I have mentioned StockVault in an earlier post about sites that offer free stock photos. Now it’s time to take a closer look at this really useful site.
Let’s start with the site’s aesthetics, since my lost post StockVault has gone through a major redesign. The new look of StockVault is really fresh and pleasant in the eye with nice use of colors. But that’s not really what is important about StockVault, the most important is what it actually offers designers and webmasters. So what here is a list of what you can find at StockVault:
Free Stock photos personal and non-commercial usage.
Free Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop and Web Design tutorials
Design related articles
Photopacks for commercial use
Design related Directory
The most useful from all of the above for most people would be the Gallery with the free stock photos. The gallery contains a total of 3,214 free stock photos (mostly around 2MP in size) for personal and non-commercial use. The highlight of the gallery is the textures and backgrounds sub gallery that holds more than 1000 pictures. Textures in my opinion is one of the most useful kind of stock photos for designers and it’s not that easy to find high quality textures and backgrounds. Another really interesting subcategory filled with useful pictures that you should definitely take a look at is the Objects subcategory. Besides the free stock photos, StockVault also provides asPhotopacks that can be used for commercial projects. Each photopack contains 25 photos and the price is really affordable, even cheaper than most cheap stock photo agencies like dreamstime and istockphoto.
Don’t forget to check the tutorials section, where you can find photoshop, dreamweaver and CSS tutorials. By far my favorite tutorial is the one titled Showcasing Your Work, nothing fancy but it sure is effective.
As a conclusion StockVault is a great resource for everyone interested in Design.