Sharing Experiences and Memories with stock.xchangeNovember 3, 2011 at 10:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Software | 1 Comment
Hello, faithful readers!
It’s the Imikimi team here, and we’re so very excited to share more with you. Today, we’re quite happy to feature an invaluable resource for designers and artists of all studies. When in dire (or not-so-dire) need of great, free images, stock.xchange (SXC for short) should be your very first stop. Possessing possibly the largest collection of royalty-free images, SXC allows users to download high-resolution images for inclusion in their own designs.
Starting with a pre-existing image is a great way to gain inspiration and save time. As artists, many of us suffer from “Blank Canvas Syndrome.” We all know the feeling: we pull out a fresh sheet of paper and just stare it, with no direction of where to start. It can be quite daunting to know that there are an infinite number of possibilities. “What should I make? Where should I start?” Starting with an image or photograph is a fantastic way to curb that sensation. Give your creative mind something to play off of and just get straight to the fun part: creating!
Images on SXC are organized into an exhaustive list of categories. Simply click the drop-down menu and select any category that piques your interest. Even the categories have subcategories! If you’re looking for images pertaining to a certain search term, enter that into the search box to narrow down the list. From there, you can sort the results by particular criteria, such as date, size, downloads, title, etc.
Are you a traditional artist, looking for great photo-references? Or are you a digital artist, looking for images to modify and made your own? SXC has all of that and more. Take these images and learn from them, and then experiment with them. Do all you can to push the boundaries of what you thought you knew about art and design. Stop by the tutorial section and learn even more!
Would you like to contribute to the very same community? Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer? Well then create a profile and begin uploading your own photos. Users can set usage rules, allowing others to use your images according to certain limitations, such as “non-commercial use only.” This allows others to take and modify your images for their own personal use, but not to be sold.
All-in-all, stock.xchange is a must-have utility in every artist’s toolbox. Sure, the occassional Google search will sometimes yield promising results, but they’re hardly on par with the quality of SXC. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to have access to thousands of quality photographs; you just have log on and sign up.
Thank you for reading, fellow artists! We hope to see you again soon to share more resources, insight, and inspiration!
The Imikimi Team
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy