Have you ever spent what seems like forever searching for an image to use? Using the right images for your content is important since visuals are naturally more interesting and engaging. Taking your own photos is always best, but some industries don’t lend themselves to that as easily as others. After all, there are only so many times you can show that photo with someone’s hand signing a piece of paper!
In today’s Tech News Tuesday episode, we’re talking about some free or inexpensive resources for images that you can use in your content.
Canva is the Swiss Army knife of content creation because they’ve got templates for social media, videos, flyers, presentations, and more. You can create your own brand templates so you have a consistent style. You can use your own photos in the designs or use their library of photos, video, b-roll footage, and audio. There is a free version, but the paid version for $120 a year contains additional features and a more extensive library. It is well worth the cost and the time that you’ll save.
Openverse is a free tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. It searches across more than 300 million images from Open APIs and the Common Crawl dataset and pulls together results across public databases into a single catalog. Openverse is developed by WordPress and is currently being integrated right into the WordPress media library so you can search for images to use in your site without even leaving WordPress.
AI Text-to-Image Generators
AI text-to-image generators are popping up everywhere and include programs like DALL-E (which we’ve talked about before in our podcast), Midjourney, and even tools like Canva which has an AI image generation option as well. The technology on these platforms is just getting better and better. If you can’t find the right image you are looking for, type in a text description and a style and have the image just created for you.
We hope you find these resources helpful and that they save you time and help you get your message across. Remember, you don’t have to always start from scratch and creating a good set of brand templates may take a little time up front, but will save you time later.
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