Price Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Photograph and Design Service Information
Ideally, I need to see the photograph to give an accurate estimate.
If you have access to a scanner, you can
There are a number of options available for the final print reproduction. Most typically it will be a high quality photo print with either a matte or gloss finish. Another possibility would be to have the print mounted on canvas. Of course, the size and type of print will be factored into your estimate.
To protect your original, my preference would be to have a scan produced
and copied onto a CD. I can do this for you or you could take your photo
to a copy center and have it scanned and put onto a CD or a zip disk.
I would recommend scanning at the highest possible resolution and also
making a couple of lower resolution copies (360 and 720 dpi for example).
Also remember, if you want to
If you are sending an original photograph: use a photo mailer, available at most office supply, "mailbox" or copy stores. It is important that the packaging is reinforced so that no further damage will occur. Noting "Photograph - do not bend"
I will contact you as soon as I receive your photo or file copy so
that you know it arrived safely. I will scan or download a copy of the
picture onto my computer then put your original photograph, disk and/or
CD away for safe keeping. Once the restoration or editing is complete
I will ship you the desired print(s), your original photograph, disk
and/or CD, PLUS a new CD with the original scan and the restored or
edited photo file.
I will send the number of prints (or cards) requested and your original
picture(s) or CD. In addition, I will make a CD or Zip disk that will
include a copy of the original and the final edit, saved at different
resolutions. You may request a number of resolutions and file types
(ie. .jpeg, .jpg, .pic, .psd, .tif, etc.) for this CD.
No. I work with a computerized copy of the original. I will either
have you send me a scanned copy of the original or scan it myself. The
original is a good resource and sometimes it is helpful when trying
to ascertain some intricate details, but it is not required to complete
The best thing to do is to leave it alone. Either scan the photograph
through the glass or send it to me intact (well protected in a package
marked "GLASS FRAGILEÓ).
No. You must own the rights or have permission for use of any picture
for me to legally work on an edit. If you took the picture or were given
the copyright by the photographer then you are OK. Otherwise you must
get the permission from the owner. You can not have a picture of yours
edited with just any commercially produced photograph. That buffed body
model with your relatives head requires the photographers authorization
for use. Copyright infringement laws prohibit my working on other's
"work of art." If the project requires permission pursue the source
or let me know so that I might help or offer alternatives.
Oftentimes, Yes. You don't have to limit yourself to just photos, consider
other objects or a combination of both. You would be surprised how many
different objects can be scanned and turned into pictures. I have successfully
converted three dimensional objects (like wedding rings or a bottle
of my favorite champagne) into pictures. If you have or have access
to a scanner, experiment to see if your idea might work. If you are
successful, then just save it as a .jpg/.jpeg file. Any color adjustments
necessary can be done later. If you would like me to do the scanning,
I will need you to supply the object or fund the purchase. I can't promise
results but there are a number of techniques that I can try.
Designing a card is a fun and creative experience. If you have a concept, I will work within your parameters. If you want me to design it for you, I will need some details. First, what is the event? Then, I recommend that you collect a few meaningful photographs (include pertinent information for each). If you want to have driving directions or parking details as part of the card, I will need additional information. Along with that, I can create a simple map and add it to the inside or on the back of the card (or as an insert).
The photos you supply can be scaled, color adjusted, turned into black and white or sepia toned. If the photos require editing, that too can be included in the project. How simple or complex the photo editing will be taken into account with the price estimate.
The card stock is another option. If you want the photographs printed on the card, I recommend white or a light color. Ink jet printers don't actually print white so the card color will dictate the tone of the picture(s). Also, a buff, natural or other light tan shade, can work well with sepia toned photographs.
The picture printed directly on card stock will have a matte type finish. Photo reproductions can be glued to a card if you are looking for a more photo realistic effect on a glossy paper.
The final decision you will need to consider is the font and style
of the text. This can be fairly simple, fancy or really complex (multiple
colors, shadows etc.).
It will be simular to how I handle the photo restoration or editing
projects. After you contact me and give me some details of what will
be entailed, I will give you an estimate. How much editing is required?
How many cards do you want printed? Once you send me your photo(s) I
will call and confirm their receipt. If there is a need to adjust the
estimate because of additional work, I will notify you before
I proceed. Once the basic design is laid out I will e-mail you the rough
draft as a picture file or I can post it on the web at a private address
(not available to the general public) or I can mail you a hard copy.
With your approval, I will complete the project and arrange for a quick
Yes, literally from top to bottom. I have tried to organize the information with an attention to details. I believe I offer a service that is uniquely mine. ArtisticLicense was built upon the concept that each project is special and I want my web site to express just that.
If you are interested in having me design your web site, please contact
me by e-mail. We will
need to discuss what information you hope to post as well as the use
of pictures. There is no set fee because there are so many variables
that need to be considered first.