tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:/posts 2017-04-19T16:54:38Z tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/643192 2014-01-31T22:30:50Z 2017-02-20T08:52:08Z Fuze with Style. Background Style!

It's 2014 and we thought we'd kick it off with a great new way to enhance your photos!

We call it Background Style.  Inspired by some amazing photos found on Etsy and other popular online stores, we wanted to make having clean backgrounds with natural soft gradients easy.  Starting now, your backgrounds can be white, grey, flat, a natural soft gradient, or anywhere in between!

By default, Background Style is set to the usual flat white/black background.  You can change the style by moving the solid blue circle anywhere.

Let's take a look at what happens when you move the circle around:

As you can see, when the blue disc is set toward the top, your background becomes lighter and whiter.  If you place the disc toward the bottom, the background becomes grayer.  Likewise, towards the right side the background becomes a flat solid color.  The left side has a nice smooth background made from the natural shading found in the original photo.

This versatile background option gives you an great amount of control to pick a background that best complements your item and let your photos stand out from the crowd!

And thank you, Chris Scott, for letting us use your photos from your amazing shop EuropeanRetro!
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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/625394 2013-12-01T21:49:44Z 2015-12-10T14:36:33Z Put your Etsy shop on Sale with FotoFuze!

It's the holiday season again and many of our Etsy users are revving their engines for Cyber Monday and Christmas!

We're currently beefing up and making our Etsy Sales tool the best it can be for this holiday season so that you, and your customers, can get the most out of it.  Here's all you gotta do!


Under power tools, click the "Living Etsy Sales" button.  You'll find this on the left side of your homepage.


Click on "Create a Sale".  A window will expand, letting you set up all the details of your sale.


After you've entered all of the sale's details, click the "Finish" button.


We'll quickly check for any problems with starting the sale.  If we find a problem, we let you quickly fix the issue.


After you fix the issues or if there wasn't any problems at all, just click the finish button!


And your sale is ready to go!



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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419956 2011-11-15T00:17:30Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z FotoFuze gets Enhanced for the Holidays

Things at FotoFuze have been getting better and better.  

 

Fuze Faster

FotoFuze has never been faster!  Fuzing can finish in as few as 20 seconds. It's now so fast that before you're done highlighting another photo, the previous photo is almost always finished!

 

Fuzing Magic with the Magic Highlighter

If you are using the latest version of your browser, you should have access to the magic highlighter when highlighting your photos.

Not content with the status quo of the typical image editing tools, FotoFuze steps it up a notch. You can, with the new magic highlighter, highlight photos with a few simple strokes and the magic highlighter will highlight the rest for you - including the shadows.

 

Pro tip:  This tool works best when you highlight the outsides of the object first.

 

Upload All Your Photos at the Same Time

Ever since we started using uservoice.com's feedback widget (which you can find on the right side of most pages on FotoFuze) people expressed much interest in batch uploading.  You asked and we delivered!  You can now upload multiple images at the same time.  If your FotoFuze account is linked with your Etsy account, you will find the batch upload option located in the advanced menu of a listing.

Windows users can select multiple files by holding the Shift key and selecting a range of files or by holding the Ctrl key and selecting multiple individual files.

Mac users can select multiple files by holding the Shift key and selecting a range of files or by holding the Command key and selecting multiple individual files.

 

Softer Shadows When You Need Them

If you have a photo where shadows don't have nice sharp edges, then you'll likely find this very useful!  You'll find this feature as the shadow softness slider found on the right side of the page while highlighting a photo.  The slider goes between 1 and 5, where 1 is sharper shadows and 5 is softer shadows.

 


sharp

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Photo courtesy of rosamund_bird

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419957 2011-06-07T23:39:11Z 2016-07-31T17:05:55Z Tuesday Updates

Hi Fuzers!

First, the new partnership with the Jungl has hit off really well! We are very happy so far with the response and will continue adding more features for our supporters! Read about the initial annoucement here.

Second, in addition to numerous bug fixes, last week some great progress was made on browser compatability. We are phasing out the Flash uploader as the number one complaint was that you occasionally could not upload pictures and had to restart your browser or computer.

