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Trending This Week: Boost Brand Identity with Graphic Backgrounds

by Caitlyn Hampton on June 9, 2017 No comments

A logo doesn’t have to be the hero of your brand identity. In fact, you know by now a brand is made up of many more elements—but were you aware that patterns can be another amazing visual identity tool? Patterns and graphic backgrounds can help create cohesion and consistency across your various touch points. They aren’t entirely new to the brand identity world, yet they have gained popularity in recent times as another effective method for conveying your brand’s personality—and can even become more recognizable than your logo itself. Not to mention they are unique and engaging.

This trend is a flexible one. It can be applied to a variety of mediums—try it on banner ads, stationary, packaging, website backgrounds, and even store-fronts. Stock vectors and illustrations make it easy to find a ready-made background that can be easily customized. With vector files, you can apply your brand’s color palette in a simple way that helps with cohesion and brand recognition. Check out the variety of designs we created using one stock graphic background below.

 
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Download the graphic background used in this design.

 
For a look that varies, play with the scale of your patterns. Consider cropping it up and close and personal, or even minimizing the size of the elements so that they almost create an optical illusion.

Patterns can communicate a part of your personality that a simple logotype or mark could not. They can represent seasons or special campaigns your company runs. The opportunities are nearly endless—how can you imagine incorporating graphic backgrounds into your own brand’s design?

 

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How to Animate Vectors Using Illustrator and Photoshop

by Alex Reffie on May 31, 2017 No comments

You don’t need a masters degree in motion graphics or computer animation to make simple animated GIFs. If you know your way around Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop—and have access to high-quality stock vectors—then you’re that much closer to creating animations that are worth bragging about. In this tutorial we will show you how to take vector graphics and transform them into delightful, animated GIFs that are guaranteed to impress.

We will begin by using a royalty free vector from our membership library. Look for vectors that are begging for animation and movement. Maybe there is an apple that could look adorable with a little wiggle movement. Or a spaceship that is dying to take flight. Remember, since we can easily isolate each individual element, you can also look at icons packs and vector compositions. Once you find your perfect fit, download the .eps to begin editing your vectors

We chose to get started with this collection of colorful flat SEO and development icons and to add subtle and simple animations like lightly bouncing elements and a simple opening of the envelope. If you want to follow along with the tutorial, just download the vector—it’s already included in your subscription. Check out our final product below.

 
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Step 1: Isolate the Vector

 
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Open the .eps into Illustrator and click on the icon you wish to animate. Copy (CMD + C) and paste (CMD + V ) into a new illustrator file. Our new file is sized at 200px x 200px.
 
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Delete any extra elements that you don’t want included. We ousted the words “Digital Campaign.”

 

Step 2: Duplicate the Vector

 
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Enter your Artboard Tool (Shift + O) –making sure that your “Move/Copy Artwork with Artboard” option located to the right of your artboard name is activated—and duplicate the artboard by holding Alt and Shift while clicking and dragging the duplication to the right.

Think of these duplications as the frames in your animation. Each frame will be slightly different from the other, eventually indicating movement.

 

Step 3: Make Subtle Changes Frame to Frame

 
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To make the process faster, ungroup your elements until they are only grouped within each object. The chat box is grouped only with the chat box, the envelope is grouped only with the envelope, etc. This particular icon only took two un-groupings.
 
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Then starting making subtle changes to each element. We nudged the chat box up pixels, the video play button to the right by 2 pixels, and used the Direct Selection Tool (A) to ease the point of the envelope up by 2 pixels, as well.

 

Step 4: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

 
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Simply duplicate the new artboard, and make the same changes as before. Repeat this step a few times until you’ve reached the full range of motion you desire. As you can see, we ended up with a large amount of artboards.

Now we’re ready to animate the artboards over in Photoshop!

