Why you should sign up to royalty-free libraries
Do you spend hours trawling Google Images or Yahoo! Image Search to find the right photo to use on a client’s site?
I used to do that a lot.
It can be painful pulling up pages and pages of images that are too small, watermarked, poor quality or just not good enough.
And then you have the background stress of always wondering whether you’ve infringed someone else’s copyright.
If you’re a full-time web designer, I’d encourage you to get an annual subscription to something like Photos.com without delay.
Make it work for you
Once you have a subscription – use it!
Whole site designs can be built around one really great image, so get to know your resource, learn how to get the best out of the search tools, and milk it for all it’s worth!
(Personally, I started off with an annual subscription to both PhotoObjects.net, which proved a worthwhile investment, and have recently added AbleStock.com.)
Click on the images below to check out the sites.
Try some sample searches for free.
This is a great value mixed bag.
Annual Subscription Cost: $169.95
A huge collection of people and things shot in studio against a white background, made available at a range of resolutions from 1 – 16MB.
Also provides PNG "clipping" masks to make it quicker & easier to cut out images.
Annual Subscription Cost: $399.95
A massive collection of 325,000+ very high-quality imagery.
Get this one if you can afford the $50/month outlay.
Annual Subscription Cost: $599.95
Over 120,000 high-resolution photos and photo-objects (with clipping paths).
Files go up to 50MB for use in print.
Annual Subscription Cost: $699.95