Searching for Images – Part 3

04Nov09

There is still another internet resource I use for finding images. Stock.xchng is a free stock photography site. Although the photos are generally of lower quality than Shutterstock or iStockPhoto, you can still find some very useful images. I use this website when I need images for a mock-up or for a school or personal project. A little Photoshop re-touching can often transform these photos into almost professional quality for the ones that aren’t there yet. Since these images are free, there is obviously no watermark, you just need to sign up for a membership (also free).

Stock.xchng Results

Images from Stock.xchng for "butterfly"

Be aware the some of the images on the page are actually listed from iStockPhoto and will take you to their website for you to pay for the image. This section is usually at the top of each results page. The only other downfalls to this site are that images are only available in one size, so hopefully it will be large enough for what you need, and the images vary in DPI. Always be sure to bring these photos into Photoshop for resizing first, even if you don’t need to do any other work on them. Below is an example of a butterfly image from stock.xchng. At 300 DPI is was nearly 10 inches high, definitely large enough for most purposes.

 

Example

Butterfly image from stock.xchng.

 

 

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