If you’ve ever used our platform adsy.me to create micro websites, you’ve noticed that all pages are square-shaped, for a simple reason we described in another article, written on Medium. To create the background of those squares, you can either choose a colour, an image from Bing or one from your device. There are a few great services you can use to find gorgeous images for your adsy creations. Here are 10 of them, offering royalty-free visuals.
1° STICKPNG: if you’re looking for transparent PNG images (with no background), have a look at this brand new website. You will probably find what you’re looking for in an index offering thousands of free transparent photos, drawings and cliparts.
2° UNPLASH: inspiring HD visuals. They made a great job at sourcing and presenting on a daily basis breathtaking visuals. Perfect to enhance the concepts you want to convey in your stories.
3° STOCKSNAP: powerful search engine, nicely executed. Their #1 strength is undoubtedly their powerful search engine, accessible straight from the home page. We also love the fact that their website is perfectly responsive, enabling you to search for visuals on the go, the perfect match if you’re in an adsy creative mood while waiting for the bus.
4° PIXABAY: huge choice. When we opened their site earlier today there were 320,000 images available, that’s a huge supply to choose from! They have plenty of quality visuals, incl. gorgeous shots of smartphones for the app geeks.
5° RGBstock: great for textures / patterns. The site was started by a group of creative photographers and offers a vast selection of images. It’s a great resource to find textured patterns for your backgrounds.
6° Little Visuals: delightful curation. Along the same lines as Unsplash, Little Visuals curates inspiring images on a regular basis. By signing up on their website, you will receive 7 visuals per week, one for each day. What about starting an adsy with each of them? #becreative
7° New Old Stock: vintage souvenirs. If you want to give a vintage vibe to your creations, you’ll probably find some inspiration on their website, curating a collection of copyright-free material from yesteryears.
8° Pickupimage: a breath of fresh air. Their website specializes in outdoor / nature images. So if your adsy is about the pleasures of adventure, you know where to find visuals.
After choosing & cropping a gorgeous background, you might want to add icons / stickers to your adsy pages. We have plans to integrate the API of some services straight into the app but in the meantime we invite you to find content on the following services and import it via the image plugin you’ll find in our toolbox.
9° iconfinder: we use it on a daily basis. It’s fast and offers a truckload of quality icons in all sorts of styles. If you want to add social networks icons to your adsy for instance, this is the #1 choice we would suggest.
10° The Noun Project: it all started as a communication project, with the ambition to create the most exhaustive visual language. The cool thing about The Noun Project is that they offer original icons you won’t find anywhere else. For most of them, you’ll have to show an attribution in the creations using the icon, but it’s really worth the effort. You can also buy non-attributed versions for a dime.
11° iconarchive: in case you don’t find some stuff on iconfinder. Sometimes we found icons on this website which we couldn’t find on iconfinder. So have it bookmarked, just in case.
Now you are ready to create your first adsy. Amaze me!
Photo: Unsplash – S. Zolkin