How to outsource better

Outsourcing is a great way for firms to save money or time or both. It is a great option to keep handy and will work wonders if done right. So lets begin on how we can outsource better!

Firstly, you have to decide which tasks you need to outsource. There could be a number of reasons to outsource, lack of in-house skills, cost saving and and time saving to name a few. The best tasks to outsource would be those that require specialized skills or equipment which your firm does not posses. For example, if your photography firm needed image editing but you did not have staff trained to edit images, then you outsource the image editing to an image editing firm.

Try not to outsource tasks which are unique to your firm. Only outsource tasks which can be done to a similar quality by anyone outside the firm. Simple or repetitive tasks, such as data entry or infrastructure development, are a good place to start.

A good way to begin is by outsourcing small tasks first to see if the quality meets your standards or if the task cannot be broken up into smaller sections then try outsourcing on a weekly or monthly trial basis.

While looking for the right outsourcing partner, it’s essential to keep in mind to find someone who is fully capable of performing the tasks which will result in an increase in your firms efficiency but not hinder your firms progress. Always set realistic expectations on what quality of work you are going to receive in the designated time.

Look towards local chambers of commerce, associated businesses and even google. Pick out a list of possible candidates who fit all the criteria you are looking for. Shorten up the list by only including firms who are reputed to provide good quality work and a good customer support service. Don’t forget to check out the firms’ previous work and the list of clientele they have worked with.

Extending your search overseas might be a good option to find the right outsourcing partner if you are not content with local firms. An agency will come in handy if you do decide to take your business to firms abroad. Agencies usually assure good quality and simplify billing and communication. Odesk and Elance are a couple of the well-known outsourcing agencies.

Individually contact each of the firms you have picked out. State your requirements clearly and cut out firms from your list depending on their response. Firms with responses which are vague and hard to decipher should be cut off. Responses which are clear and seem to indicate that they understand your requirements should receive high priority. If you happen to outsource abroad, absolutely make sure your partner conforms to US labor standards.

Prepare a Request for Proposal. This is basically a document which includes your requirements and a request for their pricing rates along with a description of services they provide and samples of their work. Send out the Request for Proposal which you have prepared to the firms which have made it on your list so far. After you have received adequate responses you can further shorten your list and ultimately finalize one firm to partner up with.
It’s good to keep in mind that you should look for a firm that provides a good price to quality ratio. Don’t just look for the cheapest option at the expense of quality. If the quality of the firms is around the same range then leaning towards the lower rate is acceptable.

Establish a statement of work contract between your firm and your partner. This will specify what services will be provided, their designated time periods and payment amounts. Make sure you clearly state what work the firm needs done from the outsource partner and how much time they are allotted. Set up the contract to in a way that benefits your firm but also leaves enough wiggle room for the partner to operate optimally. Perhaps you could set up the contracts in terms of milestones or deliverables and pay accordingly. And if possible, set up a penalty for any missed deadlines or drop in quality because doing the tasks in-house or even finding a new outsource partner may be a difficult and expensive procedure.

After you have chosen the perfect firm and have gone through the contracts, you are now ready to start your journey with your partner!!
Establish convenient communication channels with your partner and make sure they are well informed on all jargons. Clear communication can only lead to a better development of the firms relationship.

After the first milestone is completed or the first deliverables have been completed, you can now assess the quality of the firms work. Check if the quality of the work they have done meets your standards and whether they have delivered on time. If their work is up to the mark then you can think about increasing your involvement with them.

If you have successfully followed all the guidelines mentioned in this article then you should have all the knowledge you require to find a good outsource partner.

Drop Shadow Tutorial

Today’s tutorial is on how you can add realistic shadows to objects in just a few simple steps. Let’s dive in!!

Isolate Object

This is the first step.

If you want to add drop shadow to a text:

Select the Horizontal Type tool from the sidebar or press ‘T’. Write your desired text and then right click on the text layer in the layer window and click ‘Rasterize Type’. This will put the text on a layer with a transparent background.

If you want to add the drop shadow on an object:

You must first separate the object from the background. If the background is transparent then you can skip this step otherwise please read our article on how to make a clipping path and copy the object on a new layer.

Creating the Drop Shadow

Now that you have your desired text or object on a separate layer, it’s time to create the shadow.

For newbies, the Drop shadow dialog box is a good starting place. Double click on the layer with the object and the layer styles window should pop up. Select the drop shadow on the options on the left of the window and then mess around with the settings beside.

Blend mode:
This is the option which specifies how your drop shadow blends into the layer behind it. A good choice to use would be the linear burn or the multiply option so that the drop shadow darkens that bit of area on the layer behind it. But do go through all the options so that you find the best blend mode that suits your image. Blend mode is also the place where you get to chose your drop shadows color. Click the black box beside the pull down option bar to select color.

