Finding the perfect stock photograph for an image takes more time than you have. Sometimes you just need an alternative to using stock photography. In those instances don’t waste time scouring the internet, don’t recreate the wheel. Instead, create images without using stock photography. Another words, items you already have at your fingertips.
In no particular order here are 4 ninja tricks for creating images without using stock photography.
Using Jing (a free screen capture tool) grab a screenshot to use as your background.
Here I used a screen shot of my Pinterest boards as the background for my blog image.
2. SEAMLESS PATTERNS
Using a seamless patterns is a quick way of creating images without using stock photography! Seamless patterns will give your image contrast and texture, as well as really make your headline or text pop. The best part of seamless patterns is that you can adjust the size of the pattern repeat. Meaning you can make the pattern repeat larger (less repeats) or smaller (more repeats) to fit the image size you’re creating.
Here I used a quatrefoil seamless pattern that I grabbed off Pattern Cooler (seamless pattern tool) and dialed the scale of the repeat to 50% to make the pattern smaller and get more repeats.
3. FLAT ICONS
Creating images without using stock photography can be as easy as using a icon. Using an icon in your image will help easily convey your message without having to be too obvious. Here I used a fork & knife icon to grab the attention of foodies and food bloggers. It’s a subtle visual that ties in perfectly with the subject and target reader of the article. Simple yet effective, which is the perfect kind of shareable image.
4. TRANSPARENT SHAPE OVERLAYS
My last go to trick for creating images without using stock photography is using a shape overlay. A shape overlay is just a fancy way of saying shapes with varying degrees of opacity or transparency.
Here I’ve used a frame shape with the transparency dialed down a bit to create contrast between the shape and the background, which are the same color. It’s a very subtle but stunning trick to employ in your images.
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There you have it! All the stock photography free ideas you need to free yourself from all that wasted time scouring the net for that one perfect photo. Madness mode, deactivated!
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