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Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 8 Ultra

by Christopher Petow on May 15, 2017 No comments

 
Believe it or not, Photoshop isn’t the only advanced photo editing software in the game. PhotoDirector 8 Ultra from Cyberlink offers a number of robust features and effects for correcting and manipulating images. It’s a budget-friendly option that includes all the basics—like exposure adjustment, contrast, and white balance—but also unique fixes like body-slimming and face-beautification tools. Whether you’re working with stock photos or your original images, it provides plenty of horsepower to achieve professional results.

 

Features

The workflow feels familiar, with layer support and correction tools, but this new version includes handy features like video-to-photo. This tool allows users to convert video clips into high-quality stills, or even panoramas. Unfortunately, it cannot reduce blur from movement, so subjects need to be holding still for the results to look crisp. If creating a panorama, the program does have content-aware capabilities to fill any empty spots left by meshing different angles, which is a cool benefit.

Also new to PhotoDirector, the multiple exposure effect makes it easy to combine up to 10 action shots into one image. This would requires lots of masks and layers to achieve in Photoshop. As long as a still camera was used to capture the original photos, the program can auto-generate a cool multiple exposure image. You can easily add a fade-in and -out effect to the series—making it look like your subject is in motion.

Another fun tool is color splash. This one is an oldie but a goodie—allowing you to pick a single color in an image to highlight while turning everything else to black-and-white. In PhotoDirector, you can isolate the color to one part of the photo rather than having every instance appear by using a brush to erase unwanted pops of color. The tolerance slider offers a way to quickly find the shade you wish to highlight.

If you’re more worried about physique than color theory, the beautification tools are for you. Body, skin, and face all have their own unique toolsets. Teeth instantly become whiter and wrinkles disappear with a few clicks.

If you want to protect your work, PhotoDirector also makes it super easy to add a watermark and adjust the opacity. It’s faster and more intuitive than in Photoshop because all the tools for creating and editing the watermark automatically appear in the left side panel.

 
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Here are the main pros and cons of PhotoDirector after trying it out.

Pros:

It’s more intuitive than many other programs, grouping features in a logical way and keeping tool names and icons consistent (for the most part) with Photoshop and Lightroom. This makes it easy to add the program to your editing repertoire without major onboarding time.

Also, PhotoDirector offers unique tools, like those for beautification and multiple exposures—allowing users to create professional effects at any skill level. You can easily export your final images to Facebook and Flickr, and all the normal photo adjustments are readily available. For all this, the price is totally reasonable.

Cons:

Cyberlink offers their own cloud service, so if you use a different storage provider, you can’t automatically sync files to your cloud account. Although PhotoDirector overall offers powerful tools in an easy-to-use interface, it lacks a couple of components, such as geotag maps and tethered shooting.

In sum, PhotoDirector fits the needs of most photographers at a range of expertise levels. It even includes some special tools that not all programs contain. However, if you are married to Adobe Creative Cloud, there are a few key pieces of the workflow puzzle that you may miss.

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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

 
Mother's Day images

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.

 
Animated 4

Download this Summer background vector illustration.

 
Animated 5

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

 
Mother's Day images

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

 
Mother's Day images

Download this stock photo of a colorful rose at sunrise.

 
Mother's Day images

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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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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Step Up Your Content Marketing with These 15 Authentic Stock Photos

by Jordan McElwain on April 29, 2017 No comments

If words are the notes of content marketing, then photography is the melody. Blending together content that cuts to the core with engaging imagery that connects emotionally isn’t easy—and keeping an editorial photographer on standby to capture these moments for every project isn’t exactly budget-friendly. That’s why everyone from bigtime agency execs to creative teams of one rely on stock photos to supplement, highlight, and bolster their projects.

Of course, not all stock photography is the same. In the yesteryears of the advertising industry, stock photos called up all sorts of canned, cliche, and overly-posed imagery—yet, today’s audiences are looking for something more real and authentic. In our bright digital future, consumer audiences are global and diverse, encompassing many walks of life and personal experiences–and they’re looking for content that reflects this.

So throw out that canned photo of an impossibly skinny woman laughing while she eats salad, or that overly posed shot of smiling businessmen looking at unlabeled pie charts—it’s time to connect with your audiences using imagery that’s real.

To help you better understand what we mean, here are 15 authentic stock photos your audience is bound to connect with.

