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Are you using free images for your marketing, advertising or blog?

Just because you can find images/illustrations online without any notice of copyright protection, this does not guarantee it is meant to be given into the public domain. The image just might have been copied and republished (legally or illegally) by a different person.

Unfortunately, for some, they are finding out how costly it can be to use copyrighted works, images or illustrations without paying for the right to do so.

Whether you are an educational facility, your site isn’t commercial and you make no money from your blog or website, you link back to the photo source, cite the photographer’s name, or you immediately take down the picture after receiving a take down notice, you will be held responsible.

Copyright lawsuits are increasing. Cover yourself with an image provider you can trust:

The Best of 2019 -

Here are some of our most popular images of 2019. It's not hard to see why they were so popular:
Sunflowers in a field:

Back to school concept including books and stationery supplies with chalkboard:
 Long exposure night landscape:
Border of fruits and fall leaves on the dark wooden background:

Tropical beach at sunset: is your one stop for: photos, photo objects, vector illustrations, footage, fonts and more for creative, social media managers and business professionals.

Images From a Christmas Past - Dover Publications

These wonderful illustrations bursting with nostalgic appeal will help recapture the holiday spirit for Christmas. has thousands of rare and unique images from Dover Publications and we wanted to share with you some of the wonderfully classic, Christmas inspired images to help with your crafts, designs and design ideas.

Gathered together by Dover Publications book titles, here are some of our favorites for this special time of the year:

Title: Vintage Christmas Cards
Enhance holiday cards and other seasonal projects.

Title: Merry Christmas 
Nearly 300 festive clipart images to help with your seasonal projects.

Title: Christmas Scapes
Intricate designs of reindeer, candy canes,  snowmen, nutcrackers, ornaments,  poinsettias, and more

Title: Snowflake Vector Designs 

View all the Dover Publications Titles here: Dover Publications at

Inspiration for Content Marketing

Inspiration for your content and designs doesn’t always come easily. Perhaps weather or life challenges are making it difficult for you to feel inspired.

Here are 5 ways to help get your creative juices flowing:

1. Random Keywords: When looking for great images to work with, enter a random keyword and search for that inspiration: I tried “yellow” and was very pleased with the variety of results. Try for yourself at

2. Follow like minded groups or people on your social media platforms: Check out the competition or like minded groups and people to see what they are posting about, you might be surprised and better yet, inspired! The best social media platforms for businesses are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Youtube 

3. Let the “new this month” or "new this year" features help inspire you: On you can search all the new photos or illustrations to help you get inspired. Check out the latest photography additions to the site here: iPH…

Teaching about Plagiarism but not Copyright?

Teachers and educators will hold students to a high standard when it comes to plagiarism, but unfortunately they haven’t been as strict about copyright/trademark laws. Students have been encouraged to find photographs and artwork online to include in their presentations and projects.

Plagiarism: is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own without giving credit/citation to the original creator.

Copyright: is the exclusive right given to the creator of a creative work.  The creative work may be in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form

If you use someone else’s creative work, like music, photographs, or illustrations, it can be illegal. You can possibly be breaking copyright and/or trademark laws.

Here are two recent articles about legal action taken on schools
for breaking copyright laws:

Houston school sued for copyright infringement

German school sued photo copyright 

Protect yourself, your students and your school from copyright infringement bu…

Images for Your Home Based Business and Craft Projects

With the advances in technology and the internet, it has become increasingly easier to sell products, such as, t-shirts, mugs and other easily made products from your home. Some people think that you can just search for images on Google, download them and add it to your products to start making money or part of your corporate branding.  In most cases this is ILLEGAL! You would most likely be breaking copyright and/or trademark laws. Let's face it, artists deserve to be paid for their creations and photography. You wouldn't want to give away your products for free and they shouldn't have to either.

In order to be sure you are not breaking any copyright/trademark laws:

1. Source a reputable image provider that works with artists and pays them a royalty for you. Check out these sites for affordable licensing and subscription/individual image pricing options:


2. Contact image providers and be very clear in what yo…

5 Tips For Your Black Friday Marketing

Black Friday is one of the seasons largest shopping days. It's an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Many stores offer highly promoted sales on Black Friday and open very early or may even start their sales on Thanksgiving Day.

