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Smartimage, a cloud-based brand image management application (that was featured before at WRD), now has new features offering a more powerful, visual experience.

The application helps companies to manage + share images and other visual content that workgroups and small businesses use everyday for events, promotions and brand communications.
Besides all the core features like auto-conversion to popular formats and sizes, sharing/embedding and public/private galleries, there are now features like:

  • Custom image gallery options – Users can now choose which display and action features to enable for each collection including on/off switches for downloading and sharing files.
  • Embeddable image gallery carousel – Images can be displayed in a stunning super-sized carousel or elegant thumbnail gallery.
  • Robust digital imaging – Dynamic resizing allows Smartimage to host your images and easily display them on other web pages while maintaining their quality.
  • Updated user interface (UI) – A cleaner interface puts the focus on the user’s brand and high-quality images.
  • Faster speeds globally – Everywhere in the world, Amazon’s CloudFront Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides faster upload and download speeds.

Smartimage now offers more control and attractive, dynamic ways of presenting and sharing high quality content, while emphasizing simplicity.

An API is also in the roadmap of Smartimage which will allow integrating it further. P.S. The app offers a full set of features for getting the most out of these assets and you can find the complete list here.

When you think of winter-time, several recurring images pop into memory, including snow, a Christmas tree, presents, Santa Clause, and fireworks.

If your job entails working with images (as a designer, blogger, advertiser, etc), this is a rare opportunity to increase traffic to your website and attract new clients.

Any of the following 10 stock image agencies are ready to welcome you in this season.

YAY Images

YAY Images

YAY is labeled “Spotify for images”, and for a good reason. Let’s say you search for ‘winter’- based items, plain and simple. Not only does the database offer over 150.000 results in this case, but it’s never been more convenient to look for similar images to the ones that you love the most. Besides, 50% of the first month’s worth is now discounted for all three subscription plans with code “XMAS_GIFT”.

Speaking of subscriptions, YAY’s major plans are Print, Digital, and Streaming. In any instance, users benefit from an in-browser filter and editor for the images they acquire, as well as a limitless number of downloads per month.

On top of everything, the images intended for use on the web are hosted for free, so that the user doesn’t necessarily have to download and then upload everything on their blog/website. As you can see, the perks of buying images from YAY are plenty.

Digital and Streaming hold great promise because they have so much to offer in exchange for a very small price. In other words, for a monthly $49.90, subscribers to a Digital plan can take any number of images as large as 3 megapixels, to use in apps, PowerPoints and e-books.

Alternatively, Streaming delivers 700 pixels wide/high meant to be used on web pages, only for $9.90-a-month.

Mostphotos

Mostphotos

Mostphotos is really special, particularly around the holidays.

You see, right now it would be perfect to use images that hit as close to the target as possible, and Mostphotos has a predilection of publishing authentic and local images after they’ve been submitted by contributors who are either professional photographers, or practice photography as a hobby – and happened to have a strike of genius in an inspiring setting. In this respect, anything goes as long as it is valuable.

Make haste and take advantage of the discounts instated for “Mini 10” and “Mini 20” subscriptions: 10% off for signing 6 months, or 15% for enlisting a whole year right from the beginning.

At present, 5 and a half million stock files are at your service, not to mention that 10.000 new ones are usually included on a daily basis.

So, if you go ahead and start up a search with the keyword “winter” for instance, then 100.000 photos and vectors will greet you on the results page.

See anything you like? If you want to make sure, feel free to zoom in down to the last pixel, and check the quality before you finally buy.

Last but not least, Mostphotos lets your co-workers reap benefits, too: once you create an account, your colleagues get to set up theirs for free.

Stocksy

Stocksy

You’re going to love what Stocksy has to offer. Stocksy United is a co-operated agency, ran entirely by its photographers, and this can make quite a difference when you’re looking for top-grade images to use during the holidays.

For starters, only the best submissions are published, and everything is individually assessed according to aesthetic criteria.

Since the selection team handpicks fresh stock images, you no longer have to sort the good from the irrelevant (like you used to do with other agencies).

Stocksy is special and they know it: as far as microstock agencies go, you rarely get to meet such impressive, 100% exclusive content.

Don’t take my word for it: just check the “Holidays” and “Celebrate” categories, and you’ll get my meaning. Loads of gorgeous seasonal images are waiting to be bought, at a price starting with $10 for individual royalty-free licenses.

Check out Stocksy and you will feel like you somehow landed on the online portfolio of a professional photographer.

However, if you look at the prices, you’ll know for sure that you’ve encountered a cost-effective source of unbelievably beautiful holiday images.

Depositphotos

Depositphotos

Depositphotos found its way in my top ten for several good reasons.

First of all, it has 19 million superb stock files to browse through, and secondly, its users are gifted every week with one free item from the Vectors Collection.

However, it is the third reason that carries the most weight: Discount Lightboxes. Depositphotos instated a permanent practice that offers 20% discount to season-specific photos and vectors; at present, no less than 925 such images are placed in the Christmas Lightbox.
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If your work involves continuous use of creative images, then you’re probably used to searching the databases of countless stock photo agencies – one at a time – looking for that perfect royalty-free item, and pay for it via that agency’s credit system/subscription plan.

What if I told you that there is a way to cut back on your expenses, as well as find the avidly sought-for stock files really fast?

