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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

What is the best way for a retoucher to create a digital portfolio? A portfolio you could send to a client? MM and Facebook don't show the kind of detail needed. I'm wondering what other retouchers are doing, I'm kind of stumped on this one.

Feb 23 13 02:12 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Buy a domain name, get hosting, and set up your own site. Then you can do anything you please with it.

EDIT: Here you go. Your name is available, 89 cents a month.

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/1749/megriscom.jpg

Just go here and buy it!

Feb 23 13 02:53 pm Link

Photographer

Mask Photo

Posts: 1428

Fremont, California, US

Peano wrote:
Buy a domain name, get hosting, and set up your own site. Then you can do anything you please with it.

EDIT: Here you go. Your name is available, 89 cents a month.

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/1749/megriscom.jpg

Just go here and buy it!

QFT. except that domain is MeGriscom... kind of cool to join the 2 gs together but WILL confuse clients so best to go with the actual name.

namecheap is solid. Just don't host your website with the place you register it (you don't want to be held hostage if you decide to move one of the services.
make sure that whoever you hire to do your site knows the benefit of this.

btw, i do web dev work but i'm really expensive... wink

Feb 23 13 03:10 pm Link

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Chase Retouching

Posts: 39

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Mask Photo wrote:

QFT. except that domain is MeGriscom... kind of cool to join the 2 gs together but WILL confuse clients so best to go with the actual name.

namecheap is solid. Just don't host your website with the place you register it (you don't want to be held hostage if you decide to move one of the services.
make sure that whoever you hire to do your site knows the benefit of this.

btw, i do web dev work but i'm really expensive... wink

Actually, I think Peano meant MEGriscom as in first initial, middle initial, last initial. Megangriscom.com is also available. Totally agree about going with Namecheap, which I use myself, and using a separate host from your domain registrar. I use Host Gator personally.

Going with a website of your own is definitely the best choice. It's professional, you have complete control over it, and it has other useful features like email hosting (whateveryouwant@yourdomain.com) and ftp. Things like that help with both attracting clients and providing good service.

Feb 23 13 03:38 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12868

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Website yes, PDF portfolio is also a good idea.  I actually use the older version of Adobe for that as the newer one creates a flash based pile of....

Feb 23 13 03:46 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Mask Photo wrote:
QFT. except that ...

What an abysmal habit of writing. I suppose this shorthand was invented by people I see walking around punching their thumbs into some small piece of hardware --  "texting," another debasement of the language.

I have not learned, and will not learn, this mindless form of communication.

http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2182/qft.jpg

Feb 23 13 04:10 pm Link

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Kevin Connery

Posts: 17135

El Segundo, California, US

Peano wrote:
I have not learned, and will not learn, this mindless form of communication.

If it were mindless, you wouldn't need to learn it.

Be that as it may, disrupting a thread to tell someone that you understand that you don't and won't understand what they're saying is still disrupting the thread.

/meta-disruption

Feb 23 13 04:38 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Kevin Connery wrote:
If it were mindless, you wouldn't need to learn it.

You can hash out your mindlessly literal interpretation with the folks who compile dictionaries. I don't buy it. I'm sticking with "stupid or careless" as the common meaning.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9523/mindlesss.jpg

Kevin Connery wrote:
Be that as it may, disrupting a thread to tell someone that you understand that you don't and won't understand what they're saying is still disrupting the thread.

I call bullshit on that. It was a reply to me, and it used a mindless abbreviation that I didn't (and still don't) understand. I think it's more "disruptive" to use that sort of shorthand.

Feb 23 13 04:55 pm Link

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Ruben Vasquez

Posts: 3115

Puyallup, Washington, US

Peano wrote:

What an abysmal habit of writing. I suppose this shorthand was invented by people I see walking around punching their thumbs into some small piece of hardware --  "texting," another debasement of the language.

I have not learned, and will not learn, this mindless form of communication.

http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2182/qft.jpg

Sounds like an old man who doesn't want to keep up with the times.

Feb 23 13 05:31 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Thank you Peano, you are always quick to help on a thread. And thank to everyone else. I was considering the PDF, and have seen the websites for some retouchers and photogpraphers.  This one is nice.

http://www.aaronology101.com/aaronology … after.html

But  I haven't a clue how to set up a slider like that or roll over images.