The biggest new feature this week though is the new Etsy publishing process. You have told us what you wanted, and we listened. We have streamlined the process for those of you who simply want to upload fuzed photos and don't want to do a full Etsy publishing process. This is the first of many in improvements here and more is to come soon. If you have a specific feature you want, feel free to send us an email at contact@fotofuze.com

This is shaping up to be a great year and we are very excited to be there with you! 

Best wishes,

The FotoFuze Team

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419958 2011-05-31T19:44:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Tuesday Updates

Hi Fuzers!

First the news. We here at FotoFuze fully support the handmade community and have heard about what Urban Outfitters did to Stevie. This is not cool UO! Our best wishes goes to Stevie! Visit her Etsy shop here! We also set up a donation page for her on the Jungl and have donated $100 to help support her in her fight against UO. 

Second, some FotoFuze site updates.

We've made some updates and previews are now twice as fast as before. Now typically taking between 7 and 9 seconds. We want this to be 2-3 seconds, so stay tuned for more updates.

Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out the post on high resolution fuzing from last Friday! 

 

Best wishes,

The FotoFuze Team

 

 

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419959 2011-05-27T20:25:44Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z High Resolution Fuzing is here!
Hi Fuzers!

We have had many requests for a long time about when high resolution fuzing would be available. I can proudly say that it is available starting right now. There is only one requirement, you have to be a FotoFuze supporter in order to use it.

This brings me to the second announcement, the Jungl. FotoFuze has partnered with the Jungl to provide the funding necessary to do high resolution fuzing! It costs us four times as much to do double the resolution, but we feel that seeing the details is such a big factor in the sale of a product on Etsy that we had to find a way to make this happen - without breaking the bank. One of our guiding principles is, don't be greedy. The Jungl fits this principle perfectly.

The Jungl is a service where users pay a flat monthly fee of their own choosing, select a few websites that they want to support, then the Jungl will split that monthly fee between the supported websites evenly. We love it!

The Jungl provides us with the perfect mechanism to allow fuzers to pay whatever they want, and get a bunch of great stuff for it:

First, no advertisements. There is nothing worse then big bouncing advertisements distracting you from what your trying to do. We don’t like them, I think most people would agree.

Second, high resolution fuzing. Process at double the resolution and get more details into your product photos for Etsians to see.

Third, living etsy sales. While in beta, living etsy sales were free for use by everyone. Now that they have stabilized a bit, we are moving the feature out of beta and into the Jungl. Don’t worry though, this will not affect any sales that are currently running and they will continue on schedule.
Fourth, private support. Not only do you get direct support from our team, but we want to head more from you. Let us know what features we can make to get you fuzing even more.

Can you really pay whatever you want? Yes, but there is a minimum fee of $3.00 per month. However, there is a way to pay about half that amount. If you have a website you can support yourself by clicking your own Jungl button. =D

For more info on the Jungl, click here. They also have a FAQ page here.

We’ve got more stuff cooking for this year, so stay tuned!

Best wishes,

The FotoFuze Team
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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419960 2011-03-29T21:52:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Tuesday Updates

Hi Fuzers!

First the news. We've hit 500,000 fuzed photos, and we have well over 17,000 fuzers! Just incredible! 

Second, we've been quite busy tinkering over here and I'd like to mention some new features that went live both today, and over the last month or so.

The first new feature of the day is signatures. Signatures are a common bit of information that is appended to each of your listing descriptions every time you publish through fotofuze. Its a super simple way to let your customers know more about you, your shop, and your own business right from the listing description. We recommend putting links to your own off-etsy website, links to your other etsy shops, and a copyright notice. You can find signatures right below the description field when publishing a listing.