 

Step 5: Copy the Vectors to Photoshop

 
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Create a new Photoshop document. We made the file size 200px x 200px (same as our Illustrator artboards), with RGB color, and 72 dpi since this will be used for web. Now copy and paste each icon from each artboard onto a separate layer as a Smart Object to maintain its quality.

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Repeat until all of the artboard elements are on their own separate layer making sure they copied over sequentially and that each element which doesn’t move is perfectly aligned with one another.

 

Step 6: Duplicate the Layers Into a Timeline

 
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Open the Timeline panel from the Window drop down menu.

 
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From the options drop down menu in the Timeline panel, choose “Make Frames From Layers.”Now each Smart Object Layer you dropped into Photoshop will populate your timeframe as individual frames.

If you press play, you will see that it plays once, and only moves as far as the range you dictated. If you want it to loop back and forth forever, there are a few more steps.

 

Step 7: Copy and Reverse the Frames

 
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To have the motions move back and forth is simple, however a little tedious. Select all of the frames in your timeline and click the paper button with the folded corner to duplicate them. This gives you twice as many frames.

 
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To have the animation not jump to the beginning, begin dragging and dropping the second half of the frames into the correct order. Drag frame 28 to go after 14, then after 15, then after 16, and so forth.

 
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Then choose to have the animation loop “Forever.”

 

Step 8: Export as a GIF

 
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Now that your animation is complete, you’ll want to export it as a GIF. Go to File > Export > Save For Web and choose the Preset “GIF 32 Dithered” and uncheck Transparency.
 
Click Save and then voila! You have an animated GIF.

 
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Now you have a rad animated GIF that you can embed into your blog posts or display on your website or banner ads—and it wasn’t all that difficult. The beauty is that you can replicate this technique over and over again with as many vectors as you desire.

Think you’ve got what it takes to wow the internet with your magical GIF powers?

 

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Top 20 Flower Vectors For Springtime

by Allie Greenberg on April 5, 2017 No comments

With spring just around the corner, flowers are beginning to bloom. Florals are always popular for encapsulating that springtime feeling, with bright, fresh colors. Our library has hundreds of stock flower vectors that can be used for any purpose to wipe away your winter blues and welcome you to spring!

Vectors are great to use in your projects. These floral designs can be used for branding purposes, whether you are creating labels or looking for a new logo design . Stuck on which flower vectors are best for you? We’ve curated the top 20 most eye-popping flower vectors, guaranteed to give you spring fever and help with any of your projects!

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Download this floral vector pattern

 
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Download this floral vector pattern

 
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Download this floral vector pattern

 
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Download this floral vector pattern

 
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Download this floral vector pattern

And if these stock flower vectors don’t fill your springtime niche, check out these tutorials to find out how to make your very own vectors . Before you know it, you’ll be smelling the flowers with any of these floral vectors.

 

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Trending This Week: Linear Vector Icons in Web Design

by Caitlyn Hampton on March 24, 2017 No comments

In web design, vector icons not only make your page look on-trend, they’re also great to convey a large amount of information in a way that’s both efficient and visually appealing—a rare combination in the world of design. Since users tend to rapidly skim pages, well-designed icons make your message easier to pinpoint by breaking up the content of a page so that viewers can quickly identify your services or products.

Take a look at our example below. This attention-grabbing homepage is noticeable for all the right reasons—with one quick glance, you get all the important details without any visual or verbal clutter.

 
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Download the icons used in this website design.


 

So now you see why icons are a win-win for content and design, but the tricky thing about icons is that they can be really tough to design well. They require time and an attention to detail that can take hours or even days to get just right—even if you’re a professional designer.

The good news? We recently acquired a new collection of stock vectors for our library, including dozens of high-quality icon designs. They will take your web pages to the next level and save you hours upon hours of work. Check out some of our favorites here and if you want to see how to use icons in a resume, check out this post.

 
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So what do you say—are you ready to take your website designs to the next level?
 

