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iStock Alternative

iStock Alternative

iStock Alternative

iStock, also known as iStockphoto, is one of a vast number of royalty-free photo galleries on the Web. Although iStock has a certain amount of name recognition, the truth is that there are many photo services on the web and graphic image designers often use multiple sites like iStock.com and PhotoSpin.com.

What does PhotoSpin offer that other sites don't? First and foremost, PhotoSpin.com lets clients subscribe to year-long services. Thus, you won't rack up huge bills on your credit card whenever you need an image. You simply sign up for one of their year-long plans and download as many images as you want--whenever you want to. Moreover, you can customize your account and even upgrade to get better selection and higher resolution.

iStock Single Image vs. PhotoSpin Subscription Services
Whereas several years ago, stock photography wasn't popular with the design crowd because there were limits on the number of images available for collective use; today, artists of every stripe are getting into the game. PhotoSpin offers almost 100,000 photograph, illustration, font, audio and video files--and the number is growing every month. In addition to putting out a unique and comprehensive catalog of images, Photospin provides help with applications, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Indesign, Macromedia Fireworks, Quark, and more through their weekly email tips.

You can custom design photos, or "spinoffs," and browse the most popular keywords and categories to find out what other industry seekers are opting for in imagery. The best part about PhotoSpin, however, is that it's equally useful for small time web designers and large-scale print and advertising creators. You can pay to download per photo - like iStock, but it may make better financial sense to get one of the PhotoSpin subscription services where you can download as many images as you need for a single fee.