People ask me all the time where we get so many great stock images that are free. I thought this would be the perfect way to share my TOP 3 favorite free image sites, while also sharing a few tips for image optimization as well. Another question we get asked a lot is what size is right for web or print usage. This is called image optimization.
This will be a quick and easy reference covering the basics for sharing with anyone that writes social media posts, blogs or works in the graphic arts.
Web Size Images (72dpi)
Full width images: 2500px
Use: large full width showcase, hero images, and backgrounds
Medium width images: 1250px
Use: Social media posts, photography gallery, and blog posts
Small width images: 625px
Use: large full width showcase, hero images, and backgrounds
Print Size Images (300dpi)
2500px and up depending on size of the design and type of project.
Note: Most display graphics like banners and decals are 150dpi.
Resizing Images and Compressing For Web Use
We all want our internet to be fast right… well if you don’t use Adobe Photoshop to compress and save your images for web Gift Of Speed is a great site for image optimization and best of all, it is FREE! Compression is the method of optimizing images so that they load fast on web sites for the target device. I usually start with a compression level of 80-70. Think of this number as a quality rating. The lower the number the worse the image will look but 60 is about as low as I usually go.
Here is my list of the best Top 3 free stock image resources
These sites are very easy to use and have a handy search feature. They also don’t require a login but I encourage creating an account because it allows you to connect with the artists, comment on the artist work and thank them for sharing. If you really love their work you can send a donation too and how cool is that!
All photos on Pexels can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated. You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you like.
Whether you're crafting a personal blog to explore your passions or building a complex corporate site for your business, you know you'll need striking, beautiful, on-point images. That's why every single image on StockSnap are governed exclusively by the generous terms of the Creative Commons CC0 license.
You can use all images and videos published on Pixabay for free (except as set out below). You may use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in altered and unaltered form. You don't need to ask permission from or provide credit to the image author or Pixabay, although it is appreciated when possible.
While there are many other free images sites out there, these three deserve the TOP 3 Award in my opinion. Here’s a cookie… you can also find free videos on these sites too. I will add updates to this post to keep it up to date. I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions about the extent of the license for each photo site just follow the license links or FAQ.
One of the easiest ways to get your message out with maximum impact is with a professionally designed and mounted banner or display. While there are many options out there, I wanted to cover some of the basics to help our readers be able to make an educated decision for the best use and application.
Get Specific and Keep it Simple!
The first thing you want consider is the design. I always say “keep it simple!” This is because you want to make a statement quickly and visibly. Keeping in mind that most of the time you probably only have two seconds to get the message across. A creative, bright colorful design that gets right to the point, with a product image and short message or bullet list can make much more impact than four images and a paragraph.
The design is the main ingredient. You wouldn’t want an average design, in an average place, to get an average reaction, would you? No! You want the best design, in the best place, to get the best reaction. So, when you want maximum impact, our banner design services instantly promote and spotlight your brand and products. Here are a few recent examples below that we have designed for our customers.
Printed Surface: Fabric or Vinyl – Indoor or Outdoor
Outdoor banners can be printed on a variety of stocks however the most common type is scrim. Scrim comes in a relief pattern similar to canvas to make the fabric stronger in outdoor applications. There is also a breathable outdoor material for outdoor applications that allows wind to pass through. This type is called mesh and can be used anywhere outdoors where wind resistance is a concern. Also make sure to ask for waterproof vinyl when ordering a banner for outdoor use.
Indoor banners can be printed in a couple of materials. Vinyl is a common type that can be smooth but can be prone to scratches if care is not taken. One of the most flexible and durable is fabric banner material. You may have seen fabric tube displays that are a modern stylish way of mounting signage. Perfect for retail or trade shows, and meetings. They can be placed on the ground or elevated for maximum visibility. High-quality printing on 9oz premium polyester fabric using dye sublimation will make your graphics come to life and are sewn together creating a double sided display that cannot be missed.
On the go? Retractable Banner Displays
If you are on the go, retractable banners ensure fast and easy setup. They are used for indoor purposes and can quickly collapse, top to bottom, in a spring-loaded roll. Once collapsed, the banner is protected inside the base! This is why these are perfect for on the go or for trade shows. Available in a variety of tabletop friendly and floor sizes, they are ideal for pop-up retail displays, trade shows, educational use, and indoor events of all kinds.
Backdrops are great for displaying your brand for trade shows, corporate events, videos and more. Our design services will make sure you have a display that pops and the perfect fit for your needs. The stand is telescopic so you can easily adjust the height. Watch the video below for setup.
Popular Uses & Ideas for Banners and Displays
Pop-up Displays at Trade Shows
Trade Show Signage
Thank you for reading. I hope this has been helpful, providing some basic considerations when purchasing and designing a banner or display. If you are looking for an experienced designer for your displays and banners, please contact us, we will be glad to answer your questions and work with you to get the best product for your needs.
We offer two types of Custom Designed and Printed Adhesive Vinyl for Wall and Floor Graphics
Wall and floor graphics are an amazing way to transform your retail or office space to grab attention. Easy to install and removable, re-positionable. This adhesive vinyl take trading and marketing to a new level with a custom design from Novagiant Media. Showcase your company, Advertise products and make bold statements!
Adhesive Vinyl Floor Graphics – Transform high-traffic floor areas into attention-grabbing ad space with 4mil Floor Graphics. Our removable Floor Graphics are ideal for interior application on most dry, clean and untextured floors and can be installed and removed easily with no special tools.
Adhesive Vinyl Wall Graphics – Are produced with low-tack adhesive backing on 8mil vinyl. This product is ideal for use on almost all surfaces; retail, office or bedroom walls, laptops, and glass windows. Is re-positional many times over. This is an excellent way to change the look of you retail or office space.
Popular Uses & Ideas
Restaurants, Retail, Automobile Shops & more
Wall Graphics & Floor Graphics
Sales promotions on windows
Sizes and Specs
Available in a wide variety of sizes in increments of 1″ ranging from 12″ x 12″ to 48″ x 120″
ValveTeck a valve and actuator company in Memphis TN recently hired Novagiant for a large trade show display. The project involved several pieces that required a wide range of panels, kiosks, and stands sized perfectly to fit the structure. The display was a great way to draw attention and highlight their product lines. Novagiant worked closely with the client to get each panel perfect before printing, manufacturing, and assembly.
Tradeshow Draft Layout
Close-up View of The Final Tradeshow Display Design Panels
This first image is the graphic for a side panel for an outer wall. The wall was about ten feet long and 5 feet high. We used a light gradient glow behind he logo to accentuate the contrast on the blue background. Our client wanted a 3-d metallic, brushed steel look to the logo and some of the elements of the display.
The second image is one of the graphic panels used on the right side, front. The panel is about 10 feet tall.
If you have a tradeshow coming soon and need help putting something together, Novagiant can design and print pop-up displays, signs & banners, let us know we’d be glad to help!