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)
(Example of an Etsy Banner)
Update: Etsy’s New size guideline for their “cover photo” is
3360 x 840
(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!