Images and Photography

All images utilized in the design, development, and/or maintenance of KSU Web pages must have approval for use, either from the photographer and/or the individual(s) represented in the photograph.

KSU maintains a photography database that features images of faculty, staff, students, campuses, and buildings; Web authors are encouraged to make use of these images in the design, development and/or management of KSU Web pages. This collection is available at

Stock photography services may be utilized in the development of Web pages; however, permissions must be secured for all images and photography. If assistance is needed to generate stock photography, contact UITS WebGroup. Because permissions are required, stock photography obtained through a general Internet search is not allowed on official University Web pages.

Personal photography may be utilized; however, these images must be used with permission.

High quality photography should be utilized for all official University Web pages. Full-color images are preferred; black and white images may be allowed for historic images.

Main banner images and rotators on homepages (and when used on interior page) must be hi-res with pixel dimensions of 1920x500.

Maximum file size for images and photography is 1 MB, optimized for the Web.

Photography and image sizes are determined by the Modern Campus Omni CMS template. For further information, see Section 1.4, Snippets and Icons.

File Formats

The following file formats are appropriate for Web page development: JPEG, PNG, and GIF.

Note that, unless transparency is necessary, JPEG files are recommended. If transparency is necessary, however, Web authors should make use of PNG files. GIF files should be limited to logos and branding elements because of the file format’s color limitations.

Best Practices for Images/Photography

  • Ensure relevancy to content
  • Understand the importance of photography for visual explanation
  • Consider the benefit of breaking up large bodies of text with images and photography
  • Be aware of sizing and layout constraints when selecting images and photography
  • Refresh images and photography every six months to one year
  • Always use photography and images with permission


Because Websites rely on photography and images to tell stories, captions on individual Web pages should be used sparingly. However, some instances necessitate captions for context (e.g. banner photography on the KSU homepage). In these cases, captions are typed in a small box on top of the photograph. Within this box, a level 2 heading is used as a headline; the body text is typed underneath the heading. Both headline and body text are left-aligned. Brief phrases should be favored over complete sentences with end punctuation.