Tuesday, November 8, 2016

iCLIPART.com - Finding the pleasure under November's grey mantle ~ November 2016

iCLIPART.com - Finding the pleasure under November's grey mantle ~ November 2016

Nov 7, 2016

Finding the pleasure under November's grey mantle

November has arrived, wrapped in a mantle of grey under which are hidden surprises. Though the late autumn weather can darken the spirits, it occasionally still treats us to bursts of colour and life. Primarily with the anticipation of a special event near month's end.

In just a couple of weeks, our friends south of the border will be enjoying one of the most significant holidays of the year. Nov. 24 is Thanksgiving, when life's pleasures are given their due as families and friends share time together. Blessings will be counted and gratitude expressed for them.

The new few weeks will be all about preparing for that celebration. Cheery images of turkeys, pumpkins and pilgrims are among our most popular downloads at this time of year as people rush to finish projects for personal and business purposes.

Thanksgiving isn't just about counting our blessings. Football and the Black Friday sales play a big part in the long weekend festivities too. As a result, retail stores are clambering to complete their Black Friday promos and advertisements, while football fans focus their search on pictures of touchdowns and tackles.

How exciting for all of the clipart seekers then that staff here at Vital Imagery Ltd. are busy adding thousands of new images each week in our commitment to keep content fresh.

Among the most recent additions is the popular Dover Publications collection. We couldn't be more excited about these amazing images coming to our iCLIPART.com site. New batches are being uploaded by our staff at a dizzying pace with the current number of images live on the site exceeding the 85,000 mark.

Since we know you'll love this amazing collection too, we want to highlight a selection here. Following fast on the heels of Thanksgiving is, of course, Christmas. What could be more timely, more perfect then, than these beautiful Victorian images from Dover Publications? http://www.iclipart.com/search.php?keys=dover+christmas+victorian&collection&tl=clipart&type=ADVANCED.

Also, as we enter the festive time of year, we encourage you to check out our updated End User Licence Agreement and reference chart: http://www.iclipart.com/chart.php. The changes open the door to countless possibilities once only covered by special licensing. Now with the purchase of a Professional subscription, you can use our images in such projects as eBooks and mass distribution for digital worksheets, documents and presentations.

Clipart.com
Expiry Date: 31st November, 2016

In closing, as we seek and celebrate the joy to be found under late autumn's mantel, we invite you please to enjoy some of the recent posts from our blog.

How to Unravel the Mysteries of a Keyword Search:
http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/how-to-unravel-mysteries-of-keyword.html

2 Diverse Home Sweet Home Clipart Collections:
http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/2-diverse-home-sweet-home-clipart.html

4 Absolutely Terrific Sources for Your Movember Images:
http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/4-absolutely-terrific-sources-for-your.html

Tantalizing Clipart to Make Happy Thanksgiving Projects:
http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/tantalizing-clipart-to-make-happy.html

Giving Back:
Just remember 10¢ of every iCLIPART.com subscription is given to Kiva.org in support of alleviating poverty world-wide.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

iCLIPART.com - A Time of Gratitude, New Friends and Celebrations ~ October 2016

iCLIPART.com - A Time of Gratitude, New Friends and Celebrations ~ October 2016

Sep 21, 2016

A Time of Gratitude, New Friends and Celebrations

The month of October is here. Crisp autumn leaves of vibrant hues and the rosy cheeks of youngsters are captivating images that beautifully exemplify the colour and life of this vibrant season. As we enter the final quarter of 2016, we consider our blessings and accomplishments, while anticipating plans and events yet to come. The Canadian Thanksgiving of 2016 is in the past as we look ahead to Halloween and a presidential election.

Here at Vital Imagery Ltd., we are proud of the initiatives and achievements that have given us plenty to celebrate over the past month.

First, we're so excited to announce that our Affiliate program is being offered now on all four of our websites - AnimationFactory.com, iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com and Clipart.com. People can join and receive 25% on every sale driven to our site from theirs. Find information on this great opportunity here: http://www.vitalimagery.com/affiliates.php.

