Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter is coming!

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Easter is less than 

a week away 

and we are so excited!











Keep the kids busy with these wonderful colouring and activity pages from iCLIPART.com. Choose from pages that are ready to go or create your own.

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For last minute gift giving, pick up some Ink Jet printing sticker pages and some clear jars to make home-made candy jars. Print your images on the sticker paper and decorate your jar. Add some ribbon to the top of the jar and fill with candy. Most items can be found at your local bargain store or around the house.

Get more labels, tags and sticker ideas here: https://www.iclipart.com/search.php?keys=easter+tag&tl=clipart

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Print out some cute bunnies or eggs and add some string for some decorations around your home. Card stock paper would be best for this.

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Not just at Easter but any time of the year you can change up your framed artwork with some temporary prints from our selection of images. Just print and add the images to the frames you already have.
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Here is just a sample of what you can do:
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For more information please contact support@vitalimagery.com








Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Boring Is So.....Boring



Let's Talk About Lettering. 

You can find lettering to cover all your needs at any of the Vital Imagery Ltd sites. Choose from downloadable fonts or vector images to animated graphics for all your projects.


One of my recent favourites is this bohemian hippy floral alphabet set:




You can find the whole set here: Floral Alphabet Set

You can find this cute and fun alphabet set that would be great in any classroom or home. Print them large or on flashcards to practice with your little ones.











You can find the whole set here at iCLIPART.com:
Alphabet Childrens Font




Browse a large selection of animated alphabet letters in our graphics library at Animation Factory. Choose from thousands of alphabet graphics, including bouncing, seasonal, and cultural alphabets. We even have flipping alphabet letters that add a unique flair to any project and are sure to get people’s attention. Our animated alphabet letters are the perfect addition to any website or presentation.

http://www.animationfactory.com/en/search/index.html?cid=E11


For fonts suitable for print, you'll want to make sure the font you use can be easily read in both print and on screen. It's time to move away from the over used Helvetica font.
You can choose by category or holiday for your downloadable fonts at iPHOTOS.com
Check them out here: https://www.iphotos.com/fonts.php?tl=fonts



The right font can make a huge difference. Don't just think about downloadable fonts. Vector lettering or whole words can be useful and Vital Imagery Ltd sites have thousands of different styles ready to use.



It really depends on what your project is. Be creative, try new things and once in awhile check out what everyone else is doing to get fresh ideas and see what's popular.

Life is good with Pizza Font :-)
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Convenient subscriptions and single-image purchases. View plans & pricing.
Got questions? We want to hear from you. Email support@vitalimagery.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It's Never Been Easier!



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It has been said a “picture is worth a thousand words”. A picture tells a story just as well as, if not better than, many written words.

So don't use a thousand words when stock images are available for all budgets.


When using images personally, or especially in business, to help convey a message that words sometimes fail to, it is important to use quality images.

Whether it’s with playful Emoji's or static images that help communicate with a visual element to your message it is clear that images play an important role in today's social media, marketing, advertising, and e-commerce. Your customer will scan through pages of information but if your image is eye-catching, there is more chance of them stopping and investing time on what you have to say or offer.

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If you asked me what I wanted to do tonight, and all I sent was this emoji image, I think my response would be clear :-)


#NetflixandPizza
#ChillNightIn





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Photos or images, when used well, can really show emotion. Sometimes less is more and we can say all we need to with great images and a few words.

#lessismore
#minimalist
#photography



“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” —Dalai Lama


The caption and the image provide much more feeling and emotion than either would alone.








 
Some key points:

It is important to use a great headline and an interesting image to stop surfers in their tracks.

Social media runs on images.

Well chosen images can make the difference between a boring presentation and one that will be remembered.

Don't risk using poor quality images or images you've "borrowed" from online. Make sure you have the rights to use an image by subscribing to high quality images at a stock image provider.

Visit Vital Imagery Ltd to find the right stock image site for you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Understanding User Rights For Stock Images

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Stock images can be used in anything from commercial advertising, blogging, product creation or social media but make sure you understand your rights to an image before you use it.

Before you jump in and use "free stock images" make sure that you are not setting yourself up for a lawsuit. There are many stock image sites out there that are redistributing stock images illegally, often still with the watermark of the company that does have the right to distribute them. Once you find a reputable company like Vital Imagery Ltd. the next step is to determine if a standard license or an extended license is what you need.


Suppose you have a small business and one of your employees handles all of your advertising. That employee gets a license to an image through a standard single user subscription, or individual image purchase, and creates an advert - you are in compliance.

A standard license only allows for one user to create and edit.


Here is a breakdown on some popular stock image usages and the license needed at iCLIPART.com and Clipart.com

Standard License:

Physical Pre-Printed Product (up to 500k cumulative images used)

Social Media, Blog or website decoration.

