Hunting down the perfect stock photography for an image can rob you of more hours than it’s worth, which is why you really need to have a couple effortless alternatives waiting in your back pocket.
When time is limited and you don’t have a viable stock photo at your fingers tips use one of these time-saving tricks that will net you killer image in a fraction of the time.
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 one of my Pinterest boards as the background for my blog image.
2. SEAMLESS PATTERNS
Using a seamless pattern is a quick way of creating images without using stock photography! A seamless pattern will give your image contrast and texture as well as really make your headline or text POP, and the best part is that you can adjust the size of the pattern repeat to fit the different size images you need. Meaning, you can make the pattern repeat larger (less repeats) for something like a cover for your PDF guide or you can make the repeat smaller (more repeats) to fit a smaller image, like your blog post featured image.
Here I used a quatrefoil seamless pattern that I grabbed off Pattern Cooler (my favorite custom seamless pattern tool) and dialed the scale of the repeat to 50% to make the pattern smaller so I’d get more repeats.
3. FLAT ICONS
Creating a killer image without using stock photography can be as easy as using an 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 matter and target reader of the article. It’s 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.
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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