The first impression of anything in life is what grabs someone’s attention, whether it is a gorgeous girl walking in the street dressed up to the nines, a cliff-hanging promo shot for a new movie, or the entrance to a shop. The first impression will make or break many businesses. Today, we are going to shed light on how you can make your Android app background images more effective and from where you can find them.
The screenshots you have added to the download page of the Android app store will give a sneak peek of your app to potential users. Of course, adding the best quality images will help you show that you have not only focused on the content of your app but have also paid attention to the smaller details that make your app stand out from the crowd.
Things to Consider Before Adding Mobile App Images
A gallery of app background images or screenshots is your opportunity to tell a story, describe the functionality of your app, begin a heart-to-heart conversation with the users. That’s why you should follow the below-mentioned tips to make images more compelling.
Well-laid Main Message
People install applications with the hope of solving their problems, facilitating the tasks, or fulfilling their dreams. So, you should always try to convey your main message to your target audience through the screenshots.
- What does your app do?
- What makes your app different from the competitors?
- What is unique about your application?
- How can your app add value?
By answering these questions through images, you can grab potential users’ attention, propelling them to install your app.
Color Scheme and Background
Color scheme of your app background images depends on the style of your product. Though you are not limited to the color scheme of your app UI design, using it to some extent can be a smart move.
Here are a few tips about choosing the colors of your screenshots:
- Colors should meet and convey the message of your app. For instance, if you create a gaming app, images should reflect its nature with bright colors.
- Don’t turn your mobile app images into a random bright spot. It can be a turn off for the users.
Add Texts on the Images
Adding capacious descriptions to the screenshots can help users understand what your app can bring to the table. The best way to leverage this opportunity is to use a call-to-action or illustrate the capabilities of your app. However, please do not overdo it. Brevity is the soul of wit, so make sure that the title shouldn’t exceed two lines.
Additional Tip: Try to present capabilities as benefits instead of a list of features because people are more likely to incline toward something that can benefit them even though they don’t know its features.
What Kind of Stock Images You Can Use For your App
Stock images break down into two main types: Royalty-Free and Rights-Managed.
For royalty-free images, you get nearly unlimited use. You can use an image in as many applications as you like, as long as you comply with the terms of the license agreement. The image is available to use when you purchase a license. Following payment of the license fee, no additional royalty payments are owed.
With rights-managed images, your right to use the image is typically restricted, with limitations placed on things such as duration of use, geographic region, industry, etc., as established by your license agreement.
Furthermore, people often think that royalty-free images are free. However, they aren’t. Royalty-free means that once a license fee is paid, the images may be used many times without paying additional fees, but the initial license is necessary to protect yourself and your clients. The fee is often based on file size, the number of permitted users as well as other factors.
Where You Can get App Background Images From
Most of the app developers want to change the background of the app to suit their style. This is not only possible with AppsGeyser’s free Android app templates, but it is also a recommendation. There are many free online sites or thumbnail creator apps from which you can take images in order to use royalty-free on your app. Some websites may charge you a small fee to download, others will give you access to the lower resolution image but charge for higher resolution images, and some websites are completely free. We suggest that the image size for backgrounds be a minimum of 1280×720.
How Can You Get a New Icon For Your App?
Many of you have asked in the past how to get a new icon image as you want something that is suitable for your brand, but you don’t have the tools to be able to design a logo icon yourself. Here are some of our favorite places to create your own logo:
Additional Tip: Never use an image without the permission of the site owner. Here are some FAQ’s related to the copyright of the images.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all images copyrighted?
Yes, all images are copyrighted. From the time it is created, a photo or other image is automatically protected by copyright.
What is copyright infringement?
Infringement can include a violation of the rights of the creator or rights holder. Examples of imagery infringement may include:
– Use of whole or part of an image without permission
– Use beyond the scope of a license or permission
– Adapting an image without permission (art rendering)
– Asking another photographer to identically recreate the image
Who’s responsible when infringement occurs?
Responsible parties may include:
– The party that infringed even if unintentionally
– Employees or others who participated in the original infringement
– Anyone who published the infringing image, whether they had knowledge or not
– Anyone who authorized or encouraged infringement
Why should I worry about copyright infringement?
Infringement of copyright may result in monetary damages, lawsuits, costly legal fees, and under some rare circumstances, criminal charges.
Surely no-one will be able to find one image on the whole of the internet?
New technology now enables copyright owners to identify unlicensed imagery and act to protect their rights. Imagery is ‘fingerprinted’ so that it can be tracked and found in use, even if it has been modified, recreated or if only part of the image has been used. The image is then flagged up to the copyright owner to check if the correct license is held.
I’m using an image I found through a Google Image search. If it’s on the internet, doesn’t that mean it’s free?
No. Just because an image is on the internet, it doesn’t mean the image is free to use. You may still need the correct license to use it. There is a difference between an image being online and an image being “in the public domain” (the term given to content that is not owned or controlled by anyone).
Is it possible to get free images legally?
Yes. There are sources of free, legal images.
Does that mean these free images have no copyright?
No. Copyright is automatically granted to the creator of any image. That copyright holder must specifically declare the image as free to use.
Is it possible to get legal protection from suppliers of free, legal images?
Not usually. Free images typically do not come with any form of legal protection. Most free images will not have model releases or property releases, and if a claim arises, the customer will be responsible for that claim.
Are there any downsides to using free images?
The quality of these images can be lower than paid-for images. The better quality free images can also be over-used, and their effectiveness may be diluted more times you see an image appearing in different places. Suppliers of free images are also unlikely to have inspection processes in place, which can increase the likelihood of a dispute arising.