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A Quick Guide to Resizing Images in Adobe Lightroom

by Caroline Mercurio on August 14, 2017 No comments

Looking for a way to resize your images with a minimum of hassle but a maximum amount of control over export quality or in large batches? Then Adobe Lightroom may be just the photo editing you’re looking for.

There’s a lot that goes into photo editing, and no two images are ever quite alike. But whether you’ve just finished a great photoshoot or you’re putting together a batch of stock photos for a social media campaign, one thing’s for certain: you’re going to have to resize your images if you want them to look their best in your finished product.

Most websites won’t accept large images, and if your photo is too high-res, it might even look weird on some browser screens. Now, we all know the tried-and-true Photoshop method—and that’s great if you want to resize your images one by one—but really, who has that kind of time? Enter Adobe Lightroom.

See, the clever folks over at Adobe knew that photographers—and everyone else who works with images—needed a way to batch upload, resize, organize, and export their images all at once. We’re talking seconds here, people. Yet many people still see Lightroom as “baby Photoshop” or, alternatively, as too confusing or advanced for the casual user. Not so! This program pairs beautifully with Photoshop to streamline your editing process and improve efficiency, and it’s great all on its own if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to do some basic editing and organize your photos.

To get you started, we put together this simple tutorial to teach you how to resize your images in Adobe Lightroom. We promise—after a time or two this process will take you mere moments.


Step One: Import Images into Lightroom

Go ahead and open up Adobe Lightroom. It should open up to the Library module along the top navigation bar. Once the screen pops up, click the button on the bottom left that reads “Import.”
Adobe Lightroom

A new screen will open, and often the easiest way to batch import your images is simply to drag and drop them into the center. Once they load, all your images will be visible as thumbnails, as you can see below. For this project, we decided to use images from this romantic stock wedding photoshoot.
Adobe Lightroom


Step Two: Export the image

Still working in the Library Module, select the images you want to export. To select all of them at once, simply click the first image, hold down SHIFT, and then click the last image. All of your photos should now be selected.
Adobe Lightroom

As you can see, the images will highlight and new thumbnails representing each selected image will appear along the bottom of the screen.

Now it’s time to get busy. Click the Export button (or Ctrl+Shift+E) at the bottom left of the Library module. A new window will pop up, and this is where the magic happens.
Adobe Lightroom


Step Three: Define Your Parameters

Export Location: At the top of the pop up window is a box saying “Export Location.” within this box you will see “Export to” with a drop down beside it. This is where your edited photos will end up, so go ahead and specify the folder your want to use. For our purposes, we’re using the Desktop.

The next drop-down under “Export Locations” is “Existing Files.” This option determines what happens to existing files already in your destination folder with the same name to avoid confusing duplications. In our experience, ”Ask what to do” is the safest bet.
Adobe Lightroom

File Naming: The next box is the “File Naming” box. “Rename To” gives you the option to have your files renamed something different than the existing file name you uploaded. For this project, we put a custom name in the custom text box with the date and the name of the project, and selected “Custom Name – Sequence” as my our naming convention. This means that the first image will be named “08_10_17_Jones Wedding” and the subsequent images will have a number added, for example “08_10_17_Jones Wedding-1”
Adobe Lightroom

If you select filename, your edited images will have the same filename as the original images. You can also create your own file naming template by selecting Edit from the dropdown list.

File Settings: Now let’s scroll down to the “File Settings” box. Here’s where we can manage the quality of our final images. First off, we’re going to want to select “JPEG” as the file format, because this is the most commonly used format for web images. We also want to set the Color Space to sRGB, because it’s the color mode most monitors see best.

Now it’s time to think about image quality. Sliding the quality bar all the way to the right might seem like a good idea because it will give you the highest quality, but it will also leave you with giant image sizes, which can slow down your page load speed or even crash your site. For digital images, it’s a safe bet to set your slider to 65-80.

