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Bye Bye, Clipart: 3 Tips and Tools for Avoiding the Biggest Mistakes in Slide Design

by Caroline Mercurio on May 21, 2017 No comments

Have you upgraded your slide decks recently? Though that question might earn a few eye rolls from Google Slides and Powerpoint veterans, in today’s high-def, high-res world of slick, minimalist designs and supersaturated color blocking, it’s important to take a step back and truly ask: What decade are your slide decks living in?

If the answer is anything other than right now, it might be time to step away from the clipart and rethink your approach. To help, we’ve put together this quick and simple guide using stock vectors to avoid the three biggest mistakes in slide design.

And if you like the graphics and motifs in these slide designs, don’t forget to explore more graphical elements from our royalty-free library.

 
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Tip #1 – Stay Fresh and Cohesive—But Avoid Canned Themes!

 
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If there’s one cardinal rule in slide design, it’s that you must have a unifying theme. Without visual cohesion in a deck, ideas and thoughts appear disconnected and give audiences the impression that the presenter doesn’t care whether the slides are professional and polished—definitely not something anyone wants! So it’s understandable that the vast majority of the working world relies on preset themes for their decks: it’s just easier.

Unfortunately, this is also a huge mistake. Most of the themes included in slide design programs feature fonts, styles, and motifs that are years—if not decades—out of style. And even if a theme is au courant, it’s not unique—thousands of other companies and presenters could be using the exact same theme, making it far from the best way to distinguish a business or brand.

Instead, forge your own path and create your own template that’s both unique and contemporary! (Which leads us to our second tip.)
 

Tip #2 – Keep It Simple and Be Yourself

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Whether you’re a veteran slide designer or this is your first time putting together a deck, remember that simplicity is your best friend. The purpose of a slide theme is to create cohesion as well as build or evoke brand identity—not overwhelm the viewer or upstage the information being presented.

So don’t overcomplicate it and keep to this simple rule of three: palette, font, motif.
 
Palette – Start with the dominant colors or palette you want for your slides, and decide if you want those colors to pop as part of the background or through the motifs. These colors might be determined by your own brand guidelines, or you can pick them for yourself. If doing the latter, make sure they resonate with what you’re representing, whether that’s your own personal brand or your company’s new product.

(And if you’re not certain which colors to pick—there are almost 10 million in the visible spectrum, after all—you can learn more about color palettes in our Guide to Color Theory.)

For our example, we’ve picked a muted palette of neutrals (white and slate gray) with a single pop of Millennial Pink for highlights and motifs.

 
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Font – Next up, pick your font(s)—as with palette choices, these should reflect both your brand and your personal style. For cohesive purposes, limit yourself to just one or two fonts. Any more than two fonts is too many cooks in the kitchen.

The advantage of picking two fonts is that they will allow you to introduce additional visual hierarchy on your slides, with one font working as the headliner (or H1) while the other font does the heavy lifting in the body copy or supporting descriptions. This can be helpful for slides with a lot of information, making it easier for viewers to read. On the other hand, if you choose a single font, you further cement the visual cohesion of the deck.

For our slide example, we choose two commonly used fonts available through Google or Adobe Typekit: Great Vibes and Proxima Nova.
 
Motif – This is the final yet perhaps most important element when creating your own slide deck theme. A motif is a visual image or style that you pick to repeat on each slide to create further cohesion. For some decks, this means using the same color blocks or highlights on each slide, while for others it means reusing the same design element through.

For our example, we chose close-cropped color blocking for our color highlight, which we can pull through from the title slide to all supporting detail slides.

 
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A word to the wise: If you’re working on a branded deck, avoid putting your logo on every slide—it’s so 2000s. While it’s important to stamp your brand identity on each slide, this can often be done more subtly than simply copying and pasting your logo. Instead, consider pulling the palette, fonts, or design elements of your brand into your deck’s theme for a softer, more subtle approach.

