Company Updates

Get Ready for the Marketplace Launch

by Caroline Mercurio on August 14, 2017 No comments

Mark your calendars. The image Marketplace will make its official debut to all on September 18, 2017. We’re excited to hit this milestone and you should be too! Your content will be available for sale to our entire growing base of members. So now is the time to make sure your content is uploaded, tagged, and ready for primetime.

Here’s what you need to know.
 

The Skinny

The Marketplace will graduate from Beta and go live to all on September 18. We will be making a big announcement to the entire community, and generating buzz through a special promotional campaign. We’re making sure all 180,000 of our current members know about it, plus potential new customers.
 

How You Should Prep

If you haven’t yet, make sure you upload and tag your content soon so it will be live on the site for the launch. The exposure associated with the promotional campaign will bring some serious attention to the Marketplace and we don’t want you or your content to miss out!
 

Get Down to Business

So what happens when the sales start to roll in? If you visit the Finance tab within your account, you will see a page set up for your Sales History. There you will be able to see any purchases made and the associated date. We have a minimum payment threshold of $25 for each site in order to help you save money on transaction fees. Earnings under the threshold will accumulate and carry over. Once you reach that balance, you’ll be eligible to receive your payout in the next cycle.

If you already have content live in the Marketplace, you may have earned a few sales through our Beta stage. If that’s the case, the first payout will be issued on September 15 and we will follow our normal monthly payment schedule from that point forward. Please remember to complete your payment and tax information under your Account tab in order to qualify for payouts.

Didn’t make any sales during Beta? Not to worry! The audience that was exposed to the Beta version of the Marketplace was small and sales were comparable. We expect sales volume to pick up after the official launch. As always, if you need more detail on sales and payment, visit our FAQ under “Questions About Payment.”

 
Hopefully that answered most of your questions about the image Marketplace. If not, feel free to reach out to us at contributor@videoblocks.com. Happy uploading!

 

Prepare Your Content

 

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Adobe Faceoff: InDesign vs. Photoshop

by Jordan McElwain on August 3, 2017 No comments

From print to digital and flyers to ads, there’s a lot that you can do in Photoshop and InDesign, but how do you know which one you need to use for your next project? There are two big questions to ask yourself when determining which of these two powerful programs you should use.

 

1. Are you working on a text or photo project?

The general rule of thumb is to use InDesign for text projects and Photoshop for, well you might have guessed it—photos.

InDesign Vs. Photoshop
Download stock photos for your next project

 

2. Do you plan to print your project or publish it digitally?

The general rule of thumb here is to use InDesign for anything you intend on printing and Photoshop for digital projects. InDesign was initially created for print, and it comes ready with basic print layouts. You can add printer’s marks to your projects, and the default color setting is CMYK. Photoshop, while initially created to retouch photos can do so much more. Now, not only can you retouch your favorite photos, but you can also create beautiful digital designs.

General rules are great, but like most things in life, there are some grey areas. Here are project recommendations for when it’s better to use Photoshop or InDesign.

 

Photoshop

  • Retouching and editing photos: Whether you want to remove some blemishes from your a social media profile picture or you need to tame some flyaway hairs on your professional headshot, Photoshop is the right tool for you.
  • Developing design mockups: From websites to mobile apps, this is the go-to program for creating beautiful digital layouts.
    Creating digital marketing materials: From ad creatives to the perfectly sized photos for social, Photoshop allows you to resize, add text, and export images that are optimized for web-based platforms.

 

InDesign

  • Laying out text-heavy projects: InDesign was intended for publishers, so if you are working with a large amount of text, then you should be using InDesign. Some specific projects that apply here are newspapers, magazines, and eBooks. Whether these are being printed or published digitally, it doesn’t matter.
  • Manipulating text: Do you remember those cool poems that had the text tightly wrapped around a guitar or a heart? InDesign has more capabilities when it comes to wrapping text around or framing text inside irregular shapes.

 
To learn more about how to use Photoshop, check out these beginner’s tutorials and our guide to Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.

Once you know the basics, test out your new skills on our royalty-free stock images.

