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How To Get The Most Use Out of Styled Stock Photos

If you are wondering how to use styled stock images in your business or dreaming about getting a photo or two (or maybe a whole set), then this post is for you! Let me show you how just one photo can simply enhance the overall look of your brand. Let’s begin by using the sample image below of an office desktop. By the way, this gorgeous stock photo featuring Chanel beauty products is now available for sale in the shop along with the rest of the collection. Be sure to check it out!



These images can be used for different purposes, and one great thing about them is that they are very large in size (5900 x 3900, 300 dpi). So when you crop them, you don’t have to worry about losing quality, but even after cropping them, keep in mind that your image will have to be scaled down to whatever dimension you may need. The following are just examples of what you can do with them. I’ve also included the sizing guidelines for some social networks in case you may need that.

(Example of a Facebook cover photo)

Face Book Cover Photo Sample

(Example of an Etsy Banner)

Update: Etsy’s New size guideline for their “cover photo” is

3360 x 840

Etsy Banner Sample


(Example of a Pinterest image)


And the following are buttons that you can create to use on the sidebar of your blog or site.






By the way, these images were not cropped. I actually opened up a new file in Photoshop using the exact dimensions that are required for the different social media channels I mentioned earlier. Then, I overlayed the original image on the first “blank file”. After you overlay the image, you might want to play around with it a bit by rotating the image until you like what you see. When it comes to Facebook cover photos, Twiter, Pinterest pins, or your Etsy shop banner, etc., you want to make sure you upload your images using their sizing guidelines. The same goes for images you upload to your website and blog – this will ensure that your photos look their best.

Just remember your options don’t end here, you can use styled stock photos for newsletters, print collateral, or overlay your digital products or message using your favorite fonts. And of course, use on Instagram, Linkedin or any other social media networks not mentioned here. FYI, if you choose to buy any of my styled stock photos, feel free to overlay a colored layer to match with your brand, just like I did with both of the Pinterest images in this post. This will help tone down the image a bit while drawing attention to your message. This idea is great for pictures that are meant for pinning.

Do you already use styled stock photos in your business? Let me know in the comment section below!



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  • Jennifer @ WrittenByJennifer
    February 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I pinned this. I’m always looking for the current dimensions for social media channels. I never thought of overlaying the image in Photoshop. I always crop. Thanks for the tip!

    • Carmen
      February 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and pinning, Jennifer! Glad you found the post helpful! :)

  • LaNeshe
    February 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I didn’t know these were stock photos! I thought people were taking them on their own lol

  • Unaiza
    February 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Thanks a lot for the tips! I am a Photoshop learner and is working on social media images these days. your post has proved to be really helpful indeed :)

    • Carmen
      February 20, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Unaiza! Glad you found this post helpful!

  • Ashlee
    February 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Great tips and blog!!

    • Carmen
      February 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Ashlee!

  • Nakia Jones
    February 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Great tips! Sometimes I struggle with stock photos. I feel like I’m not getting the most of an image or I’m using it too much but this really helps!

  • Niki
    February 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Ooh, this was so helpful! I’d never considered doing this, so thank you so much for sharing. Pinned it to reference in the future (and hopefully reach other biz owners! ;) ).

  • Kristin
    February 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Carmen. Great article. You are gorgeous. Love that pic of you and your camera.. I love my camera still learning it though lol.. I am used to a automatic and this is a rebel :) I am going to do a styling periscope because I have noticed the quality of etsy store pics are getting less and less. Blurry, dark overcasts everywhere and crooked lol. Totally OCD about the pics I look at if you know what I mean. It’s kind of like looking at a crooked pic on the wall that you MUST fix cause looking at it makes you batty haa. Found you on blogging boost on facebook.. <3

    • Carmen
      February 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristin, for stopping by and leaving your comment! I totally get you, I’m pretty much an OCD myself when it comes to looking at photos. And when I take pictures (any type of pictures), I avoid harsh lighting like the plague, as well as shadows. A lot of things have to be considered when shooting products, things, people, like the time in the day, the available light you have to work with, the camera settings you use, etc. Photography is quite complex, and I think there’s always something new to learn. By the way, you’re on the right path since you are able to judge what a poor quality image is. It takes a while to develop that kind of eye. ;)

  • Rhonda Swan
    February 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Love these tips. You have a beautiful website and a lot of amazing pictures. Keep up the great work and live unstoppable.

    • Carmen
      March 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thank you so much, Rhonda!!

  • Miranda
    March 2, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I love using stocked images for my FB banner – it really looks so much better than any photo I could take for that space :)

  • Olivia
    March 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    These are great tips!! Stock photos are so helpful when you need content in a pinch
    Miss Olivia Says

    • Carmen
      March 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

  • Tonia Kendrick
    March 11, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I love how you did the pink overlay on the Pinterest image. I’ve recently fallen in love with styled stock images and this is a great way to personalize them.

    Thanks for the tips!

    • Carmen
      March 11, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Your welcome, Tonia! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Alice
    March 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love love these tips; you make it simple and straight forward! These stock photos are lovely and so versatile; the social media sizing tips are extremely helpful too. I only recently realized that to stand out on Pinterest the photo should be longer than it is wide! Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Carmen
      March 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Alice! Glad you loved the tips! :)