New software, new gear, new accessories—the creative tools at your disposal are always expanding. Whether it’s the ability to add hyper-realistic effects to an illustration or a camera that can capture crystal-clear pictures of the cosmos, we like to test the boundaries of what’s possible with our content. We rounded up 10 stock images from our library that each offer a unique and innovative perspective, driven by creative tech like drones and advanced editing programs, so that you can explore the possibilities of this futurist realm.
If you like testing limits or want to promote a sense of exploration and adventure, this content category really captures that vibe. Technology may be a part of our everyday lives, but it can also be used for extra-sensory storytelling—or enhancing how your audience experiences the world. Not everyone has access or ability to create media that involves high-tech gear or software, but the images below make it possible for anyone to break boundaries with their personal and professional projects.
Get a taste of the future of creativity with our top 10 images:
A great design always tells a story. Sometimes, that story takes place in a fantasy world and speaks in metaphors. These stock images are the stuff of dreams and fables—they combine real world photos and magical effects to hint at supernatural possibilities. We gathered our 10 favorites from this surreal category so that you can put your imagination to the test, and see how a touch of magic might take your projects into a whole new creative level.
Magical realism has a way of captivating audiences, be it for art or marketing. Depending on the tone of your brand or personal style, these images could help convey an inspiring, eerie, or thought-provoking message. For writers, such designs make perfect accompaniments to fictional tall tales and even children’s books.
There are no limitations when you dip into surrealism—see how far you can take your imagination with the 10 stock images below.
Minimalistic icons were growing in popularity even before Apple released iOS 7, but the trend really took off once Apple was on board. Apple’s departure from beveled icons with glossy finishes caused app designers to follow suit, sparking a surge in app redesigns to fit Apple’s new minimalist standards. Since then, graphic and web designers have continued to pursue flat, linear icons.
But just because Apple gives its stamp of approval doesn’t mean we should all follow, right? If Apple jumped off a bridge, would you jump? (Don’t answer that.) Luckily, this doesn’t seem to be a bridge-jumping situation. The move toward minimalist designs generally makes sense, especially in the world of web design. Minimalism makes websites and apps easier to navigate, increasing efficiency and overall user-happiness.
Whether you’re designing a website, app, or even an ad, stock minimalistic icons will help get your message across. Start creating by checking out all of the flat icons that went into the graphic featured above.
If you’re working on a design project, chances are that you’re going to need a background. Although minimalistic designs are becoming increasingly popular, even those designs often have backgrounds—they’re just not as noticeable.
While certain industries are leaning more towards sleek ads with clean lines, others are still employing bold colors and intricate patterns—so maybe it’s better to just throw up our hands and say, “Anything goes?” With these widely varying design trends, a large selection of vector backgrounds is always welcome. You don’t even have to use a background as a background—just take what you want from a vector image and leave the rest.
To get started on your next project, check out all of the vector backgrounds that went into making the graphic featured here.
Designing A Yoga Poster Part III: Silhouettes and Sans-Serif
Part II brought a lot of progress on our “Yoga in the Park” poster, but we’re not quite finished.
The original stock image we used as our base included a nice silhouette, but Graphic Stock’s selection of fitness silhouettes is pretty deep, allowing us to replace it with a yoga silhouette that’s a few degrees closer to our motif of relaxation—simply by using an image of someone sitting instead of standing.
And some text and throw in a yoga mat by either creating it in Photoshop or grabbing it here, and the poster is ready for print.