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21 Mesmerizing Stock Nature Photos Worth Sharing

by Jordan McElwain on March 1, 2017 No comments

One of the amazing things about stock nature photos is that they allow us to appreciate the beauty of the world through the eyes—and lens—of an artist. Sometimes all we need to think positively and feel inspired is a different perspective, so we’ve gathered 21 mesmerizing nature photos for you to share with your friends, family, and followers to give them a few friendly reminders from Mother Nature herself.

Pair these photos with cute quotes and inspirational advice to raise engagement levels on social media, download them and share them with friends and family when they need a pick me up, or choose some to create your own personalized stationery.

These beautiful nature photos are just a few of our favorites from the our stock images library. Download this set, then check out all of the awesome stock photos and graphics we have to offer.

1. This delightful frog will inspire you and your running buddy to hop back into your training.

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2. This photo will help you remember that there is beauty in life even when you can’t see it clearly.

stock nature image - foggy photo
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3. These frost-fighting leaves will remind you that anything is possible.

Stock nature photos - frosty leaves
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4. Sometimes you have to visit some place remarkable to enjoy things you may not normally enjoy.

Nature Stock Photos - iceberg in greenland
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5. This beautiful night sky is enough to make anyone want to go on a camping trip in the mountains to go stargazing.

Stock nature photos - space photos
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6. This serious clownfish can help you remember to just keep swimming through life because that anemone “Can’t touch this.”

nature photos - clownfish
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7. Sometimes if you are struggling with achieving your goals, you just need to “Let it go” like Elsa.

nature stock image - photo of cold frosty weather
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8. Try to visit new places and see new things.

stock nature photos - red rocks in southwest US
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9. Whether it’s going on a cruise or just staring at this beautiful photo of a sunset, find a way to escape when life gets stressful.

stock nature photo of sunset on the ocean
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10. Remember to stop and take things in every once in a while—like this amazing view.

nature stock photos - landscape images
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11. No matter how dark (and cold) things may seem, there is brightness just around the corner.

nature stock photos - sunflower field
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12. The more you explore, the more hidden gems you’ll find.

nature stock photo of a natural waterfall
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13.Learn to appreciate things even if you don’t understand them—like how a boat can float on water.

nature stock photo of a boat on foggy water
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14. There is something to enjoy in every season.

nature photos of fall leaves
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15. You have to get through the rocky times to enjoy the smooth ones.

nature stock photo - rocks on a beach
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16. Enjoy the company of others.

stock nature photo trees in a forest
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17. But remember to spend some time alone as well.

nature stock photo of a tree
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18. Each day is a new beginning–-don’t let the past hold you back.

nature stock photo of a sunrise on the beach
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19. Yellow isn’t just for gender neutral baby gifts.

nature stock photos - yellow flowers
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20. Remember that being different is what makes us beautiful.

nature stock photos - shells on a beach
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21.Remind your followers to get lost every once in awhile.

nature stock photos for wanderlust
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Nature is beautiful, and taking the time to stop and appreciate it will help you stay relaxed and inspired. Share these photos with your friends to brighten up their days.


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Stock Yourself: How One GraphicStock Member Got YouTube Famous

by Caroline Mercurio on February 10, 2017 No comments

Sometimes it’s hip to be “stock-y.” Music videos used to cost thousands of dollars and required high-tech hardware and editing programs. But now in the age of low-budget DIY creativity, YouTubers like Joe Penna—known as MysteryGuitarMan on his channel—can make engaging videos with just a few stock images and a talented hand in Adobe Photoshop, all without ever having to leave their homemade studio. Joe’s specialty is bringing the absurd to life with animation, special effects, and music.

Take a look at “Stock Photo-shop” and see for yourself:



Joe’s music video for “Believer” by the band Paper Lions features stock photos from GraphicStock, with Joe lip-syncing the lyrics. He even made sure the lighting on his face matched the lighting in the photo. The well-paced video over the infectious tune was uploaded on December 15th and has garnered over 300,000 views so far. The video was well-received by subscribers, who have been anticipating a new video from Joe since his previous upload two months prior.

We love seeing projects that our creative community makes—from fun music videos by YouTubers like Penna to exciting designs like last year’s Creative Rewards winner. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide high-quality stock content that fits any creator’s budget. The possibility are endless!


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What Thanksgiving With Family Is Actually Like, Told In Stock Photos

by Caroline Mercurio on November 15, 2016 No comments

Ah, Thanksgiving…It’s that time of year when family near and far draw together to enjoy a day of love, laughter, and feasting. But the idyllic gatherings shown in most stock photos don’t always capture the reality of “quality time” with relatives. Old sibling rivalries rise to the surface, and the in-laws ask awkward questions at the dinner table. But what’s Thanksgiving without a little family drama?

