Graphic Tips for an Editor’s Digital Portfolio
Now that most people have switched to the cyber highway, emailing a digital portfolio makes perfect sense. Even the print media and art galleries have gone electronic with the changing times. Sending work via email is acceptable. Since nothing is printed on paper, it is also a great way to save the environment. What’s more, visually it helps the client to understand the level of graphic designing the professional is capable of handling. When a client understands the creativity of the designer, it is easier to trust him with a photo-editing job.
So what is the best way to prepare the digital portfolio?
Photoshop software is an excellent medium to develop an attractive resume. A good way to begin will be use the right images with optimum sizes-i.e
Width: 1600 pixels
Height: 2000 pixels
Resolution: 200 (images)
Background Color: White (or any other tone)
Whatever stage of his career, the editor should focus on quality of work rather than quantity. It simply means there is no need to introduce to the client projects done in the sophomore years (unless they are praiseworthy and have won awards). Varied kinds of editing services should be showcased. Then the client is secure in hiring an editor who can make use of many services for photo editing. Making the digital portfolio work is the next stage. Make it impressive enough with images and reading material. An interactive resume allows room for more clarity. Hence use of multimedia templates can be equally useful. While the soft copy can be emailed, hard copies of actual brochure designs or catalogues can be sent to get the ‘real feel’. It is quite all right to even do a sample page for the client to gain confidence once he takes interest in the digital portfolio the graphic creative should be simple for others to understand. A complex design may drive away a potential customer.
There are two ways to make the online portfolio work. It can be done through CD or an elaborate slide presentation. Both involve putting together images, bio, and creating graphics. Showcasing skills in a presentation of maximum ten minutes can help anyone to decide if the editor will be able to do the job. Many graphic editing firm’s employ only certified editors whose resumes reflect the skills. Another fabulous tip is to have a website. This also is considered a prime portfolio. Easy navigation and simple graphic design is a positive sign to get online clients from anywhere in the world. Educating the potential customer about the editing services is essential and easy text helps. It helps to understand to what degree, an editor’s services can be used.
Lastly, no matter how busy the editor is he should update his digital portfolio. New techniques can be added and old designs removed. Keeping abreast of new ways of showcasing skills bring a wide variety of clients. So review the work at regular intervals and make additions to it. It is much easier now to have a professional edge.