In the Instagram search box, enter the person’s username and press Enter.
Animated GIF & Instagram
As of this post, it is impossible to add an animated GIF to Instagram. So, what I do: Using ScreenFlow, I string a number of the animated GIF snippets together in form a video less than one minute long. Then I export it as an MP4 file. I upload the MP4 file into Instagram. When people click on the picture, it looks like an animated GIF.
On Dreamstime you can use search terms to find free images. For instance, I entered “tall buildings” in the search box and saw 31
free pictures of tall buildings. If you are not on this web page and wish to go to Dreamstime, bit.ly/nocostimages will get you there. Dreamstime has tens of millions of pictures & short videos from which to choose.
Go to the freeimages website (freeimages.com) and sign up for a free account and get free stock images.
Another excellent source of free stock images is Picjumbo. Every day more gorgeous free pictures show up. They are available for free, even for commercial use, with no restrictions. Important note: To get a free download into your Downloads folder, click on any image. Then click on the button to the left that says “FREE download”.
Gratisography is another site with royalty-free photos. It does not have the excellent search feature that Picjumbo has.
Unsplash has free stock images — mostly landscape photos. They can be used for free commercially if you wish. There is even a search bar so that you can search for things such as “offices”.
After you see a thumbnail of a Dalmatian picture you want, click on it
Gives you a page with a larger picture and a download button.
Clicking on the download button gives a large image
To save it in computer, right click and select Save image as.
This service dependent upon members sharing photos
So, if you become a member, upload some of your best photos
Let other members use them as royalty free images
Combine your free stock images
Pin it with Pinterest
After you download a number of images, the cheapest way to edit them is to use PhotoEditorX. It’s virtually the same as Photoshop which costs $120/year. PhotoEditorX costs $47 to download. The download comes with huge numbers of instructional videos. There are never any other costs.
To order it, simply scroll to the very bottom of that PhotoEditorX link and click on “click here to download now”.
High resolution and free stock images
One minor problem with high resolution images is the size
Just PART of it may occupy entire computer screen.
I solved that stock photography problem with Skitch
Look at the stock photo in Finder
Expand the finder as much as possible
Capture it with Skitch
Save with a descriptive name.
My photo is never too large now.
Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.