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How to Design Unique Resumes with Stock Vectors and Icons

by Caroline Mercurio on March 1, 2017 No comments

Does your resume help you stand out as a creative or blend in with the crowd? Showcasing your experience and skills in a new and updated way puts your creativity at the forefront—without compromising on professionalism. Using stock vectors and icons—plus a few other design tips—you can create a more dynamic and appealing resume.

Show your future employer you’re more than just another cog in the machine with these easy to apply tips—and get the creative job of your dreams!

 

Tip #1 – Hierarchy and Simplicity Are Your Best Friends

There are some components of a resume that need greater recognition than others—your name, for example. Using the concepts of hierarchy in your resume will help the reader focus on key elements and helps draw their eye to important information. Let your name be the spotlight with bold and large text. Each section should be headed by bold keywords, with the body text taking a supporting role.

If you’re going to use color in your design, do so sparingly. While this is a resume for a creative position, function should rule over form—which is the guiding principle behind all design, anyways. Our strong recommendation is to choose one color and then play with rich black and a variety of grey shades. At most, use two typefaces—usually a serif and a sans serif. Even more simplistic is to use one font family and vary the weights to create your desired hierarchy.

Check out our focus on simplicity and color in the design below.

 
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Download the icons used in this resume design.

 

Tip #2 – Keep the Layout Organized

Although it might be the least sexy part of designing a resume, maintaining a well-planned and organized layout is a very important component of your design. Recruiters and hiring managers scan dozens—and even hundreds—of resumes for each hiring round, so the information should be structured in easily digestible chunks for quick absorption.

Use a grid layout with rows and columns to make the most of the space on the page. Visual dividers combined with generous white space break up the details and provide greater clarity from one section to another. This also makes it easier for readers to quickly refer to sections of information in conversation with a colleague or during the interview.

Make sure each section of your resume aligns with another section or design element. You can see in our design below how much attention we gave to alignment. Nothing is out of place or randomly staggered into the white space. See how we streamlined our alignments in our resume example.

 
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Download the icons used in this resume design.

 

Tip #3 – Catch the Eye with Stock Vectors and Icons

This is where you can have a little more fun—adding in vectors and icons to draw attention to key areas and highlight your skills. Once you have a good base of strong hierarchy, clean design, and an organized layout, adding in some design details can take away the monotony of a resume and bring a little personality to it.

You can use icons to highlight your contact information, skills, and personal interests. Meanwhile, you can use stock vectors to bring some color to the page or to show side by comparisons of how developed each of your skills are. See our use of icons below.

 
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Download the icons used in this resume design.

 
Remember, a resume is how you present not only your skills and experience, but also your personal brand to a potential employer. Are you more formal and business-like? Or are you playful and fun? The right combination of fonts, colors, layout decisions and graphics can communicate your personality before someone even reads a word on the page.

What are you waiting for? Put your best foot forward and create a resume that stands out.

 

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Trending This Week: Retro Destination Postcards from Stock Vectors

by Caroline Mercurio on February 15, 2017 No comments

Designers can be inspired by just about anything—and what’s more inspiring than traveling to a new destination? This week we caught onto a trend that really captures the wanderlust hibernating within each of us: destination illustrations influenced by the look and feel of retro postcards. Designer Ludmila Shevchenko grabbed our attention with her colorful, geometric design of Lofoten—a wanderlust-worthy destination far away—so we decided to recreate the look using stock vectors from our library.

Check out this rendition inspired by the snow-topped latitudes of Denver, Colorado.

 
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Download the stock vector illustration we used in this postcard design.

 

To create this simple geometric design, we selected elements from the original vector to refine the image to what we had envisioned, and then added additional elements within Adobe Illustrator. You could also choose vector elements from our stock image library and combine them with your own shapes and designs.

With stock vectors you can design an actual postcard—yes, on real life paper. You can also create an illustration for your website or brand collateral, and you can also add these illustrations within your app or web design. The options are limitless!

Ready to design your own retro destination postcard? Check out our collection of travel-ready vectors.

