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Episode Info: Faith uses a lot of images on her blog and wants to know the advantages and disadvantages of using stock images on her blog and whether there are alternatives that would work out less expensive and viable without getting into trouble by licensing issues.  Well, they say a picture paints and thousand words and so the first thing I would consider when using stock photos on my site is whether the picture I'm painting is the picture I want my readers to walk away with. The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Stock Images With the appearance of Instagram and Pinterest onto the online scene, pictures have become more important online than ever before and it's not surprising given that the majority of the population are visual learners. Pictures stimulate the brain and be the difference between an article being read or not being read. Used the wrong way, and image can make even the best article look lacklustre, but used the right way, images can compliment and enhance your work as well as tell a compelling story.  Do remember that every item you post on your site or the Internet whether it's the text in articles, your audio, video and images is content and so you want it to match your message. How To Make An Ordinary Image Look Awesome Here are just a few ways you can make an ordinary image look awesome: crop the image to remove unwanted items or areas zoom in one one part of the image add a little text to give context to the image (a little text being the operative word here) create a collage  if you're good with photoshop, do something creative like making a grey hat in a black and white photo, blue or orange or whatever color suits you By adding some creative flair, you don't even need to use expensive stock images, which is one way of keeping the costs down. And if you want free, check out this link for a list of 25+ Royalty Free stock images ... http://www.blogaspire.com/25-websites-copyright-free-images/ What About Some Alternatives To Stock Photography Okay, one alternative that is rocking the Internet world, and it's Canva. If you want something unique, free and eye-catching, you want to check out Canva, at Canva.com The image that's associated with this post, was created in Canva, completely free and it's flexible. You can enhance your images even more by paying for premium backgrounds, but they have a good selection of free backgrounds. I won't focus on how to use the site since they have some great tutorials over there and I would suggest
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