Don’t check “Limit file size to,” because we don’t want Lightroom to override your selections later on.
Adobe Lightroom

Image Sizing: The first thing we’re going to do is check “Resize to Fit.” The dropdown will now give you several options to choose from. What you are essentially doing is selecting which edge you are sizing by—whether it’s the long or short edge, or both—from the dropdown next to the checkbox.
Adobe Lightroom

Each option has it’s own specifications and nuances, so we’ve broken them down below:

  • If you select “Dimensions,” Lightroom will size the images as closely to the selected pixel dimensions as possible within their current aspect ratio (their width to height), and one measurement will match the specified length. For example, if we specify 1200 x 800 pixels as the dimensions, some images may be 1200 x 600 or 800 x 800. The images will not be larger than 1200 x 800
  • If you select “Width & Height” you can set the longest dimensions in both directions, therefore depending on the aspect ratio of the image, it is possible that both dimensions will differ from your specifications. The image will be sized so that the width and height are no larger than the value you set.
  • “Long Edge” and “Short Edge” are both pretty self-explanatory. The images will be sized so that the edge you specify will match the dimensions you choose, and the other dimension will vary according to the image’s aspect ratio. It’s worth noting that Lightroom will apply these changes to images regardless of their orientation. For example, if you limit only the width of the image, your portrait-oriented images will likely come out much larger than your landscape images.
  • Megapixels are the measurement system used by camera companies and combines both width and height into one number. Basically, if you’re primarily concerned about actual file size, this setting may be for you. It’s particularly useful in stock photography because these images are often priced according to image size. Downsizing an image can also help salvage an image that isn’t the best quality or one with noise issues.
  • Percentage is the newest option for resizing in Adobe Ligtroom, and it allows you to—you guessed it—resize by a certain percentage.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you select “Do Not Enlarge,” your images may end up smaller than intended if the original photo is smaller than your specified sizing.

We’ve decided to limit only the long edge of these images to make sure they fit properly on a specific blog page, which is 800 pixels wide with a sidebar. Your pixel size may differ according to your needs. For example, Facebook and most other social media platforms have specific sizes that work best for them.

Now select your resolution. Resolution is mostly for printing purposes and doesn’t really matter for web, provided that you are measuring your image size above in pixels instead of inches. That being said, 72 ppi is pretty standard for screen display. However, if you are looking to print your images, standard ppi ranges from 240 to 300ppi+.

If you are measuring your image size in inches, suddenly ppi matters quite a lot, but this is generally only done when working with print materials.
Adobe Lightroom

Sharpening, Metadata and More: Everything else is pretty optional and doesn’t have anything to do with image resizing, but it’s amazing how much post processing you can do in this simple “Export” box. Output sharpening allows you to sharpen your images, and there are a ton of great resources on the web that go into the various settings you can use here. For now, we’re happy with the sharpness of our images so we’re going to go ahead and move on.

You’ll also see that you have the option to add metadata, and it’s a good idea to remove your personal and location info from the image embeds. Removing unnecessary data also reduces image size.

Watermarking: If you want to watermark your images, go ahead and click the “Watermark” box, and select your watermark from the drop down. To add or edit your watermarks, select “Edit Watermark” from the drop down. If this is the first time you’re adding a unique watermark to Lightroom such as a logo, select “Graphic” where it says “Watermark Style” and upload it using the “Choose” button under “Image Options.”
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom

Finally, you want to make sure “Do Nothing” is selected from the drop down under “Post-Processing”—unless you want the images to immediately open up in Photoshop, Finder, or another application after they export.

Step Four: Save Your Settings
We know it seemed like a lot, but the good news is that this process takes only seconds once you’re used to it—especially if you save your settings! If you want to use these settings again, save them by clicking the “Add” button at the bottom left of the Export Window, under the Preset list. Give your new preset a name and select a folder (or just leave it set to “User Presets”). Click Create.
Adobe Lightroom

Now, the next time you want to use the preset, just open to the Export dialogue box and choose your setting.

Step Five: It’s Time to Export!
Just click that beautiful blue Export button in the Export dialogue box and that’s it! Your images will appear in your specified folder—in this case, the desktop—resized and ready for all your web projects.
Adobe Lightroom

There you have it, folks! What used to take an hour can be done in five seconds, leaving you more time to focus on what really matters—like binge watching Game of Thrones on your DVR. Or, you know, working.

