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iCLIPART.com - Explore the Fascinating World of Images ~ August 2016
Aug 19, 2016
Explore the Fascinating World of Images
Here at Vital Imagery Ltd. we are fascinated with the wonderful world of images. We can't stop talking about our collections of photos, illustrations and animations or image editing mastery.
Our daily blog, http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/ is an homage to this fascinating industry. In it we offer educational information, tidbits and glimpses of some of the best images from our collection.
Here, is a selection of recent posts:
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We are thrilled to announce that iCLIPART.com has licensed Dover Publications images and added them to our collections. This means our subscribers now have a wealth of valuable, historical imagery
available to them. Here's a small sample of the remarkable photos of paintings from this new series.
From the iCLIPART.com FAQ:
What does "royalty free" mean?
"Royalty free" means that once you have purchased a subscription or individual image you do not need to pay royalties each time you use an image. It does not mean that the images are free to use.
iCLIPART.com - Make the Focus the Focus ~ March 2016
Mar 29, 2016
Make the Focus the Focus
Have you ever looked at a photo you liked, but felt that the subject was being a little overshadowed by the background? Making the focus of a picture stand out, can be done quite simply in a few quick steps with
one of Photoshop's Blur effects.
No one wants a fuzzy photograph. However, there are times when blurring the background can serve a purpose. For example, in photo #859887 from iPHOTOS.com, the winter forest behind the beautiful golden retriever
is already a little out of focus. Not enough though that you don't see the picture as a whole, rather than find your eye drawn to the dog.
We wondered what would happen if we took the blur a little further.
After opening the image in Photoshop and changing the size and resolution to what we wanted, we 'selected; the area to change. There are many techniques for this, but given the simplicity of the photo, we decided on
a quick and easy method.
The first step was to choose the Quick Selection Tool. By holding the left mouse button and moving the cursor to drag the dotted line we were able to select the area we wanted blurred.
Once the selection was made we chose 'Filter' > 'Blur' > 'Gaussian Blur', then changed the pixels to get the desired amount of blur. We chose 5 for this image.
Once done, the only thing left was to deselect (Command+D) which removes the dotted line, then save it as a JPG.
In comparing the original with the Photoshopped result, we agreed that the change is subtle but does seem to put a little more of the attention on the gorgeous dog.
You don't need expensive photo editors to have fun with images. Here are a few handy online tools to inspire your creativity:
In our neck of the woods, spring is in the air. We can feel the warming sun and revel in the lengthening days.
In celebration of the season of rebirth, here's a wonderful collection of illustrations from iCLIPART.com: www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=60361599.
iCLIPART.com - Infographics get the word out visually ~ January 2016
Jan 15, 2016
Infographics get the word out visually
A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. Many in business, publishing and social media would agree that there's validity to the idiom. Newspaper people, for example, know that graphic elements
added to stories and advertisements increase interest.
While a writer can paint a picture with words, the artist and photographer leave nothing to the imagination, producing images that don't just tell a story but draw the viewer in. The right picture not only attracts
attention but also helps to clarify the intent of the words that appear with it.
This is the purpose of infographics, where text and images combine to present data in a clear, concise manner. Together they can educate and inform, build awareness and strategically market everything from
products to people.
For getting the word out, there's no surer way than adding exciting visual elements to facts and information. Studies say that the best infographics are up to 30 times more likely to
be read than a text article.
While knowing this, however, is one thing, it's quite another to put it into action. As it is with anything there are right ways and wrong ways to create infographics and to get the most from them. To first explain the
potential and how to realize it, here is a link from Social Media Today offering 10 proven ways to help your infographic go viral: www.socialmediatoday.com
Among these you will notice is the recommendation to add at least one image to every article posted. The wonderful diversity of iCLIPART.com's content can certainly help you there.
Then, armed with those perfect graphics and the knowledge of how to bring your infographic to everyone's attention, the only thing that remains is finding the tool to help you create it. Here are some excellent options:
Here is an exmaple of a quick infographic that we created using Piktochart with images from iCLIPART.com. We found it to be a very easy to use and intuitive online editor. Please click on the image to view a larger version:
iCLIPART.com - Say Hello to VI's Newest Team Player ~ November 2015
Nov 10, 2015
Say Hello to VI's Newest Team Player
Vital Imagery Ltd. is extending a big welcome to the newest addition to its team.
Krista Nesbit, has assumed the position of finance assistant with the company. In this capacity, she will be dealing with many tasks, such as quotes, invoices and some customer service, all of which will put
her in direct contact with our valued customers.
With a background in business administration, she has had 19 years experience working in an office environment and is looking forward to learning everything she can about the world of technology and images.
"I'm excited to learn anything new," she said. "And I'm fascinated by the scope of this business, by where the many subscribers come from."
From ardent hockey mom to community cheerleader, the woman affectionately known as 'Bing' is a positive, bubbly mother of two active young boys. It's no surprise that her interests outside of work typically
revolve around family and teamwork. "I love playing, and watching my boys play baseball and hockey. I enjoy camping and spending time with my husband and our sons, being with our extended family and
my dog Bailey."
Since settling in at Vital Imagery, what she's noticed most, she said, is that it's a stress-free environment. "Like nothing I've experienced before." "And the fact that I can walk to work is a bonus too."
Krista says she's enjoying the work and is excited for what's to come. "I hope to bring my knowledge to the job and support the great team at Vital Imagery."
Whether you're scrapbooking or putting together promotional materials, creating a collage of photos is a fun way to highlight a group of pictures with a common theme. And with today's online resources you can
get a professional look with minimal experience. Here is one example: www.photovisi.com
iCLIPART.com - Who doesn't love new? ~ September 2015
Jun 16, 2015
Who doesn't love new?
