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URLwire for Thursday January 9, 2003
 
Photos.com Stock Photo Site Launched By ArtToday
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New subscription-based stock photography site combines high quality and low price, providing unprecedented value for money in the stock images market.
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Photos.com Stock Photo Site Launched By ArtToday
 
"We've learned a lot over the years about subscriptions, content delivery, and customer service. We've signed up more than 3,300,000 members and acquired more than 2,500,000 images for the ClipArt.com site. Photos.com is the culmination of all our experience. 
Peter Gariepy
President of ArtToday
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Tucson based ArtToday, a leading Internet provider of high-quality graphics, today launched Photos.com .

Photos.com combines the high image quality typically associated with premium royalty-free stock photos and an unprecedented subscription-based pricing model that calls into question the traditionally high per-image fees charged by leading firms in the royalty-free image market.

A Photos.com subscription gives subscribers download access to more than 20,000 premium- grade stock photographs in three of the most popular sizes used by creative professionals. Every subscription includes access to high-resolution (print size 6" x 8" at 300 dpi), medium-resolution (print size 3" x 4" at 300 dpi), and multimedia-resolution (print size 8.5" x 11" at 72 dpi) photos, giving users the flexibility to download the right image for any job.

“We've sourced images from some of the top vendors and photographers in the industry," says Bob Mayer, Executive Vice President of ArtToday. "Our images compete with all of the major royalty-free stock photography sites, including GettyOne.com and Corbis.com. Early indications are that the site will be a major success.”

The Photos.com team has committed to adding 1,000 new images to the site every month. "Our content plan is very strong," states Patricia Vargas, Director of Content. "We will continue to license photos from the top photographers and publishers in the industry. Our goal is to create one destination where customers can find everything they need. We have subjects ranging from business to nature to people to travel, in styles that run the gamut from contemporary to traditional. Photos.com has an incredibly wide breadth, and will continue to grow in the future."

Dan Burke, Director of Marketing for ArtToday, adds, "Never before has the creative industry seen this much value. The average cost of just one of our high-resolution images, purchased from traditional stock vendors, would be $150. For the cost of roughly 2.5 of these images, the creative community can access almost $6,000,000 worth of stock photography at Photos.com for an entire year. Designers who are used to buying stock photo CDs will get the equivalent of 200 CDs, without the headache of digging through 200 separate titles for the images they need."

Photos.com has been built on a foundation of six successful years online with subscription-based clipart service ClipArt.com (www.clipart.com). "We've learned a lot over the years about subscriptions, content delivery, and customer service," says Peter Gariepy, President of ArtToday. "We've signed up more than 3,300,000 members and acquired more than 2,500,000 images for the ClipArt.com site. Photos.com is the culmination of all our experience. 

“We've really done our homework here, and taken our time with this product," continues Gariepy.  "We believe Photos.com has been launched at the perfect time. The consolidation trends and decreasing average sale price of all areas within the stock photography market indicates a timely introduction of a subscription service like Photos.com."

Photos.com also boasts the only high-end stock photography affiliate program available on the web. The site uses trusted industry affiliate leader Commission Junction, and yields up to $59.99 per one-year membership sold. Potential affiliates can learn more at http://www.photos.com/en/company/affiliates/.

Media representatives may receive a complimentary one-week subscription to evaluate the Photos.com site and product offering by contacting Dan Burke at Dan@photos.com.

More about ArtToday.com, Inc.
ArtToday.com, Inc. has been in the graphic-content publishing business since 1988. Originally a software company, ArtToday shifted its focus to the Internet in 1996, offering online subscriptions for clipart, web graphics, photos, and fonts. Since then, the company has developed a network of design-oriented websites that provide graphics users with royalty-free content at affordable prices.  These sites include ClipArt.com (www.ClipArt.com), Graphics.com (www.graphics.com), RebelArtist.com (www.rebelartist.com), FlashComponents.com (www.flashcomponents.com), and others.  ClipArt.com is the largest subscription-based graphics resource on the web, with more than 2,500,000 clipart images, animations, photos, fonts, and sounds.

More information about ArtToday can be found at http://www.clipart.com/Main/company/general/
 
 
 

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