 

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20 Drool-Worthy Foodie Stock Photos

by Alex Reffie on July 18, 2017 No comments

Everyone loves eating food, but sometimes looking at delicious food photos can be just as satisfying. (Well, almost.) This is especially true if you or your audiences are foodies. Don’t believe us? Just ask food bloggers and restaurant advertisers around the world. After all, there’s a reason for the entire science behind food photography.

To capture some of this foodie magic for yourself, use stock photos of various foods and cuisine for your blog or business. Light up your audience’s eyes and whet their appetite with 20 of our most drool-worthy foodie photos.

 

Picture-Perfect Photos for Your Foodie Blog

Your blog is all about sharing delicious recipes you found on Pinterest or in your grandma’s kitchen, but what you’re missing are gorgeous food photos. Worry no more! Grab a photo of a delicious potato boat recipe or of to-die-for sushi from our list below.

 

1. Fresh Food

stock photosDownload this photo of fresh food.

 

2. Sushi Japanese Food

stock photos Download this photo of sushi.

 

3. Plated Fish

stock photos Download this photo of a healthy plated fish meal.

 

4. Fresh Baked Macaroons

stock photos Download this photo of freshly baked macaroons.

 

5. Salted Salmon and Black Caviar

stock photosDownload this photo of salted salmon and black caviar.

 

Show Off Your Photo Skills

Thinking about writing an eBook about how to capture the best food photos? Want to share your indepth knowledge of food photography in a new blog post or on social media, but don’t have the right picture to use as an example? Check out these five professionally captured food photos and make your tips truly shine.

 

6. Fresh Coconut with White Background

stock photosDownload this photo of a fresh coconut isolated on a white background.

 

7. Apple Pie with Ice Cream

stock photosDownload this photo of apple pie with ice cream and cinnamon.

 

8. Juicy Double Cheeseburger

stock photos

Download this picture of a juicy cheeseburger.

 

9. Colorful Macaroons

stock photosDownload this picture of colorful macaroons.

 

10. Marble Cake from Above

stock photos Download this picture of marble cake from above.

 

Spruce Up Your Food-Centric Insta Account

Sure, those photos of your local coffee shop are cool, but why not fluff your Instagram account with drool-worthy food photos from elsewhere? Tantalize your follower’s tastebuds with stunning international food pics they have to “love.” Start with these five.

 

11. Pork Broccoli

stock photosDownload this picture of pork broccoli.

 

12. California Roll

stock photosDownload this picture of a California Roll

 

13. Sausage and Bread

stock photosDownload this picture of sausage and bread.

 

14. Appetizers

stock photosDownload this picture of appetizers.

 

15. Squid Stew in Soy Sauce

stock photosDownload this picture of squid stew in soy sauce.

 

Advertise Your Small Business Event

Have a vacation cabin you’d like to rent out for the summer? Want to show off the great fishing available in the area? Planning a BBQ for local customers? No matter what your small business has in store, there’s a stellar foodie photo waiting for you to download. Check out a few of our favorites for small business events.

 

16. Bass Fishes

stock photosDownload this picture of bass fishes on a wooden background.

 

17. Close Up of People & BBQ

stock photosDownload this picture of a close up of people cooking meat on a barbecue grill.

 

18. Barbeque in Nature

stock photosDownload this picture of a barbecue and people in nature.

 

19. Apples with Copy Space

stock photosDownload this picture of apples with plenty of room for copy.

 

20. Sweet Dessert Panna Cotta

stock photosDownload this picture of a sweet dessert.

 
Looking for more photo inspiration for your foodie blog or next public small business event? Visit our full selection of photos in our GraphicStock library–you’re sure to find one that fits any of your food photography needs.
 

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Introducing Marketplace Content: 10 Million New Images, Straight from Artists

by Christopher Petow on April 1, 2017 No comments

From day one, it’s been our mission to put the creative community first—making high-quality content affordable while treating artists fairly. That’s why we launched a Marketplace on sister site VideoBlocks in 2015, and it’s why we are now bringing Marketplace content to GraphicStock.

This change adds millions of options to our library for just $3.99 per image. Plus, 100% of every member purchase from Marketplace content goes back to the artist who created the image. No other stock media platform comes close to this. Artists take home a very small cut of the profits on sites like Shutterstock and Getty. Because of our unique subscription model, members save and artists earn more on every Marketplace sale. It’s a true win-win!
 

