Updated February 20, 2018
Storyblocks was formerly known as GraphicStock, same great content and more…only a change in name.
If you are looking for affordable photos, illustrations, royalty free vector logo design elements or other design elements to create your website, then Storyblocks may be your answer.
If you are wondering how to create your own website from scratch then you will need awesome high-resolution photos, creative illustrations, and unique vector graphics to design images for posting on your website.
You will find many sites that offer free graphic elements, with free photos, free illustrations, and free vectors, but usually, these free sites do not offer high quality, nor unique images to make your website pop!
I have tried several free sites and have looked at other pay for graphics sites, but none offered the affordability, quality, and quantity that Storyblocks provides.
The regular membership allows you to have unlimited downloads of all of Storyblocks’ photos, illustrations, vectors and other design elements.
No limits per day, no limits per year, access to over 300,000 items that are regularly updated.
Everything you download you get to keep forever and are all royalty-free, even if you change your subscription or cancel your account.
The people in the photos are models and have all signed appropriate licensing agreements that allow you to use their photos for private, public or commercial use, including print projects, games, multimedia, the internet, and films.
The only reason I did not give them 100% ranking is that you must add substantial value to the content of the photos, illustrations, and vectors. That is to say, you cannot just download a photo and paste into your website without making some substantial modifications. Which means you will need to do some editing of the original stock before you can use them in your project.
Fortunately, this is done rather easily by combining the different elements available within Storyblocks to create your own unique design. At first, I felt disappointed in the idea of having to edit the content, but then I remember why I chose to go with a paid service. As you start surfing for free content, you start noticing how many other websites are using the same graphics content on their websites. If everyone did the same with the GraphicStock content it would not be long before thousands of websites all had similar images on their sites. The modifications become rather easy once you start incorporating and combining the photos, illustrations, and vectors available to create amazing and unique content.
I use Photoshop to edit my images, but you can use any other image editing software to do the job as all the content have the option to download as jpeg. I do suggest to go with Adobe products as some of the content has the option to download as EPS or PNG that work seamlessly within Illustrator or Photoshop.
Update March 25, 2016: Google Nik Collection is now free for download. It is a set of plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture with a total of 7 different filters and correction apps.
You also have the option to upgrade to a Premium subscription that includes, dedicated account representative and priority support, five additional users at your organization, download clips directly to your Dropbox account, batch downloading of project albums, custom, a signed license agreement, custom secure project feedback from clients using bins.
The promotional code will allow you to subscribe for 1 year, with unlimited downloads, keep everything you download forever for $99/ year.
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