Image and Photo Research January 7, 2009Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Design Resources, Inspiration, Museums and Exhibitions , trackback
The following is a list of great resources for high resolution photographs and images that you can use to create inspiring mood boards.
- Ecstasy Lover – Super high quality fashion magazine scans. Great resource for mood board images of customer types and faces when you don’t want the clothes to be too obvious. Good moody photographs.
- Foto Decadent – More high resolution fashion magazine scans. Not very easy to navigate or search (click the link beneath each photo to access the high quality version of each photo and more from that article) but it has a good, very broad variety of avant-garde fashion images.
- Morgue File – While you can use the search feature on this site to look for just about anything, I find it particularly useful as a source for photographs of various textures (over 9,000 related images) and fabric (over 900 related images) that you can use in your CAD work to add realistic rendering to your illustrations.
- Dr. Macro – Are you inspired by old movies and Hollywood starlets? Or perhaps just vintage garments? Then visit Dr. Macro for the best scans of old movie star photographs from the 1920′s, 1930′s and 1940′s.
- Life Magazine Images
- Old Picture - Extensive collection of historical hi-res photographs. Images from the 1850 to 1940.
- Free Stock Photography – High resolution photographs. Including some good images of nature and background surfaces. Watermark free.
- Yale Image Library – Search Yale University’s 200,000 digitized images of photographs, illuminated manuscripts, maps, works of art, and books.
- Smug Mug – High resolution searchable amateur photography. Including some great floral images and interesting old photos scanned in from family archives. Mostly without watermarks.
- Smithsonian Images – The Smithsonian encourages students to use their images in class projects as long as credit is given to both the Smithsonian and the photographer. Vast resource but few very high quality images.
- Smithsonian on Flickr
Online resources for fonts, branding, and color palettes.
- 101 Color Resources for Web Designers - Although created for web designers, there are several resources on this site to help you choose colors for a collection.
- Color Palette Generator – Enter the URL for any image and this site will create a color palette to match that image.
- DaFont – Download from thousands of free fonts to use in Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Brands of the World – Vector files of the most well known consumer brands logos.