3D illustrations and renderings are amazingly realistic images. By checking the popular files and bestsellers on e.g. Depositphotos you stumble upon quite a few examples. The 3D illustrations being sold, range from simple stick figures to full blown animations and photorealistic scenes. This style of illustrating is interesting for designers (and especially stock contributors). It … Continue reading 3D Illustrations & Renderings
Some of the major agencies are offering free stock images and vector illustrations. They can be used for websites and prints - even without paying for the license! The system behind it is simple: photographers and illustrators donate single files from their portfolios to get wider exposure and more clients. It is a great way … Continue reading Stock Images For Free
When it comes to creating vector illustrations, one of my favorite alternatives to the Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape. The program is completely free and as an open source project widely available all over the internet. Naturally you need to learn how to use this powerful tool properly, otherwise you will only be frustrated and quit. … Continue reading Top 10 Inkscape Design Tutorials
The website M-rank.net is a very useful tool for all contributors who sell vector graphics on Shutterstock. The website tracks the top 100k vectors on the agency's database and compares the collected statistics. All data is free and public, but the contributor needs to have at least one file in the top to appear on … Continue reading M-rank: Analyze your vector satistics
Dreamstime is one of my favorite Microstock Agencies. Their website takes a little longer to get used to and tend to refuse all vector illustrations they think are too simple, but you'll regularly sell your images here and often Dreamstime Portfolios have the best Google Ranking.
This process can be frustrating sometimes and you may not always agree with the reasons that are presented to you, but keep in mind, that your portfolio looks a lot better without unnecessary files that don't sell. The moderation helped me personally, to improve the quality of my own portfolio over time! Stay patient, read the reasons for rejection and avoid them the next time.