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Old 10-09-2005, 12:47 AM
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Would you provide your layered files?

I have been asked to do a test retouch for a glossy Asian magazine. They have requested that the file be kept on layers. My first thought was to do the retouch, merge my work onto a new layer and call that RETOUCHED - then the other two layers would be ORIGINAL and BRIEF. I do not feel comfortable with providing my actual retouching layers raw. What are your thoughts on this?
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Old 10-09-2005, 01:16 AM
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I can see a valid reason for requesting the layered retouch once it is a paying job. But if the purpose of this is to judge your skill, then your layers should be immaterial to them. Are they providing the image to retouch, or are you?
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Old 10-09-2005, 01:33 AM
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Retouching

They have provided me with an image to retouch. I would say it is a test of skill, yes.
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:55 PM
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sounds to me like the chumps are looking to get some work done for free.

Thank them for the opportunity and move on...i would be VERY surprised if they actually hired you for anything.

When samples are requested i always watermark the heck out of it and supply a lower res jpeg. Nobody is getting free work from me...they should know better then to ask for a usable file as a test, shame on them
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Old 10-09-2005, 02:59 PM
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Being taken for a ride?

They also said that they only pay £10 to £15 per image. Now this is a high-end fashion retouch that is about 3 or more hours worth of work! That is actaully under the min wage here (£5.05 per hour)
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Old 10-10-2005, 05:56 PM
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Hi Shelby

I never ever turn over a layered file to a client. And when I do a retouching test for employment(when I had to) I never left a layered file for them to view either.
I always left them a flattened layer with the corrections combined so they could do a before and after though.

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Old 10-10-2005, 06:35 PM
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I agree

I have not provided my actual layers. I don't think that it would be worth my while anyway.
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:10 AM
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I NEVER give out my layered files unless I'm paid extra for them. I had a photographer once that wanted the layered so he could alter the images even more. I charged him more for the effort. Anyone not paying extra, I wouldn't give them the layered files - those are your work.

Last edited by grafx; 10-11-2005 at 02:35 PM. Reason: Wasn't clear
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:53 PM
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I have never charged extra for the layered PSD file. But then the only people asking for them are my commercial accounts (photographers and design firms). Technically (and I could be wrong here) they own the copyright to the photos anyway and it's no big deal for me to hand off the layered file. It's not unusual for them to make minor last minute changes (I know they aren't going to make any significant changes without me) to the images, and having the layered file makes that much easier for them. I see it as providing good customer service. And a good reason for them to continue to use my services. I am not interested in milking my customers for all I can get out of them.

For private work, I don't even tell my customers anything about layered files, and they never ask.
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Old 10-11-2005, 02:38 PM
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I am not interested in milking my customers for all I can get out of them.
Are you saying by charging extra for cleaning up, clearly labeling layers and supplying a layered .PSD on disc is "milking" someone? I'd select some different wording.
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