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How to draw funny cartoons e-zine, Issue #002 -- Reviews part II
September 01, 2008

How to draw funny cartoons e-zine, Issue #002

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1. Read this second of several reviews about free online image editing software.

2. Selling your drawings online. Learn how to use microstock photography agencies to make a nice income! In this segment, learn how to optimize your images and your keywords!

3. What's new on how-to-draw-funny-cartoons?

1. Splashup. Your free online photoshop-like image editing software.

If you are familiar with photoshop, then this one is for you! Splashup is a nice little software with all the basic elements you should expect from a free image editing software.

With spalshup you can:
- Play with an image size or crop it.
- Draw with a pencil.
- Add lines or some basic shapes like a circle fill with colors.
- Add layers.
- Add some effects (about 15 of them.)
- Add some text.
- Use a smudge tool.
- Rotate your image.

Unfortunately, you CAN'T do these with this software:
- Use a magic tool to perform selection.
- Use an airbrush.
- You can only save in jpg or png. So forget about gif or any other format.

I did encounter a few bugs while working with this one. My image would not save and I was not able to use the compression feature. But I finally manage to resolve this problem and everything went ok.

Over all it's a nice software if you need one and don't want to pay for it. It will never replace paint shop pro or photoshop (no online software will, anyway!) but if you just need to make minor adjustment, it can do a great job. And if you are not familiar with these types of software, then it can be a great way to learn!

On the next issue, I will continue my reviews about online software with something a little... different!

2. Microstock photography agencies: How to optimize your drawings and your keywords for better exposure.

A. Optimizing your images.

In the last issue, I told you what subject you should choose to create an original online portfolio. Now let's see how you could optimize your images to make sure that they are approved by reviewers. First, the bigger the better. I usually upload images that are 4000x4000 pixels. And, if possible, around 200 dpi (dot per inch).

Most agencies will offer buyers a range of size from x-small (500x500) to x-large (4000x4000). So, if you stick with the minimum (very often around 2400x1600) you might lose some sales! Most of the images that visitors are purchasing from my portfolio are small ones. But once in a while, a large one is sold. And, that means more money into my pocket!

Next, never try to enlarge an image to make it bigger. If your original image is 1000x1000, then it's too bad. You won't be able to sell it. Reviewers are able to tell if you try to fool them by uploading large image that have been scaled!

I also like to put my drawings on a white background. That way, it will be easier for the buyer to crop the image and manipulate it as he wishes.

Another tip that I can give you is to publish an image with several pictures on them. For example, why not make an image with twelve farm animals. This more interesting for the buyer and you have more chance of selling them.

Will you lose sales? Maybe. But you can also do the following: draw your twelve farm animals and publish them. Six months later, make a new image with all animals on it. But be warned. Some of your customers might feel cheated if they find out!

B. Optimizing your keywords.

For this part, better read all guidelines of each microstock photography agencies first. Some allows you to write almost anything while others have some restrictions. Shutterstock, for example, are very strict about keyword spamming.

You need to be very relevant. If not, your image will be rejected and you will have to think about new keywords (or more often, prune them a little).

For the others, just think about what your visitors might look for. Go for synonyms. Describe the colors, the gender of your characters, the utility of the object. Almost all agencies will pick your first keywords as being the most relevant. So, don't write "car" at the end of the list if you are submitting a mustang for example!

That's it for this issue! Happy selling!

3. What's new on how-to-draw-funny-cartoons?

Well it has been a busy month here! Over 16 new lessons including:
How to draw a hot devil
How to draw a funny cartoon monster
How to draw a pink pig!
How to draw a grey cat!
How to draw a nice cartoon castle!

Don't hesitate to visit my website to find more nice tutorials on drawing funny cartoons!


Martin Bérubé

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