Vacation - Day 10 (Monday, August 11th) - Need Your Help!

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I want to try my hand at creating some digital collage sheets to sell. I've searched for about a half an hour on the internet to learn the best way to do it, and finally decided to check with some of you instead. This is what I want to be able to do:
  • I want the files to be high resolution jpeg attachments
  • I want the customer to be able to download the files to their computer and print whenever they wish
  • I want the customer to be able to separate and resize each photo on the sheet
  • Do I need to use a specific program? (I have Microsoft products)
  • I have purchased digital collage sheets that were pdf files as well. Is that a better way to go?
  • Should I offer both methods? If so, how do I save a pdf file?

Anyone/everyone that can give me some advice and/or easy-to-follow instructions today, will receive my first Vintage Digital Download Collage Sheet just for the asking!


Kelly Kilmer said...

I like the idea of buying sheets via actual printed out color copies and also as a file.

Do you mean save AS a pdf file or creating a pdf file? You'd save a pdf file like any other file. I think you can use microsoft word and click on it as "save as".

I can't help you with the programs part though :( (clueless in LA!) ;)

Good luck with it and let us know when you're ready with your sheets!!! :)

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

I bought a "downloadable" package from someone on a list a while back, and I really enjoyed it. They loaded a faux sheet of five or six images and gave the size of each file. The images came separately, however, which made them great for end users like me. They were all high resolution. She would send all at once, or by the image for those who had dial up computers, but sold them as a set. It could also allow you to sell by the image if you thought that they might sell better. I love down loadable images!! I am into instant gratification. Test them with a friend-nothing worse than getting an image the size of a postage stamp in a jpeg format and not being able to resize it without losing all clarity.

chris p

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherry,

In order to have high resolution jpeg attachments you have to start with high resolution jpegs. You will save the sheets as jpegs.

Customers should then be able to download the whole sheet. They will have to have software in order to seperate and resize each of the photos.

You will probably need a photo editing program to be able to resize the pictures so that you can place them on the sheet.

I am pretty sure that pdf's require a special program (Adobe Acrobat)to create - although most people can download them. And there maybe similar free programs that you can check into. Although most pdf's are write protected and can't be changed.

I prefer the jpegs personally. Hope that helps. Good Luck.

SJ (
Art Technique Yahoo Group

sf said...

For single images, just scan it in at 300dpi, and save as a jpg. You can make any color adjustments once you have saved it.
One easy way for making sheets is to create them manually. That is, take and arrange printed out images onto your standard sheet of paper.
Scan them and save as a 300dpi jpg as well at full size. Then when a customer buys, you send them that file. For an entire sheet of course, a customer would need to separate the images in their own program, or simply print out and cut the apart. A pdf file is fine to offer, some people may want it, but probably most people will only need the normal jpg. I sell digital collage image sheets, and that's the basic procedure I use. Email me if I can help you any more!

Karine Ardault said...

Here are my two cents as a collage sheet creator myself (soon to hit my favorite store I hope - crossing my fingers and more on the blog soon). So...
pdf files are always better than jpg files. They are less trouble for the creator and for the buyer. For the creator, it lessen your chances to have your work stolen. It may be a little more work but the product offered in pdf is usually of better quality especially when it comes to printing. For the buyer, pdf files are better especially if the buyer does not have proper image sofware, is not gifted with technology awardness when it comes to resize, work on image quality, image color mode, margins....
I would definitly recommand pdf if you want to target a large audience and want to have happy customers. Using jpg would be ok if you know the persons using your images have a sufficient knowledge of the use of image sofwares.
If you have more questions, I would be happy to respond to them.

Colleen said...

Hi, You can use Word to insert the images and then save them as a pdf. That's what I would do.
Good Luck!

Vallen said...

I can't be of any help on the technical questions but can't wait until you let me know when the sheets are ready!!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Thank you ALL for taking time to respond and help me with this. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Once I have successfully produced my first vintage download, I will e-mail it to you for your enjoyment.

Have an art-filled day today!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you and as a consumer, not a producer I am always on the look out for another product .)