Well what is it like? I don’t mean how dapper you may look on a night out or for a big occasion. But what is your online image like? I am currently finishing off a suite of products with varying graphic needs.
I have created some of my own (the simple ones) had some more complex ones created as Fiverr gigs and some very high quality graphics created by GFX-1. Your graphic needs may be your eBay listings, the look of your blog or that of your products. So I want to illustrate this with a few examples.
Any good chef will tell you that the first bite is taken with the eye, so a great picture or graphic is needed to attract the attention. So let me start with eBay listings, there are many “excellent examples of bad graphics” but together with the title it is the one of the most important factors in getting customers to look at your listing further. Look at this example of a bad graphic!
Some Resell Rights products are amongst the worst offenders, Take this as an example.
This is a product I have sold both on eBay and Amazon (before the cull) but I hasten to add not with this graphic!
But the thing about it is that it often does not take much effort to produce a first class graphic. Here is one I created for one of my eBay listings. Even with my limited skills I am more than happy with the result.
Here are some examples of book covers and other graphics I have created or had created for various parts of my new course E-Publishing Roadmap. The first two examples are my own work, one of the images is from the public domain and the other cost a few bucks from Fotolia.
There came a point for me when my skills were not up to what I wanted to create, so at that point I had to outsource my graphic needs.
For simple graphics I am a great fan of Fiverr. But….. Not every piece of work I have had done has been as good as I would have liked it to be.
Illustrated books are BIG on Amazon and yet they can be very simple to create. Here is one of my examples, forget about the author name, it’s me.
A classic example of fourth time lucky, I ordered a book cover for this A-Z book on Fiverr, a few hours later my internet went off. Three days later when normal service was restored I found that the artist had cancelled my gig.
Attempt two, reordered the gig from someone else, they failed to deliver even after having three additional days. I cancelled and reordered the gig from another artist. Three days later the gig was delivered but the cover was in portrait format groan…
I Requested a revision which took three additional days.
Fiverr is not just for book covers here is some channel art I had created for my YouTube channel, I asked for something with the same look and feel as the header on this blog.
For E-Publishing Roadmap which I am creating there will be no skimping first class graphics will be an absolute must. So I used GFX-1 which I use for all my high class work. So for the last component of the course which is about using eBay I have had had a listing template and a CD authoring template made as bonus items. Here are just two of the graphics. Impressive?
So it just remains for me to ask what’s your image like?
Ken Soszka says
Thanks for this enlightening post. Those are some great examples, too. I used Fiverr for a logo and package image for one of my products, and it was inexpensive and worth every penny to make my product look professional. Even better, it was done quickly instead of me taking way too long to make something that wasn’t even good!
Torsten Müller says
I did some ebook covers myself before with Photoshop and some action scripts and they looked quite decent.
But after I recently ordered the header graphics for my blog from GFX-1, I decided to order future product images from them as well.
I was absolutely satisfied with the speed and quality of their work.
Robert Corrigan says
you are spot on here, and yet this is such an important consideration.
Robert Corrigan says
Steve at GFX-1 is my go to guy for all my big products.
Mandy Allen @ Learn To Blog with Mandy Allen says
I am so hopeless at creating my own graphics, Rob. I always use GFX-1 for everything, they are quite simply the best. I have used Fiverr before and been very disappointed with the results. Steve at GFX-1 just always seems to know exactly what I want and I rarely even have to ask for an alteration. Much simpler process in my mind.
Enjoy the journey.
Robert Corrigan says
thanks for dropping by, I agree Steve has done some brilliant work for me everytime I have needed graphics. First port of call!
This is my biggest advice I always give to people when they ask me about branding their online business and products and that is professional looking graphics…this is NOT a matter of opinion it’s a matter of fact!
You need the your business to look specifically professional to the targeted buying market!