We’ve been talking a lot lately about photography and how important it is to your overall marketing message.
You know you should use only professional photos but sometimes your photographer shoots on a gradient background or “interesting” background or even uses white paper that doesn’t truly seem white enough.
Anybody with photoshop skills can delete the background of a photo — if you do it yourself you can expect to spend .5 to 2 hours depending on the complexity of the jewel and if you hire someone to do it you’ll get a wide range of quotes by the hour or per picture.
But you have many more resources than your local photographer or graphic designer. The most cost-effective way is to use an outsourcing company from overseas.
You can find a graphic designer or admin person via one of the online hiring services like odesk.com or elance.com or you can use a service dedicated to this function like Cluttercut — which comes highly recommended by one of our members.
“ClutterCut is a service that enables businesses and individuals to access graphics specialists to “cut the clutter” out of product images,” says their website. They remove or change the background to get your images ready for use on your website or in printed catalogs. They can also “retouch your images to remove small scratches, dust, dark shadows and other imperfections.”
When it comes to sending jpgs to magazines/blogs/retailers for exposure you really want an invisible background. And with prices like $2 per image you don’t want to waste the time doing it yourself.
Here’s a link directly to ClutterCut — we like them so much we became an affiliate: