Good Photos for Your Products

During my years as a sales rep, traveling all over Idaho, into Montana and Oregon, I did most of my selling out of a ‘pitch book’.  If you are not familiar with a ‘pitch book’ is contains pictures, sales flyers and information I needed to sell products to store buyers.

In my car was hundreds of product samples:  the newest jams, mixes, jewelry pieces, souvenirs, t-shirts, cards, chocolate bars ……I had them all packed nicely in plastic boxes.  And yes, I brought them in … occasionally.  But normally, after the first showing to my customer base, the products never left my car again.

I did most all of my selling out of my pitch book when I had good photos and Good Photos for Your Productsspecially formatted flyers.  Pictures were and still are the backbone of my business.

Of course, those pictures also needed to translate to my website(s) as well, so having excellent photos is a must in this business!

I don’t use any fancy software to take or format my pictures.  Our camera is a digital Kodiak.  I touch up and format my pictures in a older version of Corel Photo Paint that my digital artist step daughter gave me and taught me how to use.  Nothing fancy, right?

Actually, the only problem I had was removing the discolored or uneven background in my pictures.  I used an old sheet as a backdrop, but it was not quite as nice as I would like.  Then, I recently ran across a new online software tool called Background Burner.

This cool website will let up upload a pictures where it will take out the background and let you touch it up before saving it.

And the best thing about Background Burner is that it is FREE!

According to the website, this is how it works …

How does the Background Burner automatically remove image backgrounds?

  • Easy: It’s magic! Well… it’s computer magic. It uses a large number of high-tech software algorithms to analyze your image and detect line, color and focus, to separate objects in the foreground from objects in the background.

Can I clean up my image background after it’s been removed?

  • Yes. Every once in a while, the Burned version may not have a perfect background removal. If that happens, just find the thumbnail that looks the best and click “Touch up.” Then use the interactive touch-up tools to perfect your background outline.

Can it remove white backgrounds from images?

  • Yes, it can. If you have an image with a white background, you can run it through the Burner and save it as a PNG. This will convert the white background into an alpha layer, making the background transparent.

Make sure to check out this handy little tool:

http://www.bonanza.com/background_burner

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4 comments for “Good Photos for Your Products

  1. May 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    mmmm… not exactly “free”. It’s free to edit a photo– but to use that edited photo, you need to pay a fee. This according to the FAQ page.

  2. May 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Not sure where you read that Kaytee as I edited and saved two pictures I “burned” with the software. One as a jpg and the other as a png. I can now use those photos to post on any flyer or website I chose.

    Here is the entire FAQ section for the website. I don’t see any reference to a cost to use:

    Frequently asked questions

    Remove white backgrounds, save with alpha transparency, and more

    How does the Background Burner automatically remove image backgrounds?
    Easy: It’s magic! Well… it’s computer magic. It uses a large number of high-tech software algorithms to analyze your image and detect line, color and focus, to separate objects in the foreground from objects in the background.

    Can I clean up my image background after it’s been removed?
    Yes. Every once in a while, the Burned version may not have a perfect background removal. If that happens, just find the thumbnail that looks the best and click “Touch up.” Then use the interactive touch-up tools to perfect your background outline.

    Can it remove white backgrounds from images?
    Yes, it can. If you have an image with a white background, you can run it through the Burner and save it as a PNG. This will convert the white background into an alpha layer, making the background transparent.

    Why is it so important to remove the background from product photos?
    If you’re selling a product on a marketplace like Amazon.com or Bonanza.com, buyers are more likely to purchase when your product photo has a clean, white background. Case studies show that removing the background using a tool like Background Burner can increase sales conversion by 300%.1 You’re welcome!

    How can I use it to change the background of my photos?
    While it’s possible to change the background of a photo using image editing software like Gimp or Photoshop, the hardest part is removing the background in the first place. Luckily, the Background Burner does the hard part for you. Just run your image through the Burner and download it as a PNG. Then paste it on top of the new background using your favorite image editing software.

    If I missed something, please let me know.

    Sandy

  3. May 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hmm… can’t even get the site to load a picture for editing now– when I tried it yesterday, after editing a sample, a link appeared. It went to a page which said something about having their logo on the edited picture, and a fee per picture, and special rates for batches of pictures.

  4. May 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Strange Kaytee. Let me know if you find out anything more.

    Have anyone else had this issue when using the software?

    Sandy

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