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

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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

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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

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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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

iCLIPART.com - Who doesn't love new? ~ September 2015

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.

Because it's important to us to stay current we are continually adding new content. And to make it as easy as possible for our subscribers to track down what's most current, there are the New This Month and New This Year categories included on the site. However, just in case you haven't had a chance to take a quick peek when searching for something on the site, we thought it might be nice to highlight a sampling of some new additions. Click these links for a preview:
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=77006515
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=68924037
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=86473497
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=52659016
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=11691331
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=51829304
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=47844264
http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=62469758


Handy Tools:

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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

iCLIPART.com - Using Photoshop's Clipping Mask. ~ June 2015

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.


A Featured Collection:

Chalkboard backgrounds have become a popular starting point for many projects including birth announcements and advertising. Here's a staff pick from our customer care specialist Lisa: http://www.iclipart.com/viewbasket.php?lbox=86551498.