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Where To Get Stock Images to liven up your site

Liven up your website with great images, but please NEVER, NEVER infringe copyright.

This is a dilemma for many people setting up a site as photos and images can be very expensive and difficult to find. Also as copyright is important and should never be infringed, myinfo has an obligation to remove (without warning) any site that contains images that infringe copyright (as detailed in our terms).

There are nonetheless some very good and cheap options that site owners can use. In particular, we support the efforts of vendors like:

We strongly encourage our users to be very careful when using images from companies like Getty Images and iStockPhoto. It is important to ensure that the terms associated with any images purchased from these companies are legally understood and are not infringed as these companies are known to relentlessly pursue anyone using images that infringe their rules.

Kozzi - Free Phohot and Stock Images

Clker.com - royalty free clip art

W P Clipart for public domain images

 

Free Tools

Ever wanted to modify one of your images before uploading it? or maybe an image is difficult to load or loads to slowly and you would like to optimise the image so that it can load quicker? This page identifies some of the free tools available on the internet that will allow you to modify, shrink, enhance or combine you photos to make your website more interesting to visitors.

FixPicture Shrink an image

Modern cameras take photos at very high resolutions and these images are often very large but are seldom optimised for a web page. Web pages cannot display images over 72dpi (dots per inch) cameras take images at better than 300dpi. This improved resolution is wasted on a web page and rather than encouraging visitors to your site these high resolution images cause the web page to load slowly and as no-one enjoys a slow loading page, this can drive visitors away or lead to penalties from Google.

There are tools like Fix Picture (www.fixpicture.org/)that allow you to shring your images 

Fix Picture image update and conversion

Photo and Image Editing

PicMonkey (www.picmonkey.com/)offers excellent image editing tools both paid for and free. This software will allow you to modify, edit, crop and touch up images. It also provides the tools to create collages.

Not quite Photoshop but as far as on-line tools go, this is a very good image editor.

PicMonkey on-line photo editing

Image Editor

Pixlr Editor is a free online photo editor with a professional touch. This software allows you to fix, adjust, resize and filter your images directly from your browser. The editor is free to use and does not require registration. Give this a try, I am sure that you will be plesantly surprised at how good this on-line tool is.

Pixlr on-line image editing software

 

Paid Images

Where to get high Quality images

If you want high quality images but do not want to pay the exhorbitant prices that some image sites charge, here are some of the best sites to consider:

  • If you are able to re-size your images yourself, Vectorstockcan't be beaten
  • Kozzihas moved away from free images – pity! They were top of my list before
  • Dreamstimecan be expensive, but the quality of the images is good and there are some cheap or free images on offer if you look around

We will add to this list as we go, so please visit again. We strongly advise you to include images in your myinfo websites. These make the site more interesting to visitors and search engines. Also, never forget to add a title for every photograph that you load.

 

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