Here’s what you need to know about Marketplace content:

  • Any image, any size costs only $3.99 for members. That’s 60% off non-member pricing.
  • You still get unlimited downloads of membership content, including 380K+ photos, vectors, and more.
  • We will continue adding high-quality membership content that you can download at no additional charge.
  • Marketplace content is uploaded by 3rd party artists and licensed directly to GraphicStock members. We do not own the rights to this content.
  • Artists keep 100% of all sales to members. GraphicStock does not make any revenue off these sales. We only make revenue off subscription fees.
  • Our Marketplace is the most artist-friendly stock media platform in the industry. No other competitor can match our 100% commission.
  • Only GraphicStock members can choose from the 10MM+ Marketplace images and pay $3.99/ each. Non-members pay $9.99 per image.
  • There is no obligation to purchase Marketplace content.

 
Now, when you search on GraphicStock, you will see both Membership and Marketplace content appear in your results. The variety that appears will continue to expand as more artists upload their content. If you only want to see the images that are free for members to download, simply check the box next to “Membership Content” in the left-hand search filter bar. All Marketplace content will disappear, and you can download anything you want from what’s left.

We’re so excited to bring exclusive savings on millions of amazing images to our members, and to support the work of artists along the way! We hope you feel the same way.

If you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQ or contact a real person at our Arlington, VA office by emailing support@videoblocks.com.

If you’re interested in contributing to Marketplace content, please visit our contributor portal.

Ready to dive into 10 million high-quality images?

 

START EXPLORING

 

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Welcome to GraphicStock! Find Out What Makes Us Different with This Short Video

by Caroline Mercurio on November 1, 2016 No comments

When you become a GraphicStock member, you get unlimited access to our library of 350,000+ royalty-free photos, vectors, and illustrations. It’s the easiest way to find and download high-quality stock images. Learn more about what makes us different from all other stock sites with this quick explainer video.

 

 

Ready to get started? Discover some of the graphics that our members have ranked highest, like our top 20 landscape backgrounds and most popular vector poster templates—all included with your subscription. No matter what your next creative project is, we have stock graphics to help bring your vision to life. And remember, once you download an image, it is yours to keep and use forever.

 

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20 Best Graphics for Web Design—Icons and Images that Will Optimize Your Website

by Caroline Mercurio on October 27, 2016 2 comments

In our visual world, there is a lot of overlap between graphic design and web design. Vector Graphics for websites can be a great tool to create visual interest—an important skill for any effective web designer. As Saul Bass once said, “Design is thinking made visual.” Nowhere is that more true than in web design, where the newest technologies meet audience interaction on a constantly changing basis.

It’s a tall order to fill—especially in our media-saturated market—but stock graphics can help you create a professional-looking website with minimal effort. To help you get started, we’ve gathered our top 20 graphics for web design so that you never have to sacrifice function for form. You can download all 20 as part of your GraphicStock membership.

Explore the images that our community ranks the highest for web design:

 
20.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Glossy Download Buttons Set

 
19.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Infographic Chart Template

 
18.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Stamp Vector Element

 
17.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Abstract Blue Background

 
16.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Colorful Pie Chart Graphic

 
15.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Infographic Template Layout

 
14.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Paper Banners Stock Image

 
13.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Abstract Paper Speech Bubbles Stock Image

 
12.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Vintage Label Design Set

 
11.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Vector Template and Design Element Set for Infographics

 
10.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Pattern of Geometric Shapes

 
9.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Web Mail Icons Set

 
8.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Wedding Graphic Set

 
7.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Blue Retro Quality Guarantee Label

 
6.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Retro Premium Quality Labels Set

 
5.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Vertical Numbered Banners Set

 
4.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Blue Infographic Vector Template

 
3.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Background Vector Template

 
2.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This Watercolor Background Template

 
1.
Graphics for Web Design

Download This World Map Infographic Elements Graphic

 
Use icon graphics in place of text to lead readers through your web page, punch up your backgrounds with a retro pattern graphic, or even add an eye-catching infographic to drive home your page’s mission. With everything you see and so much more—including thousands of photos, backgrounds, and illustrations—there’s no market you can’t conquer.

