Graphic Designer’s Resource Guide: Photos

Guess what? It’s your lucky day! We’ve been carefully cultivating a list of our favorite design resources and will be posting them somewhat regularly for your increased productivity power.

Do you ever find yourself sifting through a folder of unsorted stock images, finding one that you really want to use for the project you’re working on, and then being baffled about its origins? (It’s always the one time that you really want the stock website’s watermark on the picture that it won’t be there to help you locate the original photo). How about when you’re searching for stock photos of something wonderfully vague like “achievements” and the same photos keep coming up on multiple search sites and wasting your time? Well, guess what—it’s your lucky day! We’re putting together a years-in-the-making, carefully cultivated list of our favorite design resources. So among other things, you’ll be able to find the image that was lost in the Bermuda Triangle of the internet and hopefully accomplish a few other to-do’s (or TeuxDeuxs) in the time you’d normally spend Googling.
Tineye is a site that allows you to do a reverse image search—so you can find the aforementioned stock photo sans watermark. It’s also super helpful for finding Flickr photos when you can’t remember the exact combination of keywords that led you to a certain image.
Compfight lets you quickly search through Flickr photos for those times when stock photo sites just aren’t cutting it. You can also specify your keywords to search within Creative Commons licenses only, which can be a huge help.
Made of Pixels
This site has had the greatest impact in terms of keeping my eyes from falling out of my head when I need to compile a large amount of stock photos. Why? Because it searches ALL of the major (and a lot of minor) stock photo sites so you don’t have to.
Searching for public domain images
If you’re ever in the market for vintage line illustrations, try Googling “public domain illustrations.” These illustrations are free to use because they’re public domain—in other words, their intellectual property rights have expired.
We’ve got lots more handy resources where this came from and we’ll be posting them regularly. Next time, we’ll be talking about typography tools, websites, and tips for designers.