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PixoPal Story: How We Became What We Are Today!

As I pen this piece, Pixopal is well on its way to establishing itself as a global operation-as-a-service platform for photo editing. It has also been earning recognition and accolades as a pioneering talent-as-a-service platform, which is completely driven by the talent and zeal of the global freelancing community. At this juncture, when I look back at the vision what we call Pixopal today, I am unable to believe how far we have come today and of the immense possibilities that the future still holds.

Starting at the Beginning

Pixopal was conceptualized in 2015 when a team of e-commerce professionals found that the biggest challenge most e-commerce vendors and photo-studios faced had to do with the time of editing their product images. We found that while the demand for quality photo was growing by leaps and bounds, this demand was often sporadic, especially for the consumer goods and fashion apparel sectors that follow season-dictated product cycles. This made hiring a full-time photo editing staff unviable for most vendors and for photo-studios. On the other hand, while freelance talent was available abundantly, vendors and business owners were still concerned that hiring freelance talent meant introducing variations in the quality of the final photographs. There was also the pervasive notion that these photo editors were unprofessional and inadequately trained.

A Picture-perfect Solution

This led us to arrive at Pixopal, a comprehensive editing service that would provide e-commerce companies, fashion houses, and other clients a reliable, cost-effective means to create compelling visual imagery. This, in turn, would empower them to better market their brand and boost their bottom lines.

PixoPal is a revolutionary photo-editing platform that connects business owners and marketers with freelance editing talent, in order to edit a high volume of images in just a few hours. Powering PixoPal is a pool of more than 500+ freelance photo editors, who work around the clock to meet the exacting expectations of our clients. Our service applies principles of automation and LEAN business to further improve the productivity and throughput of our photo editors. For business owners, photo studios and marketing managers, PixoPal offers a secure channel to leverage the talent of freelance photo editors, while mitigating risks pertaining to the quality and efficiency of their services.

The Best of Both Worlds

Through PixoPal, we offer freelance photo editors a reliable platform to tap the burgeoning demand for their services, and to explore, exploit and develop their talent and skills while also boosting their income. Today, freelancers are PixoPal’s USP and they help us to serve a number of clients around the world. Through PixoPal, we offer freelance photo editors, from all walks of life, the means to find their rightful place in the business ecosystem, and benefit from the global economy.

Going forward, we hope to establish PixoPal as the platform of choice to meet the image editing needs – ranging from the removal of background to product retouching – of our customers.

Steps To Remove Image Background Instantly

 

To change the background or of any subject (read product) (to remove image background) and to place the subject in a completely new landscape, you’ll be required to remove the background from the image perfectly. Removal of background is a very tricky task but it also plays a crucial role in many fashions of the e-commerce industry.

PixoPal’s latest Background Removal Tool has made things quite easy for many of our users. The tool is easy to use and everyone can understand it with a mere couple of clicks.

Step 1:

Open your browser and Log on to www.pixopal.com

Step 2:

Once the site is open click on Remove Background menu placed in the menu bar to open background remover tool.

Step 3:

Once you are on background remover page upload your image and click on remove and Voila! Your background has been successfully removed. It is as simple as that.

Are you facing any trouble using our interface? Mail us at contact@pixopal.com and our customer support team will be happy to help you.

Outsourcing Company or A Freelancer: Why PixoPal Loves Freelancers?

Many a time, as a client, you often land up in a dilemma in which you cannot decide if you should hire an outsourcing company for the betterment of your business or not. Sometimes, you face a lot of problems with timelines and you can’t decide if you really need that particular outsourcing company or not, or can that work be done in-house, or do you need freelancers?

Freelancers – the term which has recently popped out in today’s business environment – are individuals who work from home, coffee shop, parks, you name it. Freelancers, though casual, work as a professional and work really hard to deliver what you have been expecting from them.

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Outsourcing companies – some established and some start-ups – with graffitis on their walls, bottles of beers laying on the side table, and a bunch of creative staff may promise you to deliver the creative content and perfectly edited images which your client has been expecting from your company but, believe me, however creative they may say they are but they still work from their offices, meet limited sets of people.