There isn't as big of a difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as there once was. Black Friday is as much an online event as it is a brick-and-mortar one. Although, plenty of stores still run "door-crasher" sales that require shoppers to actually show up, the on-line world has fully embraced Black Friday. The Black Friday weekend is almost a four day affair, if not more. We start with Gray Thursday, which is U.S. Thanksgiving Day, then there’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which often extends the whole week.

1.Take advantage of these popular #hashtags in your social media postings to attract customers …

Marketing Content Ideas for December

“December's wintry breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory” - John Geddes 

Decorate your social media pages: You decorate your tree, your house, and even your pets! You should also decorate your social media profiles for the season with festive graphics.

Let your business pages get personal: Do you have a favorite holiday memory that inspired you to open your business? What about a family recipe or tradition? You can have a day where the staff dress up (Santa hat’s or ugly Christmas sweaters) and share the images on your social media pages.

Add a personal touch: Create personalized cards or e-cards and send them out to customers, important business connections and local businesses.

Click on the Special Dates and events for images that can 
be used for marketing and social media content:

December 2: Cyber Monday
December 2: Special Education Day
December 4: Santa's List Day
December 4: Cookie Day
December 5: Ninja Day
December 6: Give a Sec…

Publishing a Book - Photographs and Illustrations

Have you ever thought about publishing a book? You've got your story/idea but now you need images to complete your book and something really eye catching for your cover photo. Whether you want to design the cover yourself or hire someone (who will probably use stock images anyhow) to design it for you. Why not save time and money by finding a great image from the team of talented creators that have probably already designed the perfect image at has millions of great royalty-free, copy-write safe images you can use to complete your projects. Click the links below to find your perfect images:

Comic Book Images

Children's Book Images

Cook Book Illustrations/Photos

Business Themed Images

Play around with different keywords to find images more specific to your projects. You can also contact to assist with your needs.

Know your rights when it comes to using stock images. Make sure you have the correct license for what you are using th…

Marketing Content Ideas for November

It's important to keep a Marketing Calendar/Social Media Content Calendar. These are great tools for showing what marketing events, media campaigns and merchandising efforts are planned and for when.

November is an extremely busy time of year, as we prepare for the biggest holiday season and keeping a calendar to stay organized will be helpful to you and your team.

Finding and creating content is not always easy, so we’ve put together a list of monthly observances for Novemberand hopefully a few of these will get your creative juices flowing.

Click on each November observance for images that will help with your campaigns:

Aviation History Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month


Military Family Appreciation Month

National Adoption Month

National Fun with Fondue Month

National Georgia Pecan Month

National Native American Heritage Month

National Family Literacy Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

World Vegan Month

Special Dates in November:

Veterans Day / Remem…

Remembrance Day - Canada

On Remembrance Day we come together to honour the Canadian men and women who fought and died for peace and freedom.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember.

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 AM

Remembrance Day boils down to memory, respect, appreciation, and gratitude.

In elementary school students participate in Legion Poster and Poem contests. It is a wonderful, interactive way to teach children what Remembrance Day really means. Even 50 years after elementary school, you would be hard-pressed to find a Canadian born adult that doesn’t recognize John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields.

In Canada the only two provinces that do not observe Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday are Ontario and Quebec. Personally, I think this is how all of . As a student, if I had been able to st…

Online Invitations

For those interested in making a difference to help save trees, time, and money, you can customize an invitation design and email it to your guests.

Create elegant online invitations to send directly to all of your friends and family.

Whether your planning for your wedding day, a birthday event or just a casual get-together, sending out your invitations has never been easier.

No more worries about your hand writing, when you create your invitation online.

There are many company's offering this service but we decided to have a closer look at what Paperless Post has to offer with their "upload your own" design feature:

I'm choosing to work with a "save the date" invitation vector image from has thousands of images to work with. To keep it simple you can choose a blank image or remove the sample text that some images provide. Here is my edited version of image #1829660.

