Saturday, January 19, 2008

Quality Artwork That Won't Bust Your Budget

Using great images can take your publications (and blogs!) to the next level, but finding affordable images used to be a real challenge. Luckily, today there are many sources you can turn to for free or cheap high-resolution images.

The free stuff
If you do a Web search you'll find list after list of free image resources. I've explored these lists with little success, but here are two sources I actually use:
Now you do need to be proactive and download and build a library of any images that might be of interest, but at this price, it's worth the bit of extra effort.

The cheap stuff
I've used several subscription image services and while they worked well for me and my place of work at the time, I now have access to many more images and spend much less on them thanks to iStockphoto. In addition to photos, iStockphoto has vector images and videos too. It's the best place I've found to find super high-resolution images for $20 or less. Plus, iStockphoto provides some helpful resources for designers including an article library, forums and examples of real designs created with their images. And you definitely don't want to miss the dollar bin.

1 comment:

Brandon Dawson said...

The main thing that drives me nuts about iStock is that the imagery never fits the medium in which I work most -- web media.

Unless I'm using it for a simple "picture", which I rarely do, I have to do much more photoshopping than I'd prefer in a lot of situations.

Guess it could be worse, I could be stuck taking all the pics myself, writing and signing model consent forms and foraging the web to make sure nobody's bootlegging my work.

In other news, hello, Candi. :)