New is a word that appeals to everybody. From newborn to New Age, the connotation is that this is something wonderful or unique, something not tired and worn but pristine and.. well new.
Though old can be adored, new is necessity. People shop when it's time to update. They are exhilarated by a fresh perspective, excited by a novel approach.
Here at iCLIPART.com it's new content that makes us happy. While we love all of the wonderful images that have been on the site since the start, we also believe in keeping
things fresh. We are proud to offer our subscribers a collection of more than 7.8 million images, licensed from some of the world's top illustrators and photographers. But when it comes to variety the consensus
is you can never have too much.
When it comes to working with images you don't always need image editing software. Sometimes only a small alteration is required to meet your requirements. There are many handy online tools that can make
changes in a flash. These two offer quick fixes for common problems:
Looking for a way to shrink a photo fast? Try http://picresize.com/ "The Internet's Easiest Picture Resizing Tool"
Want to remove a background? It's surprising how handy http://clippingmagic.com/ is for that purpose.
From our FAQ
Why does the quality become very poor when I make a JPG/PNG/GIF image larger?
The problem is, when image editing software makes a raster image (JPG, PNG or GIF formats) larger, it has to add pixels that were not there before, leaving it to guess as to what these new pixels are supposed
to look like. The larger you try to make your image, the worse your image is going to look. If you need a larger file than we offer, you may wish to purchase a vector version (if available) and then use the editing
software to save the image to the required size.
iCLIPART.com - Using Photoshop's Clipping Mask. ~ June 2015
Jun 16, 2015
Using Photoshop's Clipping Mask.
While many clients use images from iCLIPART.com for business purposes, there are a lot of projects that can be done with illustrations and photos which are purely personal. One of the most popular
leisure activities for users of the website is scrapbooking.
And when it comes to talking about Photoshop's Clipping Mask, this particular hobby seemed to be the perfect choice for a demonstration of what this handy tool can do.
As everyone loves babies and they are a favourite subject in albums and scrapbooks, that was the focus chosen for this tutorial. For our purpose, we've selected a frame with
adorable animals on a backdrop of flowers, hearts, circles and stripes as a starting point (Image #560893). This will be the first Layer after opening the image in Photoshop.
The photo we felt would be perfect for what would be the second Layer, is one of a sweet sleeping infant (#818803).
And now the fun begins. The first step is to turn off the photo layer.
Then, to replace the empty space with the baby's picture using a clipping mask, you would need to select the area inside the frame. In this case it's done quite simply by using the Magic Wand Tool
and clicking the blank space.
The selected portion must then be copied to its own layer using 'Layer' > 'New' > 'Layer via Copy'. With the baby picture layer selected, create the clipping mask, which you will find under the Layer menu.
If, like this one, your photograph is a little smaller than the borders, you will need to increase the size to make it fit. The steps for this are 'Edit' > 'Transform' > 'Scale', then hold down the 'Shift' key, grab
the corner of the photo and expand it to fit. Once it's done hit Return.
Also, as this picture is horizontal and the frame tilted we needed to use 'Edit' > 'Transfer' > 'Rotate' followed by the mover tool to get it on the right angle.
And that is it - a simple way to highlight a favourite picture using one of the great scrapbooking backgrounds you can find on iCLIPART.com.
A Useful Tip:
So you've found some images you really like but aren't ready to use them just yet. There's no need to download them, but how can you be sure you'll find them easily when you're ready to use them?
There's a special feature on iCLIPART.com, our handy basket system, that's the perfect answer. By creating baskets, or 'lightboxes', you can file images you want to find later without adding to your download history.
Using the baskets is quite simple too. At the top right corner of the page after signing in you will see in green, the 'Basket' link. Click this, then name each one. When you see an image you like, go to the drop down box
at the bottom right to select the basket in which you want it saved.
iCLIPART.com - A Welcome Addition to the VI Family. ~ April 2015
Apr 7, 2015
A Welcome Addition to the VI Family.
The newest addition to the Vital Imagery Ltd. team is our creative dynamo, a pursuer of many hobbies and interests. Corinne Hoy, known affectionately in the office as Koala for her diminutive size, has
taken on the task of Content Manager. Her tasks include the organizing, processing and filtering of content, as well as fixing any issues before the images are added to the site.
"I've long had an interest in photography and image editing, so this position is a perfect fit," said Corinne. "I enjoy every aspect of the job, even the ones that some might consider a bit tedious, like
fixing bad rasters."
One of the best parts, she said, is being among the first to see the wide variety of new images provided by the talented vendors each week.
Not one to shy away from trying something new, she is also excited by the challenge of working in a not completely familiar field. "The job has opened my eyes to many things. I haven't done much in the way of
terminal use or computer scripts prior so that was a bit of a learning curve."
The busy mother of an energetic toddler has a diverse educational background, having thrown her creative energies and talents into a number of different fields, from theatre to cosmetology. But she is also a
talented artist, a fact that provided the incentive for adding another task to her work responsibilities. "I expressed some interest in creating images and it was mentioned that it would be great to focus on education
content, such as alphabets and numbers."
Corinne, however, had hoped to incorporate her love of animals into the projects. With her first collection, she managed to do just that... AND please the boss. You can check it out here.
How do I remove the white box (background) from the image I want?
JPG files will always have a background since that type of file does not support transparency. In some cases the PNG and GIF files on our website will already have a transparent background. If you download
one of the vector file formats you should be able to resave the image in your image editing software without any background. Note: you need to either have a Subscription Plus or a Professional Subscription in order
to download vector images from iCLIPART. Most image editing software will let you remove the background of an image manually, and there are many tutorials on Google on how to accomplish this.