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December 17, 2012
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Most of us have to deal with stock resources quite often, especially when working on commercial works for clients like printing or web design related projects. The most convenient and fastest solution is to make use of premium resources offered by microstock agencies. There are a few out there which know what stock means, and one of them is Depositphotos.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Florida, USA, Depositphotos is the fastest growing microstock agency in the world, being home for more than 11 million stock files and serving customers from over 192 countries with support in 14 languages.

Since I started my career as a web designer I had to use only high-quality stock images within my projects. The facts are intuitive: premium photos makes the difference between a good and an excellent design. When competition is harsh, every detail counts. That’s why quality images are so important.

Buy Stock Photos or Sell Your Work

Depositphotos gives all of us the opportunity to buy and sell high-quality stock photos, vector images, and videos.
The stock file collection represents a vast variety of contributors worldwide including such world-famous photographers as Yuri Arcurs, which I can say is may favorite one and his masterpieces never cease to surprise me 🙂 , Andres Rodriguez, Konrad Bak, Monkey Business, Pressmaster and others.
What I like at Depositphotos is that they care about their customers. The Live Chat support is available all time and they even have a stock photos blog, which is updated with news almost every day, which is quite impressive.

Flexible Payment Options

Depositphotos.com offers a series of payment options like “pay as you go” credits or subscription plans. Although any subscription plan is good for a long term run, having the chance to download stock at $0.15 per item, I feel that their strategy is more oriented to subscription plans rather than credits.

Ease of Stock Items Browsing

Item Search feature is a problem for all these kind of agencies. The huge number of items makes it difficult to query the database and to offer the most relevant results. Depositphotos came with a smart solution, integrating a “suggestion dropdown list” into the search box.

My experience with Depositphotos was good. The first thing which convinced me to give them a try was a free 7 days trial which let me download up to 5 images per day, any size, for free. They are continuous improving their system and stock library with both more items and high-quality ones. So, if you`re looking to update your design toolbox with some fresh stock resources, Depositphotos is a good place to start with.

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Madalin Tudose is a web designer and developer who loves to inspect websites for new designing techniques and trends. He`s the founder of Ourtuts, where he blogs about anything related to web development.