27. October 2010 08:55
I see a lot of pictures that are photographs of a room, with the vinyl design added or superimposed on the picture. Are there room templates or stock photos available somewhere?
Absolutely! Most people buy affordable stock photos from websites like www.istockphoto.com. Just google or dogpile words such as "stock photos" and you should get several options. There are generally several sizes of the photo available, but if you're using the picture for just internet usage, the smallest size will do well. Once a purchased photo is saved on your computer, just import the photo into your cutter software. (Cricut users need to use the INKSCAPE software for this -- and other softwares may require you to open not import the jpg.)
Then import your premade vinyl design into your cutter software, and overlay the text on the photo, working in layers. Then highlight everything and EXPORT as a jpg. It's quite easy to do.
27. October 2010 07:27
We always appreciate the kind generosity of our customers in sharing their great ideas and business tools. The world is a great big place, with PLENTY of vinyl business opportunities! This editable PDF business tool comes to us from Chris C., Park Rapids MN .... he writes, "Attached is a copy of the order form I put together. Feel free to make it available to all who would like it. Just my way of paying it forward!"
A warm thank you from all of us, Chris!
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21. May 2009 04:43
When a church, school, scout, or other organizational activity centers around making a vinyl project, may we suggest a few pointers ... for you, the event coordinator, and the people involved. Most often, you will need to kindly "coach" the coordinator with tips for running a successful vinyl event.
1- If people are looking to make a vinyl project inexpensively, avoid suggesting that they "weed" their own vinyl. People will inevitably lose dots, commas, or other design elements and ask you to recut them. It will save you a LOT of heartache!
2- Suggest that people do not paint, stain, or sand raw wood at the activity. The process generally takes too long. Projects should be simple enough for people have a positive vinyl experience. If they must paint, suggest using the craft paint that dries quickly, and maybe having a couple hairdryers to speed up drying process.
3- Suggest that people bring their own prepared surfaces to the event ... this way, everyone likes what they have. For instance, if someone is providing raw wood for people to paint, send that wood home with people a few weeks prior to the event. Or let people bring their own tiles, glass blocks, holiday plates, etc. Alternatively, event organizers can bring the non-prep surfaces to the event and distribute everything in "packages", which is sometimes the easiest.
4- Suggest that project samples be the exact replicas of what people will make. It is beyond frustrating to receive something smaller, larger, or different than the sample. People want to get what they see.
5- Suggest that people prepay before attending the event. Otherwise, people tend to "forget" their money and it creates more work for the event organizer.
6- Request that you receive one lump sum payment, not a bunch of little payments at the time the vinyl is picked up. You don't want everyone trying to individually pay you ... too much time involved. Try not to cut too early, because orders generally change at the last minute.
7- Request that the final order be submitted to you a couple weeks before the event, but be flexible with last minute changes. Again, it's all about creating a positive vinyl experience for everyone, including the event organizer.
8- Quietly decide in your mind to offer free replacements for mess-ups. You don't need to announce it, but this act of generosity will carry you a long way in the vinyl business. This can be done the week AFTER the event.
9- Offer easels in vinyl tile projects as another way to increase revenue. You can buy the easels at wholesale prices, then offer them for twice as much. They'll still cost less than in the store. Remember, you run a business! Here is some info about our favorite easel supplier. Be sure to ask about their wholesale pricing.
10- Offer discounts on volume orders. When people know you are offering a special savings for a particular organization, they will generally buy more. People like to save money. You will still make good money if everything is priced right. (The pricing shown on our Group Pricing Sheet example is the actual pricing we charge for most groups.)
11- When the event organizer first approaches you about doing vinyl, offer a one-page sheet of suggestions (if they don't have an idea already) that she can take back to her committee for selection. Suggest that they offer a few designs at different price points. Some 12x12 designs could cost $7-$8 and others could cost $13-$15. This allows more people to participate in the project.
12- Once they've determined which designs they want, then offer to lay them on out on a sign-up sheet and print them off for the event coordinator. She will LOVE you for this! It will be her tool for gathering information and collecting money in a neat, orderly way. It will also save you a TON of time and ensure that you get all the info you need.
13- Lastly, ask for the sign-up sheets at the time of the order (you can always return it when the order is picked up). This sheet will become your right hand in making sure such a large vinyl order is properly done.
20. May 2009 12:11
I am trying to place these vector images onto other jpeg images of rooms to show examples of what these decals would look like in the home. That way when I build my website, customers can see an image of the copywrited image up close AND one that shows an example of how it will look in an actual room. I was wondering if you have sample room pics or if you have transparent images of these vectors. I am using Serif Draw Plus X2 and it doesn't seem to layer right. It either shows a white background or it pixelizes the room image. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your recent purchase of our CD ... we'd be happy to help!
1- Here are some steps for overlaying text on a stock photo: http://www.myvinyldesigner.com/blog/post/Adding-a-Vinyl-Design-to-Stock-Photos.aspx. It's quite easy once you get going.
2- We invite everyone to use the tools, including the rotating photo albums, on My Vinyl Supplier, a website that we created for our customer's customers, with no reference to us. Here's an explanation of it all: http://www.myvinyldesigner.com/blog/category/My-Vinyl-Supplier-Info.aspx.
3- For the sizing of photos using our designs, when no background is used, we ask that our designs be displayed as low resolution, smaller size images. We ask that photos, having no background, be sized no larger than 170x170px, and that the resolution be no higher than 72. Otherwise, people can instantly take that photo and vectorize, or recreate, the very image we sell. We appreciate our customers taking the time to protect our vector artwork from third-party misuse.
4- All of our vectors are transparent layers ... the secret lies in how you use the vectors. If you import the stock photo into your cutter software, then import your vector design on top, working in layers, you can export all the elements as a finished jpg.
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