Here at Essex and Orange 1773 we are all about activism. It's how our company began!
Grassroots are great, but part of the problems these kinds of groups face are resources. Not every Tea Party organization or local conservative action group has a professional graphic designer on staff, as a matter of fact most don't.
Large leftist organizations have access to many things conservative groups do not, but that doesn't mean it has to be that way.
In the interest of bringing more "power to the people" we've made a selection of poster sized art and web banners available for free use by our guests.
You're welcome to use these designs for your fliers and websites, and we hope you will. Please keep in mind that these are not copyright free images so if you want to reproduce them for resale you will have to get our written permission to do so. We also require that you leave our blurb, "www.essexandorange1773.com all rights reserved, 2011" on any reproduced printed products, or give us credit for the artwork with a link to our site. Also, please help us drive our website hits by sending your family and friends to our website to access the links. The more business we have the more images we can offer for free!
We do check the web for unauthorized use of our images. For more information regarding copyrights and how they affect you, read the article below.
The posters are sized to be printed on 11"x 17" paper, and the banners are 850 px wide.
These posters are not intended to be printed in other formats. If you need a poster in an 18" x 24" format for an event, or need more information about using these images, please contact Susan at:
If you'd like to receive notice when new free downloads are available, please click on the link below:
All Images are the creative property of essexandorange1773.com, All Rights Reserved, 2011
Click on the link below to go to our download page. Enjoy!
Since many of you are just getting started in dealing with digital images I thought I’d share some valuable information about the dreaded subject “Resolution.”
Those of us who work with images are constantly dealing with it, often thwarted by trying to print low quality resolution or dealing with sharing high quality resolution files.
During my years of working as a graphic designer my biggest headaches all revolved around resolution issues, so I know how frustrating it can be, especially when you don’t really understand it.
Essentially, resolution is the dpi of an image. DPI stands for “Dots Per Inch.” Digital images are made up of teeny tiny dots of color, kind of like a Georges Seurat painting, but even more intense. For printing you need a dpi of at least 300 to get a decent print, for the web the standard is 72 dpi.
Why the difference? The main one is speed. A 300 dpi image takes much longer to download than a 72 dpi one. So, for web pages, most image files are 72 dpi…otherwise you could take a long nap waiting for a site to come up. A 300 dpi image looks better, but for most websites, the 72s work just fine.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that when you pull an image from a website and try to print it you usually get a fuzzy “pixelated” print. The reason for this is that your printer works differently from your computer, it requires a higher resolution (DPI) to give you a realistic print.
Just making an image bigger in size will not help resolution issues, in fact it makes them worse. Look at the picture above, notice that the magnifying glass and background look clear, but the magnified image is fuzzy. That’s because it’s the same image as the one below, but made bigger. It’s basically just stretched the dots to make them bigger, it hasn’t made the picture clearer.
If you have photo editing software there’s usually an option called “image size.” You can change the dpi of a picture or photo to 300 before printing but it doesn’t always work. If an image is very small, (under 150 dpi) it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get it to look better by increasing the dpi to 300. Larger images can sometimes be improved, but that depends on the original source of the file. A photo or image that started out at 150 dpi cannot be improved. Most digital photos and scanned images are 300+ but these files are often compressed before putting them on the web. Compressed files cannot always be returned to their original size.
DPI also affects the size of the image files, making it difficult to send large files via email, hence the reason for file hosting sites.
When you download poster files from our site, they are 300 dpi so you should have no problem printing them on your home printer. You also should be able to resize them up, (a little), and down to whatever size you need using “image size” in your photo editing software. Our web images are created at 72 dpi so they are intended for web use only. These will probably prove unprintable.
I hope this information helps. At least next time you’re frustrated by a fuzzy print you’ll know why!
As an artist one of the most difficult things to deal with is copyright infringement. It’s an old saying that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” and that’s true, but when something you created is being used by someone else without your permission it feels more like a violation.
I recently discovered that another “artist” had ripped off one of my images that appeared on this site and was selling posters of it on CafePress. As of now, it’s being handled by CafePress and I’m sure that they are as concerned about the infringement as I am. It’s unlikely this person will be able to continue selling my artwork as their own.
Copyright infringement can be a technical thing as far as the law is concerned. In this case the image had not been copyrighted because I had not intended it to be resold. I actually stated this in an article on another site that showcased the image. So, not only did this person steal my artwork, they did so in full knowledge of my wishes as the artist.
Some people think that if an image does not have the © it is safe to use. This is untrue. Copyrighting an image with the government is essentially one way of declaring your ownership. Anyone who creates a work of art, music, prose…. any creative work, owns that work as their “intellectual” property with or without a “copyright.” The issues arise when the person who claims the work cannot prove that they created it and when.
In my current case, not only do I have the original files of the artwork, I also have multiple emails back and forth from Ray to myself, as well as an article that appeared on a couple of other sites discussing the image and my concerns about it being used. All of this is clear evidence of my ownership of the image that can be traced to a specific date. If the other “artist” cannot show they created this image prior to me, then they must cease and desist using it without my permission.
Those of you who are involved in campaign work may be tempted to use other people’s artwork for your cause. This is fine as long as the original artist has given you their written permission. In the case of the free downloads on this site I have made it very clear that the posters and images can be used for personal use, or for your non-profit tea party or other organization. You also must give essexandorange1773 credit for the use. Other usage is prohibited. This means that you can’t print t-shirts with my images, or sell anything with the images on them without my written permission, even if it is for a fundraising event. Odds are that you’d have a hard time finding a reputable printer who would allow you to use the image without my written consent, as printers can also be liable if they are a party to a copyright infringement.
Conservative groups have big targets on them, so we have to be sure that we don’t risk our reputations for the sake of a few bucks. Witness Tom Petty asking Michelle Bachmann to stop using one of his songs. Technically, she may have the right depending on how his music company distributes his music, but it’s better to just stop using it.
The best thing to do when you find yourself tempted by a particular image is to make sure you can use it safely, without putting yourself or your organization at risk of a lawsuit. If you aren’t sure, don’t do it! It isn’t worth the consequences.