Category: Resources

Stocksy: A better stock photography resource


Photo by Micky Wiswedel

I’m always on the lookout for stock photography resources, and I tend to bookmark any stock photo site that shows any potential. But let’s be honest, client budgets aren’t what they used to be. Sites like Getty and Masterfile are just too expensive. At the other end, ThinkStock, Shutterstock and iStockPhoto are affordable but have a rather poor selection of images for high-end advertising use; they’re overloaded with cliché images with poor cropping and mediocre subject matter.

Enter Stocksy, a curated royalty free stock photo site run by the photographers themselves. By curated I mean that you can’t simply submit photos for inclusion on the site like you can at other sites. You have to be invited by the photographers that run the site. This ensures high-quality images, not high volume. (more…)

Free texture: Creased white paper

Creased white paper

Grab the Creased White Paper high-res texture above, free for any use. The texture image is 10 x 6.5 inches at 300dpi, making it perfect for commercial print use.

While you’re there, check out all the other high-quality textures at WildTextures. I love the site because it appears to focus on quality rather than quantity like most similar sites. Textures are conveniently organized by subject, such as: wood, metal, leather, stone, grunge, fabric, and plenty more. Definitely a site worth bookmarking!