Save even more time—and money—with royalty-free stock graphics. We can’t be everywhere at once, and honestly, some shots are just better left to—well, other people.


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Why Split Screen Visuals Are So Effective

by Maddie Stearn on August 4, 2017 No comments

Have you ever clicked on a celebrity “Now vs. Then” article? Come on, be honest (we’re all very curious about what childhood celebrities are up to today). Most of us are guilty of reading at least one of these clickbait articles, but there’s a reason why we see so many of these posts online—they work, and not just because of their attention-grabbing headlines. Strong, split screen visuals are often what sells these post before we even have the chance to read what they’re about.

Now, we’re not saying that all clickbait is successful, but the split screen visual taps into readers’ desire to see dramatic visuals, as well as creating a curiosity gap. The images don’t even have to be that different to grab an audience’s attention. This is where context comes into play—an audience might be shocked to see photos of how a landscape has changed over the past 50 years, but they’d probably be just as astonished to see that John Stamos hasn’t aged in the past 30 years.

Split screen visuals aren’t just for casual observations—they can serve as learning tools, tug on our heartstrings, or even be humorous. We’ll show you how these visuals interact with all of these categories and how stock photos fit into the mix.


The “Wow” Factor

Advertisers often use split screen images to create dynamic ads that will catch customers’ attention. In the example below, this stock photo of pasta and stock photo of an empty bowl show that the meal must have been delicious (or somebody was hungry) since the bowl has been scraped clean. The two images are visually very similar, but the disappearance of the pasta is dramatic and eye-catching.

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Nothing sells like nostalgia. Often you’ll see split screen advertisements that portray the same subjects years apart or in different situations, but the added nostalgic element allows audiences to identify with the images. The result is still dramatic, but the visual is meant to evoke stronger emotions than an empty bowl of pasta.

These two stock images play on feelings of nostalgia by comparing images of similarly happy young and old couples. Even though the pictures aren’t of the same couple, they are similar enough to show that love is timeless.

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Split screen images aren’t just in advertisements and articles—they’ve become incredibly popular in viral humor and online memes, too. As with most internet fads, advertisers are now trying to use these memes in their own ad campaigns. The “Expectation vs. Reality” visual is hugely popular in advertisements and viral media alike, and it’s common for both to feature stock photos. We’ve provided our own example of this technique below.

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Online tutorials often use split screen images to show how the difference the learned tools or techniques can make. The primary goal of these images is to get people’s attention; your tutorial won’t help anyone if you can’t get people to click.

Graphic design nerds like us love tutorials that lead with split-screen images. It saves time when you’re scouring the internet for specific tips, and it’s exciting to see how far your artwork can go.

From a business perspective, we know that our customers also like our split screen visuals. It makes sense—we all want to know what to expect from a tutorial. These images can also drum up enthusiasm for the skill that the image promotes.

Here are some of the most popular split screen images for our tutorials—and you can also check out the tutorial section of our blog.

How to Add Textures in Photoshop

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How to Create a Visually Striking Text Portrait in Photoshop

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How to Add a Vintage Grunge Effect in 5 Easy Steps with Photoshop

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Ready to create your own split screen visuals? Find your inspiration browsing our library of royalty-free stock images.


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One Photo, Many Frames: Adobe InDesign

by Alex Reffie on August 3, 2017 No comments

Summer is the perfect time to brush up on your design skills, learn some new tips and tricks, and give you that notorious designer’s edge. We’ve shown you how to create seamless patterns, animate adorable GIFs, and most recently how to conjure up eerie nostalgia with a VHS glitch effect. It’s time to add another feather to your design cap with this trendy tutorial that will teach you how to create multiple frames for one image in Adobe InDesign.

The multiple framing effect is simplistic, bright, and timeless—making it a great design option for unique marketing or branded materials. Not to mention, you can transform any image with this design in a number of different ways. So go grab one of royalty-free stock images for inspiration and let’s get to it.


Getting Started

1. Open up InDesign and create a New Document. Your Page Size should be set as A3, Portrait Orientation and Facing Pages deselected.