Another new feature that went out recently is that we now have a warning icon on the top right of fuzed photos now to let you know that this recently fuzed photo is not on etsy and the listing needs to be published. This alieviates the headache when trying to remember which ones you publshed on etsy, and which ones you missed! :) 

The third and final feature that we are announcing is the beta feature of living etsy sales. This feature is still in beta, but allows you to schedule sales to start and stop on specific dates on a specific section of your shop, and even allows you to change those details live at any time. This means that you can start a sale at 30% off and then mid-sale change your mind and decide that you actually want 35% off to help drive some more sales to your shop. You simply change the number and FotoFuze will automatically make all the necessary adjustments for you! Check it out the next time you want to put your shop on sale and give us some feedback! 

We have some more exciting stuff going on at FotoFuze that we are working on and will update again soon!

Best wishes,

- The FotoFuze Team

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419961 2011-03-11T14:00:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Special Effects for Cheap - Scanner Art

A few years ago, I randomly came across a vendor's table at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The girl running the table was trying to get people to submit their artwork for a charity auction to be held during a student production of the Vagina Monologues. I decided to sign up just for fun. I figured I'd come up with something. I'd look through my artwork to see what I'd already made, or, if I didn't have anything appropriate, it'd be an excuse to get off my butt and create something new.

It turned out I didn't have much of anything interesting in my archives. I had a new camera at the time and tried snapping some photos. I also happened to have a new scanner. On a whim I thought of putting an object on the scanner to just see what would happen. Not a flat piece of paper, photograph or some 2d artwork like usual, but a 3d object - right on the glass of the scanner. I had some mushrooms I bought at Whole Foods. They were the dirty kind, and looked like they were freshly picked from a deep forest.

What I got surprised me. A really cool photograph. Actually a dramatic and professional looking photo with high contrast, detail, and unusual light source. Granted, I did do a little editing in Photoshop to make the background black instead of grey. But all the rest was the scanner itself. I was not a professional photographer but nobody knew at the show. I didn't have expensive lighting equipment and backdrops or a fancy camera. Just a scanner and a bit of creativity!

Looking back I now know that I was inspired by a slide presentation one of my art teachers gave on some early experimental "rayograph" work by the avante-garde photographer Man Ray. An artist who traveled with the Dada camp in the European 1920's, Man Ray was one of the first artists to take photography on a different route from realism. He had a direct influence on all photographers who came after him, in that he elevated photography into the realm of art and opened the doors for experimentation.

One of his most famous works is the below photograph, “Le Violon D’Ingres” (1920-1921), in which a woman’s torso is portrayed as the body of a violin.


Man Ray’s avant-garde leanings are delivered through techniques such as retouching, frame decomposition, shaking and the artist’s celebrated photogram technique, which he named “rayograph” after himself.

The photogram technique creates photographic images without the use of a camera. Objects are placed directly onto photo-sensitive paper to give the appearance of a photograph. He put common items such as scissors, a roll of paper, metal wire, matchsticks, and a box of cigarettes onto the light sensitive paper. Remember, this was before the advent of photocopying, the Xerox machine, and the scanner. They were really quite shocking at the time. Below are some examples of his "rayographs."

To take a hint from Man Ray, get experimental and turn your everyday objects into art. Try putting any 3d object on your scanner, photocopier or light-sensitive paper. See what develops!

Written by Christine Olick, Web Designer, Slygirlstudios.com

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419962 2011-02-10T02:25:00Z 2017-01-03T06:22:25Z The Fotofuze vs. Photoshop Challenge

By Christine Olick, Web designer for slygirlstudios.com

We've taken Photoshop and pitted it up against Fotofuze to see who the real heavyweight is. We took a raw product photo, and edited it in both programs. We looked at the time and complexity involved in each, to see which program came out ahead.

Photoshop required special tools, skilled knowledge, and just plain took longer - about 10 minutes for a professional graphic designer. Fotofuze required no knowledge or special tools, and took less than half the time - not even 5 minutes. And best of all, Fotofuze can be used by any amateur artist or novice computer user.

We've recorded it all on video - watch them below and decide for yourself!

Fotofuze Challenge - Part 1 - Photoshop

In this first part of the challenge, we took our photo and edited it in Photoshop.

