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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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How to protect against third-party claims when using free stock images?

Today's royalty-free Stock image sites are relatively open, meaning that theoretically, anybody can submit any kind of content, including copyright-protected content created by others. It's even ...
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Where can I get images for commercial use?

I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

I have some stock vector files from istock that I'd like to use as the starting point for a logo. I'd like to stress I wouldn't be using the original image in the logo - but using as a starting point ...
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Designing book covers with stock images

I'm a freelance graphic artist. I'm designing book covers and the book covers require stock images. I want to get stock images legally and have a couple of questions. Do I need to buy the stock images ...
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Using stock images for logos

What are the rules concerning incorporating stock image elements into a website branding or logo? From what I understand, IStockPhoto.com doesn't allow it. Are there any stock images sites that ...
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Using stock images for mock-ups

When making a design (as a freelancer), how do I handle stock images? Do you buy the stock image(s)? Or do you find an image via Google or whatever and later replace it with a similar stock image? ...
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Critique: How can I make the imagery used for these Dessert e-book covers more appetizing? [closed]

I've published a dessert book on Kindle. I only had a small budget so I used a free stock image, but I've been getting feedback that it's not very appetizing and I agree that it isn't - it's too dark ...
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Using vectors/stock graphics in designs?

I'm looking for a little advice, hopefully somebody can offer me some. I currently work in Marketing/Graphic Design.I do not have a degree in Graphic Design, but a degree in Advertising (which was ...
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What are good commercial stock graphic sites for websites/applications?

I am looking for good websites providing royalty free stock images for pay. I'm not looking for sites that make images available for free and require attribution or non-commercial use; they're ...
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What to include in my portfolio?

I am a relatively recent graphic design graduate. I have been working at a small printing house for about two years, but will soon be interviewing for a different position in another city. My ...
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Is it okay to purchase stock images in the developer company name?

We've used some stock images (vector graphics) on a Flash website we created recently. We're just about to purchase a web license for the same that allows "unlimited use of the vector graphic on ...
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Do I need full 300dpi resolution photos for designing a poster?

I'm working on a poster for a local event. It has a photograph in the background. The poster itself is designed to be 11x17, which at 300dpi is about 3300x5100. Now the photo in the background does ...
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How to create a consistent style across stock images for a website?

I am currently applying changes to this site. Becky, my customer, demands that the images be changed so that the image content will also be compatible with each other. I tried using icons and vector ...
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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

Is there a free library of vector graphics for commercial use?
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How to achieve better consistency with stock / vendor photos taken from different distances?

I'm working on an e-commerce site and one problem I face is having to deal with furniture vendors and the way they shoot their photos. Some shoot products photos up close and others from far back. ...
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Should stock photos be showcased on photographers website?

I have this client who is a photographer and he wants a website designed for him. The idea that hit me is he wants to show case some of the photos from stock photo sites to his website. As a moral ...
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Should a logo contain stock images?

My wife recently got a logo designed for her new business, by a professional branding company. It went through several stages of approval, getting the logo just right, however, when she went on to the ...
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Good sources for hand-drawn stock illustrations?

I'm looking for suppliers of hand-drawn stock imagery for a project that needs a consistent visual language (hence there should be larger quantities of material from the same artist/s) but doesn't ...
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Who owns copyright to photos of public places? (Editorial Use Only license)

I am baffled by "Editorial Use Only" licenses offered by stock photo sites. It seems that even if photographer wants to sell his photo under "Standard" license, stock photo company can force it into ...
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Separating a stock photograph from background

I purchased some stock images for a website I'm building (I'm a programmer, with relatively no design experience at all). The issue at hand is, like most stock images, the images I purchased are on ...
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Getting rid of open paths in Illustrator CS5 without overlapping stroked lines?

I have been looking into selling some vector art either by making my own site (almost doubles up as a portfolio) or sell it through existing stock vector sites. I am currently looking into ...
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How to find the source of a stock photo?

I have the following screen shot of an image. How can I find the original? I believe it may have come from Getty Images. I'd like to purchase the original version of this, but don't know where to find ...
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Where would I find a high quality version of a wooden floor like this?

It is to be used for background on a website. I like it exactly the way it is except that the image quality is not good enough. Looking for quality that will look good on a Retina screen. Must be able ...
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How can two versions of the same product be sold under different licenses? (standard royalty-free and “editorial use only”)

I've run into a conundrum where I want to purchase two 3-D models (one of a Boeing 787 and one of a Volvo semi truck with trailer) from Turbosquid for use in a commercial, but both models are listed ...
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Where can I find hi-res stock photography previews?

Does anyone know of a stock photo resource that offers high-res watermarked comp(preview) images? Creating mock-ups with the tiny comps that getty provides really dials back the look of the mockups. ...
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Where do you get industry specific stock photos?

