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Over 25 million images for all your meme-making needs.


Lauren Forgione

Internet Culture

Published May 20, 2020

Typical stock photos are pretty much known for being terrible. They’ve even inspired their own hashtags. Even the most expensive services leave a lot to be desired if you’re looking for contemporary options that are more Wired than Tired. And the free ones? Well, the number of images is limited and the usage rights can be confusing. A simpler, better, and more affordable solution is relative newcomer JumpStory, which approaches the entire stock imagery experience with technology that meets many of today’s graphic design challenges and just feels a whole lot more current and authentic.

For starters, JumpStory offers over 25 million images, illustrations, vector icons, and videos and is adding more every day (20k+ in fact). Surely, that’s the least you expect from a stock photo service. But here’s where it gets cool: JumpStory uses artificial intelligence to make your life a whole lot easier.

The AI helps you find the exact kind of images you’re looking for, thanks to TextMatch, which (if you haven’t guessed) matches some text to photos. Meaning, if you’ve already written a blog post, social media post, landing page, email marketing campaign, or anything else, you can simply paste your copy into the TextMatch search box, and JumpStory’s AI will find the best images to go along with your written content. “Best” here isn’t just a throw-away term either, because not only will the results be relevant to the copy, but they’ll also reveal which images are predicted to have the most impact on your audience—that’s the HighJumper AI tool.

There’s also standard search with helpful filters and inspirational options like categories and collections. And if you really don’t have time to hunt for the perfect image, just take advantage of the free Search Help feature that lets you send in a request to someone on the JumpStory support team who will find the images for you.

In addition, JumpStory allows you to edit images without leaving the site or needing to download them first. You can crop, insert text, adjust contrast, insert your own logo, and more, or you can one-click remove backgrounds and automatically optimize for the web.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for and edited it to your liking, do with it what you will—all assets are free to use for any personal or commercial purposes, and downloads are unlimited, so go ahead and beautify your blog, website, emails, social media, ASMR YouTube channel, or whatever else you want.

With JumpStory releasing new features and images all the time, it’s worth a monthly membership even if you’re just making Midsommar memes all day. But right now, a JumpStory™ Authentic Stock Photography: Lifetime Membership is on sale for the one-time cost of $99.99, a savings of 95%.

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*First Published: May 20, 2020, 4:03 pm CDT