Beginning Graphic Design: Images


Images. No matter what the subject, we’re naturally
drawn to them. From beautiful, high-definition photos…
to carefully crafted illustrations—even simple examples, like logos and icons. Images are more than just decoration. In design, they’re the hook that draws the
viewer in. Compelling visuals can help you connect with
the audience—and make a strong impression—before they’ve even read a single word. You don’t have to be an artist to use images
in your work. All it takes is a little creativity and a
willingness to think outside the box. With the right resources, you can learn to
set your designs apart. First: Finding high-quality images for any
type of project. Maybe you’re handy with a camera or have some
graphic design experience—that’s great! If not… don’t panic. There are countless sources online that offer
images for exactly this purpose. The truth is, most people (including professionals)
rely on free or low-cost images called stock. Stock is perfect when you need something specific—for
example, a photo of a tiny dog in a teacup—and you don’t have the time or resources to make
it yourself. Most stock image sites let you browse or search
their offerings. Look for results that are relevant to your
project, but also unique in some way. As viewers, people are naturally drawn to
images that feel authentic; for example, distinct but believable photos… and graphics that
tell a story. The best images are somewhat open-ended—they
set the tone for your project but leave room for interpretation. Some stock images are just too generic to
be effective. For instance, how many times have you seen
a business presentation with something like this? For a more modern, professional design, avoid
images that lack context or are too literal in meaning. Instead, look for imagery that’s connected
to your work, but in a more subtle, relatable way. Of course, it’s not just about content. There’s also a technical side to images, which
can have a big impact on your work. It doesn’t matter if the photo you’ve chosen
is absolutely perfect in every other way—if it’s blurry or pixelated, it could give the
wrong impression. Look for high-quality images that are sharp,
clear, and free of distortion. In general, bigger is better, because it gives
you more to work with. A large, high-resolution image can always
be cropped or sized down, depending on the needs of the project. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work the other way
around. If you enlarge a smaller image, it immediately
loses quality. That’s because most images are in something
called raster format. They’re made up of thousands, sometimes even
millions of tiny little pixels. When you view a raster image at its original
size or smaller, the pixels are invisible—they’re just too small to see. But if you zoom in or enlarge it… the results
aren’t pretty. Vector graphics are quite different from raster. You can make them any size, big or small,
without losing any quality. That’s because they’re made of something more
complex than pixels—they’re rendered using a special form of geometry. You’re not likely to find vector graphics
outside of professional design settings, but it’s good to know what they are. Few stock images are perfect as-is, even if
they’re technically high quality. Maybe the image is the wrong size or the colors
could use some work. Fortunately, even basic programs let you make
simple adjustments nowadays. Look for these options the next time you need
to fix or enhance an image. Cropping can be used to change the size, shape,
or focus of an image, making it useful in many different situations. Try this feature if your graphic is the wrong
dimensions, or if it includes something you’d rather cut out. Cosmetic adjustments let you enhance certain
image qualities, like brightness… contrast… saturation… and color. If your favorite program offers filters or
presets, you can change your image dramatically with very little time and effort. Resizing an image will ensure it’s the perfect
fit for your project. Just remember: you can’t make images bigger
than their original size without affecting their quality. If the image you’re working with simply isn’t
big enough, it’s best to choose something else. Alternatively, find a creative way to work
with the image size you have. Adding photos, graphics, and other visuals
to your work is a great way to make it more engaging. Even a simple background image can transform
your design into something special. Just remember what you’ve learned about image
quality—both technical and conceptual—and your work is sure to stand out for the right
reasons. We hope you enjoyed learning the basics of
images. Check out the rest of our design topics, including
typography, color, and composition.

100 comments

  • Kelsey Prud'homme

    I think I saw an Arrested Development reference in there

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  • Patricia Hernández

    Cooool! 😀

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  • Saniya Sayyed

    You should make a series of videos on video editing, film making etc. Loved the vids! 🙂

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  • Dominic Ayre

    "I live in Sudden Valley, CA" – nice

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  • Tomasz Rajek

    Do you know how many videos will there be in this series?

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  • Lisa Wang

    God, I wish I could show this to the thousands of people I come across who resize smaller images or use extremely low quality images for their graphics because it's so annoying to see a perfectly good design ruined by a bad image smh

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  • Theo Respati

    Thank you very much! very informative and attractive to watch! 🙂

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  • MD. Faruk

    That's a grat tutorial.

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  • Thanh Ha

    instarham hahahahahaha you did a great job! thank you so much!

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    This series should be mandatory everywhere!

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    Best learning videos have more to see it on topic design…………..???

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  • pastelpaladins

    I've watched all your videos on graphic design and I really appreciate the way you've made each one. They're informative in a way that makes graphic design less daunting for a beginner (which helps a lot!). Thank you!

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  • Satyam Sharma

    4:20 poor guy tho…

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  • Shumyle Haider

    I'd like to compliment your videos on their simplicity and aesthetically pleasing visuals that ooze the brilliant application of colour, layout and typography that you guys talk about in the videos. Everything from the narration down to the subtlest animation makes your videos the best videos for beginners I've ever seen 🙂

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  • Dyani Armijo-Sinnett

    loved the parks and rec reference at 0:14 !!

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  • Nihal Jain

    This was really helpful. I hope you continue make work like this for the benefit of learners. Best wishes!