Digitized embroidery files (individual use)

Digital worksheets, documents or presentations (individual use, not for any type of distribution)

Extended License:

Print-On-Demand (individual image extended license)

Digital worksheets, documents or presentations for multiple distribution (Professional Subscription at iCLIPART.com, Extended Licensing Subscription at Clipart.com or individual image extended license)

E-cards (for multiple distribution)

E-books (Professional Subscription at iCLIPART.com, Extended Licensing Subscription at Clipart.com or individual image extended license)

Not allowed with any license at Vital Imagery Ltd:

You cannot trademark any product or logo that uses a stock image.

Digitized embroidery files (for multiple distribution)
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When it comes to creating physical products one 
of the biggest factors in determining if you need 
a standard license or extended license is if 
you're creating pre-made physical products or 
making products after your customer's order comes in.







Example:

You are selling physical items on a site like Etsy. The physical products you are selling are pre-made and ready to go when an order comes in (standard license) or once an order comes in, you will create the product and then send it (individual image extended license).



Digital downloads from Teachers Pay Teachers. Products are being sold or redistributed to multiple customers. An Extended Licensing Subscription is needed from Clipart.com or a Professional Subscription from iCLIPART.com.



We are often asked why there are so many rules? The simple answer is that this is so the creators are fairly compensated.  The images you use are royalty-free. You pay a one-time fee and stock image providers take care of paying royalties to the creators and photographers.


When in doubt just ask. 
Vital Imagery Ltd has an outstanding customer service that will answer your questions in a timely manner. 
Send your questions to support@vitalimagery.com


Friday, March 15, 2019

May the Luck of the Irish be with you!





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It's that time of year that everyone who is or pretends 

to be, 😉🍀 celebrates being Irish for a day!



We've put together a list of popular Irish sayings , facts and traditional dishes, along with some wonderful images from Vital Imagery Ltd sites:
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  • If you’re enough lucky to be Irish... You’re lucky enough!
  • May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.
  • May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.
  • May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.
  • May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
  • Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.
  • May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
  • What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.


Some Irish Facts and Traditional Dishes

Did you know?

  • The Irish consume on average 131.1 litres of beer per year - the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic.
  • Famous Irish breweries include Guinness, Smithwicks (Kilkenny), and Harp Lager.
  • The three most famous symbols of Ireland are the green Shamrock, the harp, and the Celtic cross. 
  • Ireland's flag has three colours for a reason. The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the orange is meant to represent those who followed William of Orange, and the white stripe in the middle represents peace between both. 
  • During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth....Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression 'luck of the Irish.'



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Traditional Irish dishes include:


  • Irish stew (made with lamb, mutton, or goat)
  • Bacon and cabbage (with potatoes)
  • Boxty (potato pancake)
  • Coddle (sausage, bacon, and potato)

Wishing you a Safe and Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend!


Friday, March 8, 2019

Spring Forward with Clipart.com

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This weekend, in most of Canada, the United Sates and many other countries around the world, daylight savings will be observed.

There have been many years of debates regarding the benefits, or lack of, for daylights savings.

For me, just like Timmies "roll up the rim" this is another indication that spring is near but outside of that and it interrupting my sleep schedule, it doesn't really seem to matter either way for me.

When DST was introduced, more daylight was a good thing because it meant less use of artificial light and helped to save energy. 

Modern society, with computers, TV's and game systems uses much more energy now even with the extra natural light.

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Changing the time, even if it is only by 1 hour, disrupts our body clocks or circadian rhythm. For most people, the resulting tiredness is simply an inconvenience. For some, however, the time change can have more serious consequences. 

It can be difficult to get back on a good sleep schedule and for some it takes a couple of weeks to get our body clocks to catch up to the time change.


Let's think about the positives...

More time in the sun! 
More time to run errands without it feeling like it's past your bedtime 
and just the reminder that summer isn't far off.

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These and many other seasonal images can be found at Clipart.com!

Choose from 1-week to 1-year subscriptions.


 For more information contact support@vitalimagery.com

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Content Management For Non-Designers


Not only is it important that your content reads well, but you also want it to look great!
You don’t have to be an amazing graphic designer to create great blogs, social media content or presentations. You also don't have to hire a graphic designer to create all of your content.
 
Visual content is important to blogs, social media and presentations. 

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The picture superiority effect refers to the phenomenon in which pictures and images are more likely to be remembered than words

Your audiences time is limited. Images are often shared 50% more than content that is very wordy. You want to grab their attention and get them to share and like what you are putting out there.

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I'm always encouraging people to save time and money by using high quality images and graphics from stock image providers like iCLIPART.com and iPHOTOS.com that you can just alter slightly to accomplish your personal needs.
 
You will still have to spend a little time on editing and making sure your presentation best represents your company or you. The time will be far less than having to take your own pictures or create your own graphics.

It is important to continually grow  and learn. 
Here are some tips to remember:



                             Use Quality Images


                             Buy What You Can't Create
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Just by investing a few dollars into stock images and spending a little time in software programs like Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel you will have your social media content or presentations looking better in no time! There are many video tutorials you can watch to help make simple changes in these types of programs.

Stock Images used can be found at iCLIPART.com. 
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