Unsplash is ubiquitous for web designers.  The images are free to use and share, the quality is beautiful and there are literally thousands to choose from.

There are a few ways that I have been using Unsplash to curate collections and collaborate with clients which has proven productive and efficient and I thought I would share.

To utilize these features I suggest you create a (free) account.

using unsplash to collaborate with clients | join

Then, click on Collections.

This screen will show you all kinds of curated collections.  Look for View Your Collections.

how to set up collections on unsplash

You may not yet have any collections, which is fine, simply click on the New Collection button.  If you have collections, you will get a nice overview of all of them on this screen. 

Once you have a collection, you will want to begin adding photos.  To do this go to the Search Bar at the top of the page and input a term: people, yoga, office, travel, etc.  By default, you will see (hopefully) a bunch of photos.  The lovely feature within Unsplash is not only will you see photos related to your search term, you will be able to toggle to Collections and see curated collections with that search term or filter by Users and see all users with that search term as their name.  The following three images show you what you will see if you use the search term yoga:

all photos for search terms in unsplash collections by search term in unsplash (1) users by search terms in unsplash

You may really like a person’s collection or a user and then you can save their photos or follow them.

If you want to add a photo to your Collection, click + Collect

Liking a Photo on Unsplash

Then you will be able to add the photo to a collection you have created or create a new collection.  Simply click the collection you wish to save the image to (that collection will highlight green and show a little check mark).

saving a photo to a collection in unsplash

If you wish to keep the collection private between you and the client, choose the collection from your dashboard view and click on Edit on the right hand side.

how to edit collection settings in unsplash to set privacy

At the bottom of the dialogue box you will see Make collection private, simply tick that box.

What I then do is send the client the URL of the collection.  I ask them to add / delete or select their favorites.  To remove a photo from the collection, click on the +Collect button, and when you get the Add to Collection pop up screen, click on the collection (which will be highlighted in green) and it will be removed.

One other thing I want to mention about Unsplash searching is that you can search by a photographer.  In the bottom left of images, you will see a name and avatar, if you click here you will see all the photos that person has contributed.  This is great if you like a particular style or theme.

How do you collaborate with clients when it comes to finding images?  Let me know in the comments, I love tips.

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EIleen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan was an integral part of this company. Unfortunately, Eileen Passed away on the 31st of October 2018 after a short battle with Cancer. She leaves behind the legacy of the Divi Theme Users Group and hundreds of people that she helped through coaching, building outstanding websites and just being - accessible. We miss her every day!
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