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Top 3 Image Sources for Designers

Posted on 11.27.2016

With more content being produced than ever before, designers are always on the search for high-quality images that both fit their needs for a project and don’t look like every other graphic already out there.

Designers often have a love-hate relationship with stock photography because it fills a purpose but some don’t quite meet their expectations. Let’s explore some top image sources for designers.


1. Adobe Stock

Just a couple years old, Adobe Stock has amassed quite the collection of images. What makes Adobe Stock unique is that designers can work with water-marked images within the Adobe Creative Cloud and then license directly within Adobe products without leaving the software (and then the watermark will be removed). What’s more, its recent partnership with Getty Images makes even more newsworthy-type images available. 

2. Shutterstock

Among the most-visited photography sites in the U.S., Shutterstock offers images, videos and music available as one-time downloads or as part of a monthly subscription.

3. iStock

iStock by Getty Images has been a go-to source for images since 2000.Its millions of unique stock images allow designers to choose photo, video, audio and illustration options their competitors may not have seen yet. 

More Image Sources:

1. Dreamstime

2. Unsplash

3. Fotolia

4. 123RF

5. Pexels

6. Bigstock

7. Pixabay

8. Flickr 

9. Getty Images

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