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Image to be used for CD Cover - Consider your tagging!

Hi Everyone,
This morning i recieved an e-mail from an independent UK record company who would like to use one of my photographs for a CD. As you can imagine this is very exciting. This is the second time i have had this sort of success as earlier this year i was approached by penguin publishing to use an image for a novel.
When investigating how did they find my work , in both instances they searched on redbubble under a particular tag. So be careful how you tag and consider what sort of tags should relate to your work as RedBubble is becoming a fantastic way graphic designers can find artwork they need for their projects.

PS I was thrilled with’Pure Music’ being Featured on the Home Page yesterday Thanks again RB!


  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    Excellent news, Michael! I also have an image going to be used for a cd cover, but I didn’t think to ask how the buyer searched for it. Can you give us a clue to the tag they used for their search?

  • Hi Mel, Congrats to you also, In my case it was Fitzroy and Circus, probably straight forward tags relating to the image, but it’s interesting that these buyers will have a theme in mind and then will search by that!

    – Michael Kienhuis

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    Fabulous..well done and congratulations!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    oh yeah, that works well! Congrats again!

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTover 5 years ago

    Great tip! Thank you and Congratulations!!! Truly exciting news! And very cool to hear that designers are using Redbubble as an image catalog! I had no idea… Will certainly be putting more thought into my tags from now on.:)

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  • Bec Schopen
    Bec Schopen7 months ago

    Hi Michael, just out of interest did you licence the work to them? I have had Yen magazine use my art work for a Christmas shoot which was very cool. However it did not convert into any sales for me which is a shame, especially when you are trying to make a living from art. Bec

  • Michael Kienhuis
    Michael Kienhuis7 months ago

    Hi Bec they purchased the use of the image for$200 but I did not see the end result as based in UK. However the novel image for ‘Last of the braves’ earned me $800. I really didn’t know what to charge at the time and was guided by them. I guess it’s trying to get your image out there in so many forums (use hashtags on twitter) I’ve been experimenting with this and if you post in twitter you get a high volume of traffic directed to red bubble image – for example just this morning I had an image with 7 views, posted on Twitter and now have over 80 views in one day. It’s then hoping this converts to something! M