Limited Edition Stock Photos Starring Vince Vaughn and Friends

Getty Images’ iStock is promoting Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming Vince Vaughn film Unfinished Business with stereotypically banal stock photos. Vaughn—along with Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco—makes cameo appearances in the sterile “look how much fun working in an office where we all dress in the same blue/black/white color palette is” images via the wonders of Photoshop. With descriptions like “Portrait of multi-racial business team…enjoying victory on white background” and “…dashing business leader…standing confidently with arms crossed at the head of his team,” I just knew I had to have them!

The photos, twelve in all, are being released in sets of four each week. My Facebook feed is abuzz with my designer friends letting me know about the photos, so naturally we have spent the week pondering our grand plans to use them in upcoming projects. Well, let’s just curb our enthusiasm for a moment, shall we? While the promotion is a brilliant use of the oft-mocked office stock photo, it is just that: a promotion. And, as such, the photos are not to be used in any commercial endeavor. Licensed “for editorial use only,” they can be used in blogs, news sources, and other editorial situations and every photo comes watermarked with the iStock/Getty name. Amusingly, that limitation hasn’t kept The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) from including the images and tagging them as “stills from Unfinished Business.”

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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