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Making Money From Your Art by Eman333 Making Money From Your Art by Eman333

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Please download the PDF, as its quite hard to read in the DA window, and the pictures don't show as they should. Here is a direct link to the PDF file. right click and save as [link]

This is a 21 page tutorial in PDF format. I created it to help ease you into the the microstock game without feeling like you've been thrown in the deep end :) Click on the download link over there on the right

Have you ever thought it would be nice to actually make some money from your art? lot of artists on DA seem to be completely unaware that there is a way for them to actually make some money from the art they are creating. There is so much great stuff on DeviantArt that would make a killing being sold as stock. it is almost a waste seeing it sitting there. If you haven't already; you should seriously consider joining up [link]

Here is a quick excerpt from my booklet:

If you are like most photographers or digital artists, you’ll have a ton of images on your hard drive gathering dust. What If I told you that there are people out there who are willing to pay you to use those images? That’s right there just may be a virtual gold mine sitting on your HDD. Welcome to the world of microstock.
In this tutorial I will be taking you through the ins and outs of creating images for stock purposes. What to do and what not to do. From setting up the account, submitting your first test batch of images, and most importantly; creating images that will sell!
The information supplied is geared mostly toward people who want to get a foothold in the microstock market. It is also aimed primarily at photographers, but other artists will get a lot out of this manual as well. Shutterstock is now the world’s leading source of vector art... So vector artists, you have come to the right place regardless! You just may wish to skip the photography related sections.

I spent quite a lot of time on this booklet to make it as enjoyable and easy to read as possible.

Here is a link to what I find to the the best 3 microstock agencies:

:bulletgreen: Shutterstock: [link] By far the best, and most revenue earned from submitters. If you only sign up to one, make it this one.

:bulletblue: Bigstock: [link] Very easy to get into, nice and friendly.

:bulletyellow:Dreamstime: [link] Quite flexible, another great one to join.

You would do well to join up with all 3, as the key is having MORE of your stuff out there, but if you do only join 1, make it Shutterstock [link]

Anyway, have a read through the tutorial and let me know what you think. If you have any questions at all; you can write them in a comment here.
Selling stock images can be a hell of a lotta fun, and very rewarding. You got nothin' to lose by trying! Good luck in your microstock adventures :)
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Given 2011-08-11
Making Money From Your Art by *Eman333 -- Suggester's words: A useful and resourceful guide to photography every photographer should know about. ( Suggested by EnchantedCupcake and Featured by FantasyStock )
EDG4RZ7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really great and informational! Thanks! :D
BROYI Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Artist
Can I translate it into Spanish?
Outof4mmo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this, i thought about this for a while but after reading this i will seriously work on that! your awesome :D
Subjektion Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I think a great way to make money on your art is to do art for free and ask people to click on a referral link to help you, if they like your art.

For example, the one in my signature.
Solapi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do free art, people won't pay after :3 (once they saw you could do it for free).
BUT you can do, as I did, and as many company once did : giving a promotion on their products(ex: 3 free commission!!! First come first serve!!).

Don't put your prices to low and be kind with every client you get :).
Eman333 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Do you make much money that way?
Subjektion Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Well, I started yesterday. I know that if the claim is true, I could easily make $100 a day, but it sounded too good to be true. I wanted to get to the minimum payout of $30 so I could see if it was a scam. When I got there (easy to get $30 in one day with no effort), it said it wanted me to take a short survey to see if I was human. When I clicked "take the survey," it wanted me to complete one of many offers that required giving your address to a company to get some free stuff, but you had to invest of between $1 and $5. I finally found one that was free...all you had to do was take an hour long survey...except you had to give your phone number. Since then, 3 marketers have called me. But...the site didn't recognize that I'd completed the survey. I emailed them and I'm waiting for them to reply. I don't think that means scam...I think I had a connection problem.
Demision Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It may have been a scam o:
gingerchew Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
interesting.. i am very stupid though, and will have to reread
Retro-Specs Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Amazing, thank you so much for making this report! Now I finally have a way to make some money from the vectors I create!
Ryenac420 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! :D
ElOcco Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I have been trying to do this, this has helped me.
eyeletter Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for such a great job!
That's an inestimable experience written in a very absorbing way!
I'll try to follow all of your pieces of advice! :aww: Thanks again, you're great :hug:
NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been thinking about doing art for profit for some time now, but my mom thinks my skills are not up to professional standards.

