If you’re constantly looking for photos to accompany your content, you know how frustrating it can be to find decent images. I’m going to explore one option with this StockUnlimited review.
I’m sure you’ve been in the situation where you’ve needed to wade through an endless supply of average stock photos just to find one that is good enough to use. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a website with high-quality unlimited stock photos?
Well, StockUnlimited offers that and I’ve just found a deal so I’m going to take it for a spin.
What Is StockUnlimited?
StockUnlimited provides over 1 millions stock photos, images, vectors, backgrounds, icons, and more which is usually accessed via a subscription to their service. Once subscribed, you can access an unlimited amount of creative resources for your projects.
They also boast that they add thousands of new files to their library each week, so there is a constant stream of new files to check out.
There is also a function called StockUnlimited Editor which allows you to customise files for your social media.
Now that you know what the software is, let’s dive into a review of StockUnlimited.
How I found StockUnlimited
I’ve stumbled across the website quite a few times when looking for stock images for projects before, however, StockUnlimited caught my eye when it was listed on AppSumo. The deal promised 3-years of StockUnlimited for $49, so I thought I’d try it out.
After purchasing the AppSumo deal, I went through the redemption process to get my account setup. This process was pretty easy and required me to create an account and redeem a voucher code.
After getting set up, I was greeted with the home page. This is easy to use and predominantly features StockUnlimited’s core feature – finding creative assets.
What Sort Of Stock Visuals Does StockUnlimited Have?
From the above screenshot, you can see that you can key in a keyword to fuel your search. You can also use the dropdown box to the right of the search bar to find visuals in the following formats:
There is also a “free” category, but since I was a paying customer, I didn’t pay attention to this much.
You can also use the “all images” category to search through the complete library of visuals.
I searched for a few common stock images I use, including:
- Financial planner
- Pay per click
- Website design
What I found is that the categories that featured people (businesswoman) tend to have a lot more options than options for concepts (SEO). This is fine as there is still a lot of useable photos, although some categories had very few.
For example, ‘pay per click’ had five images and they were very similar.
In saying that, it was easier enough to think of another keyword to search to find a photo that would suit a project. The ease of searching was a key strength here. Sometimes you don’t know what you are looking for so you’ll follow a train of thought, punching in different keywords as your brainstorm the concept. This is very easy to do in StockUnlimited.
A quick search of the vectors available revealed many visuals that I will use in both my content and projects. There is a good mix of both vector icons as well as concept vectors that will be a welcome addition to written content.
There is a good mix of vectors and I checked across a few categories and I believe that there is plenty to choose from to suit your project.
Icons are handy with website projects as they can really add to the design of many pages.
StockUnlimited has a decent selection of icons to choose from. I checked the “SEO” and “digital marketing” icons and there was plenty that I could use.
The audio section was one that I was keen to play around with. I create video content for some of my sites and I have been looking for some sound effects to spruce up my videos a bit.
It was easy to find music that I’d use, however, it was harder to find sound effects. For example, I was looking for the “ding” sound effect for when someone has a good idea. I spent five minutes searching but couldn’t locate one I’d use.
There is still plenty of sound effects to choose from. There are literally thousands to sift through.
The editor functionality allows you to edit images within the platform. First, you’ll need to find the image you want to work with. Next, you just need to select ‘edit’ and the StockUnlimited Editor will open up.
The Editor will allow you to easily resize the image to different sizes according to the social media platform or use you’re intending to use the image for.
You can also add text to the image, including headings, subheadings, and paragraphs.
There are also a number of elements (icons, shapes, etc) that can be added to the image to customise it for your needs.
StockUnlimited Review Verdict
Before I share my final verdict, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of StockUnlimited.
- More than 1 million visuals to choose from
- Thousands of new files added weekly
- Can edit images in the platform
- Access to audio clips
- Access to a number of visual formats (photos, vectors, icons, etc)
- Images are royalty free
- No download caps. You can use as many files as you want
- Great deal on AppSumo at $49 for 3-years unlimited access
- Normal subscriptions are not lock-in. You can cancel anytime
- Money back guarantee for normal subscriptions
- Some categories (e.g. SEO) have a lack of variety. Many of the images appear the same.
- The search function for audio is lacking filters. I was looking for an effect that is less than 5 seconds long, however, the filter only allowed a “0-60 second” option.
- The StockUnlimited Editor is quite limited. There is no functionality to add brand identity (logo or colours) to an image. It’s mostly for changing the aspect ratio for social media platforms.
With all things considered, the AppSumo deal for StockUnlimited is worth the $49 investment. You’ll get access to an insane amount of photos, vectors, icons, and audio files for all your creative projects.
After this StockUnlimited review, I’ve concluded that I’ll probably be using this website beyond the 3-year term of the deal.