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Website Image Resources

When it comes to having a professional internet site, there is no better way than to incorporate quality images that correlate to the topics your pages and posts talk about in your articles. Here in this article website image resources, you will find a list of sites that will help you step up the impact of your websites appearance for all your visitors to see.


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Most people find just seeing and reading straight text does not hold their interest long enough for them to get through to the end. When you start getting these types of results, you’re losing your audience.

So how do you change your website to have relevant images with all your articles without breaking the bank?
Where do you get these high-quality professional images without requiring technical skills, being a photographer, designing skills for free or minimal costs?

photo of Visual impactIt has been said by many online Marketers the importance of having high-quality images to make your site stand out is imperative. Images will get your entire site to stand out better from making products more appealing to gaining the trust of your visitors as they notice the professionalism of how organized your overall site looks and feels as they navigate through it.

Designing a site with images in appropriate locations will make it look more expensive, and viewers will relate that to a higher quality of professionalism when they think of your site over another.

There are varying opinions on the difference that images make on a website given in percentages; this is what I have seen.

You can expect 83-94% more page/post views when relevant images are used in articles than those without. 40-50% more shares when pages/posts have pictures and 35-45% of online visitors prefer visiting with visual information.

By using relevant images of high quality, your site will come across very professional to all the viewers and will most likely increase their engagement and your conversions. Nobody wants an ugly website, yet some people are using terrible images.


How does this happen?


One of the biggest problems is where can you find them?
People mention they do not know how to choose them correctly?
The biggest reason is who can or wants to afford to pay lots of money for images to populate their site.

The truth been known, you can purchase images for relatively good prices, and you can get most of your images for free. There are times you may find yourself wanting to buy some such as logos and headers for instance, but I can also give you tips for these situations as well.

One of the first things to get started with is choosing an appropriate theme or template that suits the type of site your creating. Next, you’re going to need images that will match up with all your content you plan to post.


How to choose images that will work for you?


Images That Are Unique
Images With Meaning
High-Quality Images
Images With Faces


Images That Are Unique

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To be unique means to stop using photos, that appear on all the other websites. When you use the same pictures as everyone else you end up with a cookie-cutter site that will not stand out from your competition.

Using stock photos doesn’t mean they are not a good source for finding what you need but rather be more creative to what you do use and how.

When you view particular types of websites, they may tend to follow a trend. You can follow that pattern to fit in by using the same sort of theme and layout, or you can choose to stand out with not conforming to the norm.
Designers will always try to step tastefully out of the norm and be recognized and remembered for being different. When you stop to think of it, your goal is to be rememberable.

Stock images of people can look very fake so be very selective to what looks real and candid for your viewers. In worse case scenarios, you could take photos using a camera or cell phone to make sure you have what you want, and they will be unique.


Images With Meaning

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To have images with meaning is to use ones that are relevant to the articles you are posting. Just picking a photo of something that looks nice will not convey what you’re trying to get across to your readers. Instead, you’d be better off taking a picture that represents your article to give a visual impact to the topic you’re writing about for the reader.

An example of this would be using a photo of a circular saw that you may be explaining the benefits of in your post. Now to really step up the perception of what you want your readers to take from your article you would insert a photo showing the saw in use.

You’ll discover whenever using photos displaying interactions for the topic you wish to put forward to your readers, that the visual content will create more depth and meaning and sends a clearer message about the article you’ve written.


High-Quality Images

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Far too often you’ll see sites using images that are too small.  You need to make sure you have images with the proper resolution to have no problems with pixelation when visitors land on your site. Otherwise, they will be looking at fuzzy unprofessional looking pictures.

Choosing images that are too small then stretching them out to fill in an area on your article to give it more visual impact actually does just the opposite. You need to make sure the image resolution itself will maintain the quality of the picture when enlarged to fit your article.


Images With Faces

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People naturally relate to other people, so displaying photos of people to get your point across to them is always a safe bet to draw attention.