While freelancers work from wherever they want to work, they meet a lot of new people in the pursuit of their work. Freelancers work from the perspective of a client who is creative and drafts your project in such a way that your company gets and adjective of awesome-sauce.

Why are Freelancers better than Outsourcing Companies?

PixoPal’s community of freelance photo-editors

The very first thing which a company sees while planning their project is the budget. Outsourcing companies are said to be cost-effective when it comes to the in-house team. But freelancers are very cost effective and deliver their tasks on time. You will not have to struggle to meet deadlines.

Freelancers know what is expected of them and they work according to that only. Having worked for more than just your company, freelancers get a global look at every work they do.

There isn’t just one thing; there are many things which make us love freelancers more!

 

 

 

 

Where To Go To Edit Your Handicraft Images

There are many cameras with modern features in today’s world that make digital photography one of the easiest photographies. Even the most basic models of such cameras produce crisp and clear photographs.  Though the technology has taken you to the places with an introduction of such camera models, you face occasional issues with white balance, shadow, lighting, etc, especially with Handicraft Images.

There are many products that can’t be captured in the frames of such models and one such product category is “The Handicrafts”. Capturing a handicraft images is not quite as easy as snapping off a quick one with your regular cell phone camera. To take quality photos of the handicraft items you intend to sell, you’ll need a decent high definition digital camera and a variety of photographic accessories, including Tripod, Digital Camera, Auxiliary Lighting, Clean space with plain black or white background (according to the standards of the e-commerce websites), and a Photo editing software. though, so it’s a good idea to keep a photo editor around to help resolve them: but which one? let’s take a look which photo editor will fit for handicraft image editing.

It is always recommended to keep a photo editor around you to resolve each of the images according to the industry norms. But full-time photo editors are very expensive. So let’s take a look at which online photo editor will fit for handicraft image editing. (Adobe Photoshop has become popular since its inception. but it isn’t the only game in town. In this article, you will get to know some online photo editing platforms.)

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a creative tool for photo editing and graphic design. it has a great photo editor, graphic design features, and collage maker which is fun to begin. if you want to edit pictures like handicraft, jewelry, or any other product related picture than pic monkey is good, to begin with.

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GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. it has a greater user interface which every beginner can work with.

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Pixopal (For Editing Handicraft Images)

The giant of photo editing, PixoPal is a technology-driven, high-volume Professional Photo Retouching service provider which is the perfect match for the Photoshop and other photo editing software which focus on removal of background, spots, and wrinkles from your images for e-commerce, classifieds, fashion, jewelry, and portraits.

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Art of Persuasive Photo Editing

It is one of the common believes that photography is only for those people who own a talent to capture the images perfectly. Yet, another way of looking at it is to see photography as one of the characteristics that a human possesses. Photography isn’t a tough task if you know about lights and angles.

Anyone can click a wonderful image, using a phone camera or a DSLR, but editing images to make it perfect for industry standards is a real job. Many of our clients have written to me and my colleagues at PixoPal asking about post processing services (
Jewellery retouching services, product photography editing services, Product Photography Retouch, etc) for they believe we are good at doing that. Thanks, people.

In this post, today, I am going to share a few pointers on what product photography is. And how persuasive photo editing important in every field of industry.

One of the branches of commercial photography, product photography, is all about showcasing a product accurately yet attractively. The principal application of product photography is in catalogs and brochures. Product photography is also very important and very useful in advertising.

Out of many challenges that a photographer faces, to represent the product without distortion; to represent the product in good lighting, with soft shadows and no identifiable reflections; and to photo-edit a range of products rapidly, one at a time, so that the shadows, lights, and background are consistent are the challenges that are faced by every photographer. All these points which I have already talked about above are keys to persuasive photo – editing.

Here are the key factors that are really very important for persuasive photo-editing:

  1. Branding:

Branding is creating a unique image for a product in the consumers’ mind. Good branding will differentiate your company from others in the e-commerce field and create a significant presence that will attract and retain customers.

