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How Do I Add / Upload Artworks?
How Do You Protect My Original Artwork Images?
What does Activate or Deactivate on artworks mean?
Can I Upload Multiple Images at a Time?
What are the Required Criteria for Uploading Images?
What Image Types Can I Upload?
What are the Image Quality Recommendations?
I Just Uploaded Images, Why don't They Show in My Profile?
Adding or Editing Artworks & Print-On-Demand Setup.
What Information Should I Add to My Artworks?
What Is an Artwork Title?
How are Print Sizes Decided?
Can I Send My Originals to be Scanned as Digital Files?
How Do I Sell an Original?

How Do I Add / Upload Artworks?

In the My Portfolio > Artworks page, you can click on the [Add Artworks] button at the top-left side of the artworks. This will take you to the upload page where you can upload your artwork images.

If you have  Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer, then using the [Browse...] button you can select multiple images from your computer to upload.
If you don't have Microsoft Silverlight installed, then you'll need to upload your artwork images one by one.

Above the artwork upload box you'll see a checkbox named 
If you leave this checkbox checked, then the newly added artworks will be added at the end of your artworks list.
If you unchecked this box, then your new uploaded artworks will be inserted at the beginning of your artworks list.

What this does is basically decide how your artworks are arranged / which ones are at the beginning and which ones are at the end.

Uploading your artworks does not automatically publish them. You will need to fill in some required information such as Artist Name, Artwork Title, Subject and Artwork type and then save the artworks before they'll be publicly shown.


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How Do You Protect My Original Artwork Images?

The best way to protect an original artwork image is to deny access to the images completely. Your original uploaded artwork images are never publicly available. However, we do make low resolution copies for thumbnail and preview purposes. 

To protect the preview images we offer watermark and a default no-right click protection.

You should, however, keep in mind that even though many websites offer the no-right click protection, it's intended to protect your images against non tech-savvy users. It can easily be bypassed by someone with the know how.

 


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What does Activate or Deactivate on artworks mean?


When a paid membership plan expires, we deactivate some of the member artworks. Leaving up to the maximum # of artworks allowed for the free plan.

For Example:
30 active artworks, rest are deactivated.

The ones that are deactivated are picked randomly. But, if you do not like the selection of artworks that were left active, then you can:
  • Deactivate all your artworks
  • Then pick and choose which artworks (up to the maximum allowed for the free plan) you want to activate.
You can use the [Bulk Actions] menu in the artworks page to activate or deactivate artworks.

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Can I Upload Multiple Images at a Time?

If you have  Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer, then using the [Browse...] button you can select multiple images from your computer to upload.

If you don't have Microsoft Silverlight installed, then you'll need to upload your artwork images one by one.

To get started, please see the upload page or click the [Add Artworks] button In the My Portfolio > Artworks page under My Account.


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What are the Required Criteria for Uploading Images?

The first required criteria is that you be the copyright holder of the image you'll be uploading. If you're a gallery representing artists, then you MUST have written permission from the artists whose artworks you'll be uploading.

Please see our Terms Of Use for more information.

 

When uploading artwork images, please make sure they also meet the following criteria: 


  • There are no visible external objects in the image ( frame, floor, hands holding the original artwork, etc.)
  • The lighting is well adjusted ( i.e. not too bright , not too dark , no uneven lighting, no visible camera flash, etc.)
  • There are no compression artifacts ( blocky, grainy image) and the image quality is as good as it can be.
  • The image size/DPI was not increased artificially (e.g. with photoshop). We can do this on our end if necessary.

Following these guidelines will make your images appear professional, help customers be more confident when placing an order and ensure they're satisfied afterwards.


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What Image Types Can I Upload?

We Accept, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and BMP format images.

 
JPEG files offer small file size with very low quality loss. The JPEG quality loss occurs if you constantly save and modify the jpeg files. So you should always keep the originals in a lossless format such as png, tiff or bmp. The jpeg files that you upload are not modified on our end so there will be no further quality loss due to  image compression. Saving the original file once in a jpeg format is ok. When saving your files in JPEG format in PhotoShop use the Maximum image quality (12).
 
Maximum allowed file size for your artwork images is 30Mb.

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What are the Image Quality Recommendations?

We recommend that your images have a resolution between 100ppi and 300ppi.

The PPI of your images affect the quality DPI (Dips Per Inch) of the prints. A higher PPI image will make the printer print at higher DPI. This will make the printer put more ink dots for each pixel and should give the final prints more accurate color. Basically, the higher the DPI, the better the tonality of the image. Colors should look better and blends between colors should be smoother. 
 
NOTE: DO NOT artificially increase the ppi or the dimensions of your images (e.g. with PhotoShop). This will needlessly increase the file size of your images, so they will take longer to upload and can negatively affect the quality of the images and the prints. We can do this on our end if necessary.
 
 
We strongly recommend that you have your artworks professionally photographed or scanned at a local art store.

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I Just Uploaded Images, Why don't They Show in My Profile?

Before your artworks can be publicly viewed we require that you enter certain details about the artwork images and save before they'll be shown publicly.

The minimum required information for artworks are.

  • Artwork Type
  • Artwork Title
  • Artist Name
  • Subject

 


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Adding or Editing Artworks & Print-On-Demand Setup.