 
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Not everyone in the world goes to work in a business suit—or even to a stereotypical office.
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What parent hasn’t seen this face at dinner time before? Businesses and brands can use this photo to advertise a family travel package or to portray disdain for a specific topic or service.
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Not every photo about parenthood should show the highlights. Connect with your audience by sharing in a potentially frustrating experience.
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If you’re an educator or offer tutoring, school supplies, or simply want to convey the message of what it is like to lose interest in something, this photo does the trick. Pair it with a good headline like “10 Ways to Break the Habit of Boredom,” and you have yourself the perfect imagery for marketing purposes.
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The majority of the working world starts their day with a cup of coffee or tea. Share in that relaxing moment with them.
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Instead of sharing images of already fit and toned people, why not share the ‘in progress’ action shots of what it’s really like to get into shape? This image exemplifies both the struggles and the conquests of living a healthy lifestyle.
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As authentic as it is charming, this granny and grandkid scene captures a special moment in time when two generations meet together.
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Binge watching TV is a cultural touchstone for most of today’s consumer audiences. This photo shows the trance-link state we all enter when hour three rolls around on our Netflix binge.
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Families are unique and full of character—not bland like 1960s television families—capture their essence and connect with your audiences using photos like this.
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This hockey player makes a competitive, and brutal, sport look more like dancing rather than something only tough people can do. You can use it to capture emotions like hope, determination, and perseverance.
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Family time is never perfect, but it always produces lifelong memories. An authentic action shot like this one with a family at the beach playing in the water together, can create that sense of connection and bond that we all crave.
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With so many different occupations in the world, advertising often misses the mark by limiting its imagery to only men in business suits. Capture the world as it really is with photos of many different jobs and work settings.
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Love comes in all shapes and sizes—something that modern advertising is just beginning to understand as it becomes more inclusive, using photos like this to connect with previously ignored consumer audiences.
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Like it or not, technology has become fully integrated into our daily lives. Use tech-lifestyle images to promote online experiences.
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Move aside Millennials, here comes Gen Z. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s future—use this photo to connect with the world’s newest consumer demographic.
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Building an authentic connection with your audience is the key to good, strategic, marketing. Use these authentic stock photos to connect your audiences to your brand and enjoy better results for it.

 

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Jordan McElwainStep Up Your Content Marketing with These 15 Authentic Stock Photos

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 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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Flower Images

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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Flower Images

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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Flower Images

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

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!

Bunnies

Download this photo of a baby bunny in a box.

 

Okay, now where are the good jelly beans?

Bunnies

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

 

Zzzzzzzzz…

Bunnies

Download this photo of a baby bunny being held.

 

Tell it to the tail.

Bunnies

Download this Easter Bunny card vector

 

Rock on!

Bunnies

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

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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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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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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10. Remember to stop and take things in every once in a while—like this amazing view.

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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.

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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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Jordan McElwain21 Mesmerizing Stock Nature Photos Worth Sharing

Get Your Swag On: Designing Swag with Stock Graphics

by Caroline Mercurio on February 14, 2017 No comments

T-shirts, hats, mugs, bags, pens, or socks—if you can think of it, you can put your logo on it. Swag is a crucial part of your marketing strategy. If it’s wearable or useful, you can guarantee great swag will get your brand in front of new eyes and help create lasting awareness. To spark your inspiration, we’ve outlined three ways companies can use swag to show off the strengths of their business and values—whether you’re a small business owner or Mark Zuckerberg himself, these top swag tricks will help you elevate your brand to the next level.

Keep in mind, you can’t just slap your logo on a coffee mug and call it a day, not if you want to make a significant impact—you don’t want to devalue your brand with common promotional products. Push the design of your swag to the next level and incorporate stock graphics, vectors and photos to help the inner spirit of your brand shine.

Your company’s brand is more than just the logo and colors—it’s a personality and a vision. Highlight your brand’s internal values that don’t always get to shine so brightly to the world outside your office. Swag is an excellent marketing tool, but it’s also an important way to create a strong working community among coworkers and teammates.

 

#1 Swag for Facebook

Consider Facebook, for instance. They have five core values that drive their inner company workings and their hiring process. While they aren’t always advertised to the external world, it’s a huge part of their company culture and brand. As an example, we created a quick swag design encapsulating one of their values—in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, “Move fast and break things.”

 
Stock Graphics

Download the stock image of a blur speed effect used in this design.

 

#2 Swag for Google

Google is another company with strong internal values. They are innovative, creative, and they push boundaries. One of their ten core values is, “You can be serious without a suit.” They believe work should be challenging—but also fun. To reflect that playful attitude and boundary pushing mentality, we imagined a fun baseball cap that proudly boasts the value.

 
Stock Graphics

Download the stock illustration of an astronaut used in this design.

 

#3 Swag for Slack

Slack is another company with strong internal values that don’t always see the light of day. They focus on three keywords: diligence, curiosity, and empathy. Slack’s brand always portrays a fun and playful attitude—similar to Google—but with a little more youth and edginess due to their bright, saturated, and hip brand colors. We imagine that their swag should be playful and maybe even downright silly—like this bag.

 
Stock Graphics

Download the cat vector illustration used in this design.

 
There are so many possibilities when it comes to designing swag—especially when you have unlimited downloads from our library of royalty-free stock images. Try not to limit your designs to a simple logo. Think edgier, more fun, more creative. Whether the swag you’re designing is for your customers or your employees, the more unique the design, the more effective your swag will be in spreading your brand’s message and increasing awareness.

Ready to take your company’s swag to the next level? Explore our library of stock images, or check our Top 30 Favorite Label Vectors for Branding for more swag inspiration.

 

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Caroline MercurioGet Your Swag On: Designing Swag with Stock Graphics

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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