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If you are an illustrator, painter, photographer, or digital
artist that shares our vision we may be interested in
licensing your art.
How Licensing Works
You sign a contract with us which allows us to add
your artwork into our general portfolio, which we
then sub-license out to poster printers, distributors,
and retailers. They print posters and sell them in
poster stores and websites, spreading your artwork
and name across the world. You will be paid a
50% royalty of any money we make from your art.
We believe in treating our artists fairly by giving
them what they deserve, so you make what we make.
- You get your name out as an established, marketable,
- Maybe one day you will go to a party and your piece
will be on the wall.
- You make money every year for as long as your poster
- You get to brighten people’s otherwise dull, grey, little
How the Contracts Work
Contracts are carefully tailored for each piece to fit the
needs of the artist.
Their basic structure is:
- You remain the copyright holder of your work
- You grant us the reproduction rights to turn your work
- You grant us the rights to retail those posters
ourselves, or to sub-license the art to other poster
- You receive a 50% royalty of money made by us from
sales of posters with your art.
the rights transfered in the contract pertain only to
posters, nothing else. The contracts give you the
copyright and gives us only the reproduction rights
(only for posters) so we can turn the art into posters
and sub-license them into the poster industry, or retail
them ourselves, all while setting you up on a royalty
for the proceeds. We negotiate the contract on an
individual basis for each artist and each piece of art.
If the piece is a painting or illustration you keep the
To Submit Art For Consideration
In person: if you’re in the area just drop us an email
and we can arrange a meeting.Email: Email scans,
photos, or a link to your work to:
Mail: Send photos, prints, slides or a portfolio to
Cliché Posters LLC
P.O. Box 368.
Santa Barbara, CA
Include a self addressed stamped envelope.
How To Get Your Art To Us
We need to have extremely high resolution digital copies
of art to print posters. The industry standard for printing
is 300 dots per inch. That means that to print a 24×36inch
poster you would need an image file that is 7200×10800
pixels. In photoshop that’s about a 223mb file!
So here’s how we do it:
For paintings, illustrations, and film photography we have a
relationship with a high resolution scanning service here in
Santa Barbara. If you’re out of the area you can either
fedex/ups your work to us or we can find a scanning service
For digital art it can get a bit trickier. If you’re working in a
vector based program like Adobe Illustrator or a 3D modeling
program render the image at 300dpi for 24×36 inches
(7200×10800 pixles) or as high as you can. If you’re working
in photoshop or a similar program just send us what you have
without any sort of web-optimization applied. Don’t try to
artificialy boost the resolution. We have our own suite of
interpolation software that we can use to increase resolution
with minimal quality loss.There are limits though and
unfortunately we often have to reject work that was made
too small to be reproduced as a poster.
The basic idea is the higher the resolution of the file you get
to us the easier and more likely it is that we can get it
widely published as a poster.
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