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About JamesSchend

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  1. I know nothing about digitally created art but maybe the following could be useful? Thanks, but these aren't vectors.
  2. As for being similar, I'm not sure I would say they were, but maybe Alamy mean they are all the same type of image? You'd have to ask them about that though. Backgrounds can be created easily these days without any skill, and if not, downloaded from free sites. I doubt many people would use a stock agency like Alamy to pay money for such images. Alamy is mainly for editorial photos that could be used for news articles, magazines, presentations, etc.. I know that illustrations and vectors are also on Alamy but I don't rate the chances of someone selling many licenses on Alamy of that sort of image. I'm certainly no photographer. I built a C# program to generate images on a lark, and a bunch of people told me I should try to sell them, so here I am. Maybe you're right and I'm barking up the wrong tree.
  3. Thanks for responding. I just had a look at the first picture and it indeed has very strong compression artifacts. They are not there because Alamy requests jpegs, but because you compressed the jpegs too much. Switch to a higher quality level and they will be fine. I usually usually generate jpegs in quality level 11 (of 12) in Photoshop or 90 (of 100) in Lightroom. I don't own Photoshop, but I saved the images in Paint.Net at what it calls "100% quality" (I have no idea if that means 12/12 in Photoshop terms or something entirely different.) Here's the original PNG: https://www.dropbox.com/s/klnz9cacro8clf9/20170101.png?dl=0 Here's a diff showing the pixels that differ between the PNG and JPG versions of the same image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qfuceeqkzyv26d/PNG%20to%20JPG%20diff.png?dl=0 So I can see the JPG compressor did a rotten job on edges and leaves out some entire shades of green and blue. That said, this is also a digitally-created image that doesn't suit well for JPG compression, which is designed only for photographs. What I don't understand is if this site is so militant against compression artefacts, why not let me submit an image format that doesn't have lossy compression? I just don't get it. Excessive similars means that there were too many images in the submitted batch which are almost identical. I don't understand how this can happen if you only submit three images. Just guessing, but maybe Alamy also wants to see some real pictures in your first submission. That's part of what I was asking. If this site is supposed to be photos-only, *please* someone just tell me so I can stop wasting my time.
  4. So I'm trying to pass my first submission. To be clear, the images I have to submit aren't photographs, but are digitally-created abstract art I've created. (If it turns out Alamy *only* accepts photographs, please tell me!) It seems the approval process has some flaws in this case, because the below three images were rejected for the following reasons: Filename Rejection reason 20170101.jpg Excessive similars Compression artefacts 1) I really have no idea what" excessive similars" means? Too many Alamy images already look like them? 2) Compression artefacts. These images are created pixel-by-pixel by a C# program. The only reason there are *any* compression artefacts is that the Alamy submission process requires JPG format, instead of the native PNG format they were originally saved in. If you make me submit in a compressed format, of course there's going to be compression artefacts! So I feel that criticism is pretty unfair. Anyway, below are links to the images I submitted, any feedback from forum regulars is appreciated. https://www.dropbox.com/s/y74bces60wq968m/20170101.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5r63yfxeuy9c2m/20170317.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5rpoa7auw1rcgwy/20171117.jpg?dl=0 I feel like images such as this have a ton of uses in presentations, backgrounds for brochures or video productions, etc. Thanks!
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