For more "save…

Free Stock Images - NOT worth it

Free stock images are just not worth the risk. You run the risk of being blamed for copyright infringement and having to pay thousands of dollars to the image creator.

But, the image came with a license, you say. Great! but those licenses are really only valid if the issuer is the copyrighted owner or has the legal permission from the owner to distribute the image.
Are you willing to bet that the "free image providers" are using enough resources to verify every image that has been allowed to be uploaded by virtually anyone?

Vital Imagery is a provider of royalty-free, copyright safe, digital image content with one of the world's largest wholly owned collections, and over 25 million images available 24/7. Our content includes clipart, photos, fonts, sounds and animations used by corporate, agency and freelance graphic design professionals, the educational sector, publishing, media and entertainment industries.

Offering a wide range of choices to meet all creative ne…

Halloween Images and Ideas

Look no further! All the images you need for Halloween. Animations, cut-ready vector images and photographs to help complete your marketing, decorating, craft projects, gift ideas and more.

Check out these amazing Halloween Alphabet Vectors: Click here to see more

Halloween Banners, Posters, Place Cards, and more: Click here to see more

Make the perfect gift with cut-ready images, vectors and customizable images: Click here to see more

Keep the kids busy with Halloween Coloring Images: Click here to see more

 If the image has "color this image online" below it, you can click on that to open our image coloring tool and the kids can color the image on their device and you won't have to worry about their crayons or markers or you can print and color. (subscribers only)
Use the online coloring tool: Click here to try it

Check out these links for more Halloween ideas: Animation, Photography, and Clipart

Time Management

As humans we are pre-wired to focus on things that need our immediate attention, like alerts on our phones and we ignore more important things or put them off. We need to train ourselves to focus on what is important and suppress urgency.

Here is a list of things that will help you master your time:

1. Have you ever heard of the term, less is more?
Limit your tasks for the day to 1-3 important things and focus on them. Your brain won't like this and other's probably won't either but you will have more time to complete the important things. What is the single most important (not urgent) thing you could do today? Do that.

2. Schedule your priorities.
Treat your priorities like an important flight that you have to catch. Nothing will stop you from getting there on time. We tend to put things off and think we will eventually get to it.

3. Turn off notifications.
Stop allowing these time consuming distractions. We get alerts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and emails all day …

Oktoberfest Sayings, Captions and Images

Yes, autumn brings many splendid things like apple picking, Halloween, and
pumpkin spice everything, but the best of all it brings us Oktoberfest.

Although Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany that happens annually from mid-September to the beginning of October has come to an end. Things are ramping up for the start of Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Founded in 1969, it's the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, Germany.

Oktoberfest Kitchener-Waterloo Canada

Here are some sayings and captions to help get you through Oktoberfest.
Let's start with some German:

Willkommen zum Oktoberfest which is German for Welcome to OktoberfestProst!  which is German for Cheers!Bitte  which is German for Please; You’re welcomeDanke  which is German for Thank youSprechen Sie Englisch? which is German for Do you speak English?Noch ein Bier, bitte! which is German for Another beer, please!Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!  which is German for One, two, three… drink…

Awesome Ideas for Pet Portraits

Source: Are you ready to capture some fun and creative photos of your dog? 
Do you want to do this yourself, rather than hiring a pro?
If so, there are several ways you can create amazing shots that are truly unique. 
Keep reading for some of the best ideas out there. Add Clipart to the PhotoWhile capturing a photo of your pet isn’t difficult, if they are just sitting there, it can 
be a bit dull and boring. Don’t worry. There’s a quick and easy way to liven any 
picture up. One of the best ways to do this is with clipart.Clipart is a collection of images
or pictures that can be used on a document – like the picture of your pet. These 
images are usually made out of raster or vector graphics. You can find clipart 
galleries with hundreds or even thousands of images, and many are free to use. 
This is going to let you quickly add a bit of fun and whimsy to any pet picture you have. Create a Pet PortraitDon’t worry, there’s no need to grab paint and canvas to create the perfect pet por…