How to save money on stock photos

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If you need high-quality images around a particular theme for your design project, whether on the web or in print, there are dozens of stock photography sites that may have what you’re looking for.

Search photos on Google Images before hitting the buy button!

Tips for buying stock photos

That said, stock images can be a bit pricey, so you might want to do some research before spending your hard-earned cash on these images. Here are a few tips:

Tip 1: Before finalizing a stock photo for your design project, always make sure that the image is not overused. You can easily determine this using Google Images.

First download the thumbnail image from the stock photography website and upload it to images.google.com. Press the Search button, then click “More Sizes”. If you get too many results (like in the screenshot above), the selected graphic is too popular on the web and you might want to choose another photo.

Tip 2: Some stock photographers may choose to sell their images on multiple websites, but prices often vary from site to site. There are no “working” price comparison sites for stock photography, but again you can use Google to find out which stock websites offer the best deal on a particular photograph.

First copy the snippet description of the image from the stock photography website and paste it into Google – put it in quotes for an exact match. Also add the word “stock” to your search query to limit your search results to stock photography websites. Now select the “Sites with images” option under “More search tools” (see the following screenshot) to quickly find out whether the underlying website offers the same image or not.

You can now visit each of these matching sites to see if any of them have better deals.

Google sites with images Find out if an image is available on other stock photography websites?

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