In the past we’ve shared some of our favorite hacks for taking photos that are perfect for ecommerce. Here are the best places to find photos to use for commercial use, the free photo apps ls to create Pin worthy pics, and a hot new place to share them.
With over 570,000 high quality free pictures to choose from, this website is by far the best option for those looking to cut back on spending. Simply pick the resolution, complete the captcha, and download! Now you have a free, useful commercial recourse right at the tips of your fingers.
Though everyone is able to submit images to Pexels, the site is very picky about which pictures are good enough to be published. This site is great as it offers endless amounts of space images and professional candids. You can post pictures from your business or take advantage of the high quality photos already given to you.
Similar to the other apps listed, Flickr is a site made for uploading and sharing images, only this app is limited to those who sign up (basic accounts are free). If you do reach the limit on uploads, however, there is a small yearly fee applied. For simply looking to download free stock photos, Flickr has you covered! This app even offers a editing feature, so you can adjust and personalize your picture to your liking.
PixTeller is touted as a “poster maker,” but it’s brilliant for creating Pinterest worthy images. Edit the background, text, photos, icons and more, however you like. The interface is intuitive to use (I, a non-technical person, was able to navigate it pretty easily), and there are lots of options to choose from. The height of each poster is easily adjustable to add length, making the final result ideal for pinning.
PicMonkey is a creative photo editing and graphic design tool. Perfect for creating webpage banners, PicMonkey enables you to adjust color and filter, add stickers and text, and create borders. Not all of the features are free, however…but you can still edit a photo and create visually arresting graphics with the basic functions.
Pixlr is similar to a Photoshop replacement (albeit one that is not quite as robust). Pixlr offers three separate editing tools- Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express, and Pixlr O-matic. Editor acts like a (Microsoft) paint tool to add text or drawings to an image (or create your own from scratch). In Express you can add stickers, text, borders and filters, and O-matic enables filters, light features and borders.
I love working with Canva to make graphics, especially for social media posts. With endless layouts, templates, and photo sizing options it’s hard to believe that this tool is completely free! Canva also offers filtering, cropping, spacing, and more to make your design stand out!
Now that you have an arsenal of sweet, share-worthy pictures, get your stuff in front of the right audiences. Most ecommerce business owners are already marketing on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, but there’s a new kid on the block that could bring you closer to your niche. We Heart It is a photo sharing site where users browse through tags that interest them and curate photos that they “heart.” If you are a fashion retailer or your target market is highly engaged, tech-savvy millennials, this could be the newest social platform for you to check out. Create an account, upload content, and start following people with similar interests to what you sell.
Use these tools to create professional quality images and graphics for your website and social media platforms. Having product images that look like a million bucks, doesn’t have to cost a dime…. but can be the difference between making a million bucks and mere pocket change.
Are there any other photo editing or streaming sites that you swear by? Where have you had success so far? Let us know in the comments, and we can build a follow up post to share!