"Your text HERE" - a good idea?
In the above thread there is a discussion on how to remove the text from the concerned image. Now what I was wondering about is, why do people put that thing there anyway? That was quite a nice customer (or a desperate customer) who bought that file. Even if you do have the best greeting card background in the whole website and the customer has no idea how to remove your "Your text here" guide, why would the file be bought? They'd go look for something else.
I have read some threads in the past about this issue, "Should I write your text here, etc stuff?" Answer is "usually don't". If you do feel seriously that you need text in there, then do it.
All our customers aren't web designers or experts in Photoshop. They can't flip the photos or use eraser in paint. They are mostly exactly "end users" who need the end image. By end image, they mean they want to use it right away. That is quite obvious in the above thread and I thought I should share that because you might all be losing on sales for such little reasons.
Another quite funny thing is, I got this sold twice (total of 8+5 credits spent) on the inverted earth image. Obviously enough, if the user was a web designer or experienced user, he/she would never buy this particular photo. They would just buy something in level 0, there are hundreds of earths from cracking earths to rising earths in level 0 range. And then all they have to do is open it in paint and flip vertically! But they didn't do that. Instead someone bought a level 2 image of an inverted earth.
So by this article I just mean to say, produce stuff that doesn't need editing for removing stuff. Rather let it stay empty. It might tempt someone to add text there. Not that the customers don't know anything - there are very experienced designers out here looking for our photos who could change an image beyond recognition in a few minutes, but there are simple end users too who just want the right image, EXACTLY the right image. So let's make it good for both the parties.
NOTE: Please don't upload inverted planets or any inverted things at all. This idea is my intellectual property.
(kidding, but seriously let me enjoy this inverted image discovery and have some more sales. Inverted coffee coming up!)
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Photo credits: Pratik Panda.