Hey DN friends!
We’re continuing to chat with designers about which tasks they are performing frequently that are ripe for workflow streamlining/simplification. One such task that kept popping up over and over again was the usage of stock imagery within designs.
That’s why I’m excited to announce a new plugin today that we’ve created in close partnership with our friends at Getty Images: Craft Stock. The new Craft Stock plugin lets you quickly search, comp, license, and download high-quality imagery without ever leaving the context of Sketch or Photoshop. Plus it provides full-access to the massive, high-quality stock libraries of both iStock and Getty Images.
Give it a go and let us know what you think, we’ve been using it internally for sometime and its been a major productivity boost for our team. As always- we welcome your feedback! Enjoy!
Great add on to crafts already great list of functionality.
Thanks Jason- really appreciate it! Let us know how it goes.
This is cool overall (esp for clients that have a Getty / iStock account already and like these types of images).
My personal feedback:
One thing that was tricky for me was the watermark and the masking implementation (vs making it an image fill). The former, I get. It'd be easier to rob images without the watermark but makes the design look awful in a 'suggest-phase.'
For this, I wonder what Getty/iStock can suggest or do here to help me sell stock photos to clients? I want to use it, but I'm going to keep using Unsplash and not dirty up my designs with watermarked af photos.
The masking one makes manipulation/responsive harder for me but maybe it's just me.
Last thing, the many many many updates (sometimes per day) for Craft- Why? Restarting so often is annoying and the plugin pops these notifications up when I'm trying to work. I like the updates, wishing they were a little more bundled? I'm griping, so apologies for that (I do really love Craft and InVision fwiw :D ).
Aubrey- always can count on you for great feedback- thank you! Responding to a couple items here that are within my purview:
We tried a few different options on the masking implementation. We originally had this as a fill like our Unsplash implementation (in Data plugin) but it becomes difficult to crop or re-center stock when you take this approach. For landscapes, architecture, and similar thats not a problem with the fill approach, but when you get into portraiture or specific focal regions, re-positioning becomes more crucial. Hence the approach we took here- hope that makes sense.
We hear you on the many updates- we've been actively playing with some alternate solutions here. Hopefully our eagerness to iterate and improve shows through in this but we agree its not a stellar experience when you'r getting multiple updates in a short window of time. Updates within a given timeframe will be bundled in the future as we play with time tolerances for popping these to users. Its always a balance of wanting to make sure users have the latest and greatest while not becoming 'overeager' in the process and fatiguing folks. Duly noted- will up-level to the team.
Thanks so much!
couldn't have said better! +1
This is pretty cool! Being able to preview your designs in hi-res before commiting to buying a photo saves a lot of time (and money). If you're someone that needs to constantly get stock images, I would recommend using an iStock plan. It's way more affordable than buying the pics individually, and the selection is still pretty good.
Thank you, InVision! Adding cheesy pics of business people in meetings, wearing power suits, smiling to the camera, and shaking hands, to my designs had never been easier!!! (jk)
Thanks Pablo! You are most definitely a 'pan de Dios' in my book. :) As you get more opportunity to play with this, hit me up and let me know what you think. Would love to continue to improve upon this overtime.