What is Iconize Me?
-An online, digital caricature service. You send us a photo, we draw you. It's just that simple.
How much does Iconize Me! cost?
-Iconize Me is $60 per individual face. If you would like multiple caricatures, you can contact the artist for more information.
How do you know what I look like?
-You need to provide us with a big, clear photo of your happy, smiling face. After placing an order, you'll be given an opportunity to either upload the photos through our site, or email it to the artist from whom you ordered. If you prefer, you can also wait for us to email you.
What format does my picture need to be in?
-JPEG is always nice, but we accept any other major file format. (GIF, TIFF, PICT, PNG, BMP, PSD, etc)
How extensive of an illustration is included for the price?
-For the base price, we will generally draw one person from the chest up. If you'd like an icon with more than one subject, a greater scope, or anything out-of-the-ordinary please contact the artist for a quote.
How do you send the completed order?
-As a zipped folder straight to your email.
How big are the final files?
-Usually around 1-2 megabytes per individual caricature ordred.
What files will I get in my order?
- (1) Mac OS X icon,
- (1) Mac OS X ICNS file,
- (1) Windows ICO file
- (1) 128x128 GIF
- (1) 300 DPI 8.5" x 11" JPEG
- (1) Vector-based PDF file.
Can I get the original Photoshop file? / Why do you use PDF?
-We don't work in Photoshop to create the portraits, so there is no Photoshop file to send. All of our work is done as vector art in Adobe Illustrator, which we save directly to a PDF for delivery. Working in Illustrator allows us to be free from the boundaries of resolution. A vector file is purely mathematical, so it can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. The PDF file we send in your order retains all the qualities of our original Illustrator file.
What type of payment system is used for Iconize Me?
-PayPal. All major credit cards as well as eChecks are accepted. Sorry, we can not accept other forms of payment.
How do I know I'll like the drawing?
-Over the years, we've had incredible success and a really tremendous satisfaction and rate. Doing this consistently isn't easy, and gathering someone's likeness from a single photo can sometimes be very difficult – but we pride ourselves on doing the very best job we can. If for any reason you're not satisfied, please let us know. We never want a customer to be unhappy with their order.
How long does the whole process take?
-While each icon is completed in around 30-90 minutes (depending on complexity and artist), the time frame in-which your order will be delivered is usually between 1 week and 1 month. Iconize Me is a side job for all three of us, and depending on demand there may be several orders ahead of yours that need to be completed. This is always subject to change.
What are the system requirements for the icons?
-The high-res JPG and full-quality PDF files will work on any computer. To view the large 512x512 icon you'll need Mac OS X Leopard- but they will work under any version of the Mac OS. The Windows ICO files should work fine under XP, Vista, or Windows 7.
What software do you guys use?
-Adobe Illustrator and a little Photoshop. Icons are created with IconFactory's IconBuilder Pro.
Couldn't I do this myself?
-Perhaps. But that's not really the point, now is it? A lot of people can do little portraits, however a lot of the fun is within seeing how someone else interprets you...It can be nerve-racking, but there's a lot of excitement built up! I still go to traditional caricature artists when I see them around- it's all just for fun!
Can I use the icon for _______?
-Yes, we license all icons with Creative Commons. You are free to use the icon (incuding derivitive and commercial projects) however you like. For more information, see below:
What else can I do with the portrait?
-We don't know! Use you're imagination. Most people use them on their blogs, or as a profile picture for any number of web services (Myspace, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, Last.fm, or anything else). Or, maybe go beyond the computer and make a cake or use it as a logo.