Hello everybody! I’ve made this article by combining a few posts from my personal blog . I’d like to tell you about some interesting thingies that might be helpful in increasing your sales, keeping a few dozen more visitors at your website, or making a simple, easy-to-grasp tale out of a voluminous, sophisticated article. You will also learn the descriptions and addresses of some of those thingies.
We usually call them ‘pictures’ or ‘images’, I kid you not.
Well, the idea is utterly simple: add some informative and relevant-to-the-topic pictures to your text. I guess everybody can understand my point. However, many people don’t take that approach in practice, so those who care about using pictures get a boost on their road to success.
1. Pictures go first, followed by text. In any text, a picture stands out so much that we see it before we can perceive the text.
2. A picture prepares the reader for the text. By looking at a picture, we can immediately recall many facts somehow related to it. After that, we can perceive the text much easier.
3. It’s enough to see a picture once. While you use words to describe the main points, you can put a lot of small things into a picture, so that each of those details might attract an extra reader.
Apple iPod vs. Microsoft Zune HD
Note that two completely different approaches are used — one is a popular one, while another is just much better:
1. Microsoft’s page is intended for those who prefer to read technical specs; probably, it’s assumed that those who cannot understand dry technical stuff needn’t read it.
2. Apple’s page is made for its (prospective) customers, ordinary people who sometimes don’t know all the technical intricacies but may keep reading the highly technical page for a while, because it’s so interesting to look at vivid explanatory pictures, and might make out what those parameters mean after all.
Now let me tell you about some places where you can find lots of useful pictures.
Image search capabilities offered by Google and Yandex are just great if you are looking for something specific: events, persons, or goods. The search engines can even find various angle shots and poses. It’s much harder to find quality photos on general topics or some metaphorical pictures.
Stock.xchng is a free stock photo site, containing great pictures for general topics. Though provided free of charge, photos are of good quality, and there are some 400,000 of them. You must be registered to download full-size photos, but in most cases, 500 pixel previews will do for the Web.
Photo laboratory is the owner and distributor of one of the largest collection of high-resolution, exclusive free photos intended for commercial use. Some 250,000 photos are available. Photos are easily searchable. You must be registered to download full-size photos, while photo previews can be accessed for free.
Photos.com is a website where you can find 2 million-plus very high-quality stock photos. You cannot download them for free, but by pointing the mouse on a photo, you can see its preview WITHOUT (!) a watermark. Point the mouse and press the Print Screen key, and you get a quality picture of 300 to 400 pixels in width, which is rather adequate for placing on a website.
Stockvault contains 15,000-plus good stock photos, and offers all of them absolutely for free! You can download full-size photos free of charge and without registration.
Inmagine offers a lot of good photos. Free previews of 400 pixels in width, without watermarks, are available. Cool feature: a Similar Images button under each photo, which works just great!
DeviantArt is a huge website, dedicated to all kinds of graphics. There’s a special Stock Images section too.
Morgue File is an absolutely free stock photo site. Its only shortcoming is that not all photos are up to the mark, and sometimes you may find rather low-quality ones.
EveryStockPhoto — another good stock photo site with lots of pictures.
It’s often preferable to use a metaphorical image rather than a photo. In such case, try looking for GUI icons — it’s their purpose to carry a certain meaning while being as simple as possible. The size of an icon usually doesn’t exceed 256 pixels, which is enough for an explanatory picture.
A little bit more about DeviantArt. The Icons section. You can search for icons within a certain category, so it’s easy to find quickly something related to a specific topic. One of the benefits of such portal compared to a pure stock image site is the higher activity of its users: people upload their images and discuss their own and others’ work, so you can find more quality and fresh stuff here.
Gread and simple icons search. Can find icon by 12×12, 16×16, 22×22, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64 and 128×128 sizes. Eacj icon have multi sizes.
The following trends can be observed lately: a general increase in popularity of gravatars and web galleries at various websites; a keen interest to all kinds of icon sets; icons are being added to many web posts and news releases. Soon a new rule might appear: if you have the better picture, you win.
This post has been written by the team here at Splashnology.com
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