 

#3 – Don’t Say It, Show It

 
Now that you’ve got the foundations of your deck established, make sure your content shines! Nothing gets an audience to tune out faster than a slide that looks like word soup.

 
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Overwhelming viewers with too much information too quickly—usually by using too many words or data points and not enough visualizations—is a common but completely avoidable mistake. Think about the most effective presentations you’ve seen, whether on Shark Tank or in your favorite TED talks. What’s the one thing they all have in common? Less is more.

 
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Slide decks should anchor an audience’s attention, punctuating key takeaways or questions—and what better way to do that than with visuals? We recommend using vector infographics and flat icons to help you visualize your points while engaging your audience.

 
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Download the contemporary flat icons in this slide.

 
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Download the contemporary flat icons in this slide.


 

So how about it? Are you ready to design your own slide deck? With these tips—plus a well-stocked arsenal of royalty-free design elements and graphics—it’s time to bid a fond farewell to clipart that’s straight out of the 90s!

 

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5 Summer Design Trends That Are Blowing Up Social Media

by Caroline Mercurio on May 15, 2017 1 comment

Whether you’re a Millennial or not, everyone is trying to market to them—and if you’re not, maybe you should be. From traditional mainstays like Suave shampoo to newer kids on the block like TOMS, brands the world over are tailoring their marketing creative to match the passions and tastes that define the Millennial market. More than just a buzzword, this social media savvy generation is a consumer force to be reckoned with—according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this young, vibrant demographic now outnumbers the Baby Boomers and makes up more than a quarter of America’s population.

So how do you catch the eye of that relevant, hip consumer this summer? We’ve combed social media for five of the hottest up-and-coming design trends that Millennials just can’t seem to get enough of—and we’re certain we’ll be seeing a lot of them this season. To help inspire you, we’ve outlined each of the influences behind these trends and added some examples of how to use them with our very own stock images.

 

#1 – Embrace Millennial Pink

 
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Download the seamless floral vector used in this design.

 
NYMag caught onto this trend of a color that couldn’t quite be pinned down—and it’s called Millennial Pink. Millennial Pink isn’t just a single color per se. It’s range of colors that are indeed in the pink family, but the point is not what it is, but rather what it’s not. It’s not Barbie pink. Nor is it acid washed neon pink. And it certainly isn’t riddled with domesticity and gender exclusion—Millennial pink is for men, too.

More precisely, it includes a range of pinks that lack the blue tint of our beloved Barbie doll’s iconic look. It can range from a beige with only a hint of pink (think Pantone’s Pale Dogwood) all the way to a bold and decisive salmon with a strong presence of orange. It’s everywhere and let’s just say—Millennial Pink sells. This movement took a color that became a pillar of femininity—for better or worse—and stripped away its power. What can we say? Millennials have strong voices and opinions. So now pink is for everyone. And it’s here to stay.

Use it in your web design, packaging, apparel, advertisements, and more. The possibilities are nearly limitless because that’s the point of this color—stripping away limits.

 

#2 – Nature Found Patterns

 
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As summer rolls around, it’s as if the design world remembers that greenery and nature become alive again, because every year we see a resurgence of patterns found outdoors. From palm fronds to marble slabs, the motifs of re-emerging nature comes back into play. However, let’s get a little more macro—as if you were to zoom in with a microscope.

We all know by now that nature is a strong advocate and supporter of geometry. The golden ratio is clear in many forms from the human form to the seashells we collect from the sandy beaches. These are the patterns that make for a summery, yet artistic feel. They can be implemented in apparel design, in contrast with more drastic and man-made linear patterns, or as an excellent backdrop to web designs.

Millennials may be hooked on social media and community connectedness, but it doesn’t mean they don’t still feel a strong connection with their surroundings.

 

#3 – Their Kind of Retro

 
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Download the abstract wave element stock vector used in this design.

 
We have some scary news for you. The 70s and 80s are considered retro. (And maybe even the 90s.) Before you run away screaming in horror, keep in mind Millennials were born between the years of 1977 and 2000. So while some of them may remember the 80s, they certainly weren’t in the know of the popular graphic design styles.