 

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The Top 20 Nature Vectors for Winter-Inspired Designs

by Caroline Mercurio on December 2, 2016 No comments

With winter nature vectors, you can decorate almost any object and create your own digital projects. These snowy and festive images can help bring together your designs with winter-inspired scenery and graphics. So whether you’re hoping to create a winter snowscape scene to frame on your wall or design your very own holiday sweater, you can easily find winter nature vectors to personalize.

To help you along, we’ve curated our top 20 landscape and animal-themed winter vectors—use them to customize your winter gifts, create holiday cards, add a dramatic winter landscape to your computer desktop, develop your own social media banner, or print your own wrapping paper.

 

Landscape Nature Vectors

A landscape vector sets a scene and creates a mood for your design. Use one as a backdrop for other vector graphics or select a landscape to stand on its own. You can scale the vector to any dimension without distorting the imagery, so these vectors work well for projects as large as a billboard or as small as a mouse pad.

Beginning artists often use assets by other artists to inspire them or to add dimension to their work. Instead of creating an entire winter landscape scene from scratch, choose a pre-made landscape and add other elements as you see fit. For example, you might add galloping reindeer to a snowy hillside or add text to a simpler landscape.

You can also use landscape nature vectors as artwork for your walls. Adjust the vector as you see fit, then export the vector from Adobe Illustrator as a JPG. From there, you can scale the image to suit the dimensions you want for your artwork.

Use these landscape nature vectors to spark your imagination.

 
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Download this seamless winter vector

 
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Download this abstract winter birch trees vector image.

 
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Download this bright night with moon vector image.

 
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Download this festive pine tree landscape vector image.

 
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Download this wintry Rocky Mountain landscape vector.

 
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Download this winter landscape vector image.

 
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Download this snowman in the sun vector image.

 
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Download this multicolored winter background vector image.

 
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Download this snowy landscape vector image.

 
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Download this winter landscape vector.

 

Animals in Nature Vectors

Cute animals never fail to draw smiles when they’re used in artwork and other projects. Animals that often make appearances in winter nature vectors include squirrels, deer, birds, and polar bears, but you can find almost any animal in a winter-related scene.

Some animal nature vectors feature a single animal with a transparent background—you can insert these animals into any design to add visual interest. Other animal vectors feature multiple animals, often in detailed scenes—use these vectors by themselves or add other elements to make the image your own.

Animal nature vectors also work great for holiday cards, storybooks, party fliers, and other projects that you might undertake during the winter. Kids often respond well to animals, so products or gifts for children tend to feature them.

Explore some of our most popular animal nature vectors with winter themes.

 
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Download this winter frame with birds vector image.

 
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Download this wildlife winter vector image.

 
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Download this winter branch with red bird vector image.

 
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Download this snow geese in winter landscape vector image.

 
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Download this winter background with swan vector image.

 
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Download this wintry lovebirds vector image.

 
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Download this reindeer with winter background vector image.

 
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Download this cat with snowy home vector image.

 
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Download this fox with snow mountains vector image.

 
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Download this snowy owl vector image.

 

How to Work With Winter Nature Vector Art

When you’ve chosen your winter nature vectors, download them and open them in Adobe Illustrator or other vector editing program. You can change the vectors or combine them for whatever project you’ve chosen. Use the software’s tools to change colors, move objects to different positions, and make other adjustments. Once you’re happy with your design, save the changes so that you can always access your vector file later. You can also save the original to ensure nondestructive editing.

At this point, you can open the image in Adobe Photoshop or other image editing program to make any final edits. Some designers prefer to work exclusively in Illustrator, while others shift back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop to take full advantage of each program’s tools.

Winter nature vectors can add more variety to your digital assets and allow you to speed up the design process. Can’t decide which of these 20 winter vectors you like the most? Download them all from our royalty-free stock image library—all with unlimited downloads when you have a GraphicStock membership.