Lootback

This is the story of Lootback, a platform that connects creative professionals to the topmost microstock agencies of the industry, and rewards its users for each and every purchase that was completed with its help.

In other words, Lootback claims a certain commission from the partner agencies for sending in new clients, and then shares that money with the user responsible for it, fair and square.

Every purchase entails new earnings, so it really helps your finances in the long run.

It’s very easy to work with Lootback and get cash for doing what you normally do; only now you can search faster, and in a centralized place.

For instance, the first step is to start a quarry, so let’s assume you jot down ‘winter’ as keyword and move forward. The results page summons all pertinent matches that exist in renowned stock agencies’ archives.

Lootback Search

Lootback partnered up with the most popular agencies on the market – iStock, Shutterstock, Thinkstock, Deposit Photos, and Envato’s own Graphicriver, Themeforest, and Videohive – in order to deliver flawless content at your threshold.

You may toggle which kind of files you’re specifically looking for, as well as the source venues from whence they come.

Scan through the results gathered from all these high-ranked agencies, and when one of them catches your fancy, feel free to click on it.

Now, you have to create a Lootback account. It won’t take long, and you need it in order to reap the benefits later on, so give it a minute of your time.

After registration, you’re redirected to your stock image of choice, where you will have to pay for it with the prepaid credits of the agency in question.

So, if you don’t have an account, create one there as usual (you know the drill), and then make the purchase via credits. The process is herewith completed.

Lootback Purchase

In no more than 12 hours after completing a transaction, you will be sent Cash Back in your Lootback account, which will be visible in the ‘Cash Back Earnings’ section of the dashboard.

Every time you buy an image in this manner, its designated Cash Back won’t fail to appear.

You may cash out all your earnings with Paypal in 7 to 90 days, as the stock agencies that you bought from need to process each report – which can take very little time, or slightly more than expected. But it reaches you, nonetheless.

Lootback Signup

Lootback is, as you can see, very easy to use, and works to your advantage.

Give it a try and see how you like getting money while acquiring royalty-free images to employ in your projects.

Gratisography is a website that features high quality photos for free.

It is definitely not a stock photo site, there is a small number of photos but new ones are added regularly.

They are captured by Ryan McGuire and can be used for both personal + commercial projects.

Gratisography

Using Base64-converted images in CSS is a way of decreasing the number of requests made.

Daturi is a free-to-use web application (and it is open source) that can instantly convert any given image to Base64.

It works by simply drag ‘n’ dropping images and it transforms them all.

Daturi

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  • Caching and compression of every kb served has a huge effect on site performance.

    Image Cache is a lightweight PHP class that compresses, moves, and caches the image in the user’s browser.

    PHP Image Cache

    After that, it returns the new source of the image to be printed in an image tag which results in a serious gain on load time.

    The class works by simply setting options like the directory, the base URL, etc. and calling a compress function for each image.

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  • When using text over images, if the image is random, the text can become unreadable once the text + image colors are similar.

    BackgroundCheck is a small JavaScript library for preventing such issues by auto-changing the style of the element to a darker or lighter one.

    BackgroundCheck

    Once an element overlaps an image, it adds  .background--dark or .background--light classes to it. And, creating the related styles for each class would be enough.

    It is possible to limit the functionality to only selected images, define the dark/light threshold and more.

    You’ll remember Smartimage which was shared previously at WRD.

    In case you don’t, it is a user-friendly service that simplifies the life of companies by helping them manage all the media (in AI, EPS, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and PDF) related to their brands (logo, guidelines, images or documents).

    Smartimage

    Admins are able to upload these media and users can download them in multiple auto-generated sizes.

    Smartimage recently released v2 with more options for customization and new features that will improve the brand asset management experience.

    Besides managing and distributing logos, photos and document files, it is now possible to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos to the collections too.

    Smartimage Sample

    A handy improvement is the “password-protected collections“. You can define a password for a collection, share it with intended audiences and they will be required to enter the password before the content can be viewed, downloaded or shared. This useful feature rounds out the collection privacy settings as public, private or password-protected as a means of keeping information secure.

    And, the design of the app can be customized further with multiple themes and custom header images so that it’ll match your corporate identity as much as you prefer.

    Smartimage - Responsive

    The app has a powerful admin panel allowing you to manage all the contents and users. Also, it gives valuable insights about the usage (like the number of views or downloads).

    To sum up, Smartimage is very functional for any company willing to control the media of their brands and provide a lovely experience to end users that want to get these media.

    Photoshop documents (PSD) exist for a very long time and they are mostly a “locked box”.

    Alternative programs like Gimp or IrfanView exist for viewing the contents but that was hard to do via a programming language.

    PSD.rb is a Ruby library, created by LayerVault, that offer a solid way for parsing Photoshop documents.

    It can easily get the document structure, layer/folder info, fonts, flattened image data and more.

    PSD.rb

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  • Once, animated GIFs were the most standard way to display animation on web. Now, they are only used for few things (like loaders or very short animations) and mostly for fun.

    But, this or that way, “the legend of animated GIFs” is  always alive.

    If you are looking for an animated GIF, Giphy is your best friend as it is a search engine that is totally focused on these files.

    There are thousands of files in its index and you can easily locate the right files by keyword + view the animation by simply hovering each.

    Giphy

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