As far as applying for a retouch job, a PDF would be better yes?

Feb 23 13 05:35 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
Website yes, PDF portfolio is also a good idea.  I actually use the older version of Adobe for that as the newer one creates a flash based pile of....

How do you start out making an Adobe document or portfolio? Is it something you download?

Feb 23 13 05:36 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Ruben Vasquez wrote:
Sounds like an old man who doesn't want to keep up with the times.

Yeah, maybe you're right. I just can't figure out this newfangled Photoshop stuff. What I wouldn't give for your skills.

And if I could just get with "QTF" and all the other texting abbreviations, maybe I could even, you know, write a book or something.

Guess I should just wander off and fall asleep in a snowdrift.

Even my computer spell checker can't figure out this lingo ...

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/7408/textinge.jpg

Feb 23 13 06:01 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:
As far as applying for a retouch job, a PDF would be better yes?

Perhaps. I would ask the employer what he preferred.

You originally asked about a digital portfolio you could send to a client. A prospective employer isn't a client, so that might be a different kettle of fish.

Feb 23 13 06:07 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12868

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:

How do you start out making an Adobe document or portfolio? Is it something you download?

Acrobat.  It used to have a portfolio option in the menus but now it launches a wizard and makes a flash presentation.  I would just use word now and save as PDF, it may not compress the files size as well (not sure about that) and you can't force the layout but it works.  I used to always do a spread two page layout like a real book, but really that is just my taste.

Even just creating a image per page type PDF is nice to be able to send out.  Just make sure it's not the exact same images on your website.  If they are asking its probably because they have already seen that and want more.

Feb 23 13 06:14 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Peano wrote:

Perhaps. I would ask the employer what he preferred.

You originally asked about a digital portfolio you could send to a client. A prospective employer isn't a client, so that might be a different kettle of fish.

Right I agree. I'm wondering if I should do both....

Feb 23 13 06:29 pm Link

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MountAnnanImages

Posts: 46

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I created my own website at www.mountannanimages.com.au and used Visual Slideshow (paid version) to do the slideshows in each gallery.

I also use my iPad to display my work. I use the program Foliobook to create a digital folio. You can also look at Xtrafolio and Portfolio for iPad.

Frank

Feb 23 13 06:37 pm Link

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Ruben Vasquez

Posts: 3115

Puyallup, Washington, US

Peano wrote:
Yeah, maybe you're right. I just can't figure out this newfangled Photoshop stuff. What I wouldn't give for your skills.

Well now lets not get ahead of ourselves here. I think you may be on to something. After all, it's so much quicker to search a website, screen grab, import, flatten, save, upload to a website and then link that image into a response unrelated to the OP than it would be to google something you don't understand and choose to remain willfully ignorant of.

Peano wrote:
And if I could just get with "QTF" and all the other texting abbreviations, maybe I could even, you know, write a book or something.

Well being as you went solo as a freelance writer in 2004, I suppose we should be thankful you finally wrote something.

Peano wrote:
Guess I should just wander off and fall asleep in a snowdrift.

Even my computer spell checker can figure out this lingo ...

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/7408/textinge.jpg

It can huh? Can it proof read for you as well?

Feb 23 13 06:46 pm Link

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Kevin Connery

Posts: 17135

El Segundo, California, US

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Feb 23 13 08:56 pm Link

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Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:
How do you start out making an Adobe document or portfolio? Is it something you download?

AJScalzitti wrote:
Acrobat.

There's no need to use a proprietary program like Acrobat to generate PDF files.

I recommend Inkscape if you want to create it using a graphics program. (Or use GIMP. GIMP can export to PDF format, too.)

http://inkscape.org/images/header-logo.png

You can use LibreOffice if you want to create it using a word processing program.

Or, if you want to get really fancy and use a professional typesetting system, you can create it with TeX.

Feb 23 13 09:13 pm Link

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Mask Photo

Posts: 1428

Fremont, California, US

Peano wrote:
What an abysmal habit of writing. I suppose this shorthand was invented by people I see walking around punching their thumbs into some small piece of hardware

oh holy jesus. it means "quoted for truth", and it was NOT invented by texters, as I've ONLY seen it used on THIS VERY FORUM and nowhere else.
http://www.sendu.me.uk/modelmayhem/?tex … rt_order=0

Way to hijack.