Here was the product photo in its original form:

And here was the end result - after over 10 minutes of tedious Photoshop work by a professional designer:

And here's the video detailing the lengthy Photoshop process:


Fotofuze Challenge - Part 2 - Fotofuze

In the 2nd part of the challenge, we took the same original photo, uploaded it to Fotofuze, highlighted the object (along with its shadow), hit "finish" and voila! a professional looking photo in seconds! The whole process from upload to finished image took under 5 minutes and was so simple anyone can do it!

Here's the finished Fotofuze image:

And here's the easy Fotofuze video showing how it was done:

In my opinion, the Fotofuze version actually looks better. The original shadows are preserved better and the product details are sharper and brighter. Looks like Fotofuze came out the clear winner - a K.O.!

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419963 2011-01-27T01:54:00Z 2017-04-19T16:54:38Z Meet our first featured Fuzer, the crafty designer behind Release Me Creations.

By Christine Olick, Web designer for slygirlstudios.com

Fotofuze:Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Maureen:   I am so incredibly honored and flattered to be your first featured FotoFuzer!  Thank you so very much. 

My name is Maureen Kirchdoerfer, and I live in Fort Worth TX.  I have a Great Dane named Mango, a Pomeranian named Dax, and a wonderful husband; they make me happy beyond words.  When I'm not crafting new pieces, or using FotoFuze to enhance my newly crafted pieces, I am at my Tae Kwon Do school where I work and play.  I am a Purple Belt in American Tae Kwon Do, a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and have been doing Muay Thai Kickboxing for about 2 years.  I absolutely love the martial arts, and everything it involves.  Besides making my creations, it is my favorite meditative outlet.

Fotofuze:  How did you first hear about FotoFuze, and when was that?

Maureen:   I heard about Fotofuze about two months ago while browsing through the Etsy Apps.  It has has changed my life by helping to make the picture taking process of my products incredibly easy and user friendly.  I used to have to edit for hours on end to try to get my products properly highlighted and accented.  With FotoFuze I am done in a few clicks!  I am left with incredibly professional looking photos that make my products look incredible!

Fotofuze:  How has FotoFuze changed your life?

Maureen:   I love that FotoFuze links up to my Etsy, so that I can post new items directly from the FotoFuze site.  After I finishing highlighting my photographs, I simply click 'Post to Etsy' and within minutes I have new items posted with incredible pictures! 

Fotofuze:  What do you like the most about FotoFuze at the moment?

Maureen:   Right now, I have to say that I love the ease of use of the program, as well as the customer service.  I was having trouble posting an item to my Etsy the other day, and I popped a message onto the live chat, and within seconds I had a response and someone was helping me.  The problem was solved in minutes, and I was in awe!

Fotofuze:  You describe your style as an eclectic mix: funky, punk, gothic, kitsch, retro, rockabilly, punk, glam. How did you develop your artistic style and what do you use as artistic inspiration?

Maureen:   My artistic style sprang from the depths of my silly creative mind.  Sometimes even I don't know where I come up with ideas, they sort of just pop into my brain and I just roll with it.  I am inspired by the juxtaposition of soft elements mixed with unexpected harder lines.  I love taking something that is typically thought of as dark, morbid, or even ugly, and making it into something that is unexpectedly beautiful. 


Fotofuze:  What do you use to shoot your photos with?

Maureen:   I use a Pentax SR Optio A40 to take my pictures.  Nothing fancy, but it always gets the job done.  I always adjust my white balance, and the zoom level, I use a homemade light box to take the pictures, but then I let FotoFuze do the rest.


Fotofuze:  When you are designing a piece of jewelry, do you spend a while working on the concept, or do you run with your first idea and revel in that spontaneity?

Maureen:   When I am designing, I will sometimes sit down with an idea in mind of what I want to do, but I always find that when I finish, it is never what I expected it to be.  I let my pieces sort of create themselves.  I'm never ever rigid in what I am creating, and might start with an idea, but halfway through if I think something else might look cool I'll go with it.  It is an incredible creative process, and a freeing feeling to be able to just let something happen like that.  I really treat it like a meditative process.  In meditation, you let your thoughts come and go, but never focus on one single thing.  That's really what happens when I sit down to create.

Fotofuze:  What got you started in doing what you do?

