7 types of images you should avoid using on your blog or website

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You are producing content for your site and realizes that lacks only the visual appeal. To fill this gap, if they do not have a dedicated photographer or designer for this purpose, the recommendation is that you go to a bank of images and search for some files to illustrate what was produced.

But you know consciously choose images? Best: you know consciously choose which images you should not choose?

We will help you below!

We know that at the time we live in is very easy to find images to blog, and there are countless platforms for these surveys are made.

But to be aware of this ocean of images and this vast number of options, from photographs, illustrations, vectors, memes, gifs, comic strips, etc, also the question arises, and what images should not be used?

We brought here a list of image types that you should, in theory, avoid using on your site, or use them at your own risk.

Previously, we recommend in the Digital Results blog a series of images with banks for high resolution files for download, which you can use to improve the visual part of your website or blog.

Check out the post “47 banks free images (and paid) you should know”

The purpose of this post is to do the opposite way, but not in order to indicate that sites should not be used for research purposes, but some types of images (found in these banks or not) that are considered outdated or amateur.

Are they:

1 – overly happy people in the office

Are they still there are people who are deceived by these false expressions of happiness?

This does not mean in any way that an office can not have a harmonious and cheerful atmosphere (RD itself is so). Means, spend an exaggeration idea may transpire pretense by the company. What is not good.

If you still need to use pictures of people working in offices, use that demonstrate naturalness. Smiles are allowed, but no abuse.

2 – People with laptop working in unusual places

It is possible that you should have already come across images of this caliber. People with laptops on the lap of beaches, mountains, fields, yachts and resorts.

For more alluring it seems, is not so comfortable so use laptops in places like these. By the way, have you tried working with a laptop on the beach? Have you ever seen someone doing this? Even so, the likelihood of which has been an exception is quite large.

3 – In low resolution with increased dimensions

A very ugly practice is to download low resolution images, increase the size and post next to an item. It is easy to see when this occurs because the image distortion deliver it happened.

This is a case that shows more amateurish by a business. If you liked the image so much, why not buy in a higher resolution? Or why not invest a little more time to look for a free and similar high-resolution image? There are many that are equivalent.

photographer in low resolution

4 – With watermark

This case is very similar to what happens above. Here is another practice anything recommended: use images that are protected with watermarks instead of actually buy them or ask permission from the author of an image without the mark.

It is important not to be confused with the marks of some photographers or agencies, who use this device so that images are not assigned to different authors, placing the corners any logo or identification of authorship. The watermark, as the name suggests, is a bigger picture and that usually occupies the center of the image, or all of it.

photography dagua brand

5 – Very repeated or clichés

You would like the image to represent your business were the same that represented so many others?

When this happens, the risk of people mistaking your business with a competitor is very considerable. Especially when an image has a high degree of cliche.

A tip is you do a search on Google Images . On the screen, instead of typing the desired word, click the camera icon , and then upload the photo. If you use Chrome, you can click directly to the right in an image found on any website and then the “Search this Google” option.

business - handshake

6 – What do not match your content

Just the fact that a photograph be alone, fantastic, does not mean that it should be used for any type of content.

It is very easy for a photograph of a sunset, the sun on the beach is a wonderful image. Or an image of Paris, registered in the top of the Eiffel Tower, has the same degree of beauty.

Anyway, no matter how beautiful the picture is, context is everything. It may even be an indirect relationship, but must somehow make sense.

The image is beautiful, but it adds something to your content?

The image is beautiful, but it adds something to your content?

7 – In blue sky, style Windows XP

The reference says it all. The wallpaper of Windows XP became so popular that basically all people who have lived this generation relate that image to the operating system.

Try to avoid photos that have similar compositions, from the shades to the very structure of the image. Not to say that photos of a blue sky are prohibited. None of that. To test, display the image and think: “I remember Windows XP to see this image?”. If the answer is no, feel relieved.

Wall windows-XP-paper

Conclusion: how long it takes to select a picture?

If your answer is “as little as possible” consider that this can be a problem. With the high number of options and the ease of search by typing only a few keywords, we have the false impression that this is a fairly simple process when in reality it is the opposite.

With so much noise in the midst of what really try, it is very common that most of the images is not the best option for your content. Incidentally, most in fact is not.

misinterpreted or poorly chosen images can destroy even the most complete of the contents, in addition to distract the attention of readers and let your background arguments. Often, even without reading the content itself, a single image is able to set a trial amateurism by your company in the reader’s head.

Therefore, it always stress a little: make choices calmly and above all, try to avoid the cited images classes in this post. Look out of clichés and outdated visual appeals that no longer work. Keep an originality and an aesthetic care as thorough as contextual.

Finally, to learn the theory using an image as best you can, whenever you make an upload to a blog, website or a material that has the name of your business, make three questions about the image:

  • 1 – The image looks professional?
  • 2 – The image helps in understanding the proposed content?
  • 3 – You would show, without shame, that image in a presentation?

If all the answers to the above three questions are “yes” is the green light that you need to use the image with ease.

Also read the posts:

  • It pays to use images in blog posts?
  • How to compress images without losing quality and increase the speed of your site