We continue to build partnerships with new business friends, most recently TemplateMonster, the best and biggest online collection of website templates, designed and developed by field experts. Their fantastic creations will soon be further enhanced by the chance to access some of our wonderful content. To learn more about this terrific resource here's the link: www.templatemonster.com.

Our loyal subscribers have also always been important to us. We strive to provide the best possible customer experience, whether it's in support service, content or licensing. To this end we have recently updated our license agreement. Check out the new chart which aims to simplify what subscription level you need.

Last month we mentioned the welcome addition of the popular Dover Publications images to our content. Since then 30,000 of these images have bolstered the already excitingly-diverse content on iCLIPART.com.

Finally, with our minds turned recently to the process of giving thanks for our blessings, it's important to note that we continue to give back to small businesses worldwide with our participation in Kiva. This international non-profit was founded in 2005. Its mission is to help people build a better future for themselves through a lending program. Vital Imagery Ltd. donates 10¢ of every subscription purchased to help this endeavour. To date over $58,000 has been distributed.

TemplateMonster is a leading player on web design market proudly providing thousands of its templates of different types with 24h support to the audience from all around the world.
In addition to static HTML and Flash templates that they're so famous for they also provide website templates for all major CMS and eCommerce platforms (such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, Drupal etc.). With the 30% promo code "TMNEWSLETTER30" granted to our loyal subscribers out there you may find your lifetime digital comfort.
The code is active till the end of the October 31st. So be in time to redeem it in your shopping cart!

So as the blush of gratitude still warms us, as we think of the beauty of autumn, the fun of celebrations, as we acknowledge the spirit of generosity and the benefits of relationships, we hope you'll enjoy these thoughts from our Vital Imagery blog.

5 Delightfully Spooky Collections of Halloween Clipart: http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/5-delightfully-spooky-collection-of.html

6 Collections of Craft and Hobby Clipart: http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/10/6-delightful-collections-of-craft-and.html

Love These 180 Amazing Images for America's Upcoming Election: http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/09/love-these-180-amazing-images-for.html

3 Charming Collections of Autumn Clipart: http://blog.vitalimagery.com/2016/09/3-delightfully-charming-collections-of.html


Tools of the Trade:
An awesome site with browser tools for designers:
http://www.creativebloq.com/features/7-new-browser-based-tools-for-designers

Here's a Happy Moments Videography WordPress Theme from our new friends at TemplateMonster:
http://www.templatemonster.com/wordpress-themes/50989.html


FAQ:
Understanding the iCLIPART.com subscription options and the type of usage permitted with each:
http://www.iclipart.com/chart.php

Thursday, September 22, 2016

iCLIPART.com - Celebrating the vitality of autumn ~ September 2016

iCLIPART.com - Celebrating the vitality of autumn ~ September 2016

Sep 21, 2016

Celebrating the vitality of autumn

It's been a busy month here at Vital Imagery with many new and exciting things happening. First, we're so proud to announce the addition of images and photos from the fantastic Dover Publications collection, which our content managers have been diligently bringing to the site and will do so on into the near future. We've made new friends, too, most recently establishing a partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association. This is the "premier trade association for the creative arts products industry."

In the wake of our farewell to a wonderful North American summer, we enter the new vitality that is autumn. Students have been back in classrooms for a few weeks and many of our Vital Imagery blogs over the past month focussed on this exciting time in education.

As daylight fades earlier to dusk, as the verdant canopy above us transforms to brilliant shades of crimson, orange and yellow, the bounty of our agricultural harvest is at the forefront of activity in our rural landscape. Traditions see us visiting fairs to enjoy one last bit of outdoor fun before cold sets in. Produce, livestock, garden blooms and handiwork are on display for judging and exhibit. There are talent shows and baby contests.

