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Some help using the new cropping tool for submissions to FindingVegan.com

Submission Tip!

Happy 2013 everyone! Here is a submission tip for all you talented bloggers: The number one reason submissions get rejected: not resizing your image before submitting. The proper size is 300px wide by 260px height. However, you can submit any ratio that is close to this sizing. Please do not submit any image smaller than 300px in width. Thanks and keep the beautiful vegan recipes coming!

Bloggers, use these images as the new share buttons for your finding vegan gallery! More coming - if you need a specific size let me know kathy @ lunchboxbunch (dot) com

TAG Tip

Did you know that FV uses some cool tags to organize posts - like #glutenfree and #raw and #dessert. If your recipe is a tag that is not so obvious (dessert = obvious) (gluten free = not so obvious) just include a little note in your submission description text. I will properly tag it and delete your note(s) upon posting. More tags mean more pages for your post! gluten free tag = http://www.findingvegan.com/tagged/glutenfree

FV Submission Wait Time

We are happily drowning in submissions. current wait time for approval / posting from time of submission: 2-6 days. Properly resized images may receive priority posting.

Resize Images Online

Need easy, online, free, access to resize your FindingVegan.com submission images to 300(w)x260(h) - try these sites:

http://www.resizr.com/
http://www.picresize.com/
http://webresizer.com/resizer/

7 Common Photo Issues (for FV Submissions)

1. Too Dark. Light and bright photography works best. You can also use editing tools to lighten your images.

2. Too Much Going On. Simple photos can really make your food pop. Too many elements, shadows, and “stuff” can weigh your image down and distract from the food.

3. Not Enough Color. Bright bowls, colorful garnishes and ingredients can make your photos pop and stand out.

4. Too Close. Zoom out! Get the full scene and not just a close up of the food. Scene photos usually look best on FV.

5. White is your friend. White tones always work well on websites like FV. White backgrounds, white dishes and white settings can always help make the color and textures in your vibrant recipes POP! 

6. Fuzzy Images. Crisp, clear shots are best. Make sure your image doesn’t look blurry. Artistic blurred effects can work in food photos if your camera allows for those fancy settings.

7.  Boring Shot. Submit a shot that says “wow!” not one that says “meh.”

5 Common Submission Mistakes to FV

1. Forgot to include direct permalink to blogpost (specific post, not just the main blog site).
2. Forgot to resize image to 300x260. (Or at least make 300px width - image may be cropped if not sized exactly upon submission.)
3. Did not include short & sweet title/description.
4. Included non-vegan ingredients in recipe.
5. most common issue -> Photo issues (see next top 5 list for top 5 photo issues!) 

Submit to FindingVegan.com 

Grab an image and link it back to your personal gallery page. Need help? Just ask! You can also find easy HTML codes for these images here: -> www.PhotoBucket.com/FVButton

Find Your Post Gallery!

If your blog name is VEGANMAKESMEHAPPY.com - Your gallery is this URL: www . findingvegan . com/tagged/VEGANMAKESMEHAPPY

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