Maureen:   In April of 2009, my Dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer.  Eight months later, on January 2, 2010, he passed away after an incredibly brave and difficult battle with the disease.  His loss to me was, and is still a crushing blow to my heart.  He was a pillar of strength in my life.  But from his ordeal, I learned how important it is to take advantage of every minute we have here on this earth.  It made me realize the value of appreciating everything, and everyone I have, and how fleeting our time is here.  Perhaps most importantly, I realized the importance of doing in those minutes the things that make your heart happy.

I began crafting jewelry in November of 2009, while I was staying with my parents during my father's last months of life.  In my down time I needed something to channel my energies in a positive way.  I needed a distraction, and a release.  I suddenly felt the urge to begin crafting jewelry.  Call it chance, call it coincidence, or call it fate.  All I know is that creating jewelry for me has become my meditation, my peace.  I put so much of myself into each and every piece, that it creates an incredible release for my heart, mind, and soul.  Thus, the birth of Release Me Creations.

Fotofuze:  Are you involved in any other art such as music or painting, etc?

Maureen:   I am involved in the martial arts, and yes, I do consider this an art.  The meditative aspects, the focus, and the beauty that can occur through the movement of the body are so incredibly inspiring to me.  I also enjoy occasionally sitting down to draw using graphite and charcoal.  I love creating black and white portraits.


Fotofuze:  What is one new feature you wish FotoFuze could have?

Maureen:   A new feature that I'd love to see on FotoFuze would be different folders that I could place my pieces in so that I wouldn't have to search through pages upon pages to find a piece I did in the past.  I'd love to be able to separate my fuzes into necklaces, rings, earrings, or even just separated into folders by months.  Just so that I could browse through past fuzes more easily.

Fotofuze:  What do you love about Etsy?

Maureen:   I absolutely love the community of Etsy, and how incredibly diverse and unique it is.  I love that it is like a treasure chest full of things just waiting for you to find them.  I also love the idea that there is someone out there who is meant to have one of my creations.  I truly believe that my pieces always end up in the hands of who they are supposed to, almost like my pieces are pre-destined to find their place in the world.

Christine:  How can readers take a look your jewelry?

Maureen:   They can visit http://www.releasemecreations.com

or find me on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/zen25.


Fotofuze:
Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419964 2011-01-20T05:14:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Qualities of Light: How to Play with Light

By Christine Olick, Web designer for slygirlstudios.com

Quality of light is very important when creating photographs. The texture of the object and its surroundings can change the overall effect, but one can enhance a photograph by controlling the source and direction of light being shined upon the object.

All objects both absorb and reflect light in varying degrees, depending on the texture of the surface of the subject being photographed. The amount of light reflection can affect the color and amount of detail perceived by the eye and camera. The manner in which light is reflected from the surfaces of objects can be described by the terms specular and diffuse.

Specular reflection is characteristic of very smooth surfaces such as shiny metal or glass. Concentrated ight is reflected in a glarey "hot spot" or highlight.  It may include the light from the light source and light reflecting from adjacent objects (ex: a marble countertop or mirror).  Diffuse reflection is an innate characteristic of textured, matte (not glossy) surfaces.

The above photo is an example of specular reflection, by debbi

The above photo is an example of diffuse reflection, by ginette1224

Light absorption occurs when surfaces, textures, or colors absorb much of the light that strikes them. Dark objects absorb more light than objects that appear lighter. Objects that appear a certain color because that color is reflected back to our eyes while the other colors of the spectrum are absorbed by the object. For example, a blue dress appears blue because all colors except for blue are absorbed, leaving only the blue wavelength reflected.

The selection and control of the light source also determines the quality of light. Direct light produces sharp shadows, glare, or bright highlights. Direct light also produces high contrast between brightly lit and deeply shadowed areas of the work.  Areas which are the same color or tone will appear as two different colors or tones if they appear in both brightly lit and shadowed areas. Direct light may add a striking drama to the subject, cause sharp shadows, or may confuse and distract the viewer. Examples of direct light would be a studio spot light, camera flash, or a beam of sunlight.

