For the most part, when you hear the term “Stock Images,” you think of blog posts and social media posts showcasing images that convey your message while giving a visual component to your audience.
You probably find yourself looking at the same images over and over again. Hoping to come up with something unique for your own content that helps you to be (at least a little) different.
So today, I’d like to share a few ways you can be creative with styled stock images to help you to stand out a bit. If you’re looking to spruce up your content in a fun and unique way, keep reading.
3 Practical and Creative Ways to Use Stock Images
1 – Create An Inspiring Message For Social Media Posts
As you scroll through your social media news feeds, you probably see quotes and sayings from
Spiritual teachers, public figures, and celebrities sharing messages of hope, motivation, and inspiration.
These are meant to help people take a quick pause to reflect on an idea that can help them to navigate through the chaos of life in a way that makes them feel empowered and uplifted.
As we all know, these posts can get lost in the crowd. So why not add a little extra creativity to your own social media shares?
You can easily take the same stock image and dress it up a little differently with programs like Canva to personalize your message. You can use the free version to do this – making several different picture quotes using the same stock image.
Using the exact image featured in this post, you’ll see how easily it can be used in several different ways. The following example is designed using Twitter’s suggested dimensions, but you can do the same for Instagram, Facebook, etc.
2 – Personalize Images to Suit Your Brand Throughout Your Blog Posts
You can create numerous designs by adding colors, filters, shapes and fonts specific to your brand.
A perfect example of this is to use your images in a few different ways throughout your blog posts for different social media platforms.
Take the same picture and create your featured image for blog posts following the image guidelines for your theme.
THEN create an image for Pinterest using Canva’s free design program with the image size requirements built right into the site.
You can easily add your brand’s colors and fonts to Canva with the pro account. But you can still reap similar benefits using their free plan. Simply add your color number (always starts with a #) and add it to the color wheel option as you create your design.
Depending on your theme, you may need to use a landscape format as your featured image. But you can also use the same picture to create a pinnable (portrait-style) graphic (like the example above) while keeping the integrity of the image intact. Even though you’re creating something entirely different out of it.
3 – Use Stock Images To Create YouTube Thumbnail Images
If you’re a YouTube creator, you’ll understand how important it is to include eye-catching thumbnail images to grab your audience’s attention.
Using Canva’s free design tools, simply customize a new image and choose the YouTube thumbnail option. Add your image and design it using your own creative skills.
You can also use one of Canva’s pre-made thumbnail templates. Simply exchange their default image for yours by uploading your stock image and placing it where the original one was. You can see the example below and use this to inspire your own ideas.
Remember to Have Fun With This!
Have fun with this process. Be creative and know that the more you do this, the more your imagination will flow. Before you know it, you’ll have more ideas than you’ll know what to do with, but, really, is that so bad? I hope this inspires you and I’d love to hear about the different ways you enjoy using stock images.
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Hi, I’m Dana. I create content geared toward helping folks learn cool tips & tricks in the creative career arena. The rest of the time, I express a few thoughts here & there, enjoy George Carlin videos, Rocky Balboa films, Cobra Kai series, Stephen King books, cooking. And I’m totally #teammiyagido