Exploring stock images

Friday, 3 February 2012 - Posted by Shwe Thiri Khit

 The great advantage of using stock images is that they our lives easy in making art. You can get stock images from the Internet for a fee or free. If you are a learner of art, there are several places where you can get free resources – you are sometimes required to credit them, some sources do not require you to do so. You can also buy exclusive packages or specific collections for a fee. By buying stock, there will be less people using them. If you are at the explorative stage to know more about digital art, I recommend using free stocks as much as possible.
Some stock makers make really good stocks that they make a living selling them and their packages may come with different offers. So it’s always helpful to shop around. But do not underestimate the quality of stocks which are given for free. Those stock owners want to see their stock photos being used successfully and they are just happy to do that. Those are the rare ones who do not even pressure you to give them credit or acknowledgement. Isn’t that amazing? Some of them require you to give them credit when you use their stocks. It’s always wise to look at their terms of use. Some may give away stocks for free for non-commercial use.. But when things turn out to be commercial, it may be different. So it’s always wise to check the small print.
In my hard drive, I have a lot of stock images, some I collected for free and some I paid for. The free ones I use will usually come with flexible terms of use. You can also get textures, background and custom brushes for Photoshop. Please bear in mind that the more stock photos you use, the more credits you have to give. It’s not cool having to write a long list of credits next to your artwork. So it’s best to use them sparingly. But of course, if the owners are not fussy about receiving credit, you won’t have that problem.

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