Easy, Poindexter — I’ve designed the FAQ’s to cover the bases. You shouldn’t have to have a PhD in Nuclear Physics in order to understand how to use your image collection — and I’ve worked hard to make the entire process as simple as possible.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If your question is not addressed below, please feel free to contact us, and someone will get back to you shortly.
You Were Pop Stock Images - Why Change the Name?
I actually purchased the domain name last year after a very candid conversation with a friend I met in the aisle of Tuesday Morning. Ephemoirê is a word that I made up - but one that combines both "ephemera," and "memoir," -- two concepts that have become increasingly important in my design aesthetic over the last few years. It just "fit."
So, What's with the Poppies?
This one has a few components to it. I have always loved how poppies have been used as a remembrance of fallen heroes -- first recognized by The American Legion to honor the fallen of WWI. I love the color red, and love poppies -- and what better what to honor the past -- especially when it is central to the design work that I do?
And, What About Pop Stock?
In the short term, it will forward to the new site. Pop Stock represents a very special time in my career, when I decided to give the whole "art thing" a go. It will always play some role in what I do.
How Can I Use the Images I Purchase From You?
Ephemoire products can be used in a multitude of ways — for labels and hang tags, artist trading cards, handcrafted cards and invitations, stationery, shower favors, bag toppers, candy wrappers, e-cards, scrapbooks, websites, Twitter backgrounds, Facebook cover graphics, and more.
What is Copyright, And Why Should I Care?
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, designating the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it — the creator may determine whether or not they require attribution if used by a third party, whether or not the work may be adapted to other forms, who may perform their work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights.
Copyright is an intellectual property form applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and distinct.
Here's the bottom line:
I research vintage images that are no longer in copyright, and then I spend hours retouching, editing, and preparing them for use in your treasured creative projects. The images offered for sale by Ephemoirê can be used without worry of any infringement issues. The copyright for the EDITED image and image collections is held by Ephemoirê, and is offered to you under non-exclusive, limited use licensing (see individual item listings for details).
You can learn a bit more about my copyright expertise here.Your Images are Rasterized. What Does that Mean?
In computer graphics, a raster graphics image, or bitmap, is a dot matrix data structure representing a generally rectangular grid of pixels, or points of color, viewable via a monitor, paper, or other display medium. Raster images are stored in image files with varying formats (see comparison of graphics file formats).
A bitmap corresponds bit-for-bit with an image displayed on a screen, generally in the same format used for storage in the display’s video memory, or maybe as a device-independent bitmap. A bitmap is technically characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels and by the number of bits per pixel (a color depth, which determines the number of colors it can represent).
The printing and pre-press industries know raster graphics as contones (from “continuous tones”) and refer to vector graphics as “line work”.
Raster images are capable of displaying a wide assortment of colors within a single image, and allow for color editing beyond that of a vector image. They can display finer nuances in light and shading at the right resolution; however, they cannot be made larger without sacrificing quality.
Images purchased from Ephemoire are rasterized, and may lose their crispness if you try to make them larger than their original size.
Vector graphics employ the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics. “Vector”, in this context, implies more than a straight line.
Vector graphic images are made up of vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector (which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. This does not affect the size of the files in a substantial way because all information resides in the structure; it describes how to draw the vector.
While vector images are scalable, they cannot display the natural qualities of photographs. While rasterized images are used in both print and web applications, currently, vector images cannot be used in electronic (web) format — they must be converted to a rasterized version.
What is the Difference Between CMYK and RGB?
Comparisons between RGB displays and CMYK prints can be difficult, since the color reproduction technologies and properties are so different. A computer monitor mixes shades of red, green, and blue to create color pictures. A CMYK printer instead uses light-absorbing cyan, magenta and yellow inks, whose colors are mixed using dithering, half-toning, or some other optical technique. Similar to monitors, the inks used in printing produce a color gamut that is “only a subset of the visible spectrum” although both color modes have their own specific ranges.
As a result of this, items which are displayed on a computer monitor may not completely match the look of items which are printed if opposite color modes are being combined in both mediums. When designing items to be printed, designers view the colors which they are choosing on an RGB color mode (their computer screen), and it is often difficult to visualize the way in which the color will turn out post printing because of this.
All images offered by Ephemoirê are offered in RGB format.
It is recommended that you request a sample proof from your printer before you place any large print runs, in order to have the opportunity to make any necessary color adjustments. Your printer can work with you to determine the best settings for your particular project.