Opacity:
This setting specifies how opaque or transparent your drop shadow is. Move the slider back and forth to find the right amount your image needs. 100% is fully opaque and 0% is fully transparent.

Angle:
This option allows you to change the position of the light source and thus the position of your drop shadow. Change the position of the spinner or the change the value of the angle in the box to change the position of the shadow. It is recommended that you check the “use global light” option so that the position of the light sources on all other effects used (such as bevel and others) and so will produce a coherent image at the end.

Distance:
Here, moving the slider allows you to change the apparent distance between the object and the background.

Spread:
The spread option controls how much the edges of the drop shadows fade off. Usually for normal shadows, keep spread to 0% but if you require harder shadows then start pushing the slider towards 100 and see where your shadows fits perfectly.

Size:
At 0, the size of your shadow is the same as the size of your object. Pushing the slider towards the right increases the size of your shadow in 1 pixel increment. This option is also a great tool to control the softness of the shadow.

Contour:
Contour allows you to control how the shadow fades off. Change the curve profiles to see which effect looks fitting. This option is only really useful if you need to make special glows so that the shadow falls in a unique shape or for abstract effects.

The “anti-aliased” checkbox, if checked, allows for a higher quality shadow falloff but at a drop in performance, but this drop is barely noticeable so it is recommended to keep the box checked.

Noise:
noise is basically the amount of textural roughness. moving the slider away from 0 will increase
the roughness or noise in the shadow and add texture

Make default/ Reset to default:
The make default button will save the current settings on the effect as the default setting and the reset to default button will revert all the settings to the previously saved settings. This gives you to freedom to experiment without having to worry about losing your previous configuration

After messing around with all the settings, click on OK on the top right corner and you have yourself a drop shadow!!

Professional photo editing service making your business grow

Long before there was the concept of online businesses, life as usual would depend entirely on print media such as magazines or brochures for advertisement and marketing. Be it your online business or the real life store that you have, the images of the products you sell are the first analysis that they undergo in the market.  Yes, looks matter when the goods are a tangible business product. Therefore, it is essential to make the images of the products as life-like as one would see it in person. Such quality control in image processing of the products can open up doors for the magnanimous growth of the business at very low prices with the help of an outsourcing company such as our CPZ. We ensure your business is undergoing steady and healthy growth because we care as much.

Join our team to find out more about growing your business through enhancing the quality of your products’ images which in turn will only enhance your profitability in the marketing world. Shadow Making, Image Masking, Image Enhancement, Jewelry Retouching, Photo Color Correction are a few hints on what we do and are further capable of doing …

So for professional photo editing services, it’s time to hi5 CPZ!

eBay photo editing service

Online shopping and photo images go hand in hand without a doubt. When it comes to exploring the websites of online giants such as e Bay as an example, one can instantaneously connect to the feeling of the urge to ‘see’ products in their best features. What we see has a tremendous impact on out psychology to purchase goods. While a poor quality image is most likely to be rejected by a customer, it can only hamper the company’s growth and image. Online based shop owners and shoppers can only stand on a ‘symbiotic’ platform when the most important task of quality control for goods and more importantly, their images are exhibited to their full potential for being sold out!

 

Have you ever encountered bad products in delivery while the only thing you ordered online was a high quality product?! Have you ever received complaints from customers even though you are affirmative on your goods’ high quality? There is a high probability the image of your product or the product that you, buy loses virtual authenticity in visual terms owing to poor photo editing services. Using Clipping path services is the best solution for such businesses to ensure their strength in the online business world helping them to grow and flourish –thanks to the magic of Clipping Path Services!

Image retouching using Clone stamp tool

The clone stamp tool is one of the most useful tools in photoshops arsenal and so it is one of the most used. It is used for retouching and as the name suggests, the tool clones one area of an image and stamps it onto another area. Images are made up of multiples pixels and what the clone stamp does is basically replicates an area of pixels and pastes it over the part of the image you want to retouch. Since the tool replicates pixels, it is almost never noticeable that an image has been retouched.

First, select the clone stamp tool by going to window>tools and then select the stamp tool. You can change the brush settings(Brush size, shape, opacity, flow, and blending modes) from the bar at the top of the screen according to your needs but to have the tool replicate the pixels exactly then leave the settings as default. Now, to select the area you want to clone, place your cursor over the desired area and press alt+click(windows) or option+click(mac). This will create a point which moves along with your cursor. Now start clicking over the areas which you want to cover up and you will see that the selected point moves along with the cursor and the masking looks seamless.

Be sure to change the point which clones the area as required by again pressing alt+click or option+click and also the brush settings. If done properly, the masking will look as though it was the original image all along!

Unique clipping Path services

“Where there is a will there is a way!” –That’s what they say.

At CPZ, where there is an “image” on the line, there is CPZ!

