In stock photography, “trick photography” or special effect photographs are very useful. They can evoke metaphors and when placed in a specific campaign they can take on meaning that a more straight forward photograph cannot. Plus the ‘off’ or strikingly otherworldly images pull in the viewer, pique curiosity and hold the attention of customers longer than a more simple image.
While it’s possible to create special effects with Photoshop, it can be hard to make it look eal. Check out Evan Sharboneau’s book on simple trick photography techniques, Trick Photography & Special Effects, to create more realistic looking special effects with your camera.
Why are there so many image file types? Because every file type has its place. GIF, JPG and PNG are best used on the web, TIFF files work best for print and vectors are the most versatile for editing the size of an image. Vectors can be scaled from tiny business cards all the way up to graphics on the side of a semi-truck trailer. Vectors can also be blown up huge and scaled back down over and over without losing the quality of the original.
Most files (known as rasters) are made up of tiny dots or “pixels” and when you increase or decrease the size of the image, you’re just growing or shrinking all those little dots. Vectors use geometry: points, curves and shapes based on math, so when you increase the size of a vector, you’re not just stretching a ton of pixels, the image is basically recreating itself in the size you need. The final image will need to be ‘rasterized’ and converted into a TIFF or JPG for printing, since printers print in pixels.
Cutcaster has a wide variety of vector graphics available. When you are searching for an image type, make sure you chose “Vectors Only” in the File Type box on the left side of the page or keep an eye out for the little “V” underneath our illustration thumbnails, indicating that those illustrations are available as a vector.
There’s been a lot of buzz about science lately. There is new information about the Big Bang Theory, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a science show, Cosmos, on Fox and currently image searches for Periodic Table are in the top ten on Google Trends. Who knew science could be so cool? If you are searching for images about science, Cutcaster has what you need in our lightboxes on Science & Technology, Outer Space and Scientific Research .
Easter is just a month away and it’s time to search through our images of green grass, colorful eggs, adorable rabbits, and other images of the spring holiday. Check out our Easter lightbox to find the perfect photo or illustration for your Easter newsletter, Easter product advertisement, Easter egg hunt flyer, or whatever Easter campaign or event you are planning.
In the digital age, we often turn first to the internet for advice. Where to eat, where to travel, how to fix things, even how to fix ourselves. Websites like WebMD and other medical sites help us to self-diagnose before we call the doctor so it is no surprise that according to Google Trends, one of the top keyword searches is “Symptoms”. Cutcaster Collections features lightboxes on many health and medicine subjects including disease and injury, medical illustrations and other images related to medicine.
Sometimes you just need a good frame for your message- a way to make your works stand out and catch the eyes that need the information you are putting out there. Use one of the many blank signs available on Cutcaster and get their attention.
Besides cats, our favorite internet distraction is humor. According to Google Trends one of the most searched for keywords is “funny”, and when you’re trying to attract customers, encourage people to join your mailing list, or otherwise get your word out, pairing your concept with humor can often be the perfect spoonful of sugar to get your message across.
Our “Fun with Food” lightbox is full of playful and colorful images perfect for menus, restaurant and grocery advertisements, nutrition flyers or lesson plans, and anything that needs a wacky food photograph or illustration.
It’s just a month until the international bacchanal masquerade season of Carnival/Mardi Gras begins and we have a collections of images ranging from Rio Carnival to New Orleans Mardi Gras and Carnival in Venice. Give your projects a little festival color with our photos and illustrations!
People are always thinking of love and searching for love, and Google Trends consistently lists “Love” as one of the highest ranking keyword searches. Of course this time of year, as Valentine’s Day approaches, that search trends even higher. Cutcaster has a great selection of love themed vectors and photographs for ad campaigns, dating websites, or wherever you need images of love.