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Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] So here I am confronted by a brochure cover and I need an image to go in here. And my client said, "Oh, just go "to one of those stock photo places that are free "and grab one of those images." I actually had a client last year that was doing a rebranding of hundreds of pieces of art and asked me to find the art from the different stock photo agencies like Unsplash or Pexels, the ones that don't charge you to use images, and it was so tedious. So then in the middle of that job, thankfully I found this great solution that I want to share with you. Now let's first just back up a bit and review that what is a free stock photo service, that this is the kind that does not charge you per image like, say, Adobe Stock does, or even charge you by use like say Getty Images or something like that. These are images that are free to use commercially or for personal things. And all they ask, if you can, it's not required, is to give the photographer a little bit of credit, a credit line. So we have Pixabay and Unsplash, and Pexels; these are the three that my client asked me to use all the time. And though it's wonderful and useful, It was kind of a pain to have to search each of these individually to find the images. So then what I found is that there is an add-on for InDesign and Photoshop and Illustrator that will let you search from within that program these three stock photo agencies; It's called StockSolo and it's an add-on for InDesign, and before I jump over to show you how to find it, how to install it and how to use it, I want to give a little credit to the developer because it's free for us, but Redokun is the company and Stefano Bernardi is one of the co-founders and he is an InDesign genius, has done many scripts and lots of great stuff for us InDesign users, the company, Redokun, is known for its file layout translation production plugin called Redokun, and it is a easy-to-use solution if you are jobbing out your InDesign files to translators. Check out Redokun. So it's an add-on, and if it's an add-on, that means you need to go to your Creative Cloud app, I've shown this before when I was talking about Pantone connect, how to add this add-on to InDesign. You go to Creative Cloud app here on a Mac. It'll be down here on your PC in the system tray or down over here in the task bar. And it defaults to apps, but you want to click marketplace and it shows you featured plug-ins. I just go to all plugins and then search for an InDesign plugin with InDesign checked. By the way, why is InDesign third down? I want to know. These things are not in alphabetical order. I think InDesign should be at the top. Anyway, that's a future request. And I can see StockSolo right here. Now I've already installed it, but just FYI, if you've never installed anything from the marketplace, it does not require admin access. It's just a little add-on for InDesign. Often, you don't even need to restart the program and it will install it for all the programs that it shows you the little icon for. So you will have StockSolo available to you in Illustrator and Photoshop as well. Well, we don't care about that. We like InDesign. I've already installed it, as I said, in InDesign. In InDesign, you'll find those add-ons in window, extensions. So these are the different ones that I've added to InDesign so far, and I've grabbed the StockSolo panel and I've added it to the bottom of this workspace. So here's what it looks like. You can see I've already been doing searches. So what is it going to search? Just click settings. It searches Unsplash, Pexels and Pixabay. You could also search Adobe Stock but you need to have a paid account on Adobe Stock because it won't search for position only ones. It won't search the low res. It'll just link you to the high res one on the Adobe site. I don't find it that useful, but definitely useful for these three. So I'll click save. So let's try something else, let's say I want to choose doggies, right? So I'll search for doggies on all those three sites. So we have some good ones. What should we put on the cover of our brochure? I'm looking for a vertical one. I think this guy, it's got to be this guy, right? So you can see the artist's name and you can link from here directly to that artist's page on the website, in this case, Unsplash. You see the dimensions but not much more information. Usually all these things are JPEGs and you click place. So what it does is it downloads it directly from their site and asks you to save it. Now I've learned, do not rename it here. You're going to have to rename it later if you want to. If you rename it here, you're going to lose the image. So just leave it at the original name, click save and then it's downloading, and it's taking a little bit, I guess from that website. There it is. Now it's loaded, so I'll close the panel and I'll hover over my image frame. Aww, isn't it cute? So that worked perfectly, and you see in the links panel, there it was, and it's sitting on my desktop and I can use it. I can add a little photo credit if I want. I just love the StockSolo add-on for InDesign. And if you ever find the need to search these free stock photo sites, do yourself a favor and install StockSolo.