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Dash of Inspiration: Small Batch a Day

January 20, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Small Batch a Day

… keeps the mistakes away!

I’ve always been a GCU artist that avoids creating large batches of the same image for various relations and/or ages.  Problem is, I tend to get bored – so I multitask to the point where I’m making mistakes or overlooking previous info in the submission fields. Sometimes, I just give up altogether and never finish the series.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to overcome this issue and create for some of these categories. My first design for age specific birthday, turned into a series well-suited for relationship/age specific categories. Knowing that I’m likely to cause the reviewers and myself time/frustration if I do too many of these at once, I found a good method which works well for me – and the results have been good for the review team too. Zero mistakes and the approvals fly though!

Of course this is assuming your design has been previously approved as a series concept card, be sure to add the PID in your Note to Reviewer and let them know this is previously approved design for an ongoing series.

Thought I’d pass on these tips to anyone who finds these categories as daunting as I have, in the hopes I might inspire you to find a process which gives your mistake free submissions:

  1. Break down the series into small batches of 12 to 15 cards.
  2. Make the creative changes to the card front in your design software – ONLY for this first group. That tends to significantly reduce the mistakes made on the design end of the process.
  3. Since small batches don’t take very long to create from start to finish, take the time to READ each field and make your specific changes to fit each new card.
  4. Wait at least 4-hours, before uploading the next batch – preferably one batch a day.  Give your eyes and brain time to disengage from the visual you’ve been repetitively seeing. We make nonsense errors because our mind begins to tell our eyes what’s there instead of our eyes telling our brain what it sees – the result is that our eyes stop communicating with our brain and we don’t ‘see’ our mistakes.
  5. If you are a Star Submitter, wait until that batch is approved before uploading the next batch.

This will work for any series you are doing. As long as you keep notes on where you’ve left off and break down the series in a way that makes sense to you.

Okay, here are this week’s FREEBIES!  As always, it is your responsibility to read each contributor’s TOU (terms of use) before using.

Soerjaputera Fontthis is one of my font choices used on the new series shown in this post.

WE LIKE STRIPED: 30 striped patterns

Stripes are wonderful for so many occasions and can easily be changed to well suit men, women and children.

Hearts for everyone!

GIMP Brushes: Hearts

Free Photoshop Hearts

Doodled Heart Shapes/PNGS

So, until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2014 9:41 am

    I totally agree with Doreen, uploading large series is boring and mistakes are easily done especially when you are a non native English speaking like me.
    To avoid those mistakes I created an easy trick that everyone can use. I created a spreadsheet with all family relations, ages, keywords etc … so I can copy paste for example the relation without errors.
    Secondly all my verses are always send to a professional proofread company, this costs some money but it is really affordable and a good investment in the long run.
    Last but not least, when I have an occasionally return for edit, I make a note of the mistake for the future. This to avoid something a lot of people do: Doing always the same thing and expecting different results. (quote of Albert Einstein describing insanity) 🙂

    Jan

    • January 20, 2014 4:06 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Jan and for sharing your own tips! That quote by Albert Einstein is a favorite of mine 🙂

  2. paintedcottages permalink
    January 23, 2014 10:24 pm

    interesting…nothing beats tips from a pro!

  3. January 24, 2014 1:31 am

    Great advice Doreen, thank you! I will stress the importance of this statement:
    “Of course this is assuming your design has been previously approved as a series concept card, be sure to add the PID in your Note to Reviewer and let them know this is previously approved design for an ongoing series.”

    The series concept review process is saving artists and reviewers a lot of time and grief!

    And including the pid# of the approved concept in the Note to Reviewer field for follow on derivate designs is another huge time and sanity saver.

    See here for more details on that process:
    https://gcucommunity.com/2013/09/10/tips-and-tricks-pre-approval-for-card-series-with-fast-track/

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