How to Customize Stock Photos to Get the Most Bang For Your Buck

Stock photography can help your business with a professional aesthetic while making your to-do list much smaller. You know? To get the most bang for your buck, and to make your images stand out you can customize stock photos with the following super easy methods.

Stock photography can help your business with a professional aesthetic while making your to-do list much smaller. You know? To get the most bang for your buck, and to make your images stand out you can customize stock photos with the following super easy methods. See on justdarlinyall.com

One Stock Photo, Multiple Crops

One thing I’ve always done with stock photography that I’ve purchased is to try and maximize many looks from what I have in my library. If I can get more uses that look different, then I am winning!

Here’s a photo from Aimee’s Neutral Stock Bundle. And, I’ve shown you multiple ways you can crop, resize, flip and rotate the image to get different looks. Yep, just one photo!

Stock photography can help your business with a professional aesthetic while making your to-do list much smaller. You know? To get the most bang for your buck, and to make your images stand out you can customize them. Watch my video tutorial at justdarlinyall.com to see how you can maximize your stock images.

So, how do I do this? I use Adobe Photoshop, but you could use programs like Canva to create your images this way. Here’s a video on how I do it.

  • Zoom In | Get in close, baby! Zoom in on something important in your stock photos and make it the focal point.
  • Rotate | Rotating your image will provide different angles of your subjects in the stock photos.
  • Flip | Flipping your stock photo horizontally will give it a different perspective that can change your original image completely
  • Crop | Crop your image by cutting out portions you don’t want in the shot. This can be done multiple times on one image giving you different photos to use for your brand.

Design Customizations

Color or Gradient Overlays

Customize stock photos with transparent color or gradient overlays branded with your color scheme. This will help your pins stand out, but also make it easier for text on top of the images better to read.

Customize stock photos with transparent color or gradient overlays branded with your color scheme. This will help your pins stand out, but also make it easier for text on top of the images better to read.

Image from Aimee’s Coral Styled Stock Bundle.

Add Color Block & Text

Often, I will add a white or black block of color in the middle of my photo to add text to it. This helps my text be easier to read but still lets me include the photography as part of the message.

Often, I will add a white or black block of color in the middle of my photo to add text to it. This helps my text be easier to read but still lets me include the photography as part of the message.

Image from Holly’s Blue Prep Styled Stock Bundle.

Add Screens to Tech Items

If you have a website or social media page you want to feature in a graphic, look for styled stock images with tech items like this one from the Blue Prep Styled Stock Bundle. This will ensure you have a quality image to use inside books and more!

If you have a website or social media page you want to feature in a graphic, look for styled stock images with tech items like this one from the Blue Prep Styled Stock Bundle. This will ensure you have a quality image to use inside books and more!

Our bundles that have tech items come with smart objects to make it super easy to insert your screenshots!

So, think outside of the box when it comes to your styled stock photography. How can you customize it to make it work for your needs? We’d love to hear what you do!

About Holly McCaig

Holly is a graphic artist and photographer from Denver, Colorado.

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