If you want your photo booth company to stand out from the crowd, I believe it’s important to offer your customers high-quality photo strip graphics, custom touch screen backgrounds, green screens, beautiful marketing materials, etc. Fortunately, most of the photo booth software programs have made it really easy to incorporate your designs into their templates. Often it is just finding the right custom graphics for your event.
The unprofessional photo booth owners will just do a quick Google image search and take any relevant image that appears, regardless of what the copyright license of the photo or image is. This practice can come back to bite you in the form of fines or an unfriendly letter from an attorney.
For a quick education on the definitions of different types of copyright licenses, check out this page. Creative Commons.
I have compiled a list of resources for the DIY photo booth graphic designer. These can be helpful with designing photo strip graphics, touch screen backgrounds, logos, business cards, flyers/brochures for wedding expos, and so on. I’m sure I may have missed something, so feel free to drop me a line in the comments or in an email.
If at the end of the day, you find out you just don’t have the time or the skills to be a graphic designer, thankfully there are plenty of photo booth templates out there at that you can purchase. Just check the resources page of this site.
Resources for the DIYer.
Graphic Design & Editing.
Gimp. The free & open source image editor.
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Canva is an online graphic design platform. Offering free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options, as well as premium options for paying customers.
Snappa. Create amazing designs without the help of a graphic designer.
PicMonkey. All-in-one editor for photos, designs and collages.
Social Image Resizer Tool. Create optimized images for social media.
WhatTheFont! Upload your font and find the closest match.
Photo Search Tools.
Can We Image.
The site searches and displays results from Wikimedia Commons, an enormous repository of images and other digital resources.
This is a Flickr image search engine that uses the Flickr API to locate images.
Creative Commons Search. A photo search engine clearinghouse.
Foter. Another Flickr based photo search engine.
Google Advanced Image Search. The correct way to use Google Images.
Every Stock Photo. A search engine for free photos.
TinEye. A reverse image search. This site tells you where a photo came from, how it is being used and if there is a higher resolution version.
Free Stock Images.
Sometimes you need an image for your photo booth website, Facebook page, blog posts, or even your green screen. These sites offer free images, available for commercial use. Most do not require any registration or attribution.
Unsplash. Free high-resolution photos, 10 new photos, every 10 days.
Gratisography. Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
Life of Pix. Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. Images for personal & commercial use.
Startup Stock. Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators,
& everyone else.
MMT. Free for commercial use photos.
Pexels. Daily 20 new high-quality, free stock photos.
Magdeleine. A free hi-resolution photo every day.
Jay Mantri. Free pics, do anything.
Stock Snap. Beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high resolution photos added weekly.
re:splashed. Free HD images for your web and design projects.
Picography. Free hi-resolution photos. Use them however you like.
ISO Republic. Free and premium stock photos.
StokPic. Free stock photos for commercial use.
Raumrot. Handpicked & curated photos for your commercial and personal works.
BucketListly. A free creative common collection of travel photos anyone can use.
Cupcake. Free do whatever you want photos.
Getrefe. Free refe real life photos.
SplitShire. Free stock photos.
Pixabay. Free high-quality images, over 550,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.
DesignerPics. Free HI-Res photos for your personal & commercial use.
PicJumbo. Totally free photos for your commercial and personal works.
LibreShot. Beautiful photos, totally free.
Negative Space. Free stock photos added every week.
New Old Stock. Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.
Snapwire Snaps. 7 free beautiful photos every 7 days.
Took-a-pic Stock. License royalty-free, authentic lifestyle photos for your brand, social media & online marketing.
JESHOOTS. Cool & free photos for you!
Ultra HD Wallpapers. Lots of creative commons & public domain images.
Kaboom Pics. Breathtaking free pictures for business & personal projects.
Foodies Feed. Free food pictures.
Free Photos Bank. Free stock photos.
Pickup Image. Free high resolution photos.
If I have a missed a resource that you know about, drop me a line in the comments or send me an email and I’ll add it to the list.
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I like Creative Market. Affordable and quality fonts, graphics, and images.
Hi Chris. Thanks for this awesome list. I’m in a monthly paid program that focuses on the how to’s and resources of creating custom graphics for blogging and advertising. I have to say, your list is far more comprehensive! 🙂
One site you might want to include for fonts is http://www.dafont.com. It’s my favorite “go to” for fonts. Choose a category and then do an advanced search for the fonts that are free to use.
Thanks very much Cindy, I will add that one as well.