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I want to sell my work badly but I've got some questions and I realize they may seem ridiculous but bare with me.
1) What's a print? (It's fuzzy to me)
2) How exactly do I make online transactions? (Receiving money, shipping items, etc.)
3) What sizes sell for how much?
4) People tell me my images are to small. Does that mean I need to make them appear larger and is that only to make it more appealing?
1. A print is a reproduction of your work. This is a site that sells prints. They reprint your work when a customer orders it.
2. How old are you? Do you have a Paypal account? I think you have to be 18. But maybe your parents can set it up for you.
Here, FAA collects the money from customers that buy prints, and then pays you by Paypal after a 30 day guarantee period.
3. There is no standard. It's whatever you set the price at. Compare to work similar to yours and see what they price it at.
5. It means that the reproduction size will be very small, if they are so small it may only print a card.
The images level of appeal will depend on the work and how well you present it. Almost all images require some digital editing.
The size is not to be more appealing, it's to be able to print at more than tiny sizes for a customer who may be interested
in your work.
Here are some tips for you that we give people photographing their work. However, even if you scan, some will help
First off, all artwork should be photographed following these simple steps:
1. Use at least a 10-12 MP camera, with a manual focus lens not an auto focus. The higher the MP the camera, the larger the file we have to print from. If you want to offer large prints, you need to use a high MP camera.
2. Mount the camera to a tripod. If you don't have a tripod, use a stack of books, a table, anything. You just have to have the camera sitting on something, not hand held.
3. Shoot outdoors in natural light. Make sure you white balance your camera too, or the colors won't be right.
4. Preview the image to make sure there are no blurry areas, flash problems, etc.
5. Export at the highest possible file size while staying under our less than 25 MB limit.
To preview an image in photo editing software simply use the zoom icon to zoom in on the image until it's viewed at 100% print size. What you will find is that viewing it at 100% you will be able to see if there are any problem areas.
Look all around the image at 100%, the edges included. If the image has no problems, blurry areas, uncropped edges, or areas where there is flash reflecting off the image, then you're on your way to a great image.
Second, you have to determine how large you want your image printed to. Go to the image menu, and click "Resize Image". DO NOT RESIZE THE IMAGE TO BLOW IT UP LARGER IN THIS MENU. That will only result in a blurry, pixelated, problematic image.
We need 100 pixels/inch in order to have a nice image for printing. That makes the math easy as well. Your image menu can be viewed as a pixels/inch ratio, and you can see how many inches wide by tall your image is. You can shrink down the inches in this menu if the image is blurry. THis is shrinking the image to make it a little smaller. You can shrink the image down and it will help the quality of the image, just never blow it up in this menu.
If your image is 1400 pixels by 1000 pixels then the image can be printed up to 14x10. etc.etc.
That's all you need to preview your image. Doing that will help inform you how large your image can be printed to, and whether it's print ready when zooming in at 100% to see it's quality of focus and to see if there are any problem areas.
You can control the sizes that get offered. Login to your account and click "edit" beneath any one of your images. One the "edit" screen, scroll to the bottom, and you'll see text boxes next to each available print size (e.g. 8" x 8", 10" x 10", etc.) If you enter a price next to size, then your image will be offered as a print at that size for the specified price.
If you leave the price blank, then the size won't be offered.
Make sure you play around in your admin area. There are a lot of tools for you even on a free account and it is best to play so you do not have to keep asking where things are.
I'm not fit to sell. Forget it. Thanks for the help everybody I really appreciate it but I think I'm just gonna pack it up and find a sight to display my work rather than sell because I don't figure I'm capable of it. Too stressful. Too complicated. and I'm probably a little too stubborn. It's been fun. Glad you guys got to see my paintings.
When working in digital forms of art, the thing to keep in mind is primarily the pixel count. A 400x600 pixel image image will make a "decent" 4x6 inch print at biggest. If you want to people to buy prints for people to hang on the wall at larger sizes, where you can make some money, and have higher quality images, you want a minimum of 800x1000 pixels for an 8x10 print. For 16x20, you'll need a minimum of 1600x2000 pixels. For really good prints, you'll want to double the number of pixels. If you are doing digital work, you OUGHT to be able to make you pixel size whatever you choose, if you machine has reasonable memory, up to a practical limit somewhere around 20000x20000pixels. Only if you exceed 5000x5000 pixels will you bounce up against the file size limit, which is why I assume you are doing digital art. If you're doing photography, resolution is limited by your camera sensor's pixel dimensions. If you're doing digital art, you should be able to far exceed the file size limit of FAA.
the easiest thing is - upload work, set price, sit back. that's it. anything else is moot (besides file quality). you don't have to sell the original, that option i there just for those that want to it's a perk and nothing more.
everything sounds complicated but it's not as bad as you think. just take it in baby steps until you understand it all.
Fact is though - you're only 15, so technically you wouldn't be able to set up paypal in order to sell.
For now, you've learned what you need to do - so practice, get some more work under your belt, and practice some more. By the time you're ready to sell you'll be set.
If you're going to sell prints now or anytime in the future, it doesn't get any easier than POD, there's really no stress involved, maybe just the stress of no one buying but that's is no fault of POD's.
You could always sell your image here as just the original by not selecting any print sizes and clicking on Original for sale. People could contact you if you want to sell an original. Of course you would have to arrange the shipping. As for the paypal thing i think you could have your parents set up an account and just do the paypal in their name.
Brandon....do you have an adult friend/relative there where you live who could help you set these things up and explain/show you how to do what you need to do to enlarge your works? How big are your originals? Will they fit in a scanner? If so, try that....just set the resolution to a high number...if you want it bigger, maybe try 600? (I could be wrong in that, but I think that's what you do). Hope you stick it out. You have talent and a willingness to learn....maybe just show your works here until you can get your things ready to sell. Please don't give up! I think you're great and I want to see you succeed at your dream! God bless.