|It has been some time since I have written about the all-important artist portfolio. Several years ago, I wrote an article about how to make a PDF digital portfolio using Adobe Acrobat. That was then. Things have changed. |
The biggest change is the acceptable methods and image formats an artist can submit to potential publishers, manufacturers and art licensing agencies. More of these companies are accepting online portfolios, instead of a PDF portfolio as an attachment to your query email. Many now prefer that you supply a URL to your online portfolio. They are busy people and don't have the time to download and open a PDF.
There are many types of software that can be used to build an online portfolio. They range from a simple gallery to an e-commerce catalog software. If you don't already have a website, you might want to consider using one of the sites that will supply the software to build your portfolio and also host the portfolio, such as ArtistPortfolio.net or FolioLink.com. These sites offer many related services including an e-commerce feature for selling your art from your portfolio site.
For those artists who already have a website but want to add a portfolio, there are several open source software that you can use to add a gallery to your existing site. Before you start searching for your gallery/portfolio software, you need to make a few decisions about your goals. Will a simple gallery meet your goals? If not, make a list of your goals and which corresponding features you will need for your portfolio. Below is a short list of some goals and what features to look for in gallery software. This list will get longer if you wish to add e-commerce to your portfolio.
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