Alright, deep breath here. You ready for a big secret?
This is not my house.
This isn't either. In fact, none of the pictures in today's post were taken in my home, or anywhere I've ever seen in person. They are all stock photos that I inserted my paintings and prints into. ARE YOU SHOCKED? Probably not, because no one's house is as clean as these photos. Today's blog is about how these stock photos will save you time. SO. MUCH. TIME. and MONEY!
Want high quality stock photos from sites you can trust? Here's where I find mine: Creative Market and Adobe.
Creative Market is great, it's inexpensive (photos ranging from $5-10), and if you sign up for their newsletters, each Monday they send you FREE stock photos & fonts!
Adobe is awesome because most of the time the images are SUPER simple to manipulate. An example is the one below:
I was able to easily change the color of the couch for the next image, and adjust shadows to cater towards the different painting:
Many options have package deals, where you can get multiple furniture arrangements for the price of one image. I think I spent $12 for this one:
And I could choose to have the furniture set up in a number of ways. Because of this, Adobe images tend to be a bit pricier - $12 rather than $5, which really is not bad when you think about how often you can use it for different paintings.
Whichever site you choose, I think you'll be making a great decision. When you show a painting online, people can't get a sense of scale unless you put it near things they recognize, like a small chair or couch. By giving them a better reference, you make your work look more professional, giving it the respect it deserves!
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Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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