Where to Find High Quality Images

High Quality Stock Images are important to the look of your website and brand. Realistically, having low quality images is like smearing oil all over a pair of glasses and trying to find your way around. For some reason, if a website or printed material has pixelated images, it tends to lower the perceived brand of the company.

Dreamstime-

http://www.dreamstime.com/

iStockPhoto-

http://www.istockphoto.com/

Fotolia-

http://us.fotolia.com/

123RF-

http://www.123rf.com/

Photodune-

http://photodune.net/

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Communication

Communication  is the process of transferring signals/messages between a sender and a receiver through various methods (written words, nonverbal cues, spoken words). It is also the mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships.

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Be confident in knowing that you can make worthwhile contributions to conversation. Individuals who are hesitant to speak because they do not feel their input would be worthwhile need not fear. What is important or worthwhile to one person may not be to another and may be more so to someone else.

  • Make eye contact
  • Use gestures
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Develop effective listening skills

Networking

According to a recent survey of the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires. Networking is the BEST way to find a job or internship. Throughout your life you will make networking contacts that develop into relationships including friends, colleagues, and professional prospects.

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To give a definition of networking, networking occurs when there is a planned event or gathering with the primary goal of connecting with others. The purpose of networking can vary based on one’s own agenda, yet the primary focus is to meet people, and have people meet you. In other words, you have the opportunity to market yourself and your business in a relaxed, social situation. This often proves to be a comfortable situation for all involved.

Creative Thinking

We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to be more creative. Sometimes creative thinking requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking: 
S A E D I — that’s IDEAS backwards!
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S – State of Mind
Creativity is a state of mind. Telling yourself or others “I’m not very creative,” or “I can never come up with new or clever ideas,” destroys that state of mind.

A – Atmosphere
All of our senses — what we see, hear, feel, taste, and touch — influence our state of mind. A positive atmosphere contributes to a positive and creative state of mind.

E – Effective Thinking
While positive thinking allows your mind to accept new ideas and creative thoughts, effective thinking involves directing your thoughts toward specific goals.

D – Determination
Creativity takes practice. Your creativity is there within you, but you must make a habit of using your imagination.

I – Ink
Whether you use ink, pencil lead, crayon, or a computer, write down your ideas.

CMYK/RGB

Computer monitors emit color as RGB (red, green, blue) light. Whereas monitors emit light, inked paper absorbs or reflects specific wavelengths. Cyan, magenta and yellow pigments serve as filters, subtracting varying degrees of red, green and blue from white light to produce a selective gamut of spectral colors.

cmyk-rgbSome printers may prefer your files be delivered in RGB with ICC profiles attached, as this allows the printer to use color management methods when converting to CMYK. Other printers may prefer your files in the CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black) mode, as this is the mode required for the printing process. If an RGB (Red/Green/Blue) file is submitted, it must be converted to CMYK for print.

Raster vs. Vector Graphics

Raster vs. Vector Graphics

A raster image is made of thousands of little dots, or pixels.

Creating or editing an image with dots allows you to provide for rich detail in an image. Because every dot can be a different color, you can allow for any kind of color change.

Raster images are wonderful for rendering rich, full-color images, like photographs. Raster-based programs do have some drawbacks, though:

* Raster images are file-heavy. All of the zeros and ones that are used to make up each pixel result in large files sizes. Your computer must keep track of the zeros and ones and must change each one when editing. This is memory-intensive and may cause slower editing.

* Rasters do not resize well. When you resize a raster image, the pixels just get larger, making the image appear distorted and chunky/grainy.

Photo editors, like Adobe PhotoShop, use raster-based images to allow for precise editing and total freedom in image appearance.

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Vector-based programs approach image creation in an entirely different manner. A vector-based program does not render images on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

In a raster-based image creation program, a square would be made of thousands of pixel dots.
In a vector-based program, the same square would be made of only four dots, one on each corner. These “vector points,” basically allow your computer to play Connect the Dots. Each vector point has information in it telling your computer how to connect each point with straight or curved lines, and with what color to fill in the closed shape.

In the printed image, the vector points would be invisible.

Because the computer only has to keep four points in its memory, it is much easier for the computer to edit vector-based images.

If you resize a vector-based image, it loses little or no detail. The vector points spread out and the computer just redraws the image. You can easily color, or recolor, a vector-based image very easily using a drawing program. Vector images can also result in smoother lines because the lines are not hand drawn.

Vector images do have some drawbacks, however. They are generally filled with a solid color or a gradient but can’t display the lush color depth of a raster. They also work better with straight lines or sweeping curves.

Drawing programs, like Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand, primarily use a vector-based drawing mode to allow for scalability and clean lines.