2. Expand your Layers Panel by going to Window > Layers. Double click on Layers 1 and rename it Guides.

3. Click the Make a New Layer icon at the bottom of your workspace. Drag the new layer so that it sits above Guides. Name this new layer Images and Lock the layer.


Pick Your Image

For this design, it’s best to go with a portrait or a close-up shot—plus, having an interesting background makes for an even more crisp design. There’s plenty of high-resolution stock photos to choose from in our library, so it was easy to pick out this unique and playful portrait.

Body-Image-InDesign Download this Creative Portrait here.


Creating Your Frames

We’re going to create a windowpane framing effect. Once you’ve mastered the basic steps, you’ll be able to knock things up a notch with more complex patterns and shapes.

4. Using the Rectangle Tool, create a shape that matches the orientation of your photo. Ours is more landscape, so we matched that as closely as possible.

Center the shape on the document. Rename this layer

5. Lock your Guides layer, while keeping Images unlocked.

6. Use your creative intuition to use the Rectangle Tool again to make your first frame in the left-hand corner.

7. Go to File > Place to grab your photo.

8. Double-click inside the image and hold down Shift to size it appropriately and to capture the area of your image that you want in that corner.

9. File > Copy, File > Paste to create your next frame. Adjust the image position again to sit correctly in the guidelines.

10. Continue to do this until you see your full image take shape and–framed beautifully.

There you have it! Not only is this an easy way to freshen up your design work this summer, but this effect will give your branded materials the attention they deserve. Ready to test out your framing creativity? There’s thousands of images in our library ready for your next project.


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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

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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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Trending This Week: Advertising Your Brand with Duotone Text Effect

by Alex Reffie on July 7, 2017 No comments

This summer is all about making a splash—especially with your branding. We’re talking bright, energizing colors, bold designs, and fresh graphics that take you to your perfect paradise—wherever that may be. Being able to combine hot summer designs with your personal style is the perfect way to stay on-trend—and with stock photos, you can stay on-budget as well. To give you a little seasonal inspiration, we created this eye-catching design that can easily be adapted to advertise any business, promotion, or event. Ready to get started? Our royalty-free library has stock photos that appeal to any audience and vibe.

With Adobe Photoshop, it was easy breezy to get this duotone style text design pieced together. Pairing our stock photo with a texture and style gradient gives the design an edgy look that’s sure to turn heads this summer. Take a look!

Stock Photos

Ready to make a splash this summer? You don’t have to travel across the globe for a spectacular summer view—we’ve got stock photos for every destination. Take your advertising up a notch and come discover the inspiration in our library.


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Back to School Toolkit: Photos, Charts, and Graphic Templates for Resourceful Teachers

by Caroline Mercurio on July 6, 2017 No comments

The first day of school might be a distant thought to many, but it’s practically around the corner for teachers. Summer is prime planning time for the school year—classes don’t plan themselves, after all! So we’re kicking off the Back to School season early with our educational toolkit.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and teachers are certainly old pros at inventing. Every summer they wear many hats, whipping up classroom decorations and outlining projects as part of the school year preparations. And while we can’t help plan the curriculum, our graphics library is full of visual resources perfect for educators.

We’ve hand picked this toolkit of teaching resources featuring customizable graphs and chart templates, imaginative icons, and backgrounds for classroom subjects—plus stock educational photos suited to most scholastic projects.

Here’s a quick preview of the toolkit—or explore the full Back to School toolkit in our library.


Customizable Graphs and Charts

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Download this ecology infographic template.

Chemistry? Check.
Geography? Check.
Ecology? Check.

With colorful and fun charts adaptable to any number of different subjects, these eye catching graphics are the perfect way to capture your students’ attention and keep it. As visual literacy gains as one of the most important skills for students in the digital era, information and data visualizations are also becoming key components to curriculum planning—even in non-STEM subjects. Just download these vector templates into Adobe Illustrator (or your favorite graphics editor) to start customizing them and make them your own.


Imaginative Icons


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Download these retro educational web icons.