 

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Tutorial: How to Make Awesome Infographics with Vector Templates in Illustrator

by Caroline Mercurio on November 10, 2016 No comments

In the digital age, we need our information to be visually striking and easy-to-understand, which is why infographics are so popular. Useful for presentations and web-based projects, infographics combine our desire for brevity and our need to visualize information. To save time, designers often use customizable vector templates as the basis of their projects.

GraphicStock has a wide variety of vector graphics that can help bring your data to life. This quick and simple tutorial will show you how to edit pre-made vector infographics with your own information using Illustrator. And if you want to give your project some extra edge, check out our pro-tips at the end of the tutorial.

 

Step 1. Choose the vector template that best represents your data.

 
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Download this modern infographic layout.
 

You can choose your own, or use the one we’ve downloaded for this tutorial. Whichever one you choose, make sure it will best present the data you’re working with. For numeric data, charts, and graphs are your best bet, while more text-based data is best presented using vectors like the one in this example, which groups text into small, manageable pieces.

Step 2. Remove the sample text.

 
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As you may know already, vector images are layers comprised of groups made of different paths, or individual objects. In Illustrator, you can bring up the list of layers, groups, and paths by pressing F7 on your keyboard. From there, you can expand each layer to reveal the groups within the layer, and then the paths that make up each group.

Double-click on the text you want to replace. In your Layers window, the group and paths that make up this text will be highlighted. Most vector images that contain text will have each individual letter as its own path.

Since each path is grouped, you can simply click the eye next to the group of text paths in the Layers window, which will make it invisible. Or, you can simply select the text in your template and press Delete.

Repeat this step for any text in the image you want to remove and/or replace. If you accidentally delete a group or path you wanted to keep and can’t find it in your Layers window, just press Command+Z to undo.

 
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Step 3. Add your own text.

Now that the sample text has been removed, it’s time to replace it with your own. Select the Type Tool and click on the image where you want to place your text. With this particular image, we found it helpful to type outside the blue areas, then use the Selection Tool to move the text to the pertinent area. Type your text, then highlight it and use the drop-down menus at the top to adjust your text as needed.

 
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To create a new text area, click the Selection tool, then re-click the Type Tool and click on a new area on the image.

Pro-tip: Change colors of elements in your infographic.

 
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The right colors can make or break an infographic. You’ll want to use bright, vibrant hues to grab and keep your reader’s attention. Yet, you’ll also want to ensure that the color you’ve chosen for your text doesn’t clash with the background color, or make your text unreadable. These adjustments can be time-consuming, so if you plan on changing colors with text in the foreground, do this step first before adjusting text colors.

First, select the shape or object where that you want to change. Make sure the entire shape is selected and not just part. Then, double-click the Fill square and choose your color. Click OK. Repeat as needed for each object you want to apply a color change.

In this particular template, the colored bars have a gradient effect. Make sure the Fill box also has a gradient effect or your entire bar will become a single shade of the color you choose, plus obscure your text.

Pro-tip: Insert additional graphics or a logo.

 
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If you’re making your infographic for business purposes, you’ll want to brand your infographic with your company logo. Even without a logo, infographics are best served with additional designs—but never in a way that detracts from the main focus.

In this case, we’ll dress up our project with a couple of computer images as well as the GraphicStock logo. Adding these images to the infographic template is super easy. Simply click File, then Place, and then select the image you want to insert into your infographic—EPS, AI or SVG files work best.

You can use the Selection tool to move and adjust the size of your graphics or logo if necessary, and repeat for other graphics as needed.

And there you have it! You’ve now created an infographic using a vector image as your base that is endlessly customizable. If you want to practice on this image or on another one of our templates, here are 20 of our most popular infographic vectors. Pick your favorite or download them all.

When you’re done, share your project with us in the comments or upload it to Instagram and make sure to tag @GraphicStock_.

 

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

by Caroline Mercurio on November 1, 2016 No comments

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

 

 

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

 

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