When it comes to marketing, visuals are all important–both online and off.
Photos are great for blogs as well as for books. Make sure you have the rights to use those photos. That’s where stock images come in handy.
- “4 Incredible Free Sources for Photos to Use in Your Book or Blog” on The Book Designer
- Stock Up (About Stock Up)
- “Wikimedia Commons Now Home to More than 27 Million Media Files, All of Them Free to Reuse and Share” on Library Journal
Just for fun, you can reverse GIFs with this handy tool.
For icons, animations, fonts, and more, check out Pixel Buddha.
For fonts, see “Not Sure What Font Looks Best for Web?” on Design School.
For fun dongers (unicode characters that form an emoticon), see Donger List.
As Wired reported, even screenshots play an important role for people. Here’s a list of examples of visuals that have made an impact:
- “Book Marketing: How to Use a Quiz to Promote a Book” on HowTo for Authors
- “Google’s “Future of the Book” Cannot be Printed, And It Also Cannot Be Viewed on Many Devices” on The Digital Reader
- “Telling a Strange Love Story, Post by Post, on Instagram” on Wired
- “What Makes a Video Essay Great?” on Vimeo
- “Two Dollar Radio Book Flowchart” on Two Dollar Radio
- “30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes” on FlavorWire
- “A 17-Year-Old Artist Created This Incredible Map Of Literature” on Buzzfeed
- “AP and British Movietone To Release One Million Minutes of Historic Video” on Youtube
- “Artists Share “Before and After” Evolution of Their Drawing Skills with Years of Practice” on Stumble Upon
- “Kowloon Walled City” on Wall Street Journal
- “Passports, ranked by country” on BoingBoing
- Incredible Numbers app
- “In Sync: Columbia Engineering Team First to Run iOS Apps on Android Platform” on Columbia Engineering
How Tos and Tools
To turn photos into line art:
- “How to change a photo into a pencil line drawing in Photoshop” on Photoshop Buzz
- “Turn Photos of People into Line Art” on Melissa Evans
To remove borders on a video:
To create your own animations:
To make your own stickers: