it’s so weird to think that ghirahim wasn’t as brash or mean with link in the original japanese version as he is in the english one
Kiri: Well, “best” and “smartest” are pretty subjective, and I think for a lot of people, it’s a matter of trying a bunch of things and figuring out what works for them personally.
Personally, I maintain an inventory sheet in Word and Excel which I print off for each convention, then mark tallies for every item sold. After the con, I’ll update my doc by subtracting the tallies. I prefer manually marking tallies at-con because it’s faster, and for busier cons, it’s much easier to mark down a bunch of tallies than to input sales data on an electronic interface (imo). The tallies on paper also make it really easy for me to see at a glance what sold well for me at a particular con.
As for Square (and most other similar services), the reader itself is free, so I don’t see the harm in having it for your first con. If you continue doing conventions, you’ll want to get one eventually anyway, and personally I think it’s one of the easiest parts of con prep — just fill out a form, hook up your bank, and that’s it. The initial investment is like 20 minutes of your time. :o
Nattosoup: The girl next to me at AWA didn’t take credit cards, and she spent the entire weekend informing cash strapped customers that she could not accept their form of payment. She lost a lot of sales.
I use Square, and I made about $130 this weekend I would not have made otherwise. Sometimes, if you’re the only person in an alley who takes card, you get business you’d never otherwise get. At big cons, most of the more professional artists take credit card, and a lot of the hobbyists do as well, so you may find yourself regretting not making that 20 min time investment.
I have two books for tracking sales- a small notebook for keeping track of ready-made items, and a small pad on a clipboard for keeping track of commissions. I mark mail-in commissions with a sticky tab for easy reference after the con. I’ll probably be tweaking my system a little bit so customers get a receipt for commission purchases.
I wish you luck on your first con!
Heidi: From last to first, yes get a square. One con I did $600 in sales alone in credit cards, so its more than worth it. Square is even being adopted by small businesses because its cheaper and more reliable than having a dedicated credit card system.
As for keeping track of sales, I have a book I write everything down in (I try to specify the amount and the product) though when I get really busy I do sometimes miss sales. I also track my expenses and make notes for getting ready for the next con in this book. Its not the most professional answer but it works fairly well.
Go there, and do as the instructions say.
When my art was stolen, I got the post reported, and it was taken down. Don’t worry, it doesn’t just take down the sources post, but it takes down all the reblogged posts too.
Please give this a reblog, many artists out there may not know this is here.
And remember, ask permission before sharing, or don’t post it.
It doesn’t hurt to explore the official forums for Manga Studio and CLIP.
go read the thread if you wanna find out how to create this tool:
Also, colours can vary depending on what paper you print them on as well. Coated paper (like gloss) will always make dark colours darker, and will make the print more saturated looking. Matte printing is easier to get true to what’s on screen. :)
AHhh this too! Thanks for pointing this out! There are just too many factors with printing! WEEPS
Heyo! Sorry for this belated response. Cmyk printing is something I’m still trying to figure it out myself so I can only give tips from personal experience. Yes, I only work in SAI and it doesn’t support CMYK unfortunately. I always edit in Photoshop afterwards. What you can do it ideally test print your images at home with your own printer or there are some online printing companies that allow you to order actual hard copy proofs of your images so you can edit accordingly which is super helpful!
In Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6), there are several ways to do this. One method is to covert image to CMYK mode under Image > Mode > CMYK Color. This usually merges all your layers though.
Another is if you’re working in RGB profile you can go under View > Proof colors. This sets the profile you want to simulate or test with overriding normal display color management so basically it’s showing you the CMYK colors as it would print on paper. Not super exact but gives you an idea. It appears duller than RGB profile.
You can edit your colors as and keep checking the Proof Colors option on and off to try to get it to how you like.
Something to keep in mind while you’re working with cmyk printing is the gamut colors. Gamut is basically the range of colors that a color system can display or print. Most RGB colors are too vibrant, thus out-of-gamut, and are unprintable.
You can see which color won’t print under View > Gamut Warning. Click and Unclick to see which colors are out of range.
You can also color pick a color in your drawing, open up the color picker and it should give you this warning icon that shows you it is out of range. Clicking on it will give you the CMYK substitute which is usually much duller. In regards to my illustration, the bright blue color of the sky will be replaced automatically with a color replaced within the CMYK scale if it prints.
Clicking View > Gamut Warning while in color picker, shows you exactly where the printable color range is (image below). So in regards to the blue sky of my sousuke drawing, that color will not print.
OH Another thing… my colleague gave me some tips with Color Settings when I printed out assignments for school. In Photoshop, go to Edit > Color Settings and select Adobe RGB (1998) for RGB. It provides a larger gamut range for RGB which helps when you’re converting to CMYK! And it prints fairly true to what I see on my screen! YAhoo!!!
Adjusting colors is complicated and it takes some experience to get right! T_T GOOD LUCK! I hope this was somewhat helpful! There are way more helpful links and explanations online too so yeah don’t…take my word on it because I’m still learning myself…. Eep.