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Bruce, 1. Should individual portfolios be used to separate the work into graphics and photography classifications? Yes 2. Should subject matter such as landscapes, architecture, flowers, seascapes, etc. be grouped rather than mixed? Yes 3. Do you mix color and B&W in the same portfolio? If grouped by category - yes. 4. Do you make your prints on glossy, semi gloss or HW matte papers, considering that these are going to be in transparent sleeves or possibly left with a customer? I prefer HWM because it doesn't reflect overhead lights. 5. Is the best layout 1 (~8x10), 2 (~5x7's) or 4 (~4x5's) images per page? One 8x10 per page. 6. How do you handle a mix of verticals and horizontals? If someone can't handle turning your portfolio to look at both, then you don't want to work for them anyway. 7. Should each of the images be identified with things such as a caption, I.D. number, size constraint, date of generation, or something else in addition? None of the above? None of the above. Let the work do the talking. 8. Do you ever pull these sheets from the portfolio and leave them with potential customers and, if so, what information should be on the print to allow the customer to know where they came from? That is, of course, information that isn't excessive enough visually to detract from the image. Never leave original pieces from your portfolio. Print up a leave-behind with several images and contact information. Much more professional. 9. How do you mark or protect the sheets so that they can't be easily photographed and copied or otherwise have their content scanned and utilized? Register all you work with the Copyright office. Include a small legal disclaimer on the bottom of your leave-behind. 10. Do you use black or other backing sheets placed between the prints in the transparent sleeves? Black backing. 11. Is it considered a good idea or a bad one to simulate the photos as matted and/or framed? Bad idea. 12. When displaying magazine cover graphics, do you show the proposed layout given to the magazine or do you scan the actual magazine cover for display? The latter method rarely has the quality of the original submitted artwork. Are you trying to get hired as the person laying out the cover, or the person creating the cover? Only show the original work. 13. Would it be considered a good idea to make up a hand-out page with 6-8 small images on it displaying capability and relevant contact information? These would probably be mass printed sheets rather than individual Epson prints. Yes - This is your leave-behind. See above. Hope this helps. Steve - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.