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Featured Artist Content Requirements

Our technical and quality standards are aimed at providing the highest quality images to our customers. Our curators will apply these standards to every image submitted. Here is a list of typical reasons we might reject an image. Standards range from overall image quality to composition and subject matter. Take a moment and read through these criteria to ensure that your images qualify.

The other major cause for rejection is content. There are many copyright laws that dictate what would be considered private property and cannot be printed and sold for profit. In many instances, it is simply a matter of acquiring written permission to use the content. The same applies to people. If you have models or just bystander in the frame, If their face is recognizable, we require written consent adding the image to our public gallery. More information on the subject is detailed below.

File Format

We only accept JPG and EPS files.
TIFs, PNGs, PSDs or any other alternative image file types will not be accepted.

Image Size

Because we print large format, all JPG files must be 5MB or larger. Any file smaller than this will automatically be declined. We offer prints in many sizes and our pricing is based in part on the height increments of standard walls. Larger prints sell for more, so it is in your best interest to submit images with the largest pixel dimensions possible, but it’s important that all JPGs are submitted in their native size with no degradation. We will not accept files that have been sized-up, reducing the quality and clarity of the image.

 

Quality Analysis

Focus

    • Image out of focus in general  All or most of the image appears soft.

    • Blurry  The camera moved during the exposure creating fuzzy trails in the image.

    • Focus point  There is focus, but it's on the wrong place in the image.

Lighting

    • On-camera Flash  Producing harsh shadows, blown-out highlights, and generally unpleasant light.

    • Bad Shadows  Outdoor shots can have harsh shadows depending on the time of day. Artificial light, depending on the angel and focus can also create heavy shadows.

    • Poor Exposure  Too much light can easily overexpose an image. Also any type of atmosphere can trick a camera into under exposing an image; smoke, fog, snow, etc.

    • Color Correction  Improper camera settings will register light differently, depending on the light source. This usually translates into excessive blues or yellows.

Isolation & Cropping

    • Entire Subject Visible  Images are frequently cropped in various ways to fit different walls. So it’s important that the subject be positioned in a way that allows for boarder cropping without loosing the main focus of the image.

    • Shadows & Reflections  Should be minimal and not exceed image borders.

    • Cropping & Magic Wands  If your subject is meant to be isolated, try to shoot it that way. If there is any detectable post work the image will be declined.

    • Depth of Field  The entire isolated subject should be in focus.

    • Negative Space  Image borders should not extend much further than the limits of the isolated subject. We can provide color-matched wall panels if the customer chooses to the mural to the end of a wall.

    • Contrast  Consider whether an isolation is the best way to show the subject.

Noise & Noise Reduction

    • Poorly Lit  The camera will try to pick up additional light in darker areas. Discolored pixels will appear speckled and grainy throughout the image.

    • Post Editing  In low light situations, post editing tools can be used to increase definition, but add discolored noise to the image. This will generally soften lines and appear as though the image is out of focus.

Compression & Editing  Images can lose clarity by converting file type, reducing or increasing file size or pushing editing filters too far.

    • Rough Lines  Curved edges in detailed areas take on a jagged stair-case like appearance.

    • Checkerboard  Noticeable pixel blocks appear.

    • Dark Bands  Instead of a smooth transition between colors, there are abrupt changes from one color to another making visible bands across the image.

Selective Color Editing  This could pass if the unnatural color variance compliments the photo, If the change is not relevant to the subject it might be declined.

Chromatic Aberration  This usually causes a colored halo around the edges of your subject outlines.

Glow  This will leave a light glow around the subject generally creating a fuss, reducing image clarity.

Lens Flares  If they do not compliment the subject, they're considered an imperfection.

Dirty Shot  Unless it's relevant, the subject and visible background should be clean of dust, dirt, clutter and any other noticeable imperfections.

No Borders  Prints are commonly cropped at different points in the image to accommodate the customer’s needs. So the subject or background of the image must extend to the edges of the file.

Icons, Logos & Watermarks  There should be no embed watermarks, website names, personal icons/logos, signatures or copyright notice in your images.

Collections  Each image approved must be significantly different from the others in the collection. The images in a collection should have different compositions, moods, meanings, or actions. Collections are usually restricted to no more than 12 images.

Content Restrictions

These conditions are non-negotiable for the public gallery. There are many laws that we must abide by to provide the unique print services. Our contributors must follow the same to avoid legal ramifications down the road. Here are our content does and don’ts.  

Nudity  Actual or even suggestive pornography, obscene, or otherwise unsuitable material will not be approved. Male and female genitalia cannot be visible. Model must look at least 25 years of age

Products

    • Identifiable packaging

    • Brand names, logos or icons

    • Recognizable products

Planes, trains and automobiles

    • No visible brand names or logos, regardless of the car's age or model.

    • Cars manufactured after 1985 as the main focus  no 'product shots'.

    • Luxury cars of any kind or age

    • Exotic cars, regardless of context and size

    • Car lots (dealerships) with several cars of the same model or brand visible.

    • 3D renders based on actual models that fall into the descriptions above.

Books & Newspapers

    • Texts that are more than partially visible.

    • Elements which would clearly identify a specific publication.

    • Visible artwork and photographs

    • Book titles, newspaper names and logos

Maps  Complete scans or photographs that show a major or complete portion of a map unless written approval is granted by the cartographer.

Architecture  Unique or identifiable buildings/structures may not be acceptable as the main focus of an image, regardless of context. Museums, sporting and entertainment venues (both interior and exterior) are not acceptable without a release.

 Art(Paintings, Statues, Sculptures, etc.)  Any artwork, which the photographer or digital artist is not the original artist (creator) cannot appear in an image, unless a property release from the artist (not the current owner) is included. Artwork located on public properties are not exempt from this rule. 

Performances, Shows & Plays  Images of plays, ballets, operas, theatre, concerts, fashion shows & similar performances cannot appear in an image, unless property releases from the venue owners, the show creator(s) and model releases from the performers is included.

Professional Sports  We do not accept images of professional athletes, or athletes that appear to be professional, from any sporting events, such as games, races, practices, or promotional functions.

Identifiable Information  Names, phone numbers, ID numbers, license plates, and any other information which may or may not relate to a company, a person, or a private entity must not be visible.

Embedded Copyright Notices  We do not accept images with copyright notices added, regardless of the color, size, or position on the image.

 

Legal Consent

 Model/Location Release Requirement

Models  A release form is required for an person that is visibly recognizable; meaning he or she is close enough in the image to identify. If the face is not visible but there are identifiable marks on the person's body.

Locations  If the background of the image has any recognizable features designating a specific place or the majority of any man-made structure is visible in the image.

Copyrights  Submissions must NOT contain any copyrighted material including paintings, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art/advertisements/sculptures/exhibits which are copyrighted. If submitted material contains any of these or other types of copyrighted content, you must submit releases from the copyright owners.

 

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