Using the right approach with people in pictures is also just as important as using photos with people. You need to make sure that the photos relate to your article by what the person is doing in the picture. Another method is having the person making eye contact adds to making a connection with the reader. Having photographs that the person in the photo displays an emotion relevant to your article.

Having the proper images for your site does not need to be complicated. If you think about what grabs your attention, then odds are it will also grab the attention of others.

If I were to give you one simple tip that you could use to take your images to the next level to create the best impact for your readers, it would be to learn some basic photography tricks such as the rule of thirds.

By learning some simple photography tips for taking photographs, you’ll gain the knowledge of how to use a picture that says more than the very text you’re writing about on a topic.

Many sites will help you with this option, and you can even check out my hobby site “Say It With Photographs” on The Rule Of Thirds to get started.

The art of choosing quality images for your site will get easier as you gain more practice from recognizing what draws one attention to them and the emotion they translate to the viewer.

Below are some sites where you’ll be able to find some great images to use on your site that other Marketers and I have used through the years for setting up our sites.

Some sites are free while others sell their images, and you’ll always find ones that offer both options.


Free vs. Paid Images

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Now for most people free images are what we generally will always want to have, but paid ones do have their advantages.

Your options will be to:

Use free images
Pay for images
Take your own pictures
Manipulate images with editors

Most sites that offer free images referred as “creative commons”, are free to download with conditions. They can be used on your site so long as you provide credit to the creator of the image. This crediting could be citing the website source or naming the photographer.
These photos tend to be general in nature more on the creative side as inspirational and artistic compared to paid versions.

They tend to be used to set the tone of your site, possible headers, background and fillers for pages and posts.

Paid images are more directed to the purpose of business and marketing. They may not be as inspirational as free photographs, but they are more to the point for business requirements.

You’ll see this when you try looking up photos for particular topics that the free versions are very limited and all the selections for a wider range of pictures to choose from require payment.

That’s why taking your own photographs can be another advantage depending on what your niche is online.

The other option I mentioned above is manipulating images with editors which I’ll cover in another article.


Website Image Resources

Stock Photos Free Images – 25 top websites for totally free photo images

stock photos free images resource – Free with creative commons

photo of unsplash site – Free & Paid

photo of 500px site – Paid

photo of bigstock site – Paid

photo of gettyimages site – Paid

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Spruce up your website with fantastic imagery!
A correctly populated site with images will always outperform a site with very little or no pictures at all. Once you get going and know which resource sites you like best, you’ll actually have fun with what you can create by using them.

You’ll find that one single source will not have enough to find what you may require, so you’ll be the best judge of which websites will suit you best.

Go through the list and check them out for which ones work best for you.



“I’m Travis Smithers owner and author of this site.

Travis Smithers boatingAs you can see from the image to the left, boating is something I regularly like to enjoy with friends and family on my sailboat. Having an online business gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions.

What passions would you like to pursue that makes you happy? Join me and thousands of others who choose to make a difference in our and other people’s lives.

Oh! By the way, love having comments and shares and look forward to seeing all those of you that join me for having an online business to follow your DREAMS!”


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Free Photo Editor Online

When you need to get images for the particular niche that you’re site deals with, then having a free photo editor online may be the best way to go. In saying that you also want one that can offer you the power you need without breaking the bank.

What I’ll show you here are some free online image editors that you’ll be able to use, and if you find you need to step up your game with manipulating images, you can upgrade to paid versions.

What Is An Online Photo Editor?
Do You Need An Online Photo Editor?


3 free photo editors


What Is An Online Photo Editor?


Online photo editors are simplified versions of Photoshop but still give you the features that most people require.

Photoshop itself was created for the pros and serious users wanting the ultimate photo editor available. The online editors are geared more for the average user that still intends to get into editing but without the learning curve that it takes to use photoshop.

The online versions still allow you to create and change your images around but with much more ease and simple clicks to do a set of commands rather than having total control but multiple clicks for the same thing.