We could write odes to the understated icon—or channel our inner William Carlos Williams: So much depends upon the small icons. While it might seem like high praise, icons do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to visual literacy and multimodal learning. Perhaps most importantly, they’re short and to the point while still being fun.

So whether they’re accenting presentations and class discussion blogs—or being incorporated into larger infographic designs with our graphs and charts—these icons will help you convey complex ideas quickly and imaginatively for your students.


Back to School Photos


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Download this photo of colored pencils.

Not to be confused with the often dreaded school portraits or yearbook photos, these school photos are hand picked to inspire students in their work. Running the gamut from K to 12+ and from math to art, we picked these photos for their versatility and adaptability. So whether you’re designing your own motivational posters or putting together an email newsletter for students and parents, these photos are the perfect jumping off point.

You’ll discover all these graphics and more in the full toolkit—just don’t wait to be saved by the bell!


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How to Convert Photos to Black and White or Monochrome

by Caroline Mercurio on June 22, 2017 No comments

To capture a client’s attention, get them hooked right off the bat by setting the right mood in your advertisement. Using a black and white stock photo in advertising—or converting one to a bright yet monochromatic color scheme—can have a hypnotic effect that your audience won’t be able to turn away from. The contrasting lack of color compared to our highly saturated daily lives can make a lasting impact, add gravity or weight to your message, and simplify the visual noise audiences deal with in a cluttered consumer world.


How to Convert Color Photos to Black and White

While there are several ways to take your photographs and make them black and white, one of the easiest and least complicated ways is to desaturate them.

  1. Open your photo in a photo editing program.
  2. Navigate to the “Saturation” menu. (In Photoshop this is Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation).
  3. Take the saturation slider or percentage to -100%—this will completely desaturate your image and make it greyscale.


How to Convert Photos to Monochrome

Using the steps above to change your photo to black and white, you can add extra oomph to your project by introducing a monochromatic color scheme.
1) Take your black and white image and open the Photo Filter menu. (In Photoshop this is Image > Photo Filter.)
2. Choose the color you want for you monochrome scheme. Most photo editing programs will allow you to preview what the image will look like.
Note for Photoshop Pros: The photo filter menu is not usually intended for monochromatic conversions–filters are traditionally used for adjusting photos taken in varied light settings, such as underwater or under fluorescent lights—but the menu is a quick way to add on overall monochromatic color scheme to your image in just two steps.
Et voila! You have a gorgeous black and white or monochromatic image!
There are a million ways to use color, or lack of color, to compliment your ad. To help you find your muse, we’ve rounded up some of our best stock photos that are waiting to be converted to beautiful monochromatic creative for your advertising campaigns. Check out our favorites below.


Serious Photos

By lowering the lighting and focusing on the important parts of your ad, clients will want to know more about your story. Here are a few perfect muted photos you’ll be dying to use in your advertising.

Side View of Meditating Woman Sitting in Pose of Lotus Against Blue Sky Outdoors Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Lotus Pose image


Festival Candles Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Candles image


Pensive Businessman of African Ethnicity Thinking of Something Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Thinking image


Luxury Photos

A black and white filter on your photos helps your audience appreciate the finer things in life. Make use of simple colors to feature the beautiful sandy beaches of your resort, complete with relaxing waves and zero distractions.


Portrait of Young Female Enjoying the Procedure of Facial Massage Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Massage image


Hands Holding the Glasses of Champagne and Wine Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Champagne and Wine image


Maldives Beach and Island Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Maldives Beach image


Happy Photos

Bright colors aren’t always needed to convey happiness. By removing color from jubilant photos, clients can get a glimpse of the simple joys that your product can bring to their lives.


Crowd of People with Raised Arms Dancing in Night Club Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Dancing image


Ecstatic Friends with Raised Arms Looking at Camera Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Ecstatic Friends image


Happy Adventurous Woman Hiking

black and white stock photoDownload this Happy Hiker

Nostalgic Photos

Bring back the past when you add a sepia tone to the following photos.


Rustic Silverware Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Rustic Silverware image


Close up of a Cup of Tea with Roses and Chocolate Candies on Wooden Table Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Cup of Tea image


Christmas Cookies Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Christmas Cookies image


Productive Photos

Showcase the best of what you do with gripping black and white photos. Put your business’ productivity and sincerity on display with these attractive shots.