Feb 23 13 11:20 pm Link

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Mask Photo

Posts: 1428

Fremont, California, US

dp

Feb 23 13 11:20 pm Link

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John M Hoyt

Posts: 347

Greenville, South Carolina, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:
Thank you Peano, you are always quick to help on a thread. And thank to everyone else. I was considering the PDF, and have seen the websites for some retouchers and photogpraphers.  This one is nice.

http://www.aaronology101.com/aaronology … after.html

But  I haven't a clue how to set up a slider like that or roll over images.

As far as applying for a retouch job, a PDF would be better yes?

That is an awesome page for a retoucher....  I would just be happy with a slider gallery that worked as well as that site.

Feb 24 13 07:00 am Link

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Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

anyone have an example of a pdf portfolio?

Feb 24 13 09:39 am Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:
anyone have an example of a pdf portfolio?

Here is one you can make from the Website and see how simple it is for yourself.
http://redfishblack.com/pdf/

Feb 24 13 12:28 pm Link

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Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:
anyone have an example of a pdf portfolio?

I've made a screencapture of how I made a PDF portfolio in the style of the portfolios generated by the site suggested by Krunoslav-Stifter.

I made the pages one at a time using Inkscape, and then used pdftk to put the pages together into a single file.

The PDF file is here: http://musiconestudios.net/portfolio.pdf

I'm editing the screencapture video now. After it's uploaded to YouTube, I'll post it here.

Feb 24 13 02:59 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

I actually downloaded acrobat and made a pdf today, but im not liking how small the cards or images are in the portfolio. Is there a way to make them bigger? I've googled it and looked on adobe help but I cant find anything about increasing the size of the cards.

Feb 24 13 03:03 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Joann Empson wrote:

I've made a screencapture of how I made a PDF portfolio in the style of the portfolios generated by the site suggested by Krunoslav-Stifter.

I made the pages one at a time using Inkscape, and then used pdftk to put the pages together into a single file.

The PDF file is here: http://musiconestudios.net/portfolio.pdf

I'm editing the screencapture video now. After it's uploaded to YouTube, I'll post it here.

That's nice, but lawdy this is becoming complicated. I just want a submittable port for job opportunities. I've seen that many employers accept the pdf portfolios. I just don't like the way its come out...it look pedestrian...and the images are too small.

Feb 24 13 03:06 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

John M Hoyt wrote:

That is an awesome page for a retoucher....  I would just be happy with a slider gallery that worked as well as that site.

I know! I really liked it. Simple, but really good quality.

Feb 24 13 03:07 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Krunoslav-Stifter wrote:
Here is one you can make from the Website and see how simple it is for yourself.
http://redfishblack.com/pdf/

I didn't understand that site. Not a lot of directions and I don't want to download something I don't know what its gonna do.

but wow, their work is stunning. beautiful retouching.

Feb 24 13 03:11 pm Link

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Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Joann Empson wrote:
I've made a screencapture of how I made a PDF portfolio in the style of the portfolios generated by the site suggested by Krunoslav-Stifter.

I made the pages one at a time using Inkscape, and then used pdftk to put the pages together into a single file.

The PDF file is here: http://musiconestudios.net/portfolio.pdf

I'm editing the screencapture video now. After it's uploaded to YouTube, I'll post it here.

Krunoslav-Stifter wrote:
Here is one you can make from the Website and see how simple it is for yourself.
http://redfishblack.com/pdf/

Thanks for the trouble! smile.

I was asking to see some examples of the different design used in different portfolios and if someone included in their portfolio the before/after images, or it was only finished stuff. Cause I was thinking in making my own in Indesign (once I have one of course lol) and, the plan was to make something like a photographers photobook with a nice minimalistic design.

Feb 24 13 06:18 pm Link

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Rafael_Alexander

Posts: 84

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Interactive PDF or WEBSITE is the way I would do it...heres a design

www.rafaelalexander.com

Feb 24 13 08:10 pm Link

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Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:
I was asking to see some examples of the different design used in different portfolios and if someone included in their portfolio the before/after images, or it was only finished stuff. Cause I was thinking in making my own in Indesign (once I have one of course lol) and, the plan was to make something like a photographers photobook with a nice minimalistic design.