By simplifying the process, you can still do the same features and produce your finished images that will work just fine for the internet. The overall functions do not require you to get into altering the details like Photoshop for more intricate details.

It’s no different than in the past you had to code for all websites but now with the website builders, coding is no longer a requirement. Some companies still use coding for top end sites just as professionals still use Photoshop for editing. The online editors work great for most people and are easier to use.

This option is for you when:

No budget for professional software when cheaper will suffice.
No time for learning complicated software for making minor adjustments.
Looking to edit for online and not for professional graphics with extreme resolution gets involved.
Lack the knowledge of creating special effects which by the way Photoshop does not have so you can either create some or purchase them to install.

When it comes to online photo editors, there are a lot to choose from so I’ll mention some that most people tend to use from researching.

I use Photoshop and know what it can do so I also based my findings to others that are familiar with both Photoshop and the online software editors.

From the different people using these editors, they have found each has strong suits for what works well and what doesn’t.


Do You Need An Online Photo Editor?

Some people may get away without using a photo editor, but I would say most people should have access to one if they want to have fantastic looking images throughout their site.

As I mentioned, I use Photoshop, but it’s not for everyone mainly due to cost and learning curve.

Depending on the tools you’ll need you could pay anywhere from $9.99-$79.99/month. The time it takes to learn will also be another issue compared to other software packages.

With an online editor, you will make the adjustments and changes without having to disassemble the entire image to tweak something.

Online editors have predesigned tools to take care of typical editing functions to fix or adjust your images. Preset effects for basic functionals also simplify manipulating your images as well.



free photo editor-befunky

#1 free photo editor online – befunky

Free basic tools
$2.08-$4.95/month for full access

Has lots of tools as a free version but to get full access your looking at $4.95/month or $2.08/month on the yearly rate.

A lot cheaper than Photoshop but still has lots of power to do what most people require for their websites without the learning curve.

Three Modes to use:

Collage Maker
Photo Editor

Collage Maker

free photo editor-befunky collage maker

Used for creating collages.
Like the photo editor, there are preset templates to arrange photos in creative layouts. Create design projects, mood boards or greeting cards quickly by all the preset tools befunky has to offer.


free photo editor-befunky designer

By using a few simple clicks, you can create beautiful backgrounds, ads or inspiring quotes using their drag and drop editor for this graphic design tool.

You can edit your photos like a pro with a large number of presets that make it possible to touch up your photos for almost everything.

They also carry a selection of tutorials to get you started with the basics.


Photo Editor

free photo editor-befunky photo editor

By having all the presets that befunky has, you can perform basic tasks on popular image effects faster with their software than by using Photoshop.

Being able to adjust all aspects for photos like brightness/contrast controls, airbrushing, de-wrinkling, airbrushing and more with presets will have you editing like a pro.



free photo editor-Pixlr

#2 free photo editor desktop Pixlr

Free basic tools
$1.25-$1.99/month for full access

The platform layout and tools have a similarity in nature to photoshop in feel.

Again Pixlr is a lot cheaper than Photoshop and has filters and effects that are not standard with Photoshop.

Users classify Pixlr as a budget friendly concept of Photoshop with a lot of the same features as Photoshop, which also means some learning curve not as bad as Photoshop but more than befunky or PicMonkey.


3 versions for Pixlr

Pixlr Desktop
Pixlr Editor
Pixlr Express


Pixlr Desktop

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Pixlr’s flagship product is the Desktop version

You get lots of features to transform photos from the combined simplicity from their Express and flexibility of their Editor versions.

Pixlr is actually a free download to be used on your desktop computer offering some of the tools as a free plan. To gain full access, you would pay $1.99/month or $14.99 for the year.

Pixlr Editor

The Editor version mimics most of Photoshops tools. You get a lot more control working with add effects, isolated objects, layers and do image touch ups.

