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To Free or Not to Free? Are You Sure That “Free Stock Photo” You Downloaded is Safe To Use?

It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that photographs, illustrations and visual representations in general are simply must-haves for any web domain, social media account or promotional campaign.Using attractive visuals was already an important tactic for traditional, offline magazines, but it’s relevance has been magnified by the online environment. To point out just a hint, Facebook posts including images drive twice as much engagement as a simple text status, while tweets with photos... continue reading

In packaging design you have 4 seconds to live or die

Packaging design, as any art form, contains some chunks that can be taught and some other chunks that can not. I would like to talk to you about the chunks that can be taught.1. Be clear and simpleWhen you go to a supermarket, pick your favourite shelf and try to ask yourself two very simple questions:a. What's this product for?b. What's the brand behind it?I am always amazed how hard it is to find a product that answers these two basic questions in less than 4 seconds. Why 4 seconds you... continue reading

The Ultimate Checklist for Ensuring You Choose the Perfect Stock Images for Your Message

The right images can improve your content significantly. But what does “right images” mean? It means to be able to create a connection between the copy and the visuals you use on a page or in an ad, landing page, poster… you name it. In such cases, the message and the images must complete each other, so you can avoid the disaster of a confusing project (no matter its nature).Check for high-quality resolution alternativesThe first feature to look in when... continue reading

Can You Really Win That Photo Contest?

There are many photo contests including the assignments photo contest here at dreamstime. Several things to keep in mind before entering a photo contest in order to determine if you have any chance of winning is first is how many people are entering and second is how good is the competition. A local or regional photo contest may be easier to win as opposed to a large contest sponsored by a camera manufacturer or magazine since there are fewer people entering though prizes may be modest.... continue reading

Can You Make a Living From Stock Photography?

This is a question my parents ask me all the time, right before they insert the annoying phrase, “maybe you should get a real job”. You see, they’re old fashioned and grew up in a time when careers were the norm, together with a stable pension. The world has changed considerably and the pace of change is accelerating.Nowadays, it’s not only much easier to become your own boss but it’s expected! Stock photography is just a small part of the much larger ‘gig economy’, where traditional... continue reading

To Shop or not to Shop – How will you spend Black Friday?

When did Black Friday become Grey Thursday?Traditionally we started our Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving – causing retailers balance sheets to turn into the black and spawning the origins of the name Black Friday.But then stores started opening early, then earlier, and then really early.Then people started sleeping outside stores to be first in line.Then things went from bad to worse when stores decided to open at midnight on Thanksgiving night.And now the opening... continue reading

Common illustration mistakes that you can avoid

  During an illustration editor's review some mistakes are noticeably common, so here's a list of those ones which might help illustration contributors in their submissions.  Copyright - When creating any drawing, the contributor must keep in mind not to include any logo or any brand in their illustration. There are already tons of illustrations out there so there are chances that your work might also look alike ones that are already online.Jaggies - Jagged lines or edges, usually this... continue reading

Would you dare to touch it?

In ancient times, Lithuania was a real Oakland. Researchers believe that in XVI century oaks were covering around 20 percent of the total forest area. Some of those ascendants are still out there.Here is a photo of an old oak which growths near the place I live.      Every tree has its own history. I do not know what is the story of this particular oak. On the other hand,you definitely feel different or at least strange being near. You want to touch it and of course, feel something.... continue reading

Have you hugged your Teddy today? It’s National Teddy Bear Day!

Teddy Bear.The words alone can invoke such strong emotions -love, innocence, childhood, comfort, and so much more.Admit it, you probably had a favorite teddy bear when you were a child – you may even have a favorite one now (I won’t confess to the number of teddy bears I currently have – let’s just say that my husband had to declare his office a “bear free zone”).As we celebrate“National Teddy Bear Day” on September 9th, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the... continue reading

How and why you should use stock photos in Facebook marketing

 Did you consider starting a Facebook marketing campaign for your business or brand? What do you think about Facebook ads? Did you think about using stock photography for your campaigns?Facebook is the most popular social networking platform ever with tw billion monthly active users, a milestone that seemed almost impossible a decade ago. We are talking about double the size of Instagram and Twitter put together, which means that when it comes to marketing, Facebook is still the first choice... continue reading

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