It's easy to spruce up your Jimdo website with great photos: from background images to photo galleries or just individual images. But what's easy isn't always effortless. There is definitely a right and a wrong way to use images on the web, so we asked our designers for a few tips on how to get the most out of your images - whether you're a JimdoFree, Pro or Business user.
While great text needs to be read to get noticed, photos are immediate attention-grabbers. Images complement the texts on a website and often finish telling the story. But not all pictures are created equal. Here are some guidlines for choosing the right images for your website:
One more thing: don't be afraid to throw out your first idea and try a different one. Testing shows some images work better than others.
As every photographer knows, not all photos are perfect as they were shot. The colors may be a little off, or maybe it would look better in black and white? That's where photo editing comes in. But you don't need to buy Photoshop to edit your website pictures - there are other options to turn to. There are some great photo editors that are low priced or even free.
Aviary is one web-based photo editor that you can use for free. They offer several different tools for editing photos. You don't have to register to use it, just upload your pictures to the web-based interface and get started. The program even supports layers (which is important for complicated photo editing), as well as photo filters and effects. When you're finished, you can resize the image or even reduce the quality for faster loading times.
We don't all have an expensive SLR camera around, and hiring a professional photographer is not an option for many Jimdo store owners. But not to worry - you can turn your living room into a miniature photo studio on even the most limited of budgets. Store owners in particular will benefit from making a lightbox to show off their products. The resulting photos are great! A while back we even blogged about making your own lightbox here.
If you've ever run out of pictures when you're making your website, you probably know that sometimes you have to turn elsewhere to find good photo material. Since copyright means you can't just take every picture you come across on the web and put it on your own website, you're left with taking your own photos or exploring stock photo services. Some cost money, some don't - and the quality of photos varies greatly.
These photo databases allow you to use their license-free pictures at no charge:
These services cost money - but in some cases it is worth the price:
If you're still looking for new pictures for your website, you might find what you're looking for here: A selection of images you can use for your website (as long as it's non-commercial).
We hope this gets you thinking about how to better use images on your website. If you have any tips or suggestions of your own, share them with us in the comments below.
Blog post by Kurt Lash (Jimdo Community Support).