Today I thought I would do a *show and tell*- on what Quality I expect when buying Commercial use tools, as well as in Personal use kits. With such an influx of CU tools out there it's hard sometimes to know who's stuff you can trust and who's you won't buy again. I've been burned a lot, I don't buy anymore except from designers that I KNOW give their 110% into their products.
DSO has always had a QUALITY CHECK system in place since I started selling there over 2 years ago - Bunny refuses to up any kit into the store that hasn't been Quality Checked- it's her policy, and I LOVE that. It has also made me extremely fussy about my own work. And yes ,we all learn more as time goes on- don't get me wrong. Everyday is a learning curve for something new and how to improve on my stuff.
You've wondering where the hell I'm going with this aren't you- lol
Well on Saturday I had a comment in my inbox- which I would usually ignore as it's not worth getting upset about. I don't usually take a stand on a soap box and am usually the *bystander* listening and reading etc. The big pacifist - uhum.........Anonymous said... For $10 I hope this grab bag is better than the (useless) bits in the grand opening grab bag. I hope the old 'you get what you pay for' saying is true!
But I decided that seeing it was an ANONYMOUS comment that I couldn't at least answer her by mail or make her complaint right- I would answer here instead ;-)
Yes you get what you pay for and a lot more - I spend a ton of hours making sure that I get my extractions to the highest quality you can use - keeping them realistically correct too.
For only $1.50 - you received 13 items in all. Now that's less than 12c each??? For the amount of work that goes in to them- I think 12c per item is actually really CHEAP. I'm sorry that you found them useless. I tried to give a *variety* of products in it so that it was cheap enough for everyone to test my quality.
So I thought I would REVEAL the whole lot here now-
It's an eclectic mix of elements(both feminine and masculine) and a CU4CU texture plate.
So I decided to make up TWO FREEBIES today- one with this BAG-
You can GRAB IT HERE.
(STROKED product image- to see Quality of items.)
I just feel so sad that a lot of people out there expect so much for so little. It's a hobby for a lot of people yes - but like my other hobby oil painting- I still pay for my paints and canvas etc? Why do a lot expect digital work to be so cheap - the hours are just as consuming.
OOOH - I got off track today - back to the quality issues out there ;-)
What issues do I find that bug me the most -and ones that get sent BACK from our quality department at DSO?- ( please note I've tried to recreate these and have not used any given designers goods but my own for showing purposes)
#1 -Ever bought some of these??- Textures that are blurred and fuzzy at 100% - Well I have and have saved a LOT of them by adding some of my texture plates over them- it not only sharpens the fuzzy image but you give a *texture* to the paper as well. So not a bad buy I think at 12c?
That perfect Element looks GREAT at around 45% on your screen and on your windows viewer- which is how it will show it to you when you open it.
I usually click the FULL VIEW Button on my windows viewer and then again at FULL SIZE in photo shop. (I have recreated the stuff that bugs me the most here- )
# ROUNDED and left over bits in corners.
# Fuzzy soft out of focus edges which means the whole item has a feathered edge on it which is any designers nightmare.
I Apply a 1pt stroke to everything to check to strays and feathers ( my own and any bought products as I know they have to pass a quality check for both my personal use kits and CU kits)
You can see here that the stroke looks bigger than 1pt as the edge is feathered- the *active selection line* does not reach the element itself- there's that (feather gap*).-
What the edge should look like with all bits and corners realistically done. Yes, this is how I do my extractions- I spend that extra amount of time to actually make sure that all those little *rounded bits* are gone and it looks like it should.
Do you get what you paid for?- Yeah I think so again and more.
Having a Commercial License on these products means you can make money for YOURSELF off them. At the prices digital-scrap-booking CU items go for- it's a real STEAL!
10 FULL SIZED products
all Quality checked and ready to use with peace of mind.
EXCLUSIVE to DigiScrapVault.
Full product previews are available in store!
EVERY DESIGNER AT DSV has ONLY QUALITY products up for sale! Every kit or item up in the VAULT has been quality checked for strays, jaggy's, feathered edges and are there to save YOU money ,frustration and TIME.
Full view with edge stroke.
You can pick it up here. http://www.4shared.com/file/134256330/30760b9e/kb-qualitysampler.html
Ok that's my *soap box* speech today- lol. I'll be back to myself tomorrow I promise. But just felt that this had to be said and shown.
BIG HUGS if you read it all the way through. MWAH