The above photo is an example of direct light shining down on the subject, creating a dramatic contrasting shadow, by KookyKangaroo

The above photo is an example of direct light shining from the right-back side. The sharp shadow adds depth and playfulness to the work, by squareq

The above photo is an example of direct light made by a camera flash, by kimberlyw1

Diffuse light produces soft-edged shadows or no shadows (such as under the light tent) and is produced by filtered light sources (such as an overcast sky) or by reflectors from which the light is reflected indirectly towards the subject (such as aluminum panels). There will be no glare or bright highlights, and overall contrast of the image will be reduced. Tones and colors will appear more even than with direct light, and textures will be minimized. You can achieve diffuse lighting effects by placing a semi-transparent barrier between the light source and the object being photographed. Examples would be a thin white sheet, tracing paper, or even a t-shirt.

The above photo is an example of diffused light shined on the subject, creating an airy, soft shadow, by DuckTapeRose

Changing the direction of the light or adding multiple light sources can increase visual interest as well. Fill lights or supplementary lights can be used in addition to illuminate shadowed areas. Usually these secondary lights are dimmer and placed farther away from the subject than the main light.

The above photo is an example of a light source coming from the right side, adding drama and depth to the subject, by schneider

The above photo is an example of multiple light sources. Here there are two lights, one on either side of the subject, by MetalandMineral

 

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419965 2011-01-11T19:42:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Depth of Field: How To Guide

Written by Christine Olick, slygirlstudios.com

The control of depth of field can have a dramatic visual effect on photographs. A minimal depth of field might be used to isolate a subject against a visually busy background by reducing the background to a soft, nonrecongizable backdrop. A maximum depth of field can communicate visual information related to texture, density and deep space.

by FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

To change the depth of field in a photograph, adjust the aperture on your camera. This function is only available on cameras which have manual settings, not point-and-shoot models. The wider the diameter of the aperture opening, the shorter the depth of field, and the smaller the f-stop opening, the longer the depth of field.

A lens typically has a set of marked "f-stops" that the f-number can be set to. Typical ranges of apertures used in photography are about f/2.8–f/22 or f/2–f/16, covering 6 stops. Lower f-stop numbers correlate with larger aperture openings (less in focus, smaller depth of field), and higher numbered f-stops correlate with smaller aperture openings (more in focus, larger depth of field).  For example, f-stop 22 would mean nearly all elements in the photo would be in focus, but an f-stop of 2.8 would mean just a small area in focus.

A larger f-stop opening allows more random scattered light rays to enter the lens and record on film, and a smaller f-stop opening allows fewer of these angular light rays to strike the film. The random scattered light rays are recorded not as points of focused light on film, but as circles of confusion (blur). A wider aperture opening will always produce more circles of confusion than will a smaller opening on the same lens.

For marketing a product online, these camera effects come in handy when trying to create a sense of mystique or sophistication, or may help to fade out a overly-busy and distracting background. If you have a very small depth of field with only a portion of your product in focus, it can highlight a certain area that you want your customer to notice, enhance the texture of the item, or blur out a sharp shadow. While using Fotofuze, adjusting the aperture can help to simplify a complicated background.

Below are some recent sample photos from Fotofuze demonstrating depth of field:

by HarvestMoonDesigns

by JoannGirls

by FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419966 2010-12-18T20:12:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Try out Etsy's new beta recommendation system -- Taste Test

Etsy has a new recommendation system at http://tastetest.etsy.com/

You click on the button to the right of each row and it tells you what other listings you might like. Give it a shot and let us know what you think in the comments!

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419967 2010-12-15T04:17:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Tuesday Updates

Hi Fuzers!

First, some incredible news! Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we looked at the listings sold with Fuzed photos vs listings sold without fuzing. On average, listings that used fuzed photos sold twice as often!! This is proof in the pudding that a picture is a customer's first impression of a product, and making a good first impression is very important to sales!

We are thrilled at the positive feedback and that we helped make the holidays a little brighter for you all!

Second, lets talk about some of the new features on the site.

Fuzing speed has been massively improved. We are seeing up to a four fold increase in fuzing speed!

