I have always been working a 9-5 job and only started freelancing for about a year ago. Since then I discovered many things that are supposed to be common things (at least to me), in fact aren’t. And I simply don’t know how to make my buyers understand these.
For example, how do you explain that scaling an image (in this case it means making a bigger image from a small one), like to make a 5 cm square to a 100 cm square would end up with a bad looking image ? I really can’t understand why someone wouldn’t understand this. I knew this before studying any design class. Doesn’t everything work that way? You can cut a bread in half, but can’t make a full bread from half of a bread. It seems do able with digital image but the laws of physics still apply, the result wouldn’t look good.
The same with resolution (though this is more reasonable since not many people know what resolution means), how do you explain that making a 72dpi to 300 dpi by changing the number in photoshop wouldn’t make the image “high resolution”. It is like changing the .jpg to .ai doesn’t turn a jpeg file to a vector file. Or more simple, doing this like labeling a taco as a tiramisu, it doesn’t change what the file actually is.
And yes, I tried these breads and cakes explanations before and they :
- still didn’t get it. Some just agreed with me but I know they actually didn’t understand.
- didn’t want to get it, just wanted me to do whatever they said since they pay me.
- thought that I was being a smart mouth and want to embarrass them.
I know I can’t please everyone, but when the majority of my buyers just don’t understand these common things, I need an easy and fast answer for those who do want to work with me ( of course not those who yells at me for educating them)