What does that mean for design? Think Tron. Bold neon colors on top of dark grey and black backgrounds. The look is a powerful and punchy one. It’s nostalgia and futurism all-together in one.

 

#4 – Hygge Like A Hug

 
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Pronounced “hoo-guh,” hygge is a Danish word that cannot be directly translated to English without a full sentence, but generally describes a place or design that’s warm, cozy, and inviting—three strong emotional motivators when buying a product. Quite literally, it’s defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” So, how does a mouthful like that that translate into graphic design? And how can we replicate comfort in our pixels and JPGs?

Think gentle. Think soothing. Times are stressful lately, so how can we distill the chaos and anxiety that surrounds us into visually pleasing interpretations? Natural materials such as unbleached paper, soothing flesh-tones, and designs that recall a simpler time. Imagine browsing a selection of packaged goods down the aisles of your grocery store and feeling like you can breathe and pause once you come across a product that allows a visual sanctuary in your loud surroundings.

Allow for plenty of negative space, clear visual hierarchy, contrast for the sake of legibility, but not too much that it jolts the senses. It’s minimalism and warmth all in one that creates a sense of ultimate balance and comfort.

 

#5 – Modern Serifs

 
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How long has the design world been touting future-forward and modern, sans-serif fonts—like say, Helvetica and Futura? Apparently too long. Serif fonts and typefaces have been experiencing a renaissance of sorts, but that doesn’t mean you can whip out your trusty, old Times New Roman just yet. With access to a plethora of fonts with resources like Google Fonts and Adobe Typekit, Millennial designers are putting their trust into the old-faithful fonts—but with a modern refresh.

We’re particularly fans of classics like Bookmania and Georgia, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t partial to newer renditions like a sturdy slab-serif or two. Here’s the deal though. You can’t go just go crazy into the style of lithographs and copy-heavy advertisements. Serifs are a statement. They should be used with modern and simplistic designs. They must take the center-stage and are not meant to be used in competition with other design elements. Make them bold, the H1. And allow a more subtle sans-serif to play the supporting role this time around.

The best thing about these trends is that they may already feel a little familiar to you—they’ve slowly been gaining traction on social media and in mainstream marketing over the past several months, but they’re guaranteed to be out en force this summer. And now we pass the baton on to you. With a library full of royalty-free stock graphics, the opportunities to create are limitless. How will you pass on your message?

 

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25 Mother’s day Images That Say “I Love You”

by Caroline Mercurio on May 10, 2017 No comments

How do you thank the person who did everything for you? From scraped knees to scratched cars, monsters under the bed to monstrous student debt, our moms have been there for it all. They’ve thought about us, worried about us, and sacrificed for us every day since we were born. But one day each year, we turn things around—we get together and celebrate all the things our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, and friends do each and every day in the name of motherhood.

So with Mother’s Day just around the corner, show the mom’s in your life just how much you care with images that celebrate everything they mean to you. From customizable cards to touching social media posts and customizable gifts, we’ve got you covered with 25 of our favorite Mother’s Day images.

 

Get Animated

 
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Download this cartoon family background vector.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day image.

 
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Download this cartoon background with family illustration.

 
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Download this Summer background vector illustration.

 
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Download this sketch of mom and baby.

 

Very Vintage

 
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Download this vintage frame silhouette stock image.

 
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Download this vintage Mother’s Day background image.

 
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Download this vintage Mother’s Day card.

 
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Download this vintage floral frame vector.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day background image.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day card stock image.

 

Flower Delivery

 
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Download this roses, chocolate, and coffee beans stock image.

 
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Download this stock photo of a colorful rose at sunrise.

 
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Download this Rose background image.

 
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Download this tulip blackboard stock image.

 
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Download this retro flower background image.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day image.

 

Baby Love

 
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Download this Mother’s Day image.

 
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Download this new baby vector design.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day image.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day background image.

 
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Download this Mother’s Day background image.

 
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Download this Happy Mother’s Day image.

