Isolated in Stock Language


posted on 27th of july, 2011

I'm not a big fan of photographing isolated objects, but from my experience as a buyer for three years, I feel pretty qualified for writing on this subject. So here it is:

"Isolated" in Microstock Language means plain, shadowless, easy to remove background. So, when you're using this word in your title, description or keywords, you must ensure that you have submitted a well-lit and good contrast subject on a plain, solid color background.














"Isolated" means that the buyer can delete or expand the background in less than 2 minutes.













And let me remind you about the excessive blank space issue: [link=http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/09/08/whitespace-that-should-not-be-white_art33344]White space that should not be...

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Posted by Algol on October 05, 2011
Only just seen this as I was pointed here in response to a question in the forum. I'm amazed there doesn't seem to have been an official announcement for this! I have hundreds of isolated illustrations and up 'til today all accepted as such. None of them have drop shadows etc. and all can be easily removed from their white background. But today two have been rejected for this reason. Does this mean half my portfolio is about to be deleted? This seems ridiculous.
Posted by Melonstone on September 17, 2011
I get where DT is coming from regarding truly "isolated" images, but it would be an advantage if we were allowed to replace existing images that may have shadows etc with an identical "isolated" image otherwise we will lose sales. Should we remove the word "isolated" now from existing images or wait until DT prompts us (which may well allow more sales to accrue in the meantime)?
Posted by Twoellis on September 07, 2011
Okay, I just have to put my 2 cents in here. I've been a designer with several industry leaders as well as major advertising firms since 1986. If I, or anyone else I've ever worked with needs an isolated image, the objective is to find an object uncluttered with other items; a single rose, not an entire garden; a diamond ring, not one accompanied by a lovely hand...you get the idea. By discriminating against single items that may contain a shadow or reflection from searches that contain the term "isolated" is truly limiting from my perspective. And since the majority of my portfolio contains such images, I know with certainty that the keyword "isolated" was the number one factor in many of my sales on at least one other site that shows such information.



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