Stuck on Graphics?
Do you ever find yourself spending WAY TOO MUCH time (and money — *sigh) looking for that “perfect” graphic or stock photo to heighten the look of the project you’re working on or make your business brand *POP*?
Well, if this is you … always looking for more “do whatever you want” photos, then this blog post is just what you need. Pictures speak for themselves – so keep reading to find out what some of my treasured visual resource sites are that will help you out and stop your hunt right in its tracks!
- Negative Space
- Life of Pix
Now of course there are other options such as doing a Google or Bing search, BUT you must be VERY CAREFUL when it comes to copyright laws. As well, and equally important, the quality. Don’t just grab the very first photo you see just because it suits the style/need you have in mind. You must, for high-quality brand purposes, find and use the best quality photo otherwise it could make or break your brand … aka. lowers the standards.
Good design is good business. ~ Thomas Watson, CEO of International Business Machines
A good trick I use, that I don’t often share with very many people is a site called TinEye. This site helps you scour the internet for the best match to the photo you’re trying to look for (just by uploading the choice to their site once you’ve found that “perfect” image). You can also sort by most changed, biggest image, newest and oldest. This site is a true gem! Bookmark it now!!!!!
Why vector artwork over easy to find clip art?
I could honestly write an entire novel on the why’s around NOT USING CLIPART. It makes my body cringe to the core to be quite honest. But in short … Vector images are made of thin lines and curves known as paths which are rooted in mathematical theory. You can identify a vector image by looking at its edges — it will always appear smooth no matter how large you make it or how close you zoom in. Text is one of the most common types of a vector image. No matter how much you increase a font’s size, for example, its look never changes. Another huge advantage to using this file type is its file-size efficiency.
Clip art is something that’s easily found and embraced but easy isn’t always the best option. Easy also comes with the downfall of over-pixilation and extremely large file sizes.
If you think about it, today we express ourselves, through our businesses and personally, using images in different ways. So, why would you allow yourself to fall short of something that’s this important …?!
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