Keywording Tips from a DT Keymaster

posted on 28th of march, 2014

These tips are presented from a buyer’s perspective and from my experience in keymastering many images. I worked at companies that purchased stock images and designers at those large companies needed to be able to find images fast and easy. They did not spend a lot of time refining searches, nor care who the photographer/illustrator was. They paid what they had to if the image fit their need and if they found the perfect image in a short amount of time they came back for more.

Please note: all image examples were chosen as visual aids, not necessarily because of their keywords.

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Posted by Attilasimon on December 11, 2014
Excellent article, thanks!
Posted by Red on December 07, 2014
Many of my images have less than 30 keywords. Does that requirement still pop up? I thought that was eliminated. I know you have to have a certain number of words in the title and description. No 30 word requirement pops up when I'm keywording my images and looking at the latest photos shows many with only 5 keywords (take a look). If it does and that is a problem go to edit after the image is approved and delete the keywords you don't think add anything to limit them to the most useful. Many images here have less than 30 keywords including some of yours (Cocoa) so I'm not sure what your question is referring to.
Posted by Byharald on December 07, 2014
I don't have a problem with too many keywords. What irritates me in fact is that there is a minimum number. If I have a picture of, say, a red cloth, that's it, there's my keywords. But then I am compelled to add another 8 keywords that I don't want to add! I have to get increasingly distant from the actual content of the image.

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