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Imaging USA Early Bird Pricing Ends Dec. 8

November 30th, 2015

imaging usaJoin JDLab at Imaging USA, in Atlanta, January 10-12, 2016.

Professional photographers come to improve their business skills, photographic education and use of new tech and software.

Early bird pricing ends December 8th. Save on an All Access Pass and enjoy the classes, expo, parties and so much more!

Remember, if you joined PPA this year, you can attend for FREE! Register today at http://www.ImagingUSA.org/Register and your fees will be comped before checkout.

And visit http://www.imagingusa.org/travel/hotel for daily updates on hotels and accommodations.

New Emerald Album Layout Guides

November 20th, 2015

custom wedding albumWe have just completed and released our new, more accurate and helpful layout guides for our Emerald Custom Album covers.  The Photoshop PSDs can be downloaded here. These same guide dimensions are visible in JDLab2You when you are building your custom cover.

Because the covers have updated dimensions, if you already have a template or a favorite design saved, it may require updating.  Watch for the grey area in JDlab2you which indicates the wrapped part of your image or the gutter area near the spine.

We have also updated the templates for LabPrints. This video shows you how to install them in LabPrints. You can download the templates here.

If you don’t use our PSD album layout guides, here are the dimensions you should use to create your Emerald custom album covers:

5×5″ Emerald Custom Cover Dimensions:

Over all: 13×6.5”
Side wrap: 1”  Top/Bottom wrap: 0.75”
Spine: 0.627”

8×8″ Emerald Custom Cover Dimensions:

Over all: 19×9.5”
Side wrap: 1”  Top/Bottom wrap: 0.75”
Spine: 0.627”

10×10″ Emerald Custom Cover Dimensions:

Over all: 23×11.5”
Side wrap: 1“  Top/Bottom wrap: 0.75”
Spine: 0.687”

4 Great Christmas Gift Ideas

November 16th, 2015

christmas gift ideasChristmas shopping is never easy, but I’ve found a trick that works for me: browse through a year’s photos of family and friends, and turn any of them into a Christmas gift.

Below are 4 gifts I’m giving this year that I’m confident will be appreciated, and I won’t have to keep the receipt in case they want to exchange it.

1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle. As more and more young people are realizing the litter produced by plastic water bottles, there is a trend toward reusable bottles. This one is decorated for a friend of mine to show off his daughter. $14.95. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Steps to a Great Marketing Email

November 11th, 2015

SEO checklist for photographersHere at JD, we like to keep up on ideas to help professional photographers grow their business. That’s why I was excited to receive a link for an online article titled, “The Anatomy of an Art Sales Email” on the ArtStorefronts blog. The author breaks down the 8 basic components of a sales email, then shows you how to use them to create a brilliant email you can send to your clients.

While we’ve discussed these steps in many articles at JD, it’s great to be reminded of them again as you’re getting ready (hopefully) to send out your holiday marketing emails to clients. Just remember, don’t cut prices – add value.

AOL and Yahoo Blocked Emails

November 11th, 2015

email-serversRecently we had a problem with a client who not only could not receive our newsletter, but couldn’t even receive email directly from customer service at the lab. The problem was traced to the fact that he was using an AOL.com email account, and AOL.com had blacklisted our email and website provider.

“Blacklisting” happens when an incoming email server sees spam coming from another email server. The incoming email server will put the spamming email server on a list and automatically reject (bounce) any future email from the them.

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New Product: Personalized Photo Calendars

November 11th, 2015

custom photo calendarSeveral of our clients have asked for a custom photo calendar, so we’ve designed one just for you!

This spiral bound calendar lets you drop in a new image for each month, as well as an image on the front and back of the calendar.

Each page is 8.5×11″ horizontal, for a total size of 11×17″ when open. The calendar comes pre-drilled, ready to hang on the wall. All of the major holidays are included for 2016.

Printed on high-quality paper, these calendars are a great add-on or gift for you or your clients.

Calendars are $19.95 each, and are available in JDLab2You.




Holiday Card Special: Buy 3 Sets, Get 1 Free!

November 3rd, 2015

holiday-card-specialIsn’t it funny how some places price their cards high, then offer big coupon discounts?

Not at JDLab. Our everyday card prices start as low as 28 cents each.

But to encourage you to get your holiday card orders in early, we’re offering even bigger savings: For every 3 sets of 25 of the SAME holiday card you order in November, we’ll send you 1 set free!

For example:

• Order and pay for 3 sets of the same card, and we’ll send you 75 + 25 FREE.
• Order and pay for 4 sets of the same card, and we’ll send you 100 + 25 FREE.
• Order and pay for 5 sets of the same card, and we’ll send you 125 + 25 FREE.
• Order and pay for 6 sets of the same card, and we’ll send you 150 + 50 FREE.

To take advantage of this offer, click the “Holiday Card Special” in the print options in JDLab2You.

Here’s the fine print:

1. No promo code required.
2. Offer only for orders of 3 sets or more of the SAME card & image.
3. No limit to the number of orders.
4. You will be billed for the number of sets of cards you order.
5. Orders must be placed by November 30th.

This is an opportunity to purchase any of our photo, flat, or folded cards at a great price. Design your own, or use our most popular templates. Use this special to encourage your clients to order holiday cards, and save on your lab bill.

All our cards – photo printed slimline, flat, and folded – come in sets of 25. White envelopes are free with all cards except double-sided postcards.

Adobe Max Sessions Free Online

October 28th, 2015

adobe-maxOne of the reasons Adobe products cost more than their competition is the incredible amount of training and support they offer for all their products. This includes the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, held each fall in the US.

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Create a Studio Logo in 5 Minutes or Less

October 28th, 2015

JDLab-logoNeed a quick logo, but don’t have time or money to hire a professional graphics designer?

Squarespace has a logo design tool that makes it easy to create a basic logo you can use for your studio. Mock up as many designs as you want, and when you’re satisfied with one of them, pay $10 for a final image file you can download and use over and over again.

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New Product: Aluminum Water Bottle

October 20th, 2015

custom water bottleHere’s a cool photo gift for kids, athletes, or anyone in your family who needs water to go!

This BPA-free, aluminum water bottle holds 27 oz. of any liquid. Features include:

• Lightweight all-aluminum construction
• All-white with black screw-on top
• Clear, retractable sipper straw
• Item height: 10 3/8 in.

You can customize this bottle with your artwork to create a great-looking, one-of-a-kind gift for your family or clients.

Aluminum Water Bottles are $14.95 each, and are available in JDLab2You or Pick-a-Pack.

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