Businessperson Studying Electronic Data in Digital Tablet Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Electronic Data image


Image of Business Partners Handshaking Over Business Objects On Workplace Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Handshaking image


Laptop Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Laptop image


Atmospheric Photos

If you need to scare up some excitement for your Zombie Appreciation Festival, wildlife rescue campaign, or Halloween Emporium, try using the black and white versions of the stock photos below to give your audience a desolate and terrifying taste of what’s to come.


Field in the Morning During Fall Season Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Field image


A North Forest in Fog

black and white stock photoDownload this North Forest image


Spider Web in Close Up. Stock Image

black and white stock photoDownload this Spider Web image

Looking for more inspiration for your advertising campaign? Start by browsing thousands of our stock photos—we’re sure to have just the right one.


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Tutorial: Create Bold Photo Collages in Photoshop

by Maddie Stearn on June 2, 2017 No comments

Say goodbye to the cut-and-paste collages of the past and hello to the bold, trendy Photoshop masterpieces of the future. That might be a bit of an exaggeration (we’re still big fans of crafting over here), but the Photoshop collage trend is exploding and we can’t get enough of it. We’re not the only ones—advertisers are eating it up like it’s cereal. No, that’s not a saying, but we’re about to show you how to make a pseudo-cereal collage in Photoshop that will have your clients’ mouths watering.

Photoshop collages and stock images go together like milk and cereal, and armed with these tools you’ll be creating your own delicious designs in no time. Like a certain popular breakfast food, stock photos won’t break the bank either.

We’re done with the food analogies, so go ahead and check out this gallery of stock images to get started on your own Photoshop collages. You’ll also find the materials used in this tutorial, including the following images:


Step 1. Open Your Stock Images in Photoshop

Open all four images in Photoshop and and unlock the background layers.

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Step 2. Erase the Backgrounds

Using the Eraser Tool or the Magic Wand Tool, erase the backgrounds of the mountain, the milk, and the pitcher. Do NOT erase anything from the photo of cereal with the bright pink background.

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In this granola photo, we just want the stream of milk, so we’re going to erase every element that does not have milk on it. For this image, we used the Magic Wand Tool to erase the background since it was able to make large selections and accurately avoid the milk. (To use the Magic Wand Tool, just click on a piece of the background and the tool will make a selection out of similarly-colored areas in the image).

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Once the background is mostly erased, you might find that the checkered grey-and-white background makes it difficult to see the milk. To make sure that you’re erasing accurately, you can add a new layer in a different color to the background. Create a New Layer and move it below the layer with the milk. Set the foreground color to black, select the Paint Bucket Tool, and click anywhere in the background of the new layer (Layer 1). Now, zoom in on the milk and use the Eraser Tool to erase the non-milk parts of the image.

Note: You want to keep the areas where the milk is on the granola (pictured below). Erase any granola that does not have milk on it.

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For the image below, erase everything but the pitcher and the stream of milk.

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Step 3. Place the Mountain

Once the entire background is erased from the mountain image, use the Selection Tool or hit Command/Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the mountain. Copy the mountain and paste it onto the cereal image (the one with the pink background).

Place the mountain over the cereal.

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Step 4. Resize

With the mountain still selected, go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Use the warp tools to change the size and position of the mountain so that it covers the majority of the cereal and slopes naturally into the bowl. The mountain will still extend below the rim of the bowl, but we will fix that later.

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This is what the mountain should look like after you’re done warping:

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Step 5. Add a Layer Mask

With the mountain layer still selected, create a new Layer Mask. Invert the layer mask by hitting Command/Ctrl + i on your keyboard. Set the foreground color to white, select the Paintbrush Tool, and paint the areas where you want the mountain to appear. This will cause the mountain to appear only where you want it to. The key is to not paint below the rim of the bowl.

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Step 6. Fix It Up with the Paintbrush

Use the paintbrush to cover the last few rogue cornflakes. Select the cereal layer, click on the Eyedropper Tool, and select part of the pink background that is close to the cornflake. Select the Paintbrush Tool and paint over the top of the cornflake. Use the Eyedropper Tool again to select part of the bowl that is close to the cornflake, then use the Paintbrush Tool to paint over the rest of the cornflake.