Inspired by our own fond memories of Thanksgivings past, we gathered the stock photos that more accurately represent the family feasting. For comparison, here’s how we like to imagine the holiday in pictures, followed by the more realistic version.

How We Like to Imagine Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos
We think of all those we hold dear. We share memories and photos of all the things we are thankful for. Maybe we raise a glass to the years gone by or to the new year about to unfold. It’s a holiday in every sense of the word.

Or not.

What It’s Really Like

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the day when we’re are obligated to spend 12-48 hours with people who share our DNA—and not much else. Add to the fact that it’s an election year and…well, pass the punch, please.

If this sounds all too familiar, take a deep breath—you are not alone. To help you get through the day, we have put together a collection of images that are basically all of us on Thanksgiving. So come November 24, find a quiet corner (lock yourself in the closet if you must) and pull up this post for a quick Thanksgiving giggle.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Come on, Aunt Nancy. We all know what’s really in that mug.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Somehow it doesn’t matter if he’s watching the game or the parade—Pops will still spend the next 5 hours yelling at the TV.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

What do you mean you’re changing your major from Engineering to Interpretive Dance?!?

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Don’t mess with big bro, little guy!

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

NEVER tell Christine that her corn muffins are dry.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

I can’t talk right now—Jason found chocolate and now he’s naked and destroying mom’s white couch.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Fluffy is secretly plotting vengeance.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos


Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

So when am I getting grandchildren?

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

You’re my only hope, Pinot Noir. Never leave me.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

And Aunt Helen is trying to use the rolling pin on her hair. Things just took a turn.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Please just eat your fruit. Literally anything that’s not chocolate. I’m begging you.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Yep, gave up and went to the bar with Uncle Larry.

Thanksgiving Family Stock Photos

Sweet mother of turkey. Let’s eat!

Sometimes a little laugh and some commiseration is all we need to get through the holidays. Even though they make us crazy, today is about family, and we know we sure will be sad when we say goodby on Friday. So give everyone a hug and dig into that beautiful bird. Cheers!


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GraphicStock Design Challenge: “Home”

by Brian Platt on May 12, 2015 No comments

We’re giving away an iPad, a Wacom tablet, and a year’s subscription in this month’s design challenge!

To enter, just submit your best visual interpretation of “home,” using at least one element from the GraphicStock library—and we’ll select a first, second, and third-place winner to receive the prizes above (in their respective order).

Submissions should be sent to contest@graphicstock.com before the deadline of June 5, 2015.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and own the rights to any copyrighted material submitted. Each entry must contain at least one element from GraphicStock’s library (please include links in your submission) and no elements from stock libraries other than GraphicStock. By submitting, entrants agree to the standard design challenge rules.

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Our favorite stock images of 2014

by Brian Platt on December 31, 2014 2 comments

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but stock images are worth more than eleven million downloads (thanks to your devoted downloading in 2014).
Among your favorite downloads from our library this past year were stock backgrounds, stock textures, and stock social media graphics—along with heavy hits in the Christmas celebration categories.
Without further adieu, here are the best stock images of 2014, ranked by number of user downloads. Happy downloading in the year ahead! We’re looking forward to bringing you the best stock images of 2015 and beyond.

Our favorite stock images of 2014 Our favorite stock images of 2014
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vector-t-shirt-design-with-skull-and-wings_M1icrb__ christmas-greeting-card_zywbTEIO
metal-scratched-22-texture_zJk_Tord Wooden Floor Background
simply-minimal-infographic-template-design-vector_fkTprxwu Forest road. Landscape.

Our favorite stock images of 2014: Brian Platt writes about trends, design, and user’s awesome download habits for GraphicStock

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Print-Your-Own Wrapping Paper: Use #4,321 for Stock Graphics

by Brian Platt on December 19, 2014 No comments

We tend to get a little Grinch-like when it comes to store-bought wrapping paper. It creases too easily, isn’t customizable, and represents yet another barrier standing in the way of well-deserved presents—whether giving or receiving them.

So, of course, we made our own this year using these stock holiday graphics pulled from our library.

Printable Wrapping Paper: Making it Your Own
Before we went too crazy making one-off holiday wrapping papers for each gift—complete with each recipient’s name—we wanted to test out a few designs taken straight from our seasonal library. The results, we’re happy to report, were a fantastic success.

While any graphic will work, seamless design patterns work especially well because they’re designed to join together to create larger patterns. You can download these patterns as image or vector files and print them directly. However, you might find some are a little too big for you liking if using them without any modifications.

In such cases, it’s helpful to treat the patterns like tiles, stacking several side by side in your editing program so that the pattern repeats in a more desirable ratio (determined by the size of your gift and/or paper).

