Best Practices for Searching for Stock Photos

Jennifer Foy has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Freehand and InDesign for Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia; and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director and Universal Woods with the Unisub and Chromaluxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at

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When searching for stock photos, use multiple keywords in your search. Instead of a single-word search term such as “flower,” try “summer flower”; or instead of “family,” try “family portrait.” You find more options specific to your needs with less searching.

Look for images that you can use multiple times and in different ways. If there are two versions of a photo, go for the full-frame version so you can crop it yourself based upon your image needs, which allows you to get more use out of that single image.

Use a search engine for photos across multiple sites instead of looking within one specific website.

—Jennifer Foy, Unisub

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