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Opinions on where to get non-sucking images, buttons etc for web design

 4:09 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi, Im wondering where the pros go for images and graphics. Do they make everything themselves? I doubt it, but everything Ive seen on CD and websites are CHEESE! Any ideas, opinions?


Matt Probert

 4:59 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

One man's meat is another man's er cheese?



 5:49 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

nothing against cheese... love it on sandwiches... but for convincing paying clients that you are worth more than the yahoo sitebuilder, cheddar won't cut the mustard!


 9:08 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

They go to their happy place and come up with something new and interesting. :-)

There are some **really good** photography subscription sites out there, and not very expensive. Can't provide links, but I have three I frequent, Google for stock photography and you will know the names when you see them, they are the same sources that have been providing photos since before the digital revolution.


 11:58 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi rocknbill...

Ive looked through those websites, and yes, they are defintiely worth it... but you see, I do alot of face to face with clients, and Id like to have a catalog in hand that I could show them, and they coulld point to something and say "this one!" ... what i really want is a collection... stock photo sites are great, but their CDs cost like $800! come on! and its usually print resolution... I need just web resolution,

isnt there anywhere the "DEFINITIVE WEB GRAPHICS & IMAGES COLLECTION"? anyone?!


 5:58 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Johnny - a couple of those big-name companies still provide catalogs, the problem is they are often out of sync with the stuff available on the web.

The right way to do it (which most of us can't afford) is to bite the bullet and buy the CD's. But even with CD's, you're still sitting at the computer looking at files - what's wrong with setting up an apointment, turning on the timer, and walking through the site with the customer? They are more apt to pick something quickly if they are being charged for their time.


 6:09 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)


A search in your favorite SE for "website templates" might yield a good starting point for you.

Most of the stock photo houses offer comp size images (with watermarked copyright) for design purposes.


 6:35 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi guys,

Ive certainly searched, scoured might be a better word... but it seems that there is only the $20 CHEESE graphics collection down at walmart, and the $800 CD of 20 poses of the same executive cutie looking all ambitious and stuff... I thought there had to be an inbetween I was missing, but it sounds like what youre saying rocknbill is that you just go through the stock photo sites with your clients, with the clock on... any other ideas? websites i mightve missed?


 2:40 am on May 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

"Im wondering where the pros go for images and graphics."

In my understanding and experience, the "pros" either create these graphics themselves, hire someone to do it, or pay the big dollars for the high quality photo collections. There should be an understanding and appreciation for the time effort and cost that goes into creating top-quality graphics.

There are many sources out there that help lower the costs, but if we are focussing on "professionals" and not so much easy, or cheap, then I definitely believe it is important to hire a designer or photographer, and most importantly, pay fairly for what high-quality work costs.

(I'm not opposed to cost-effective imagery at all! just giving my view on what a "professional" does)


 2:13 pm on Jun 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Have you tried iSockPhoto?


 9:35 pm on Jun 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

There are a number photo selling websites,some are ven license free photos,google it

Paolo Tedesco

 10:28 pm on Jun 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

let's try:

there are many free cool photos for commercial and personal use.

or try fotolia.com - 1 photo for $1 :-)


 6:10 am on Jun 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

That ought to have read iStockphoto and not the iSockphoto....


 4:36 pm on Jun 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

As far as web graphics (banners, buttons), the solution is to make them yourself.

For stock photos, there are some sources that won't break the bank. www.bigstockphoto.com has a lot of good stuff for reasonable prices, and www.clipart.com is also pretty affordable and has a lot of different formats (JPG, photo objects, EPS files).


 4:35 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hey now here's something... I was working with a design company in India, and I was asking them about images. They told me they "licenced" a large collection of stock photos to use in their templates, but they wouldn't tell me who they licenced it from.

Has anyone heard of such a thing... I mean those templates, they all look so SIMILAR! Or do you think they just collected them off the net?

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