Hello! Welcome to Clipping Path Zone and thank you for your interest in our organization. We are an online (24/7) image editing service provider based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We provide all possible solutions related to image editing tasks. Be it a simple or a super complex image-manipulation, color-correction or clipping-path work we have a great team ready to cater the services on time and as per your desired requirements. We provide industry standard graphic editing solutions within very limited budget.

We have 30+ full time highly skilled experienced professionals providing different level of services for our clients 24/7, and most probably we are the only company in Bangladesh with Art-Director, Artist & Professional Photographer in the team alongside the Graphic-Designers and Editors. As when it comes to critical works like Image-Manipulation, Color-Correction, Shadow-Creation, Painting or Illustration there is no alternate of an Artist and a Photographer because we understand that it is not about just getting the job done, rather it’s important to sow the essence of aesthetics in every touch.

How to bring out the brilliance of your photo image without altering its authenticity? Ask the team at CPZ!

We provide unique clipping path services which include use of Clipping Path in providing services to deliver image cut-outs, background removal, Photoshop masking, creative and innovative art-works, use of multiple paths for covering unwanted backgrounds, to clients who seek marketing, promotional and graphic designing solutions for efficient and diligent gizmo for their success.

How to use photoshop pen tool – beginner tutorial

The pen tool is one of the first tools in Photoshop that anyone starting out gets to learn about. It is a simple and easy to use tool that takes a short period of time to get used to.

To get started, we must select the pen tool. To do this, we can either press shift+P or select it from the tools window. There are 4 types of pen tools that you can choose from.

1. The Curvature Pen Tool

This tool lets you draw curved and straight lines and also allows you to create custom paths.

To start, first select the curvature pen tool. First click on a point with the curvature pen tool to select the first anchor point. Release the mouse button and click on a second position to create a second anchor point. Having done so will create a straight line. Clicking on a third point will create a third anchor point but this time if the mouse is dragged without releasing the click, then the lines will curve accordingly. Release the click and repeat the process to acquire the shapes you want.

2. The standard Pen Tool

The standard pen tool, similar to the curvature pen tool, also allows you to draw curved and straight paths.

After having selected the tool, click on the point you want the path to start and then click on a second point. A straight line will have appeared between the points. To create curves, click on an anchor point with the pen tool. While having clicked on the pen tool, two lines connected to the anchor will appear and by dragging those lines around, you can create a curvature in the line. Doing this on both the anchor points of the line segment, you can create a variety of curved shapes.

3. The Freeform Pen Tool

This tool allows you to draw on photoshop as if you were using a pen to draw on paper. Simply select the point you want to start and drag to continue. To get a simpler path with less anchor points, click the inverted arrow in the options bar(beside shape button) and assign a value towards 10 in a range between 0.5 and 10.

Click and drag from an unfinished path to continue drawing the path and release the click to finish. Drag the mouse whilst clicking to the first anchor point to create a closed path.

4. The Magnetic Pen Tool

This tool is somewhat of an extension of the freeform pen tool which allows you to create a path which automatically takes the shape of a predefined area in the image you are editing.

Select the magnetic pen tool from the options bar enter a value in between 1 and 256 to set the distance of the edge from the cursor which is detected.

Chose a contrast value in between 1 and 100  to establish how much contrast between pixels is needed for the section to be considered an edge. A larger value is preferred for images with low contrast.

After these, click on the image to start. The first click sets the first fastening point.  Keep drawing a freehand path by dragging the cursor along the edges you want and you will see that the path snaps onto the most prominent edge after the last fastening point.

To add a fastening point manually, click once on the image and press Delete to remove the very last fastening point.

Whilst the magnetic pen tool is selected, press Alt and drag to switch to freehand pen tool momentarily, alt and click to draw straight lines and press [ or ] key to decrease or increase the Magnetic pen width by one pixel.

To finish an open path, press enter, double click to close the path with a magnetic part or press all and double clock to close the path with a straight part.

Learn the Photoshop Image Swap and Blend Technique in just 14 easy steps with useful tips!

