Do you get tired of searching through page after page of stock images, looking for that one perfect image to go with a blog post or design project? There are so many sites that sell stock images, and it can be tedious and time-consuming to look through them, not to mention the hassle of having to maintain accounts at each one. This is why I was so excited when I received a press release about a new site called BrightQube that has an innovative way to look through stock images from many sites at once, and purchase them without having an account or purchasing credits in advance.
After entering your search terms, and the choice of whether you want to search for “Everyday” images (the cheap kind) or “Professional” images (not so cheap), you’re presented with a mosaic of matches to your query, with the most relevant in the center:
You can zoom in and out on your mosaic, and drag the screen around to see more images. There are advanced search features that allow you to filter your results by orientation, price and resolution and sort by price and size. You can also build and save lightboxes.
My first love in stock images is iStockPhoto, but the interface on BrightQube is so awesome, and makes scanning for just the right image so quick and easy, that I will definitely be a regular customer.
(this is not a paid review or an affiliate thing, in case anyone was wondering…)