Below and to the left, you can see the graphics as they appear upon downloading, unedited but cropped for display. Below and to the right, you see the results of stacking them:

Print-Your-Own Wrapping Paper: Use #4,321 for Stock Graphics

Of course, you can always create your own designs from scratch using stock holiday graphics from our library. If you do, we’d love to see the results (social@videoblocks.com).

Paper Choices: Sizes and Textures

We wrapped the two presents above using standard 8.5 x 11 paper, but not plain old copy paper. Instead, we picked up two types of vellum paper, each of which cost around four dollars for a pack of ten.

The close-up below will give you more of a feel for the two paper types we selected. The top gift is wrapped in a shimmery platinum vellum, while the bottom is wrapped in a “frosted” inkjet vellum.

Print-Your-Own Wrapping Paper: Use #4,321 for Stock Graphics
Both worked well, but we liked the smooth, shimmering version (top) best. Still, in both cases we’re going to be sad when the paper gets barbarically ripped off in pursuit of the goods within (the bottom present contains chocolate).

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Art Appreciation Month

by Brian Platt on August 20, 2014 No comments

Art Appreciation Month

In celebration of Art Appreciation Month, we at GraphicStock are highlighting one of our most versatile collections by one of our most versatile contributors, Yien Keat Wong. Yien is able to create images from graphic Japanese illustrations, to vector multi-colored illustrations, to abstract backgrounds. If all artists have a medium and a particular style, is it safe to say that Yien’s is ‘awesome’? We think so! Take a look at his eclectic collection and become inspired yourself to create your own collection out of his beginnings- we’re all standing on the shoulders of giants!
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Top 5 Free Stock Images Websites

by Brian Platt on August 13, 2014 No comments

Top 5 Free Stock Images Websites

We have all been there, you need that graphic or photo for your blog, website or project but don’t know where to turn! We have compiled a list of our top 5 free stock images websites – all completely royalty free!

1. GraphicStock.com 

The best around when looking for royalty free graphics, icons, backgrounds, textures and vector images! For 20 images a day over 7 days, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for! If you like the service, you can get unlimited downloads for just $99 a year!


2. VectorGraphicsforFree.com 

A great site that has all your vector graphic needs! Search the categories and you are sure to find something that fits your project perfectly! Don’t let the name fool you, when the zip is downloaded you get a .eps and a .png file- vector and raster? Score!


3. FreeInfographicTemplates.com 

Infographics are certainly the newest trend, coming up as the best way to share information in a visually pleasing and an easily digestible manner. Charts, graphs, and even resumes can depicted as an infographic.


4. StockPhotosforfree.com 

Just like the title indicates, this site really delivers when it comes to stock photos! With categories from backgrounds, nature and animals, United States and international locations, aerials and so much more, you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for!


5. Wikimedia.org

Right now Wikimedia is right in the spotlight now due to the Monkey Selfie controversy, and it is a great resource for tons of images and videos, boasting over “22 million freely usable media files” all royalty free. Have at it, it is actually a lot of fun just surfing the site!


Since the above sites are all royalty-free you are in luck and have nothing to worry about reproducing or editing the images. However, for your reference you can brush up on legalities here!

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Most Interesting Graphics Day

by Brian Platt on August 5, 2014 No comments

Most Interesting Graphics Day

Oh my, we knew this day would come. You were out taking a stroll through our graphics and you stumbled across a dusty old box titled “Most Interesting Graphics”. Curiosity takes over, and after weighing the pros with the cons you brush the dust off the top, take a deep breath and open it.

At an immediate glance you notice that within lies the forgotten graphics, the outcasts, the misfit graphics if you will. But upon closer inspection, you see that there is use for these graphics after all, that these unloved gems can really shine with the right kind of tender loving care.

Your mind and imagination are opened to such new theories- what are those men doing in the pie and the burger bun? When did an dinosaur have the opportunity to ride a shark? Who knew that narwhales loved bacon so much? On second thought, why don’t all animals (except pigs) love bacon so much? It’s so great!

Then there are the character driven images. The double gun wielding ape with human hands and an axe to grind. The cloak he is wearing makes him look like a priest on a mission, the “Patron Saint of Six Shooters” if you will.

And who could forget the “Gentleman Bull” fully equipped in his top hat, loin cloth and monocle, upset that you have turned down his invitation for tea. Caution is urged if you download this image, he has the most dangerous of medieval weapons, a tea- pot mace.

Finally, no collection would be complete without the “Knight Shooting Lazers at his own Sword”. This lucky soldier has found a new and improved way to battle other warriors, watch out William Wallace no amount of blue face paint can save you now.

But in all honesty- look at these graphics, these graphics are amazing.

To download the entire collection click here!

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