To get even more design inspiration, take a look at our guide to the hottest design trends of 2016

 
We’d love to see what you end up making! Share your next project with us in the comments, or upload it to Instagram and tag @graphicstock_.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Photoshop and Illustrator CC Updates

by Caroline Mercurio on July 8, 2016 2 comments

A few weeks ago, Adobe announced some huge updates to its Photoshop and Illustrator Creative Cloud applications, but with all of the changes, it can be hard to keep track of what’s new and how it will affect—and perhaps improve—your project’s workflow. That’s why we’ve put together a quick summary of everything you need to know about the newest features added to these essential CC programs.
 

New Updates to Photoshop CC

Overall, the most significant improvement to Photoshop for all users, regardless of the needs of individual projects, is the newly improved program performance and speed. Adobe has greatly reduced the program’s start-up time and removed a number of extraneous dialog boxes or warnings.

Here’s a quick look at the other new features that Adobe’s recently added to the program.

 
New Select and Mask Taskspace Improvements

The improved Selection and Mask Taskspace tools allows users to create selections and masks more easily and efficiently. Adobe has perfected the tools, minimizing the number of clicks and mouse movements needed when creating a selection or mask.

Adobe has also added new features in the Selection and Mask Taskspace. Most notably, this includes the addition of Visualization Controls, a Refine Edge Brush, and a simple brush—all of which will give you more power and manual control when making selections and masks in your project.

 
New Content-Aware Crop Capabilities

The Content-Aware Fill can help users better preserve the look of an image when cropping, using smart computing to algorithmically fill in the gaps of a canvas. This allows users to rotate or expand their canvas with the crop tool while still avoiding blank space.

Adobe suggests a few popular uses for this new function, such as moving the horizon of a photo to add more sky, changing the aspect ratio of an image, and filling in the corners of a rotated image.

 
Face Aware Liquify

This new upgrade to Photoshop’s Liquify tool uses Adobe’s algorithmic Face-Aware technology to automatically identify and adjust facial features—including the jaw, nose, lips, or eyes—to either retouch them or add artistic effects.

 
New Match Font Feature

With the addition of the new Match Font feature, Photoshop’s intelligent imaging analysis can detect the font used in an original image and match it to a licensed font available on your computer or in the Adobe Typekit. This new feature allows artists to quickly and easily mirror type found in photographs or older image files for which the font information has been lost.

To read more in-depth about the recent updates to Adobe Photoshop CC, check out Adobe’s comprehensive breakdown of its updates.

 

New Update to Illustrator CC

As with Photoshop, one of the biggest overall updates to Illustrator is the improved performance and loading time for the program—this also includes fast export of assets and artboards.

Here’s a quick look at the other new features that Adobe’s recently added to the program.

 
Live Shapes and Transform Panel Updates

This update makes the Live Shapes and Transform panel easier than ever to interface with. Corner controls will now auto-hide while shapes are being scaled, making the creative interface less cluttered and more suited to project workflows.

Read about the newest improvements the newest improvements from Illustrator’s lead project manager to learn more about Adobe.

Want to try out the new features with a creative project? Download one our royalty-free vectors, photographs, or illustrations and see what you can accomplish with the latest from Adobe Creative Cloud.

 

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Veronica Leonard Wins the Creative Rewards Challenge with a Design for a Good Cause

by Caroline Mercurio on April 20, 2016 3 comments

Creative Rewards Challenge winner Veronica Leonard won us over with her poster design featuring GraphicStock images for a concert fundraiser in Huntsville, Ontario. The event benefited a local children’s foundation, The Huntsville Performing Arts Collective, and included an evening of musicians across a wide variety of genres. Leonard used her expertise to create a unifying visual theme for the event—one that made her the standout winner for our challenge.

Creative Rewards Winner Veronica Leonard

As our grand prize winner, we interviewed Leonard to find out more about her creative pursuits and to see what advice she has for fellow GraphicStock members.
 
GraphicStock: What excites you most about graphic design?

Leonard: I am driven by the creative process and by working with a client to develop their vision. I love chatting with them in detail about their story, why they are passionate about their project, and how they see it rolling out. Often, as we’re chatting, I will get ideas about how the design will look and feel. I am a huge typography nerd and love how it can enhance the tone of the overall design. Sometimes, the typography even sets the tone itself!
 
GraphicStock: What is the most important thing that you’ve learned about design so far?

