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How to Pick Stock Images That Don’t Suck

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Stock images – we have to use them, let’s face it – sometimes there is no other option. So when your design calls for the use of a stock image – try to follow some of the 6 tips below to finding stock images that don’t suck.

How to Avoid Picking Stock Images That Suck

  1. Say Cheese – Steer clear of portraits and action shots that are too fake or posed.
  2. Size and Resolution –  Make sure you pick the correct size resolution ratio for what your design and development needs. Remember – Scale down, never up.
  3. Look Here – Try your hardest to never use a picture of someone holding a sign – but if you must – look here.
  4. Color & Light– avoid overly saturated and severely over exposed images.
  5. If you think it’s cheesy – and that’s not the intended mood of your design – then immediately adjust your browser to select another image.
  6. Trust your designer gut above your clients’ gut — what the client likes may not always be the best selection (even if you were given stock image links).  Take the time to do your own searches based off what you received to be sure there isn’t another image that suits your design as well.
  7. Expand your vocabulary – Try searching for alternate words and combinations – you could come up with a winner.
  8. Be Unique but not Abstract. Find an image that suits your theme but is not the standard image you’re used to seeing with your competitors – give it a shot, that’s what testing is for.
  9. REMEMBER –  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – beauty shots to you may be gorgeous and stunning but to another they may not. This particular category can be a bit tricky.

www.photodune.net stock photosStill need some inspiration? Here are some good examples based on a keyword or thought to help get you started.

Sports

Swimming

stock images that dont suck Professional male swimmer

 

Woman at Rest Outdoor Workout Run

stock images that don't suck - woman resting after doing sports outdoors

 

Baseball mitt and bat on grass

stock images that don't suck baseball

 

Goal Keeper, bright lights

stock images that don't suck Goalkeeper catches the ball

 

Run in the park

stock images that don't suck man woman running park

 

Hiking

stock images that don't suck - hiking

Health and Beauty

 

Backache

stock images that don't suck bachache

 

Beauty – long red hair

stock images that don't suck beauty healthy hair

 

Beauty – long dark hair

stock images that don't suck beauty long hair brunette

 

Beauty Short Curly Hair

stock images that don't suck beauty short curly red hair

 

Business & Skilled Labor

 

Casual Business man with Brown Leather Bag

stock images that don't suck man with brown leather bag

 

Business man presenting floor plans on tablet

stock images that don't suck Businessman present house model and plan on touchscreen

 

Construction worker building timber frame

stock images that don't suck construction worker

 

Engineering Objects

stock images that don't suck engineering objects

 

Technology

 

Modern Communication Concept

stock images that don't suck Modern communication technology

 

Touchscreen technology

 

stock photos that don't suck - Touchscreen-Technology

 

Emotion & Abstract

Freedom

stock images that don't suck enjoyment flowers field clouds

 

Happy kid flying a plane

stock images that don't suck happy kid playing with toy airplane

 

Railroad in sunset

stock images that don't suck railroad closeup to sunset in clouds

 

Food – Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Grains, Pastas

stock images that don't suck food fruits nuts veggies

 

stock images that don't suck food grains pasta and beans

 

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