Anyone who knows Photoshop will get around this platform faster than new users having to get through the learning curve. There are tutorials to help with that.

free photo editor-Editor & Express


Pixlr – Express

Great for quick in and out touch-ups on photos. A light version of Pixlr for adding filters, effects, borders, text with the ability to do simple editing like cropping, rotating, removing red eye, re-sizing and more.

Who would consider using this?

Desktop versions give more control than any online photo editors.
Anyone looking for Photoshop similarities without the higher price.
Wanting original creations for adding effects, filters and combining different photos and graphics.

Who should not use this?

The learning curve from having so much in common with Photoshop.
Use befunky or PicMonkey for the preset tools if your focus is on editing portraits and collages.

Pixlr also has tutorials for the basics to get you started.




free photo editor-PicMonkey

#3 free photo editor online PicMonkey

Free basic tools
$2.75-$4.99/month for full access

PicMonkey has one of the easiest user interfaces for photo editing but also has the least amount of free tools. Both befunky and Pixlr have more features to use.

PicMonkey’s platform is similar to that of befunky simpler to use but with fewer tools. You can add text, create ads and banners or header images for websites. Great for portrait touch ups and creating collages.

PicMonkey also uses 3 versions:

Collage Maker
Photo Editor


Collage Makerfree photo editor-PicMonkey collage maker

Easy to use, drag and drop tool for adjusting image size and arrangement automatically.


Designerfree photo editor-PicMonkey designer

PicMonkey, are masters of simplicity. Using their Design tool, you can easily create business cards, greeting cards,  ad banner, and any graphics.

They offer you 26 preset templates so that you can create Pinterest images, Facebook banners or banners for any of the most popular social media platforms.


Photo Editor

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Create Instagram-worthy pictures from the number of effects and filters supplied for you. PicMonkey’s Photo Editor portrait touch up tool allows you to color literally outside of the line and still get a perfect result.


Who should consider this?

Great option when you require fast and straightforward, then PicMonkey is for you. You’ll get great results for creating collages, photo touch ups and creating graphics for most popular social media networks for sharing.


Who is PicMonkey not for?

When you need more than PicMonkey offers like tool selection of befunky or the sophistication of Pixlr.
The free version has a very limited tool selection.
After the free trial, it costs you $2.75 a month then you’ll get all the pro tools.

Tutorials available for primary use of  PicMonkey




Editing Photos Like a Pro without being one!



One of the best image/photo/graphic editors’s all round. Has a number of preset tools for making editing super easy to use.  It contains all the features PicMonkey offers and most of the advanced tools Pixlr’s has none of the complexity. It could be the last image editor you would ever need.

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Best alternative Editor to Photoshop. Where it lacks for preset tools, it has in its flexibility and advanced Photoshop-like features. It may not be for everyone where it does have a slight learning curve.

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PicMonkey doesn’t use as many features as befunky or Pixlr; their tools are easiest to use. Ideal for creating ads, banners, business/gift/greeting cards or touching up portraits touching up portraits and more. You can get great results even coloring outside the lines.
Even without design or technical skills, you can create picture frame worthy photos using the preset filters and photo touch up tools.

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photo of Visual impactMost people tend to be visual, so providing attention-grabbing images on your website can make a big difference.
So whether you have a content marketing strategy or a social media strategy, eye-catching images to grab your audience’s attention is one of the best ways to go.

When you do not have the time or money to pay others for editing images, then these online photo editors could be the answer.

I typically have used Photoshop and Corel Draw graphic design work but after researching and checking with others, these photo editing software packages can save me time and simplify my designing work.

Check them out and see if you discover what I have from all the reviews and research I’ve looked at gathering these resources.




“I’m Travis Smithers owner and author of this site.

Travis Smithers boatingAs you can see from the image to the left, boating is something I regularly like to enjoy with friends and family on my sailboat. Having an online business gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions.

What passions would you like to pursue that makes you happy? Join me and thousands of others who choose to make a difference in our and other people’s lives.

Oh! By the way, love having comments and shares and look forward to seeing all those of you that join me for having an online business to follow your DREAMS!”