Find + Save Your Photos
Once you’ve written the text content for your site, it’s time to choose what photos you want to feature on each page. If you’re handy with a camera, you might already have a lot of photos to choose from. If you don’t, here are some of our favorite resources to find photos for your site.
- unsplash.com - very cool free stock photos - 10 new photos added every day
- deathtothestockphoto.com - sign up to receive a free stock photo pack every month
- kaboompics.com - hundreds of free high-res images with good variety
- mysocialcurator.com - Sign up for a monthly subscription to get new curated images.
- nos.twnsnd.co - curated collection of free, public domain vintage photos
- startupstockphotos.com - great free ‘techy’ photos--would be best for a corporate website.
- creativemarket.com - large selection of stock & textures you can use in the .psds in step 07 below
- stock that rocks - Sign up for a monthly subscription to get new curated images.
Once you have photos chosen to use on each page, you will need to make sure they’re in the right format for Squarespace. Some photos may need to be resized to ensure that they look their best on your site. Here’s a checklist to use when prepping your photos for Squarespace. Photos should be:
- In .jpg, .gif. or .png format only. We recommend saving photos in .jpg format and logos, icons or other graphics that might need a transparent background as a .png
- Sized at 1500px wide. The one exception is if you’re using a photo for a responsive hero image or background image—those photos should be saved at 2500px wide.
- In RGB color mode (not CMYK). RGB is the color mode used for images on web. CMYK is for printed materials.
- In a sRGB color profile. Most images have this already, so no need to worry about it. However if after uploading your images to Squarespace, the colors look off, it’s worth opening the images in Photoshop to make sure they have the correct sRGB color profile.
- Less than 500 KB in file size. Squarespace can accommodate uploads up to 20 MB, but 500 KB will give you best results and load times.
TIP: If after adding photos to your site, your images or graphics look ‘fuzzy’ or ‘pixelated,’ try loading your site on different computers and different browsers. We’ve noticed sometimes images can look fuzzy in out-of-date browsers or at certain browser sizes, but it’s an issue with the browser—not with your images. Before you go resizing or reuploading your images to fix the problem, make sure it’s not just a browser issue.
After going through this tutorial, you should have selected the photos that you'll be using on your site.
In the next post, we'll be creating your graphics.