Never the less, this will come in handy for when I'm skilled enough to do art for profit. Thank You.
sadia-n Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
havent read it yet but it sounds too great...
AmAndArInI Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I am glad I found this tutorial! Thank you!
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interesting and informative tutorial. I had no idea there even was a "microstock" market. I'll be passing this on to friends who are into photography. Thank you for making & sharing it!
darkvampire125 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
so,how exactly do i choose the price for my art? because whenever i look at it and check my price,it just says 0
darkvampire125 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
so,how exactly do i like make the price for my art? because when i check the price it always just says 0.
Lourens1989 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Thank You :D
ElNaso Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Photographer
I have a question: how is it profitable to have models in shots that will be submitted to one of these stock sites? It's kind of a silly question considering what a common ocurrence it is but it just doesen't add up in my head. With how little you get for every download and how much money (I assume) goes to the model. I can think of only two situations where it would work: either you are shooting youself or friends/family who won't mind signing a model release for you or you have enough experience to know you'll make up for the expense.

There has to be some sort of middle ground, but I, an amateur photographer, have never actually been there so I can't be any more specific with my question unfortunately. I just want to know how that works, specially since "people" seems to be a vastly more popular -I mean, marketable- theme in stock photography than pretty much everything else.

Many thanks for this tutorial, I'll try and get my gears going with this :)
Eman333 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hi :)

Simple. It's not profitable to pay models for microstock images. I don't shoot models for the purpose of creating stock images. The stock images are uploaded to shutter-stock as an afterthought. By default, the photographer has full rights to use the images for whatever purpose he/she chooses. But for it to be uploaded to a stock site, a model release must be signed.

You are right, people are the most marketable stock image. The good thing is people can be found everywhere. You just have to have the courage to walk up to someone and ask if you can take their picture - and that for many (including myself) can be the hardest part. You don't have to pay them. Most people are more than happy to have their photo taken.
ElNaso Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Photographer
Many thanks for your words, I shall keep them in mind next time I take my camera out ^^
aprmason Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011

Thank you for this really useful well written guide. After learning how to get (hopefully) decent digital photos from a second hand 4MP Olympus compact, I have taken the plunge and bought a Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm zooms as a complete kit. As soon as I have figured out how to get it to do all the things I want it to do, I intend to follow your advice and attempt to try and recoup the investment.

1000yearseternalmaze Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
This sounds intriguing and not that I am whining, but I think mainly people, who are drawing very good, can make money of their work.In general, you have to be very skilled artist to earn money.I mean, its not for everyone.Nice guide still.:)
MrPeaMAN Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i learn a lot 'ww'
KunichiMinamino Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the only nitpick I have is the slightly misleading title gif. This is making money with stock---not by selling general art.
Eman333 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
No reason you cant sell your at on SS. I do.
DivaMM Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Super informative .... thank you for your time and effort :)
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
:iconcongratsddplz:Congratulations once again on your Daily Deviation! You've been featured in the August 2011 Resources DD Summary. Thanks for sharing your resources with the community!!
taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interesting - I absolutely adore shooting any sort of stock photography just for fun; for some reason, I think it's because it allows me to feel like I'm doing something "useful" with my camera/time when I'm really just playing around ;P I never considered this before, though, so I'm going to read this as soon as I get a chance (loaded up on my iPad, ready to go!).

Thank you so very much for putting this together for all of us!
miguel555678 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
thanks for doing this
Blumen1983 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
My friend sent my your link...and it is pretty useful. Keep following this way...doing all your best!!
annamnt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesomeness!!! I've been having my ups and downs of shutterstock submissions. It's getting slowly better now! Got already my first 50 approved shots :squee:. Now I just need to start to shood more saleable subjects :D
Eman333 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Good stuff!! keep it up
annamnt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :bow: found u [link] :D
LycreaMoon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
photographybyfallon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay I just joined shutterstock (:
deviantdarkness101 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Wow, did I ever mention how I love you? haha, of course not, BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH! I've always been tempted to get into microstock, but I wasn't sure of the legal stuff and the works that I had to go through. This is amazing.
AdrianaFilip Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
This is really helpful!

I've joined a stock website too, but they didn't approve any of my images and well now I know the dozen millions motive why they didn't!!!! :shy:

Thanks again for the great tips!
Eman333 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Keep practicing though :) and resubmit!
AdrianaFilip Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
krauka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
good stuff =D
Lit-Twitter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Chirp, congrats on the DD, it's been twittered. [link] :)
Eman333 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks mr twitter :D
a-dahman Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thank you so much :heart:
AmandaFarbe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
My anti-virus program is telling me that the link and download link are dangerous PX
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