In addition to the fuzing speed improvements, we improved many areas of the site to be more responsive and more usable. In particular the back button behavior is much better when paging through listings.

Also, you can now change the size of the highlighter and eraser. You can get at those fine details much easier now! These new controls are to the right of the highlighter and eraser. Thanks to our fuzer fans for suggesting this! 

Looking forward to Christmas and 2011, I feel this is going to be a bright year for everyone, and we will be right behind you every step of the way. 

Merry Christmas!

- The FotoFuze Team

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419968 2010-11-30T19:48:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Etsy is having an API outage

We're having a database issue that's affecting /v2/private requests.
I'll keep you posted on the resolution.  /v2/public should be
unaffected.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Justin Kerr Sheckler
Developer API Lead
Etsy.com
justin@etsy.com

Update from Etsy:

This appears to have cleared now.  The outage lasted approximately six
minutes.  We're looking into the root cause.


Justin Kerr Sheckler
Developer API Lead
Etsy.com
justin@etsy.com
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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419969 2010-11-30T11:18:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Tuesday Updates

Hey Fuzers! We've got some news for you all, including some updates to the site.

First of all, we passed 100,000 photos processed sometime last week and are well on our way to 200,000 photos processed!! This is amazing news and we are thrilled that everyone loves FotoFuze as much as we do. :) Also, a very special thanks goes out to all those that donated to help support the service! We think you are amazing! 

Over the last two weeks (has it really only been two weeks?), we've added Internet Explorer support, a "check for errors" helper image, photo de-noising, contrast enhancement controls, listing/album pages, photo/album/listing deletion, and many more. We have also improved the base photo enhancement technology as a whole. We are constantly looking for ways to make your product photos the best photos on Etsy and the Web.

For any website, there is nothing more frustrating than things going wrong and not knowing why or how to fix them. We've taken many steps to help out when problems arise. Real-time live support chat and documentation on the website/blog to name a few. Sometimes, however, this just isn't enough. When you have fuzed 20 photos with amazing results, but one of them turns out odd... you need something to tell you what you need to do to fix it. On the 2D Photo's edit page, there is a "Check For Errors" helper image which pops up after previewing is complete. If you hover your mouse over the image, it will mark some areas of the photo in red where we have detected problems might have arisen from. If your getting odd results in the preview, or afterwards in the results, be sure to check the error image for places you might have missed highlighting. Just one more step in providing useful and valuable feedback, right where you need it, when you need it the most! :) 

Photo Denoising is important for high-ISO photos (low-light) and sometimes even for low-ISO photos. There are various different kinds of noise in an photo, and they are different in every camera! There is both color noise as well as brightness noise. Some cameras have more color noise, some have more brightness noise, and some have both. Image Denoising aims to help with this. Image Denoising comes in 12 possible strengths. The lower values primarily affect color-noise whereas the higher values affect both color and brightness noise. Levels 11 and 12 are specially designed for extremely high noise photos. Most people will probably stick to the low levels (0-4), only venturing into higher levels (5-10) when the occasion calls for it. 

Contrast Enhancement can be a life saver when you need it. We think you'll find that FotoFuze's contrast enhancement every bit as technologically advanced and innovative as people have come to expect from FotoFuze. :) 

To help our fuzers with literally hundreds of listings, instead of Load More.. you can now jump to a specific page. Thanks to our dedicated fuzers who helped point this out to us! 

Looking forward to the next two weeks, we are working on some changes which will make fuzing up to 4 times faster than before. Fuzing will be more convenient and practical than ever before! :) Keep on the look-out for more improvements to come! 

Comments are always welcome! Let us know what you think!

 

Your friends,

- the FotoFuze team

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419970 2010-11-16T23:34:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Popularity Overload

UPDATE: Website is back online! Fuze away! 

Hey Fuzers,

We've had a swarm of users, and our servers have gone down temporarily--popularity apparently has a price to pay! Don't worry, we'll be back soon--estimated time is around 6:30 pm Central time. 

