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How to Find the Right Stock Images in a Heartbeat

How to Find the Right Stock Images in a Heartbeat

     The future is visual, there is no doubt about it. We need images to simplify the way we connect, to express what we want others to understand and to go hand-in-hand with words.

     Whether you want to illustrate blog posts, design your products or make a powerful presentation, the easiest and most affordable way to get the right images or illustrations is to get them online, by using the services of a stock agency.

     There’s tons of resources online, so you’ll always find somewhere to search for the images you need. The real hassle is never the lack of images or inspiration, but rather a short and easy way to find exactly what you are looking for, without losing yourself among the multitude of choice. Sometimes you do feel like looking for the needle in the haystack.

     The team at FirstSiteGuide created a great cheat sheet to help you out in finding the right images to show your stories and beautifully illustrate your products.

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What it all comes down to in the end is narrowing your search in the best possible way to gain access to the core of the best images that fit your vision.

     Keep your end-users in mind when establishing what look and emotions you want to illustrate, be them the customers of your book, the readers of your blog or the people you pitch your presentation to. There are a few commonsense rules that it’ll be best for you to take into consideration, to end up with the images that are best fit. That way you’ll ensure the great quality of your work and the message being sent in the right manner.

     Our smart search filters will help you find what you are looking for. You can use one filter at a time or make a combination when you’ve come closer to the type of image you need.

     You can search for visual appearance by dragging an image from the search results, from other websites or even drag and drop from your own computer to find similar looking images.

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          The textspace filter helps you find only the images with the right space for your text. This is extremely useful when you are looking for images for a PowerPoint presentation. We encourage you to start using images more in your presentations, instead of making them dull and full of bullets, charts and text. People respond better to images than plain text, which easily overwhelms them with info that they’ll have a hard time staying focused to and absorbing. If you need help with your PowerPoint presentations, do check out our Microsoft PowerPoint add-in as well.

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          Select if you want people in your images and, if so, you also have the option of searching for 1 person, 2 persons or a group.

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     Do make a combo by also selecting other options from the search engine to ensure you get images or vectors, their orientation, search by photographer if you have a favorite one and exclude keywords to narrow your search even more.

     Finding the right images is not such a tough job after all, when you’ve got the info available and the best search tools to help you along. In addition our very affordable prices should make everyone buying images legally instead of getting them from search engines, thus contributing to a better and fairer world, where the rights of photographers are being respected.

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