If your products are clicked perfectly in a good light and at the right angle, then half of your work is done. The other half of the work totally depends upon the photo-editing and content writing; for selling a product online, a seller needs to establish itself as a brand – and for that, it is really very important to have right sense of photo-editing and copy write the descriptions and titles of the products after knowing your audience.

  1. Wordings:

Like I have already written in the point above, content writing is one of the significant key factors that is responsible for selling your products online. It is really very important to copy write (persuasive writing) all your products’ descriptions and titles. Know your audience, analyze them, and write according to the keywords that are searched a lot. It sounds easy, right? But, believe it isn’t. Using a keyword is a treacherous task and one can lose a lot with this factor.
Use right keywords in the content for your e-commerce descriptions and titles and win hearts of your customers.

  1. Imagery:

Images are the first thing customer notices while buying products online. Well, I won’t say a lie. Products which are clicked well, sell more. Don’t they?

Yes, images for the e-commerce selling should have all of their focus on the product. Any little distortion in the image – such as color disorder, wrinkles, blemishes, and spots can affect the sales and the name of the brand ultimately.

Always, keep in mind to put a nice flawless high key image of your products online.

So, now you know what you need to do next, go and do your thing.

Let me know in the comments if this post was helpful, informative or fun to read.

Google Auto Draw | Review

Google wants you to get in touch with your inner Picasso with its recently launched web-based tool AutoDraw.

AutoDraw is a web-based tool that uses machine learning to turn your handmade doodling into an art. The Auto Draw app is available for free and it works on every phone, tablet, and computer.

How does this web tool work?

It is pretty straight: draw you best version of a fish, say, and the auto-suggestion feature of this web-tool will guess the possible shapes for your doodle. Then, you can choose the doodle which best depicts your doodle.

Pro View:

It is fun and one of the most efficient ways to do the clipart activity. With all the layouts set, colour options, text, sizing and the self-draw feature and options; you can quickly get related results for your masterpiece.

Cynical view:

Just another clip art collection to the collection of Google. At this very moment, it looks more like a google’s way to showcase the technology of Artificial Intelligence and use your activity for data mining.

Product Photography for E-commerce Industry

Product photography for E-Commerce Industry is a field of photography that generates tailored and attractive images of the products. These images are used to boost the sales both via print media and web pages. Whether you are planning to sell a toy or a hairclip, this field of photography is really very important as this put your merchandise (subject) under the best lights.

Why do you need product photography?

In the world of people who are highly driven by images, professional product photography is one of the best things that make your product stand best amongst the many products.  According to the figures received, Amazon sold some 480 million products approximated in December 2015. Just because of the special high key field of photography. 

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Removing The Background of a Picture Using Microsoft Office

Removing the background of a picture using Microsoft Office is very easy and is very helpful when you are having a one off need and are looking for a solution within the toolset you have.

When you want to maintain spotlight only on a product, a picture with plain background works the best because in such images the entire focus goes directly to the product and not to the background. These type of image editing is helpful in not just e-commerce, classifieds, marketing brochures, but also in your key business presentations.

Editing a picture and removing the background of a picture can get a bit trickier, especially when you don’t know how to use Photoshop. For all the high-quality images you need Photoshop to edit and remove the background of your image but images of not-so-high-resolution can be easily edited by the special feature offered by Microsoft Office for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

In this blog post, we will discuss the steps to remove the background of your image using Microsoft Office. For easy and quick demonstration, we will take a simple picture of a simple item on your desk.

  1. Click the picture that you want to remove the background from.

2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, Adjust group, click Remove Background.

3. Click one of the handles on the marquee lines and then drag the line so that it contains the portion of the picture that you wish to keep, and excludes most of the areas you wish to remove.

Automated Result from Microsoft Background Removal Tool

Automated Result from Microsoft Background Removal Tool

In many cases, you can get the result you want without any additional work, by experimenting with the position and size of the marquee lines.

