Stock Photos

With stock photos, is the file you receive a jpeg? Or something else? I’ve never used mock up photos, are the stock photos what you start with for mock up? Do you use a png file over the background?
I’m a freelance photographer so I have A LOT of photos I could use, and maybe even become a designer?

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I don’t sell them (yet) but I buy them (so far only offsite) and they’re typically just high resolution JPGs. You’re looking 300 DPI+ so they’re print resolution and large in size. Maybe 4000x4000px or 5000x5000px. Something like that.

I’ve seen them down to around 1000x1000 (not ideal) and up to around 10000x10000px.

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@Tamara_S thank you! That helps me a lot! :heart_eyes:

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Sure, no problem. :slight_smile: The most complex part seems to be the model releases, rules surrounding what you can photograph and that side of things. It’s about the only reason I haven’t got into uploading photos, though it probably wouldn’t be hard to research it.

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@Tamara_S It really isn’t difficult to research, but there can be a lot of gray area. Personally, when I’ve sold my prints online (as a framed print or similar) I’ve avoided people’s faces and identifying marks and anything with a logo. I play it safe and stick to nature lol. Just my personal preference. :blush:

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Thanks. :slight_smile: I might have more of a look into that too (with a view to selling them as well).

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Do you have any examples?

For Mock ups (CRAFTER*) I think that they’re really geared towards products that people use in the Cricut/Silhouette world, such as t-shirts, bags, wine glasses, etc.

I upload both the 3:2 ratio, scaled down & the full size, camera resolution photo for mine.

For just stock photos - I would imagine anything and everything could be used! I always try to avoid very obvious branding in my photos, or I will photoshop the brand name out, as I feel like it’s a gray area on whether or not you can keep the brand name showing - but not use the brand to promote, I will attach an example - for these, I removed the boots brand name (although I am sure everyone knows what they are anyway.)

But yes, I would imagine those using stock photos will just use a PNG design or type right over the stock photo!

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@Elizabeth I also avoid logos because its such a large gray area.

Here is a couple screen shots of some of my work…

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The Wooly Caterpillar & Lady bug are great! I could see them being used for font makers (although I am sure there’s other uses) - probably the flowers too - I just am not a fan of sepia tone, so I personally wouldn’t use that one.

I think you could definitely give it a shot! :slight_smile: There’s no down-side to trying to sell on Design bundles! <3

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Thank you!! :heart::heart::heart:

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@AugustFire and @Tamara_S, You just never know what project someone is looking for a stock photo to use in. Many designers in my area of design are looking for backgrounds to use for book covers to create for others to add to their books to sell on sites like Amazon and similar platforms. Sepia tones might work well for something like that as it would allow the person designing or using the cover to place other images over that background. An example would be placing thumbnails over the background of coloring images inside the book. So both colored and other toned photos would be of value in that market. Keep in mind too that it costs nothing to list your photos for sale on Design Bundles. That might be a huge incentive to invest some time and list some of your lovely photos. :slightly_smiling_face:

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@Itaya_L

I was just wondering if there were fees to become a designer! I’ve been oozing for motivation or spark to bring my photography back to life, this might be it!
Have you uploaded stock photos? Do you upload yours at full resolution or scaled down?

I have not uploaded stock photos personally but I do know that when I need to use them in my design work, they need to be at least 300dpi and the larger the better. As you may know, a larger image can be scaled down and not loose pixel value, but a small image can’t be scaled up and retain its pixel integrity. For that reason alone, I’d always list a much larger image than I thought might be needed so that the customer can resize it down if needed. If you still aren’t sure what size to upload, think of ways your photos could be used and then go find other listings for those categories on Design Bundles and other similar sites. Look at some of the ones that catch your eye and seem to be the most popular and see how large they say the image is in the listing. Hope you are inspired to breathe new life back into your photography. :slightly_smiling_face:

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AugustFire: There aren’t any fees to become a designer. One of the good things about Designbundles (there are plenty) is that there are no listing fees.

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Thank you both! :blush::heart_eyes:

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just wanted to pop in and say thanks to everyone that’s replied to the original post, I found it super helpful as well!

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I haven’t used stock photos. Yet, I’m very interested. I thought that this was a current discussion. So, thanks