I have a lot of digital vintage postcards in the queue that I want to start adding to the shop, but I've been held back by needing to decide on a few things. Would love your input into what you need.
Currently, I have the postcards cut out from the background, saved as PNG files. I like them this way, and personally love the borders and edges, but it does make my files larger and I'm not seeing others offering them this way.
Help me determine the best format to offer the digital postcards.
- Do you like having the original borders with the slightly shabby corners?
- Would you consider having the backgrounds cut out desirable even if it added a slight amount to the price or is a flattened file fine for you?
- Size: I scanned these at 600 DPI, so twice as big as the originals. I think this offers the most flexibility. Is that size good for you?
- I often retouch out the greeting so the image has more flexibility. Any thoughts?
- Are you interested in creating new digital graphics for sale with these? (eg. gift tags, scrapbook items, etc.) If so, would you like the (small) price for the extended license added into the product price or as an add-on?
Thanks so much for your input!
I see from the comments that I need to find a better way to describe a few things. Maybe a few visuals will help.
Why 600 DPI
The reason I scan at 600 DPI is so that you have the option to print the originals at least twice their original size. This is great if you want to design backgrounds such as scrapbook papers, pillows, etc.
All of my products allow for creating artworks to resell. I also allow for graphics such as photo albums and scrapbook pages to be made for clients as long as the final work is delivered flattened. I don't normally allow for my assets to be used to create derivative graphics such as scrapbook items, gift tags, etc. to sell, but I will start offering some things with this option. I plan on offering extended licenses for items such as vintage ephemera and art brushes. So, postcards will have an extended license option, but a final designed digital paper using a digital postcard would not.
Background Cut Out
I'm finding it difficult to find precise words for this. What I mean is that the scanner background is cut out. Let me show you with a few examples. This shows you how a file would look if you opened it up and copied it onto a background file. I've added a drop shadow so that it's easier to see.
Straight Scanned Image
If I didn't "cut out" the scanned background, this is what your placed image would look like unless you cut it out yourself. The file would come flattened.
Cut Out Image
This is what your image would look like with files that I have "cut out". The file has a transparent background. I do all my postcards like this anyway, so I don't mind doing it, but it does make the file much larger. As I do have to pay for file storage and delivery, I have to consider price for larger files. The difference in size is about 13MB more for each postcard. Not enormous, but it adds up if you add a lot of files.
Flattened and Cropped Files
The other option would be to offer flattened and cropped files. The borders are usually so crooked on postcards, that I would need to crop them completely.
Depends How You Use Them
It really just depends on how you would be using these images if it matters to you. Here is a digital paper I've been working on where I used this image in the design. In this case, the borders didn't matter to me.
I'm inclined to offer files in a way that I feel is the most flexible for people, which for me means larger files (600 DPI) and cut out backgrounds. However, I would have to charge a higher price than other sellers offering flattened files at 300 DPI. Both for the extra time it takes me and the larger files. I need to determine what's more important to people: price or quality and options.
I hope this clarifies things. Please do continue to let me know what you need in products. Sizes, file formats, licensing and prices. It's all about you, so I really appreciate your feedback!
Big hugs, Leslie