In the meantime, if you've got an urgent question or comment, e-mail us at contact@fotofuze.com or support@fotofuze.com 

 

Thanks for supporting us. We're really sorry for the inconvenience!

 

-the FotoFuze team 

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419971 2010-11-16T08:06:00Z 2013-10-08T16:52:11Z Tuesday Updates

featured user: ladybowp

Hey Fuzers! We've got some news for you all, including some updates to the site. 

First of all, we are absolutely thrilled at all the positive comments we've received about the site! Thanks to everyone who had something to say about us--your comments help us continue to improve FotoFuze, day by day. We're happy to welcome our new Fuzers as well to the FotoFuze community!

Some recent changes to the site may have caught your attention. First of all, we've recently instituted a live chat, and FotoFuze representatives are usually present on it, as well as helpful Fuzers who are part of the burgeoning FotoFuze community. Got a question? Don't want to e-mail support? (though we always welcome e-mails!) Try asking in chat! 

Additionally, a number of fixes and improvements are being put through, many of them requested by Fuzers. If there's something you'd like to see, or if you have any other comments or criticisms about the site, you can contact us at contact@fotofuze.com. We add new things from our user's wish lists to our to-do lists all the time--we strive to make our Fuzers happy. 

One new change requested by a user is the ability to disable fuze-complete emails. You can get to this setting on your profile page (link on the top right of every page.) We are also testing out some new ads today. 

Next week, we'll be adding a feature to disable the cropping feature--though the responses are generally pleased with our image enhancement as it is, this gives Fuzers the ability to further personalize their Fuzes. We're also rolling out an auto-center feature, where the website will intelligently detect the alignment of the image. Another thing to look forward to coming up is improved black levels in contrast. 

We have some additional improvements in the works, so keep a lookout! 

In the near future, we're going to start featuring interesting Fuzers whose products we think show an exemplary use of the service. If you're interested in being featured, e-mail contact@fotofuze.com.

Comments are, as always, welcome! :) Let us know what you think! 

 

-the FotoFuze team

 

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tag:blog.fotofuze.com,2013:Post/419972 2010-11-12T00:11:00Z 2017-04-13T23:51:49Z The 3 Most Common Problems FotoFuze Users Have (and how to fix them!)
Here at FotoFuze, we are excited to begin our relationship with Etsy--while individual Etsy sellers have used us regularly in the past, our service is now a member of Etsy's application gallery. To all our new (and old!) users, we've got some tips on troubleshooting the most common problems users have when using FotoFuze.

1.) Incorrect background 
This is the biggie--if the background isn't WHITE or BLACK, then the software FotoFuze uses is generally unable to fuze the photo properly. For optimum results, please use a flat white or black background--it's as simple as taking a picture on a sheet, piece of paper, tablecloth, etc.

Bad background: 

Poor background: 

Good background! 

2.) Highlighting Borders
The highlighting tool can be a little confusing for the first time user. Think back to when you highlighted in your schoolbooks--we want you to highlight the whole object, not just the borders.

Bad:

Poor:
This is close, but still not quite right. You'll get results, but they won't be optimal. (We'll get to why in #3.)

Good! 
The highlighted object should look like this once it's highlighted. This is what we recommend for best results. 

3.) Sharp Shadows
Our service does have a quirk in that when there's a sharp shadow, you must include it as part of the object. If your pictures have been coming out faded or overexposed, try evaluating how you highlight--is there a shadow you could include? Did you fill in the entire object? 

If you don't include a sharp shadow, as in our "Poor" example above, then your image probably will result in something like this.

For an optimum result, include the shadow, as shown in our "Good" example. You'll probably get a good result, like this. 

If you're still having problems or have any other questions, help is just an e-mail away--you can always reach us at support@fotofuze.com
We also recently instituted a live chat, and FotoFuze representatives are usually available as a real-time resource there as well. 
If you'd like to see a step-by-step guide of how to best use FotoFuze, check out our video tutorial, located .
In the next couple of days, we'll also have a picture based tutorial and a new FAQ coming to the website. Stay tuned!
Any other questions? Concerns? Let us know! 

-the FotoFuze team 
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