ….CLICK HERE .

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November 2010 Issue of Digital Paint Magazine

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Rembrandt Goes Digital

I have often wondered what some of my heroes from back in the day would have thought about the whole digital revolution. Would many of them have embraced the technology and utilized it for a whole new movement? If so which ones? There is no doubt that the mainstream would have scoffed and that an image using pixels instead of paint would have been banned from the high-end shows. The mere thought of a pixel entering the Louvre would have over run the nearest hospital with heart patients. (…still does)

That being said I was delighted to see a new digital spin from an old master. The Complete Rembrandt Lifesize is a new exhibition that opened last year in Boesingheliede, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. Full sized digital reproductions of all known paintings (317 of them), 285 etchings and more than 100 drawings can be viewed in much like they left Rembrandts studio. How cool is that?

Through digital artistry we will have the ability to see the full painting where there was a sizeable piece of canvas missing, the vibrancy diluted by time is re-instated, and hidden details not viewable because of aging pigment now emerge into view.

The digital imaging of each of the 687 reprints was supervised by Professor Ernst van de Wetering. The photos were made under strong light and digitally processed. The post processing made it possible to visualize details that would normally not be seen by the average museum visitor.

What is really cool about this exhibition is the images are organized chronologically. The exhibition brings together works from more than 100 museums and collections around the world. We can get a glimpse into Rembrandt’s mind. It follows his 45-year evolution from a young painter to possibly the most famous master of his day.

The Complete Rembrandt, Life Size exhibition will run through September 7th. A cursory check of cheap flights revealed $500-880 round trip. Amsterdam anyone?

Digital Painting? Nah, not really but the original article by CCTV is posted here.

Clipping Mask: Make an Edge Mask in Photoshop

Clipping Mask uses: An Edge on your image

While there are many different ways to use clipping masks a very simple thing to do is to use them for putting various edges on the frame of your image.  Auto FX has some awesome software that has thousands of edge masks and it is a great tool.  If you dont have Auto FX this short little video will show you one simple way to make and use a clipping mask for various edge effects.


To view this video just click on the link below. Note: If does not show up underlined or blue in some web browsers but it is a live link.

View: Making and Using and Edge Mask

3 Tips to Help Market Your Art With Facebook

Market Your Art on Facebook

I have been reviewing my workflow of my businesses and I have discovered a few things: 1-I work way to much, 2-I don’t paint enough, 3-My creative outlets have taken on more areas that image creation, 4-I need to get back to basics.

So to get back to basics I will begin to paint and write more.  So today I thought I would begin by re-cycling some of the information I have had at art marketing buzz. Since launching the magazine I have not really focused on writing marketing pieces.  For me, writing is an extension of doing or being.  So if I know I am going to write more that means I will begin again to research, try new things, fail and prosper; basically get back to the process of constant re-renewal.  So today we will take a peek at FaceBook.

These four Facebook tips are really simple and effective for helping you meet more people and potentially sell more art.

1-Frequently post new photos and paintings.  This is an area I really need to focus on. The biggest photo sharing website is not Photobucket or Flickr…it is Facebook.  Having a good representation of your digital photography, digital paintings or your traditional media images is a good way draw in some new viewers to your profile.  People on Facebook love beautiful imagery.

Also keep in mind when you upload photos, several thumbnails go into the “newsfeed” of everyone on your friend list as well as on your wall.

The caption on your art is important here. Use your keywords to help name those images when you are using them for web content.

2-Comment on other peoples goodies.  Posting only your own stuff is not cool.  Become a resource for information. You can get hooked up with Google alerts to help keep you informed of a specific topic.  Its easy and free.  Getting involved in discussions and providing information for others will pay big dividends.

3-Leverage your time by Linking Twitter to your Facebook.  You can use a platform such as tweetdeck to make this very simple.  You can download tweetdeck for free at

4-This is totally cool. You can add the “profile HTML” application to your profile page. What this means for you is that you can add html code into your profile page. Cool.  That means it could be a banner ad or anything using code.  I am going to put an opt-in box for the magazine there.  The only thing to do an opt-in page you need is the code from your chosen auto-responder.