 
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Download this baby shoes stock image.

 

Thanks, Mom!

We bet there’s an old banker’s box full of your childhood drawings, craft projects, and cards buried in your mom’s closet—but personalized gifts don’t have to end with middle school graduation. Show her how much your crafting skills have improved with a floral background, a family photo, and a little Photoshop magic. Or use these images to create a one-of-a-kind coffee mug, calendar, photo book, or collage. There are so many ways to tell mom you love her this year—so why not show her she’s one of a kind with a gift only you can give her. We promise, it won’t end up in “the box.”

 
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Top 20 Mesmerizing Architecture Photos to Give You Building Envy

by Caroline Mercurio on May 4, 2017 No comments

Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames—if you know architecture, you know these architects. And if you don’t, you’ve probably sat in one of their chairs before. The art of architecture can often be overlooked. Even though we walk down the streets surrounded by skyscrapers designed by great minds who first imagined these structures in their dreams, we don’t always consider the amount of love and care that goes into these designs—all you have to do is look up.

Balance, repetition, and rhythm are all design principles you know and use in your own design work—but did you know it’s applicable in the world of architecture, as well? That’s why architectural photos can be so appealing. Composition is just as necessary for a building as it is for a banner ad—and it translates into the photography. Which is why we’ve decided to round up some of the most visually appealing architecture snaps in our library. Try not to get too envious.

 
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Download this stock image of a glass roof with a cloudy sky.

 
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Download this abstract stock image of glass panes in an airport.

 
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Download this stock image of an artistic hotel in Thailand.

 
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Download this stock image of Gloucester Cathedral.

 
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Download this stock image of clouds reflected in a glass grid pattern.

 
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Download this stock image of a modern office building.

 
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Download this stock image of a modern, architectural bridge.

 
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Download this stock image of modern, glass buildings.

 
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Download this stock image of a vintage, architectural wooden ceiling.

 
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Download this abstract, architectural stock image.

 
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Download this detail stock image of a Cambodian rooftop.

 
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Download this stock image of vintage window details.

 
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Download this abstract architectural stock image.

 
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Download this stock image of a glass building with cloudy skies.

 
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Download this abstract stock image of a modern architectural building.

 
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Download this stock image of a modern art building.

 
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Download this stock image of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.

 
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Download this stock image of The Holy Trinity Cathedral Tsminda Sameba in Tbilisi.

 
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Download this stock image of The Holy Trinity Cathedral Tsminda Sameba in Tbilisi.

 
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Download this stock image of a futuristic, downtown building.

 
Have you ever appreciated the beauty of architecture before? Did you catch the presence of repetition, symmetry, balance, and any other design principles? That’s the beauty of art and design—its core principles transcend mediums. We have hundreds of photos like these for you to download from our stock photo library. What will you create with them?

 

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Bloom Baby, Bloom: 20 Flower Images That Make Spring Designs Pop

by Caroline Mercurio on April 13, 2017 1 comment

Hello, sunshine! After a never ending winter—and several false starts—Spring has finally arrived, with endless pops of pink, purple, yellow and green tagging along for the ride. It’s no wonder that florals for Spring are a timeless trend. Few other visuals can instantly evoke the spirit of the season like a meadow of colorful tulips or an explosion of cherry blossom trees. It’s tempting to capture every fleeting moment ourselves, but unfortunately we’re not all independently wealthy pro photographers with on-demand access to the flowery fields of the Netherlands or the expertly tended gardens of Versailles. Luckily, our library is full of stunning stock flower images perfect for any Spring design project.

 

Chasing Wildflowers

Cut blooms and curated bouquets have a charm all their own, but there’s just something about the untended wildness of a meadow Spring flowers that makes even the most artistically challenged among us yearn to pick up a paintbrush. Channel your inner Monet with these stunning floral landscapes.

 
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Download this Stock Flower Image.

 
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Download this Stock Flower Image.

 
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Download this Lavender Meadow Stock Image.

