Sometimes stock photos just don’t cut it on their own. Editing and enhancing the free photos you use for your freelance business can really help them to make a better, stronger impact on the viewer.
Before getting started, it’s important to note that not all photos on the internet are free, and using one without proper permission can lead to costly legal fees. Before you start editing free stock images, it’s important that you make sure they’re Creative Commons licenced. In most cases, the image has a Creative Commons licence referenced either in a caption near the image or listed somewhere on the page.
Now that you know which photos are up for grabs, you can improve them with some simple editing tricks. You should have Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator or another graphic editor of your choice to accomplish these tasks.
Cropping the photo is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get the most out of a picture. For example, if you’re using a photo for a Facebook profile picture, you should cut any excess edges to create a perfectly centered image that makes an impact. If you want the main image to stand out even more, try blurring the background.
Putting a filter on your photo can really help it to pop. Instagram is famous for its many integrated filters, but most graphic editing software should include similar options. Changing a photo to black and white or even opting for a more adventurous hue, such as red or yellow, can really help your images attract attention. Just don’t overdo it.
Finally, adding text is a great way to personalize stock photos. Too much text can be distracting, but used tastefully, it can add another level to an image. The best practice is usually maintaining space between the main object and the text, but sometimes using text as the prominent focus with the image as the background can be an attractive and eye-catching option.
As you edit your stock images, remember that sometimes less is more. Know when to stop editing, and ask for a second opinion before you decide to publish your new creation.