Ah, I misunderstood. I'm really like an idiot. But speaking of InDesign, the freedom-respecting program to replace InDesign is Scribus.
http://scribus.net/wiki/skins/scribus/scribus-logo-web.png

Using Scribus to create the entire multi-page portfolio in one go is easier than outputting one page at a time using Inkscape and then gluing it together using pdftk.

I'll create a PDF portfolio in Scribus and post of screencapture of that later.

Anyway, here's the screencapture of Inkscape that I promised:

http://i.imgur.com/Ov0TYWm.png

Feb 24 13 08:32 pm Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:

Joann Empson wrote:
I've made a screencapture of how I made a PDF portfolio in the style of the portfolios generated by the site suggested by Krunoslav-Stifter.

I made the pages one at a time using Inkscape, and then used pdftk to put the pages together into a single file.

The PDF file is here: http://musiconestudios.net/portfolio.pdf

I'm editing the screencapture video now. After it's uploaded to YouTube, I'll post it here.

Thanks for the trouble! smile.

I was asking to see some examples of the different design used in different portfolios and if someone included in their portfolio the before/after images, or it was only finished stuff. Cause I was thinking in making my own in Indesign (once I have one of course lol) and, the plan was to make something like a photographers photobook with a nice minimalistic design.

+1

Feb 25 13 01:15 am Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Joann Empson wrote:

Megan E Griscom wrote:
How do you start out making an Adobe document or portfolio? Is it something you download?

There's no need to use a proprietary program like Acrobat to generate PDF files.

I recommend Inkscape if you want to create it using a graphics program. (Or use GIMP. GIMP can export to PDF format, too.)

http://inkscape.org/images/header-logo.png

You can use LibreOffice if you want to create it using a word processing program.

Or, if you want to get really fancy and use a professional typesetting system, you can create it with TeX.

does photoshop export to pdf too? I just go this laptop and I don't want to add a bunch of programs to it. that's what killed the last one....lol.

Feb 25 13 05:24 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
Acrobat.  It used to have a portfolio option in the menus but now it launches a wizard and makes a flash presentation.  I would just use word now and save as PDF, it may not compress the files size as well (not sure about that) and you can't force the layout but it works.  I used to always do a spread two page layout like a real book, but really that is just my taste.

Even just creating a image per page type PDF is nice to be able to send out.  Just make sure it's not the exact same images on your website.  If they are asking its probably because they have already seen that and want more.

Ding ding! save a Word as a PDF...lol...ive done that before, im such a numnut. I think I'll try that. I really didn't want to download a bunch of programs to make a portfolio. Thanks

Actually I tried the word document and the images are still too small. There seems no point unless the viewer can see the detail of the work. Ill keep trying

Feb 25 13 05:41 pm Link

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Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

Here's a PDF portfolio I put together using Scribus: portfolio.pdf.

I'm still editing the screencapture that I made. I'll post it tomorrow.

Feb 26 13 02:44 am Link

Photographer

richy01

Posts: 153

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Ruben Vasquez wrote:

Sounds like an old man who doesn't want to keep up with the times.

Is this remark a joke...? Or just don't know how to behave..?

@Megan...great site from Aaronology

Feb 26 13 05:32 am Link

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Koray

Posts: 6709

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

richy01 wrote:

Is this remark a joke...? Or just don't know how to behave..?

Thank you for you wonderful contribution to an already very informative thread, as always.

Feb 26 13 08:12 am Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 454

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

and it would be nice if the childish bantering on the thread I posted would cease. thank you to the several who have answered my question, and to those who contacted me in PM because this thread was hijacked by random unkindness...hmm...shame

Feb 26 13 11:11 am Link

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sdgillis

Posts: 2457

Portland, Oregon, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:
I actually downloaded acrobat and made a pdf today, but im not liking how small the cards or images are in the portfolio. Is there a way to make them bigger? I've googled it and looked on adobe help but I cant find anything about increasing the size of the cards.

You can create pdf's out of Illustrator or InDesign as well.

I would be terrified to apply to a company that does not take pdf's as forum of portfolio via email in the creative world.

Feb 26 13 12:14 pm Link