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  • IAm Erca

    i wish i can edit like this, its so calmy in my eyes

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  • Pratik Dahale

    Liked it.. Keep posting more… INSTAHAM… 😀 XD

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  • No Username

    I'm grade 10 and get so annoyed at the people who's presentations are full of blurry pics and colors that dont match and ugly fonts I just wanna slap them?✊*-.

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  • No Username

    2:03 AUGGHHHHHGGGG!!!! ALWAYS ??

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  • Francisco Quiñones Medina

    The quality of the video is great will share with some friends that are starting in design. This more clear that the classes I took when in college.

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  • Ahmed Hussein

    amazing work, i love the photo of the sea 3:00 how can i get it ?

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  • Frannie V.

    4:59 That reminds me of Tumblr.

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  • Laurel Hanz

    I am a Graphic Designer and somehow came across your videos. Your team does SUCH A GREAT JOB ON THEM!!!! Well done! I can't stop watching!!! ?

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    Totally subbed the channel for punny app name
    Insta-ham ?

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    Hi,great video. How many days for the editor to finish a video like this?

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    I am watching hall the videos, It's clean and objectives.

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    lol when the "about me" clip came on, i really thought it was the end part and youre really lucila haha

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  • Alvina Almeida

    very informative and nicely explained.

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  • Allen Gibson

    Parks and Rec reference?

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    Dont stop!

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  • Gabriel Manasseh Amevor

    Good

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  • Tyrell Wellick

    Your videos are remarkably essential.

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  • Shubham Matale

    which software did you use to make this video?

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  • Carlo Adrianzen Carozzi

    You guys are amazing teachers, keep it up.
    Sharing the information in this way and helping others, makes me feel so proud about your work besides it helps me alot, because people like you, change the world, thank you.

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  • Adit Seth

    "Instaham"

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  • Christopher Cooper

    great!

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  • Sidney Johnson

    Super-Nice! (All episodes) Love the basic simplicity! Home-run!

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  • Tony's Explore Sri Lanka

    very useful

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  • NEWPOISON

    Instaham 😀

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  • SMP

    nice work really great…..
    can i know how you create motions ? by after effects or some other softwares

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  • Rodas Bisrat Teshome

    @4:14 my fave part, so shady when she cuts the man out of it lol

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  • Adebowale Adewale

    What software was used to make this video please?

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  • Vinod Mendonca

    i cant believe myself that i found this.. thanks a lot

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  • Suresh Makkar

    nice

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  • BursaDesain

    great video, thanks

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    I need Arabic translation of this vedio

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    Amazing! Keep up the fantastic work! Thanks a million!

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    I loved all the videos u Uploaded. They are engaging & informative.

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  • Sheen Stars

    Instaham ???

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    Fantastic! Thanks for this! Keep them coming!

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    THIS IS SO GOOD! keep it up!

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  • DenkuzI I

    i want to know how to make my own ones ?

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  • britters1677

    this video is fantastic to begin with, but then i saw the Parks & Rec reference and I want to marry whoever made this

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  • Bartosz Olszewski

    The "Instaham" on the picture of piglets killed me (4:35)

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  • Ayu Pravindias

    amazing explanation, i've learned a lot

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  • Shahbaz Shaikh

    How u r making this animation video?
    Its awsm.

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  • Mahesh Kaushal

    Wow, I love you the way you explain and teach i am big fan of you. Seriously, Now i am going to recharge my internet pack to watch your videos so that, i could learn more about designing.

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  • SHAWTY IMMA PARTY TILL THE SUN DOWN

    a motivation

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  • Berkay Ozdemir

    great series

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  • Grace Misajon Photography

    Love that "Instaham" 🙂 Great vid.

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  • Hiếu Huy

    thank you so much!!!

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  • Olu Peter

    I learned my color matching from here

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  • Craig Thomas

    these videos on design are their own form of design porn

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    The first channel I'm subscribing to…after ChelseaTV

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    What’s this song it makes me feel relaxed. What’s it callledddd

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  • Adnan Aqeel

    Why not million views for this stunning video ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Dame una Idea

    Thanks!

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  • Dreamiie

    Okay now I’m sure what I’d like to do.

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  • priya sahu

    Best channel ever got in YouTube ?

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  • vaneeeys

    where can i get free high quality stock images ?

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  • Sufeyah Ahmed

    im your fan <3 please make more videos

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  • Exynouz

    I could binge watch these videos all day wjwidgebdios

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  • Sandeep Upadhyay

    instaHAM 😀 lol,

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  • chabandou

    What software do you use to make your videos?

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  • Edith A

    This video has such good GRAPHICS!

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  • Rodolfo Suarez

    I laughed way too hard at @4:33 when I saw Instaham <3

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  • Chetan Chauhan

    great explanation and samples. Thanks keep it up the good work.

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  • GinoZump

    04:33 Instaham xD
    it's the details that make a tutorial exquisite 🙂

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  • Mrudul Deshpande

    Can suggest me a website where i can get high quality images?

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  • M A Nalawade

    Perfectly perfect! This is what I was searching for….

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  • FloppyPanda

    Thank you ! because of you now I am interested in designing an object!

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  • Friday Bunduru

    ? very useful videos, ????? ??? !!!

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  • Richard Benoit

    Thanks for the post.

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  • John Louie Zate

    I need that Instaham.

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  • DelusionaryKiller

    4:15 shout outs to my homie </3

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  • artschool kid

    Can someone tell me some sites where you can get free images for your designs? Without being copyrighted or something.

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  • The Dog's Side

    Your video production and content are spot on

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  • Izzuddin M Nasir

    This waaay better than 1 semester explaining for nothing

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