  1. Find two images to be swapped. E.g. – a face swapped to another photo. Try to get the angles of the faces in similar position ( as much as possible)
  2. Select the Lasso Tool by selecting L or Lasso Tool in the tool bar 1
  3. Make a selection around the face to be used for swapping on another image
  4. In case of modifications, use the Alt and work the mouse to zoom in or spacebar and mouse clicks to adjust the image according to convenience.
  5. It’s a wise step to name the cut out face e.g. FACE. Then pressing the option V which activates the Move Tool Click on the FACE and drag it onto Photo 2 document tab and then release it on this layer. 2
  6. To size down the faces to a compatible level, the command Ctrl + T is used to click and drag the face to move the opacity level3 to a reduced value where we are able to distinguish the layer below from the FACE.
  7. Try to take one particular point e.g. the inner corner of the eye as a reference and use it as the pivot point. Hold Alt and click to move the pivot point. Now hold Shift Alt and the scaling is done accordingly to match the ratios of the photos. You can scale down, line up, drag, or tilt using the pivot option
  8. Once the FACE is imported successfully on the second layer, increase the opacity to 100% and press enter.
  9. Next up is the command Ctrl + J for duplicating the second layer as the BODY (not the FACE).
  10. Face swaps demand similar skin tone, similar color, similar texture and so on. Hold Ctrl and click on the second layer to make a selection around the face and then click IMAGE from menu bar, followed by ADJUSTMENTS, MATCH COLORS, SOURCE ( in this case the second layer picture on the layers’ thumbnail), then Background as LAYER option. Use Ctrl D to deselect.
  11. There you go! Now use the transparency option followed by Filter and Blur to further enhance the liveliness of your photograph.
  12. Unlock the transparency pixels. Click on the thumbnails for selection of FACE and then select the duplicated BODY and then go to SELECT from menu bar, followed by MODIFY, CONTRACT and then select 5 or 10 pixels according to suitability on the contract selection and press ok.
  13. The click the body layer to remove the face from the duplicated BODY using backspace. Put the FACE layer on top of the BODY layer and increase opacity to 100%
  14. Now choose EDIT, then AUTO-BLEND LAYERS which gives a panel for choosing the Blend Method. Choose PANORAMA, tick ‘Seamless tones and colors’ and click OK.

  • 1 Notice every tool as keyboard shortcuts written beside them
  • 2 Cut out face must be larger than the background layer photo in order to enable and enhance better editing possibilities. This helps to avoid distortions and pixelation problems
  • 3 Quick trick: For quick changes use the keyboard numbers to adjust (for e.g. 1 =10%, 2=20%, 2 & 5 quickly pressed= 25%, 0 and 0 =0% and so on…)

How to Hire a Product Photographer: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

First thing first. Rates. If you are looking to hire someone then, obviously, you have a budget planned out. Rates differ from photographer to photographer and so do the amount of pictures they can deliver. Thus the best option would be to hire the photographer who can deliver the most photos within a given amount of time at the cheapest rate. At the interview, ask the photographers how much their rates are and how many hours they are willing to work and also how many photos they can take in the hours they work. With this information, you can calculate the price of each picture and how many pictures the photographers can take in an hour. After having interviewed all possible candidates, the best bet to hire would be the photographer who can take a reasonable amount of pictures an hour at the best price.

You definitely want someone who has professional grade equipment. The equipment shouldn’t only be limited to just cameras and lenses. Your potential photographer should have lighting equipment, stands and basically anything which would help to capture perfect images. Make sure you read up on photography equipment so that you can properly assess the photographer’s knowledge on his equipment. Ask the photographers what equipment they have and relevant questions regarding the subject matter.
Ask to see the photographer’s portfolio if you haven’t seen it yet. A strong portfolio speaks for itself. You can judge whether your job is right for the potential product photographer.

Another important factor is whether the photographer will study up on your product before the shoot. If he does not have adequate knowledge regarding the product then chances are you might get unsatisfactory results if an art director is also not present. Basically you need to know whether your guy needs to be accompanied by an additional art director or not. So ask accordingly.

Lastly, you need to know whether your photographer can edit photos. You should tend to go towards photographers who can edit the photos if needed. Nothing over the top but some simple retouching and other stuff along those lines. Be sure to ask about their experiences with photo editing software.
If you follow these simple guidelines then congratulations, you should be able to hire the perfect photographer for the job!!

Commercial Photography Tips

Commercial photography is a broad umbrella term but for the purpose of this article we will consider any photography one is paid to do for producing photos meant to be used for commercial purposes as commercial photography.

In general, you are required to have professional equipment. You should have the right cameras, lenses, lightboxes, light tents and anything else you need to capture the perfect shot. If you are required to go to a location for shooting then make sure to be there at the agreed time and bring all the required equipment. While discussing with the client, make sure to include the time you would need to set up your equipment into the timings. If you need 30 minutes to set up all your cameras and lights then you better make sure you ask for 30 minutes extra in the contract. Most importantly, you need to rely on your creativity. Your clients will most probably give you a clear or fairly approximate idea of what they are looking for but there can be times where you need to put in suggestions or ideas which would make the shoot go better. Perhaps the lighting could be better or the composition of the subjects could be arranged differently or anything from the tiniest detail to a major aspect of the shoot could be altered.

A good thing to keep in mind is to get a clear idea of what the client wants and to set a reasonable price for your services. Accordingly set your prices to shoot for small businesses which will use the photos on their stores or on small scale purposes and for large businesses, on the other side of the spectrum, who would use the photos for billboards and such.