 
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Download this Stock Photo of Poppy Flowers.

 
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Download this Stock Photo of a Tulip Farm.

 

Get Close

Sometimes you have to take a closer look to really appreciate the beauty of nature. Appreciate the delicate intricacy of a single blossom with these stunning shots.

 
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Download this Close-Up of Blue Cornflowers.

 
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Download this Vintage Yellow Flower Close-Up.

 
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Download this Close-Up of Forget-Me-Nots.

 
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Download this Photo of Pink Tulips.

 
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Download this Close-Up of American Cone Flowers.

 
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Download this Orange Flowers Image.

 

Rustic Elegance

If your Spring Project involves a fair bit of text or a logo or graphic, even the prettiest of floral photos may not be your thing. These rustic images are practically marketing templates in and of themselves—giving you plenty of negative space to spread your message while staying seasonal and on-trend.

 
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Download this Photo of Yellow Lilies on a Wooden Background.

 
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Download this Photo of a Spring Bouquet Hanging Against a Brick Wall.

 
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Download this Photo of Pink Dogwood Blossoms on a Vintage Background.

 
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Download this Photo of a Sunflower Against a Blue Sky.

 

Look Up!

We usually think of flowers growing out of the ground—but whatever you do, don’t forget to look up too! Some of the season’s most beautiful buds are found high in the treetops. From apple trees to cherry blossoms, celebrate these dazzling, dancing blooms while they last.

 
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Download this Photo of a Magnolia Tree in Bloom.

 
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Download this Photo of Cherry Blossom Trees in Bloom.

 
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Download this Photo of Pink Apple Blossoms.

 
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Download this Photo of White Plum Tree Flowers.

 
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Download this Photo of a Blooming Apple Tree.

 
These stunning florals are sure to capture your audience—and maybe bring your stress levels down a bit in the process. Whatever your project or goal, celebrate the season with our stunning collection of flower images—and while you’re at it, show your text some Spring sunshine with this stunning floral typography tutorial.

 

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Introducing BunnyBlocks: All the Stock Media You Need for an Awwdorable Easter

by Caroline Mercurio on April 6, 2017 No comments

Ah, Spring. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and adorable baby bunnies are making their annual entrance into the world. When you think about it, bunnies really are the mascot of the month, and with Easter just around the corner, it’s needless to say that we’ve got bunnies on the brain.

Last month, our sister site VideoBlocks published an article on the so-called “stars of the internet”—cats. But here at GraphicStock, we think it’s time to make a case for why bunnies should be the true icons of the world wide web. We even spoke with their regional ambassador, Sir Benjamin Frankrabbit, who laid out concrete evidence of the bunnies’ superiority and tactical plan for digital domination.

Joking aside, these little guys are pretty cute—and very on-trend for the Spring season. So whether you’re a Bugs Bunny fan or more of a Peter Rabbit kinda guy or gal, we’ve got all the bunnies to get you—and your clients—through the season.

 

What’s Up, Doc?

Is it just us, or do these guys look like they’re up to no good?

 

When you get caught with your hands in the Easter Basket.

Purchase this footage of an Easter Bunny with Easter eggs.

 

I see you…

Purchase this close up of a baby bunny.

 

Bunnies: Being adorable since 1950.

Purchase this vintage 1950s footage of a bunny rabbit and a rooster on a farm.

 

Om nom nom!

Purchase this footage of two bunny rabbits eating.

 

Wait, what? Nice try, Bruno.

Purchase this footage of a cute pug dog wearing bunny ears.

 

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

 
 

 

Yes, There’s a Bunny in a Box

We don’t think we need to say more.

 

Surprise!

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Download this photo of a baby bunny in a box.

 

Okay, now where are the good jelly beans?

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Download this photo of a white rabbit with Easter eggs in a basket.

 

Zzzzzzzzz…

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Download this photo of a baby bunny being held.

 

Tell it to the tail.

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Download this Easter Bunny card vector

 

Rock on!