Any other designers have suggestions on how/where to find photography on luxury fashion designers? I'm looking for legitimate licensing. I know the main sites like Shutterstock, iStock, and Getty ...
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Where can I find a large set of user avatar photos? [closed]

I'm creating a demo account for a product I'm working on and need about 500 photos of people's faces. uifaces.com offers this, but the images are very low resolution (128px square at the largest). ...
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How can I extend the background of an image? [duplicate]

I have purchased this stock image: I wish to extend the pebble background substantially, to fill the image around 4x wider, keeping the same height. So far I've tried: Using PS CS5 ...
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Stock Photo resource collections for Salons?

I apologize in advance if this may be off topic (I'm new here so I am not quite sure) But I have sifted through many Stock Photography resources and I have found very little to none, reasonably ...
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Is it generaly acceptable to use purchased vector graphics in paid work?

I understand the legalities of using stock images and vectors for things like logos. But i want to know if it is unprofessional, or negative to use purchased vector graphics in freelancing design ...
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Where can I find celebrity photos for commercial use?

Every commercial-use photograph website I've looked at (flickr, shutterstock, getty images, etc) have plenty of pictures of celebrities, but literally none of them have model releases, so they can't ...
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How do I transform images to specific image dimensions without distortion?

I need to resize images to given width/length, but when I do this in photoshop my images come out warped looking. What should I do?
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Where to buy graphics for cheap that I can use in work that I sell? [duplicate]

I am making my own cards to sell, however, I would like to use some graphics and or backgrounds once in a while without having to make them all the time. Where is the best place to buy graphics, ...
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Computers and Mobile Devices for Showcasing Software

I am looking for an appealing way to showcase some of my existing software online. I noticed that a current trend is to show the software running on multiple devices, like this: Does everyone who ...
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How should I handle delivery of original design assets to clients?

I'm increasingly having clients request delivery of all native files, including stock photos, fonts, etc. used in a design. Currently I've been using Thinkstock for photography, which only allows ...
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Creating book cover art from stock photos

Is it possible to start with a stock photo and wind up with an artistic rendering of that image? An example will depict what I'm trying to do See the image of the cornet player wearing the straw ...
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Where can I find a background image for a 11“ x 17” printed brochure? [closed]

Creating an 11x17 brochure and require background images. Where can I purchase images of suitable quality/size to use for this purpose?
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Do theme developers create their own graphics?

I'm a developer trying to strengthen my design skills. The problem lies with my expertise being in code versus design. So my question is, when creating a theme to sell, and the focus is the ...
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Where do I find these avatars?

There was a pack with avatars like this on a website and they were offered for free, but I can't remember the name or URL...
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Letter logo similitude controversy [closed]

Since I was unable to find good enough imo C-logo, I created one myself. As you can see it is highly abstractive and full of nostalgic elements from my past. However, due to the regal middle node it ...
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How to separate clusters of different vector objects in a purchased stock image?

I just purchased a group pack of umbrella silhouette vectors. They came in .jpg file, .eps file, and .png file. I only need one of these vectors. I am having trouble selecting just one in the ...
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Help finding or making a white flag glyph [closed]

I'm more of a programmer than designer so forgive me. I am looking to sharpen my UX design skills though. I found plenty of websites that give impressive sets of glyphs and icons, but I've been ...
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Looking for a particular 3d image style

Sorry if my question is silly :-( I'm trying to create my personal website, but I am stuck with the graphics. I tried to create pictures myself but it was too hard, so now I want to use a prepared ...
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Where can I find digital scans of Christian paintings? (examples provided inside)

I need to make a website for a Christian group and they requested some images similar to the ones found on the following website: http://jesuschrist.lds.org/SonOfGod/eng/ I've tried iStockPhoto and ...
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Where do Adobe Stock images goto once purchased? [closed]

I am wondering where the file goes once purchased. It's already been at least a week, so the order should have went through and been confirmed. I purchased an image on Adobe Stock a while back. Where ...
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Where Can I Find Stock Photos Large Enough for a Billboard? [closed]

Wondering if anyone here has ever designed a billboard incorporating stock photography. I've been searching and searching, but I can't find anything at the dimensions I'm look for!
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Where can I find images of ancient middle eastern cities and towns? [closed]

Ancient cities and towns get recreated a lot in games but I am hoping to find some images, illustrations, composites to use in a video. I realize they will have to be recreations but I am not looking ...
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Manipulating standard stock photos for ebook cover

I have decided to self-publish some short stories I wrote years ago. I understand the importance of a good cover. I have known for years that "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not work in the ...
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product images/icons for printing company?

I work for a printing company, and our webshop is missing icons/images for our products. So, I've finally convinced my bossman to buy a pack, but we really can't find any... here are a few examples of ...