So as we look back over the past month and celebrate the changing season and the bounty it's brought, here are just a few of the posts from out VI blog to enjoy during this time of colour and transformation:

Celebrating Agriculture With These Wonderful Photos
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/200916.php

How to Adjust Contrast in Part of an Image in Photoshop
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/160816.php

TemplateMonster is a leading player on web design market proudly providing thousands of its templates of different types to the audience from all around the world. In addition to static HTML and Flash templates that we're so famous for we also provide website templates for all major CMS and eCommerce platforms (such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, Drupal etc.). Besides, they provide the 30% promo code "TMNEWSLETTER30" to our loyal subscribers out there. The code is active till the end of the summer, August 31. So be in time to redeem it in your shopping cart!

2 Absolutely Wonderful Collection of the Best Food Clipart
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/170816.php

Marketing Expert Weighs in on World of Images
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/180816.php

In the Market for Outstanding Shopping Photos?
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/290816.php

The Presentation Summit - Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time [Oct 23-26, Las Vegas - 925.398.6210]
Do you owe your livelihood to communicating in public? Do you become like a deer in the headlights when you have to speak in public? Are you intimate with the notion of Death by PowerPoint? Or do you just want to create better presentation visuals? Any one of these is reason enough to join us Oct 23-26 for the finest instruction in the world for the presentation community. The Presentation Summit is in its 14th season offering world-class seminars, inspiring keynotes, and outstanding hands-on PowerPoint support. Join 200 of your peers, expand your support network, and make new friends. Maybe for life. Because our conference experience is like no other. You will forever be spoiled from attending any other business event.

FYI:
Here's some great information regarding copyright on the web:
http://webdesign.about.com/od/copyright/a/aa081700a.htm

FAQ:
Need to clear your browser's cache but not sure how? This information should prove helpful:
http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache

Friday, August 19, 2016

iCLIPART.com - Explore the Fascinating World of Images ~ August 2016

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:

Celebrating the World's Best with 2 Olympian Clipart Collections
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/100816.php

You'll Have Such a Crush on These Amazing Love Illustrations
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/080816.php

TemplateMonster is a leading player on web design market proudly providing thousands of its templates of different types to the audience from all around the world. In addition to static HTML and Flash templates that we're so famous for we also provide website templates for all major CMS and eCommerce platforms (such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, Drupal etc.). Besides, they provide the 30% promo code "TMNEWSLETTER30" to our loyal subscribers out there. The code is active till the end of the summer, August 31. So be in time to redeem it in your shopping cart!

Need to Weave Inspiration Into Your Music Projects? Find 2 Tantalizing Collections of Absolutely Entertaining Clipart Here
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/050816.php

Taking You to the Classroom With Quality Education Photos
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/150816.php

Dive in and Look at These Delightful Swimming Images
http://www.vitalimagery.com/blog/120816.php

Words Have Power. Fonts Do Too. Find the Perfect One in These 2 Terrific Collections
http://vitalimagery.com/blog/020816.php

Announcing:

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

iCLIPART.com - Make the Focus the Focus ~ March 2016

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.

Cool Tools:

You don't need expensive photo editors to have fun with images. Here are a few handy online tools to inspire your creativity:

www.befunky.com/features/photo-editor/
www.fotoflexer.com
www.pixlr.com


A Favourite Collection:

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.

Friday, January 15, 2016

iCLIPART.com - Infographics get the word out visually ~ January 2016

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:

www.piktochart.com
www.canva.com/create/infographics/
www.venngage.com
www.creativebloq.com/infographic/tools-2131971

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:


A Favourite Collection:

Sometimes a little fantasy is fun. Here's a collection of mythical characters and creatures to add an enchanting element to your projects: www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=77421480.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

iCLIPART.com - Say Hello to VI's Newest Team Player ~ November 2015

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."

Krista's Favourites:
We asked our newest Vital Imagery staff member to choose some of her favourite iCLIPART.com images to share with you.


Online Tool

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