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Download this photo of a baby rabbit listening to music on headphones

 

Find Ferocious Furballs

 

 

See You at the Sock Hop

So let’s face it—bunnies are not the most talkative of the fur-babies. But that doesn’t mean they don’t love a good sock-hop. Rock out rabbit-style with these springy, upbeat, and utterly bouncy tunes.
 

Tunes for a Hoppin’ Good Time

 
It’s their theme song, after all.

Download this Rabbit Tracks music.

 
I said a hip, hop!

Download this Hip-Hop loop.

 
Sing a song of Springtime.

Download this Spring Song music.

 
Time to get bouncy.

Download this Built With Springs Music.
 

Rabbity Sound FX

Just because they aren’t chatty doesn’t mean rabbits don’t make any noise. From a cartoon “boing” to the crunch of a tasty carrot, here’s just a taste of our bunny-riffic sound effects.

 
Munch munch munch…

Download this eating hard vegetables sound effect.

 
Boing!

Download this cartoon spring jumps sound effect.

 

Rock Out With Rabbits

 

So now that bunnies are in your life—literally and digitally (you’re welcome)—how will you celebrate the season? From memes to mascots, bunnies have all the star-power of kittens and then some! Keep calm and hop on.
 

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Our Spring Coloring Book—13 Stock Vectors That Turn Winter into Spring

by Caroline Mercurio on March 16, 2017 No comments

While it might seem like much of the world is still facing frost and snowstorms, the first day of spring is nearly here. To help celebrate the changing seasons—and the flowery foliage that comes with it—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite line art drawings from our library of stock vectors that truly capture this time of year.

What exactly makes these drawings so perfect for the first day of spring? Each image is a delicately drawn snowflake that—if you look closely enough—is entirely made up of flowers. (Metaphorical much?)

Best of all, the black and white line art style of these snowflakes make them ideal for coloring. And let’s be real, who doesn’t enjoy a chance to color every now and then? With Photoshop, it’s entirely mess-free—no crayons, markers, paints, or colored pencils to clean up after. Just pick your color and use that much-loved tool: the paint bucket.

Here’s an example of how we’ve colored one of these floral snowflakes.

 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
Not certain which colors to pick? We used a palette inspired by early spring blooms, like the warm yellows of daffodils and the vibrant purples of crocuses. Look to nature for your own inspiration—or make sure your choices are 100% on-trend and check out our guide to Pantone’s picks for this spring.

 
Try out your own palettes with these 13 floral snowflakes.

 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
 
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Download this floral snowflake stock vector.

 
Pick your favorite or download them all—with unlimited downloads from our royalty-free library of stock vectors, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Trending This Week: Designing With Purple

by Caroline Mercurio on March 2, 2017 No comments

Purple is one of the most interesting colors to work with, and it appears that the rest of the design world agrees. As the meeting point between warm red and cool blue, purple plays between the two tonalities to create countless colors in-between. You can mix a cool indigo by using a stronger dose of blue, or you can warm things up with a heavy dose of red. Even better, use several shades of purple together to keep your designs fresh and modern. No matter what hue you choose, this royal color always makes a bold statement.

Mustering up our courage, we decided to create our own eggplant-hued designs with stock images and an easy to achieve color overlay.

 
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Download the stock images used in this design.

 

First we pulled our quote from one of our favorites by designer Sam Winston, “Design teaches you to study the voice rather than what to say.” Then to create this inspirational poster design, we simply downloaded our stock image of choice, added a shade of purple on top, and switched the color layer blend mode to multiply—play around with a variety of other blend modes like overlay, hue, color, etc. when creating your own design!

This season, designers are being fearlessly bold and not shying away from strong use of bright colors. We hope this post has inspired you to embrace the same level of bravery—and if you want to learn more about designing with color, check out our Color Theory 101 and our Visual Guide to Pantone’s Spring Colors.