Leonard: Keep learning, talk to other designers, and be curious. I know that’s more than one important thing—but I believe that they are all intertwined and can only help to enhance your design career. All of those elements keep me excited about sitting down at my computer and working.
 
GraphicStock: What was your inspiration for your project?

Leonard: When I was originally approached with the idea for this event, I knew that I wanted to be involved. Not only was this fundraiser the first all-encompassing event that highlighted local performers from all types of genres, but it was for a wonderful cause. Because it was the first of its kind, I knew that the marketing materials needed to convey the idea that, while the performers may come from different backgrounds, they were all joined by one common theme—music. And so the image that all the other elements revolve around is a large pair of speakers from GraphicStock.
 
GraphicStock: What’s the next project you’re working on?

Leonard: Right now, I am working with a brand development consultant to get a startup off the ground with their website, logo, and marketing materials. I am also going to be doing some more formal collaborating with a graphic and web design team in the fall. So, exciting things are happening!
 
GraphicStock: How do you use our content to create your projects?

Leonard: I browse GraphicStock for inspiration for all of my projects. Sometimes I am searching for something specific and other times, I’ll just search for a keyword and see what pops up. More often than not, I will end up downloading a few things, even if they do not pertain to the current project I’m working on, to add them to my graphic files.
 
GraphicStock: What do you like most about working with our graphics library?

Leonard: I love that GraphicStock has tons of images with transparent backgrounds and the ability to acquire images in various formats. This has made it enormously easier for me to work with my downloads, as I can get them in the format that I require without having to tinker with them before I use them.
 
To learn more about Veronica Leonard’s work, you can find her through her website or on Facebook.

 

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Caroline MercurioVeronica Leonard Wins the Creative Rewards Challenge with a Design for a Good Cause

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of GraphicStock

by Caroline Mercurio on April 5, 2016 1 comment

Even the most seasoned GraphicStock creator might not know about all of the cool stuff our site can do—that’s why we enlisted Mike (our tutorial extraordinaire) to teach you about five awesome features that will help you use advanced search options, organize your content, and much more.

We’re working to make sure our members are getting the most out of their subscription. Did you know you can search GraphicStock by color? Or filter by orientation? Maybe you want to learn more about project folders and how they can streamline your workflow? Whatever your upcoming project, Mike is here to assist in your quest for the perfect graphic to complete your creative vision.

Watch this quick tutorial to learn about all these cool GraphicStock features.

Ready to put Mike’s tips to use? Head on over to the GraphicStock website to give these features a whirl.

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Introducing Creative Rewards Month: Special Deals, New Images, and Member Features

by Caroline Mercurio on March 24, 2016 No comments

There’s nothing we love more than seeing the creative ways that members use our content. That’s why we’re introducing Creative Rewards Month — a solid four weeks of new graphics categories, exclusive discounts, and member features. Each week in April, we’ll be announcing benefits for both new and current customers to show our appreciation for the work you do.

Here’s what to look out for during Creative Rewards Month at GraphicStock:

New Images

April will be a landmark month for adding new categories of graphics to our library. We’ve been listening to member requests and are preparing to release new and exclusive collections of photos, all of which will be free to subscribers. The collections will include high-demand categories like animals and wildlife, nature, and fitness.

Special Offers

Both new and existing customers will have opportunities to save money on premium content throughout Creative Rewards Month. For a limited time, new members will be able to sign up for six months of GraphicStock for only $39. Existing members will have a chance to make double the usual referral bonus, getting $40 cash for every friend who purchases a subscription.

We’re partnering with SitePoint, PSD2HTML, and other industry leaders to offer exclusive deals on their products too, only for GraphicStock members. The details of these offers and how to claim them will hit your email inbox near the end of the month, so make sure to keep an eye out!

Creative Rewards Challenge

To highlight awesome member projects, we’re launching the Creative Rewards Challenge—a chance to have your work featured on the GraphicStock blog and shared with our entire community, on top of prizes like a free upgrade to a Premium subscription. Get all the details and learn how to enter here.

Enter the Challenge

 

Our sister sites, VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks, are also participating in Creative Rewards Month (just click the site names to learn more).

Questions? Send us an email at rewards@videoblocks.com.

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Caroline MercurioIntroducing Creative Rewards Month: Special Deals, New Images, and Member Features