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FAQ

What can I use this artwork for?

Each download can be used in as many personal/home use projects as desired. There are limitations on commercial uses. Please refer to my Limited Use License Agreement for details.

Do you give back?

Yes, I donate 10% of all profits from juliecomstock.us to charity. My current recipients are:

Women for Women

Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. The result: stronger women,
stronger families, and stronger communities. This ripple effect is profound.

Doctors Without Borders

We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency
medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

What types of files do I get and how do I use them?

The most common files are described below. Please see individual product descriptions for specific information.

png Files
The .png format allows files with a transparent background. Not all .png images
will have a transparent background, but it is the only file type with that option. 

.png are great for printing because the compression does not degrade quality.

Open your .png files in Adobe Creative Suite programs, Preview (on Mac), Window Photos Viewer, Paint, Word, and more.

.jpg Files

The .jpg format does not allow transparent backgrounds, but often results in smaller file sizes. 

Open .jpg files in Adobe Creative Suite programs, Preview (on Mac), Window Photos Viewer, Paint, Word, and more.

.pdf Files

Typically used for free/home use downloads. These documents can be printed without any special software needed. They are usually sized for home use at 8.5 x 11".

Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign files

These files require Adobe Creative Suite to open and use. Vector artwork is usually saved as an AI (Illustrator) file. Vector files can be enlarged infinitely without losing quality. Mock-Ups are usually saved as a PSD (Photoshop) file. Design templates and portfolios are usually saved as an INDD (InDesign) file. Patterns, Swatches, Brushes, and Fonts need to be installed into the noted Adobe Creative Suite programs. 

What's the best way to print files?

Ink Jet and Color Laser Printing

Ink jet and color laser printers require 150 DPI for optimal quality. The files in your download for free are often this resolution. Paid downloads have a resolution of 300 DPI. At this resolutions, you can enlarge your images by 200% and not lose any quality on home printers. Having a higher DPI than necessary never hurts print quality, so downsizing works with any file. Ink jet and color laser printers perform best with RGB files. All art in free/home use downloads is saved in RGB.

Offset Printing

Commercial End Use Products are often printed on an offset press. These presses require 300 DPI for optimal printing. This means that enlarging the artwork may degrade quality. Offset printers need CMYK files to print. Please convert all downloaded art to CMYK before printing on an offset press.

Paper Considerations

A good quality paper makes all the difference when it comes to print quality. It is usually easiest to get vibrant colors using a coated sheet. However, if you want a truly matte finish, an uncoated stock is the way to go. For uncoated papers, make sure you are not using too much ink, or applying it too densely. The ink will bleed into the paper a bit and the colors will get muddy. If you experience this, try adjusting your print settings, or switching to a coated sheet.