 

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How to Design Unique Resumes with Stock Vectors and Icons

by Caroline Mercurio on March 1, 2017 No comments

Does your resume help you stand out as a creative or blend in with the crowd? Showcasing your experience and skills in a new and updated way puts your creativity at the forefront—without compromising on professionalism. Using stock vectors and icons—plus a few other design tips—you can create a more dynamic and appealing resume.

Show your future employer you’re more than just another cog in the machine with these easy to apply tips—and get the creative job of your dreams!

 

Tip #1 – Hierarchy and Simplicity Are Your Best Friends

There are some components of a resume that need greater recognition than others—your name, for example. Using the concepts of hierarchy in your resume will help the reader focus on key elements and helps draw their eye to important information. Let your name be the spotlight with bold and large text. Each section should be headed by bold keywords, with the body text taking a supporting role.

If you’re going to use color in your design, do so sparingly. While this is a resume for a creative position, function should rule over form—which is the guiding principle behind all design, anyways. Our strong recommendation is to choose one color and then play with rich black and a variety of grey shades. At most, use two typefaces—usually a serif and a sans serif. Even more simplistic is to use one font family and vary the weights to create your desired hierarchy.

Check out our focus on simplicity and color in the design below.

 
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Tip #2 – Keep the Layout Organized

Although it might be the least sexy part of designing a resume, maintaining a well-planned and organized layout is a very important component of your design. Recruiters and hiring managers scan dozens—and even hundreds—of resumes for each hiring round, so the information should be structured in easily digestible chunks for quick absorption.

Use a grid layout with rows and columns to make the most of the space on the page. Visual dividers combined with generous white space break up the details and provide greater clarity from one section to another. This also makes it easier for readers to quickly refer to sections of information in conversation with a colleague or during the interview.

Make sure each section of your resume aligns with another section or design element. You can see in our design below how much attention we gave to alignment. Nothing is out of place or randomly staggered into the white space. See how we streamlined our alignments in our resume example.

 
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Tip #3 – Catch the Eye with Stock Vectors and Icons

This is where you can have a little more fun—adding in vectors and icons to draw attention to key areas and highlight your skills. Once you have a good base of strong hierarchy, clean design, and an organized layout, adding in some design details can take away the monotony of a resume and bring a little personality to it.

You can use icons to highlight your contact information, skills, and personal interests. Meanwhile, you can use stock vectors to bring some color to the page or to show side by comparisons of how developed each of your skills are. See our use of icons below.

 
Stock Vectors

Download the icons used in this resume design.

 
Remember, a resume is how you present not only your skills and experience, but also your personal brand to a potential employer. Are you more formal and business-like? Or are you playful and fun? The right combination of fonts, colors, layout decisions and graphics can communicate your personality before someone even reads a word on the page.

What are you waiting for? Put your best foot forward and create a resume that stands out.

 

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Trending This Week: Ironic Poster Designs Using Stock Graphics

by Caroline Mercurio on February 23, 2017 No comments

The design world has a lot of dos and don’ts—do keep graphics balanced and aligned, don’t use Comic Sans, do design with strong contrast—and most importantly, do keep a clear message. But the beauty of art and design is the freedom to break the rules—at least when it’s done in a purposeful and effective way. Inspired by Nick Slater’s poster designs, we chose to focus on one key element in our design: irony. When done with finesse, this technique can convey a sense of humor and self-awareness that creates an approachable personality—all through design!

As we’re all painfully aware, irony is a term that is often misunderstood—just listen to Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic, for example. But for our purposes it’s quite simple: have the design of your poster contrast with the message. In Mr. Slater’s design, he mixed the message of “Quiet Work Area” with loud colors and playful design elements. The result is fun and approachable. When your message and design contradict, your humor shines through.

Feeling inspired ourselves, we decided to create our own ironic poster using stock graphics.

 
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As this fun poster shows, we don’t always have to take ourselves so seriously. Using irony in your designs and creative work can help set you apart from other companies and solidify your brand identity. We were so inspired, we even gave ironic messaging a shot in a recent video for our sister site, VideoBlocks.

 

 
Think you can pull off an ironic design statement?

 

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