Depositphotos.com is a royalty free stock image resource site I decided to sign up and try out.
Now, many people I know usually try different stock sites or even do an image search on Google… however, if you choose to use images that might have certain licensing preventing you from altering, using for commercial use, using on a blog without altering, or even re-distributing.
Depositphotos clearly has a policy that their images can be used within the bounds of the individual image’s license and that the image can be used as many times by the person who bought the image. This is great as some places do only allow one time use and frankly, for niche blogs, some images tend to be used more than once.
As a graphic and web designer, I do use stock images from time to time, and even vector images. For me, it is extremely important to choose pictures and graphics that will fit a site’s brand, and that those images are of the best quality they can be.
I found that the selection of graphics were quite extensive, which is great because I design and develop for many different types of websites.
I actually picked a few to share with you… of course, edited from the original version. I am a big fan of vector imaging, so it is no surprise I picked a couple vectors. 🙂
The first image actually came in a really nice set of icons that I am pretty sure I am going to use on a web hosting site. Even after having editing these, I did other edits and was able to change colors and even take out the background so I can use a different background in my graphic editor program. The vectors were extremely easy to work with even when the layers were merged. That is a plus for me because I did not have to do any cleanup work on the images.
You can never have too many resources for graphics… at least I think that way. Because of the growing number of sites built, many websites have similar graphics. For new members, Depositphotos.com gives a 7 day free trial where you can download 5 free images a day. This is a good deal as many of the images are of high quality. They also have a whole area dedicated to free photos. I recommend giving it a try at least. And even without the free trial, the pricing is fairly reasonable.
By the way, according to Depositphoto’s blog, in August 2012, they reached over 9 million images! So, that means you can find an image for just about anything.
Have you tried Depositphotos.com?