I am excited to share with you six simple solutions that will help your visual content stand out, even if many others use the same image.
Have you ever found a stock image that you thought complimented your content perfectly, only to see the same image across social media and other blogs?
I have had this happen a couple of times over!
I am browsing my social media accounts only to see the same image I used on a post show up for someone elses content.
I find it amusing the times I have noticed this happen. Mainly because of the tips I will share with you later in the post. I use at most of these tips every time in order to help my visuals look more appealing, and different from anything else out there.
Coming across multiple of the same images online is more common than you may think. When it comes to stock and royalty free images, one of them can be downloaded and used by thousands.
There are so many options out there. New sites pop up all the time and some conveniently drop them into your inbox every month or so.
We have to look at how we can edit our images and get them to appear as original as possible.
Will an image that was already seen multiple times have the same impact?
I would prefer to make some simple changes to the image and tailor it perfectly to your needs.
3 Ways To Make Your Stock Royalty Free Images Look Amazing
Find The Right Filter
This is one of the easiest ways to completely change the feel of your image.
It’s super simple since on practically all of the photo editing software out there, you can do this at the click of a button!
After you find the image that is right for your content, play around with different filters and go with the one that you feel best enhances the image.
Have fun with it.
I recommend finding two or three filters that you really like and compare them side by side.
Zoom/ Crop Your Image
Another super simple way to change-up your image is by doing a quick Crop.
Depending on what tools you are using, you can accomplish this a few different ways. You get same results either way.
Not only do you change-up the feel of your image but you can get rid of empty space or highlight a specific part of the image that compliments your content best.
I see this pretty often. The Text blends in with the image making it hard to read.
You have to make your text stand out from everything else that is going on in the image.
The lighter the image or filter, the darker the Font. The darker the image or filter, the lighter the Font.
If you remember these simple steps, you will have everything you need to know to pick the perfect contrast between your image and Fonts.
A Text Box is a great way to separate your text from the rest of your image.
Simply adding a box that also contrasts well with the rest of the image.
This is highly effective if you have an image that has a lot going on.
You can have a text box for each word, each row of text, or one large box for all of your text. Whatever works best for your design.
The main thing is that you want everything to be easily read by readers
Places To Find Stock Royalty Free Images
Photogen offers tons of free stock photos. They are free to download, without registration. The are hi-res JPEG images that can be used for commercial or personal use. The add new images to their gallery all the time.
Fotolia having one of the largest galleries online had to be added. They have around 39 million images available and add hundreds or more per day. Their collection is so large that several other stock photo sites pull from the images Fotolia offers due to their api. You have to register here and they offer a pay as you go, monthly packs and a subscription plan offering images as low as 19 cent per image.
The Best Places To Find Stock Images
There are so many other places to choose from when it comes to finding free images.