Stock Photos for Websites – Use or Avoid Them?

Stock Photos for Websites – Use or Avoid Them? // Stock photo websites are everywhere online nowadays. You can find free stock images in thousands of places like Pixabay and Pexels. But are free stock photos the way to go? Are even the BEST royalty free images from the top image websites worth your time (and money)? Well, in website design there’s a surprising amount of consideration that needs to be given to the graphic design and best copyright free images to be used. Just because it’s on Unsplash, Stocksnap, Wikimedia, or Flickr doesn’t mean it’s worth putting on YOUR site. As a graphic designer, your web design business needs to consider the best graphic design stock images and the best websites for free stock photos. So in this web design tutorial we’re talking about the best stock photo websites, the best adobe stock alternative, and so much more. Ready to learn about the best free stock photo websites? Let’s go!

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Resources Mentioned:
Twenty20 / Envato: https://1.envato.market/orzVY
LiveChat Website: https://www.livechat.com/?a=KwSEdM_GR&utm_source=PP
Intercom: https://www.intercom.com
Marcos Bravo’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bravomarcos/
Success By LiveChat YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVBKToMYvBpZybYlJQEnHOA
Basketball shot from iStock: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/basketball-player-scoring-slam-dunk-gm1056734144-282407727
Search for “people” on Pixabay to get the most boilerplate images ever: https://pixabay.com/images/search/people/
Creative Commons attribution info: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/best_practices_for_attribution
Envato vector search: https://elements.envato.com/graphics/computer
Twenty20 stock search: https://www.twenty20.com/home/signature
Girl and father photo: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3aca7b88-cf4d-4378-9b58-7c112b043d4c
Two people in love shot: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/100f5ca8-5012-4ef6-86c0-cddec9f70a90
Cat in a plant: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/91538a14-525c-4dff-99fd-55f990a0c7df
iStock: https://www.istock.com
Family Beach iStock search: https://www.istockphoto.com/search/2/image?phrase=family%20beach
Shutterstock: https://www.shutterstock.com
Shutterstock “Stuff” search: https://www.shutterstock.com/search/stuff
Distracted Boyfriend Meme Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fknowyourmeme.com%2Fphotos%2F1711646-distracted-boyfriend&psig=AOvVaw03Cpox50NIQXkY8XZIJ7xJ&ust=1617207671218000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAMQjB1qFwoTCLDl4bK22O8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAP
Vector art of girl and a cat: https://elements.envato.com/little-girl-sitting-at-computer-UM6RJQ
Bubbles/Liquid Shapes Example: https://elements.envato.com/colorful-liquid-shapes-backgrounds-RR6S8B
Partial green screen example: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/be7c69bf-405b-4255-bfbf-8f126441cf99
Example of a bad stock photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/people-business-meeting-1979261/
Example of a good stock photo: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/fdb75216-3929-45fe-82a5-9de9fd000976
Vector example 1: https://elements.envato.com/people-looking-for-job-vacancies-illustration-4SVE89R
Vector example 2: https://elements.envato.com/peoples-faces-85UGHF
Vector example 3: https://elements.envato.com/running-people-XET6V4W
Vector example 4: https://elements.envato.com/diverse-people-mingling-at-an-event-QTZYSHF
Vector example 5: https://elements.envato.com/amish-people-C25C3C
Isometric drone shot: https://elements.envato.com/iot-drone-survey-and-map-isometric-tu-H5URK4B
Vector artist I like: https://elements.envato.com/user/angelbi88
The unique stock photo: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/e99f8b7c-4961-4e88-9d12-a89d2102ae7f
The bad stock photo: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/80931219-d6e0-4f91-82e0-38b51ba39c1b
Scene from Traffic (the movie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Znovljrq8
Soft lighting example: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/71b0eb47-5fb7-4872-a2a9-f7ab76cd529f
Hard lighting example: https://www.twenty20.com/photos/81fb0965-f15b-4b16-8186-5a147f1953aa

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