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Step 7. Add Milk and Smudge

In the milk file, select the milk (Command/Ctrl + A) and paste it onto the cereal file. Move the milk so that it is on top of the mountain peak.

Now, select the cereal layer (Layer 0) and click on the Smudge Tool. Click on an area just to the left of the milk stream in Layer 0 (NOT the milk in Layer 2), and drag your mouse to the right. This will smudge the milk out of the way. You want to smudge it so that the milk stream from Layer 0 is hidden under the milk in Layer 2. This trick is a little lazy, but it gets the job done.

(Note: The pink background color has a subtle gradient, so that’s one reason why using the smudge tool is so helpful. As we smudge the poured milk in Layer 0, we’re also making sure that the pink gradient isn’t interrupted. If we were to simply select the milk from Layer 0, delete it, then fill in the empty space with pink, the result would be noticeably different from the rest of the background.)

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See, all hidden!

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Step 8. Add Drops for Effect

You can already see some flecks of milk in the original pink cereal image, but you can easily add more if you’d like. Set the foreground color to white and select the Paintbrush Tool. Open the Brush Presets folder and select a brush tip that you think would work well and adjust the brush size so that it’s close to the size of the other flecks. Then, just experiment with the size and placement of your brushstrokes.

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Step 9. Add More Milk

In the pitcher file, select the pitcher of milk (Command/Ctrl + A), copy it, and paste it onto the cereal file. Place the pitcher layer below Layer 1 and Layer 2. Move the pitcher around as needed.

To blend the two streams of milk, click on the Smudge Tool and select Layer 2. Smudge in the direction of the milk until the two streams are blended.

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There you have it! With a little fancy footwork, you’ve turned a mountain into cereal. Click below to check out more stock images for your next Photoshop collage.

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Artist Spotlight: Dean Drobot and Eugenio Marongiu

by Christopher Petow on June 1, 2017 No comments

We’re featuring artists from our new Creator to Creator collection—Eugenio Marongui and Dean Drobot. With fresh stock photos that reflect our creative community, this collection focuses on energetic and social media-drive lifestyle images that resonate with the next generation of creators.


Dean Drobot

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For more than half his life, Dean Drobot has had a camera in his hands—and he uses his camera to capture the lifestyle of a generation. “I’ve always liked to capture moments of life.” says Drobot. “It can tell a story.” Drobot’s story in stock photography began as a hobby, with just “1-2 shoots a month, nothing special”—he claims. Yet, this part-time hobby of his kindled into a full-time passion, and at the age of 26, Drobot already has a portfolio of 80,000 images and a full staff of employees.

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Inspired by traveling and culture, Drobot makes it his goal to find and capture new trends. However, he always keeps in mind to understand the person in front of his lens. This human-focused, psychological take on photography allows him to create images that are simple, real, and genuine.

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You can find Drobot on Facebook—or explore his work in our new Creator to Creator collection.

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Eugenio Marongui

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In the contemporary world, anyone can be a photographer, but creating images that are truly unique is far from easy. Yet, Eugenio Marongui continues to create stunning images with his authentic style.

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A true jack-of-all-trades in the art world, Marongui started as a painter and then a musician before discovering his love for photography. He was formally trained at the CFP Bauer Academy in Milan and is always on the lookout for new techniques and ideas. His artistic spirit and ever-adapting mindset shows in his array of versatile photos.

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Though Marongui considers himself a lifestyle and portrait photographer, he finds inspiration everywhere. “I love streets and urban places in general!” He notes. “It’s fantastic to get lost in the street and find lights and architecture that interact with people.” Marongui truly loves everything about photography, but the thing he loves most doesn’t have to do with fancy lighting or beautiful models, but that photography has allowed him to tell a story without words.

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You can find Marongui on his website, Facebook, and Instagram—or explore his work in our new Creator to Creator collection.


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Christopher PetowArtist Spotlight: Dean Drobot and Eugenio Marongiu