  1. In our case, we notice areas which are being highlighted as Pink. This means they will also be removed. To keep these areas click Mark Areas to Keep

Keep the Image Parts to retain during editing

Mark Areas To Keep

  1. For more precision, you may zoom into certain sections of the picture and use closely placed markers to remove more parts of the picture and limiting them with markers for Keep, click Mark Areas to Remove / Keep.
Areas To Remove and Keep

Closely Mark Areas To Keep and Remove for more precise control

6. When you are done, click Keep Changes or Discard All Changes in the Close group.

7. A picture once edited should be cropped to proper dimension like a square. Use Crop->Aspect Ratio to achieve the same

You can also apply an artistic effect, such as Pencil Sketch or Cement, or add picture effects such as shadows, reflections or glows to the picture remaining after you have removed the background.

For Professional Remove The Background service, get in touch with us on contact@pixopal.com

Article Reference: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Remove-the-background-of-a-picture-c0819a62-6844-4190-8d67-6fb1713a12bf

5 Essential Photoshop Tools to Enhance Image Quality

Today, In this blog post we’re discussing 5 essential Photoshop tools that you can use to enhance the quality of your images.

You are shooting photos for your next photography project or for your e-commerce product listing or for your own blog. You click some amazing pictures which look oh-so-scenic in the camera but when you transfer the images to your computer, you notice that something is really very wrong with the image. But you are not able to figure out what is so wrong?

Zoom in the picture and you will see a lot of blemishes, blurred section, and that pictures are not rightly sharpened.

Essential Photoshop Tools

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ESSENTIAL PHOTOSHOP TOOLS TO ENHANCE IMAGE QUALITY

  • Sharpen Tool

It happens most of the time that certain parts of the photos clicked by you have a bit of fuzziness and blurred sections. To bring more definition to the details in your photograph and to make your image look high-definition, select the sharpen Photoshop tool in the tool bar and click on the areas of the photo that you’d like to enhance.

  • Dodge Tool

It happens many a time when you click a picture which is exposed to light at some places and comparatively less exposed at other places. If you increase the brightness or blow the image then the brighter areas will become more exposed to light and the image will get worse. In such a situation this amazing Photoshop tool comes to rescue. What to do? Select the dodge Photoshop tool from the tool bar and brush it over the unexposed areas.

  • Crop and Straightening Tool

While clicking a picture it is really very essential for a photographer to position the object and perhaps the camera in the right manner. Despite all these ways, the image may turn out to be a crooked one. In such a case, we should always use crop Photoshop tool  and straighten Photoshop tool to re-position the objects.

  • Spot Healing Brush

This Photoshop tool is really very important to the people who shoot for e-commerce and magazines. There are always some blemishes and wrinkles that stay on the images even after editing with so many other tools. With Spot Healing Brush you can remove the blemishes and spots very easily.

  • Marquee and Lasso Tool

Marquee and Lasso Photoshop tool is one of the most liked Photoshop tools by many of the photographers. With this Photoshop tool you can be a bit creative and you can always crop your images into circle, square and other fun shapes.

Cheers!

 Jitendra Kasliwal

pixopal

www.pixopal.com

Welcome to the PixoPal Blog!

Hello, folks!

Welcome to the PixoPal Blog!

Over the period of time, we have received many requests from our customers and amateur product photographers, asking us how do we transform such a picture into a perfectly edited

rich white background image. They also tell us how we have made an impact in their daily lives and their daily sales.

After listening to such a great response from customers, photographers, and my team. I thought about starting a platform where we can share each and everything that we do – right from our daily projects to our expertise.

The PixoPal Blog will be our platform where we will share our knowledge and other’s knowledge in photo editing and, at the same time will promote your business needs. In this particular blog page, we will be sharing photographs related to fashion, product, and jewelry. We will also have a special column on this blog where we will share tips to improve your photography, interviews of some of the best photographers across the country, and DIYs.
This blog will be a platform for each and every individual who wish to learn, excel in presenting their ideas by contributing to the photographers and photo-editing society.
So, if you have any ideas, questions, or any kind of special request about the posts, feel free to write to us at cmo@pixopal.com or provide us your feedback on the blog.
We’re excited to get to know you better, and we hope that you find these resources useful. If you are looking for other ways to connect with us you can also join us on Twitter and Facebook.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheers!

Jitendra Kasliwal
pixopal
www.pixopal.com