Did you know that microstock images encompass more than just photographs and vector graphics? That’s right, virtually any artwork that can be rendered to a JPG image can be sold as microstock. This means a world of possibilities for artists of all types.
Whether you design abstract textures and backgrounds, paint watercolors, create 3D and computer generated graphics, or draw by hand, there is a market for you to sell your art on microstock sites.
What can be confusing is that each microstock site classifies these types of artwork differently. On some sites, such as iStockphoto, the Illustration category only includes vector graphics. iStockphoto puts all JPG graphics under the Photos classification.
On other sites, such as Dreamstime, a search of their Illustrations category includes not only vector graphics, but also 3D and Computer generated, hand drawn, and other artistic images.
(Quick Definition: A vector is a graphics format that uses shapes and lines, called paths, instead of pixels. These are created with software such as Adobe Illustrator, and have an extension of .EPS, or Encapsulated PostScript. Unlike JPGs, vector graphics are resolution independent, so they can be resized as large as needed without loss of quality.)
So the same JPG abstract background image created in Photoshop may fall under Photos on one site, and fall under Illustrations on another site.
The line between “Microstock Photos” and “Microstock Illustrations” is very blurred across agencies. But the important thing for artists isn’t necessarily how your images are categorized, but the fact that microstock does provide an opportunity to sell your type of artistic images.
If you create your artwork by hand, you will need to convert it into a digital format. You can do this either by scanning it or taking a photo of it. Once it’s digital, you’re good to go.
So whether you create your artwork digitally or by hand, you can sell your work on microstock sites. The important thing is to develop your own unique creativity and style, and build your portfolio with images that have commercial value and capture the attention of buyers.
Do you have a unique art that you plan to sell as microstock. Please let us know by commenting below.