Hey leigh, I knew you noted royalty free, but for a lot of people, it is more fulfilling to take a crummy pic of their own stuff and put it online than take something freely provided online. Call me silly, but if I put flowers other people took on my site and didn't use my own, I wouldn't enjoy what I created as much. It might be more of a stretch doing it for a chess site, but that is still a legitimate idea to take a picture instead of grabbing someone else's, free though they may be, images
No, you're not silly ... I haven't disagreed with you at all about taking own pics. That I totally agree with and understand what you're saying, Miraenda
. I do all my own graphics, as well, but not so much cuz it's more fulfilling for me, it's what I do, I'm an artist, LOL
But, I feel that for someone who isn't artistically inclined or doesn't have a camera, or for that matter just won't get around to doing it if they have to do it themselves, then royalty free images are a good way to go
In fact, many graphic designers use royalty free (or paid-for) images for their ads, brochures, etc. because sometimes it's just easier and faster to use something already done - gets the job finished in a timely and less expensive manner.
Also, if mussavcom
didn't so happen have chess pieces lying around (I don't, so I would have probably used royalty free art for that, cuz it's faster, easier, less expensive than having to create my own - especially for a website like that where "custom" images are not that important), then he'd either have to go out and buy some, or ask a friend, etc. then he may never get around to doing it.
That's also why many people use premade templates for their websites instead of creating their own (or use a software like Dreamweave or FrontPage instead of hand-coding), cuz their goal and fulfillment is not to have to create a custom site from scratch, but to just get one up, finished fast and looking good.
So, I don't feel that we are disagreeing with each other here, we just have suggestions for people who can utilize any/all of those methods