After you upload your images, you'll be taken to a page where you can add your artwork information.

You can also edit your artwork information by going to your My Portfolio > Artworks  page under My Account and clicking the [Edit] link of an artwork.

In the Manage Artwork page you'll only be required to enter the following information.

  • Artwork Type
  • Artwork Title
  • Artists' Name
  • Artwork Subject

Additional information such as keywords and description will make your artworks easy to find. Your artwork keywords should be real words that apply to your artwork and the description should have actual sentences no more than one or two paragraphs long.

 

Next is the "About the Original' section.

We strongly recommend that you enter price information about the original. Even if you do not wish to mark the original for sale, this can help potential customers appreciate your artwork even more when they choose to purchase print on demand copies of your artwork.
You can also specify additional information about the original such as size/ dimensions, weight if you think it applies, the original medium (e.g. Oil on Canvas, or charcoal on paper) and original create date (the date when the original artwork was created).

Next is the "Print On Demand" section

You can choose to participate in our print on demand program for each one of your artworks.
The section for Giclee Prints  will decide how your markup is applied towards Giclee prints such as Photo to Canvas, Giclee poster or Framed Giclee posters. If you see a lot of available print sizes, then simply enter Min and Max values, then use the Auto Adjust tool to help you set the values in-between. 
Min and Max values are $ amounts that you wish to mark-up your artwork (based on available print sizes).
For example.
If you are shown available print sizes from 8"x10" ...to... 40"x60" then you can simply enter a markup value for 8"x10" (min) and a markup value for 40x60 (max) then slightly touch the Vertical Orange Bar and it'll fill in the rest of the values for you.
 
For the rest of non-giclee available product types, you'll need to simply type the $ amount that you wish to have marked-up.
You will earn 100% of the markup amount when someone purchases a print on demand copy of your artwork, unless you have set up personal discounts/promotions.

Next is the "Preferences' section.

In this section you can decides if you want your images to be displayed with watermark and if you want to allow commenting on your artworks. Please keep in mind that while watermarking your images can help protect them against unauthorized copying, it can also discourage people from purchasing print on demand copies.

Next is the "Social Network Integration' section.

If you have already synchronized your account with FaceBook, then we can automatically post a message on your facebook wall (when you click save) that you added or updated an artwork in our website. This will help direct traffic towards your artwork pages.
 

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What Information Should I Add to My Artworks?

The minimum required information for artworks are.

  • Artwork Type
  • Artwork Title
  • Artist Name
  • Subject

We strongly recommend that you add Keywords, Description and Original Artwork Price even if you do not wish to list them in our print on demand program.

Keywords help prospective customers find your artwork on our web site, and Descriptions are good for making your artwork pages search engine friendly. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Bing use the description of your artworks to index them and an accurate description can help increase the visibility of your artwork pages on the web.

Even if your original artworks are sold, specifying an original price helps people to appreciate your artworks even more when they consider purchasing a print on demand copy.


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What Is an Artwork Title?

An artwork title is a name that you choose to give to your artworks.

For Example.
Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh

In this case Sunflowers is the name of the artwork created by Vincent van Gogh

When you upload images, our website can read certain information about the image from Image Metadata. If you don't know what Image Metadata is, then your images probably don't have any. As a "second best guess" the website will decide the artwork title from it's file name. If your file is named sunflowers.jpg then the Artwork title field will automatically be filled in with the name Sunflowers

One thing you should keep in mind if you're a photographer or if you had your artworks photographed, is that digital cameras will add metadata title to your images (e.g. "SONY DSC"). Our website will take this as a title rather than determine it from the image file name. 

After you upload your images, you'll be taken to a page where you can fill in the rest of the required information before your artwork can be shown publicly. So be careful that any metadata that our website picked up from your image is the correct artwork title and not something like "SONY DSC"


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How are Print Sizes Decided?

The deciding factors for available print sizes are your Image dimensions (e.g. 800 x 1000 pixels) and the image resolution.

If you upload an image that's 800x1000 pixels and your image resolution is 100 PPI (pixels per inch) then the maximum available print size for that image will be 8"x10" (inches).
 
Our minimum print size is 8 x 8 inches. So you need to make sure that in order to qualify for our print on demand program, your images must have a minimum dimension of 800x800 pixels at 100 PPI.
 
The math behind this is basically (800 pixel / 100ppi)  x (800 pixel / 100ppi) = 8"x8" print max.
 
For a large format print such as 44" x 60", your images need to have a have 4400 x 6000 pixel dimension at 100 PPI.
 

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Can I Send My Originals to be Scanned as Digital Files?

No. You can only add artworks if you already have digital files of your artworks in JPEG, PNG, TIFF or BMP format.

You can inquire locally about photography or photo processing studios that can professionally scan or photograph your originals into digital files.


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How Do I Sell an Original?

To set up an original for sale, navigate to My Portfolio > Artworks, click [Edit] for the artwork you want to set up for original sale, then under the "About The Original" section enter price information and mark the original as "Not Sold"

Please note that originals cannot be sold / purchased online. We simply list the originals, but all financial transaction as well as shipping arrangements must be made between the artist and the customer who wants to purchase an original. 

If your original is marked for sale, then visitors will be able to contact you (the artist) to make purchasing arrangements.


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