Images are like coffee to website owners and bloggers on a winter morning. Free images are like free coffee; they can be great and at times do not hit the spot. When you are starting off with a blog, you would definitely be wanting to keep costs low and one area where most do not splash for is images.
Every blog that talks about blogging has at least one post that shows you where to find free images. The irony is none of them have a visual guide. So we went ahead and created a visual guide to finding free images online.
Hopefully, this is the only page you would need to bookmark for your free image quest. By the way, you can use any of our Infographics on your site free of cost we just need a link for our hard work. Here are 28 sources for free images.
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1. Pexels – Has made things easy by using Creative Commons Zero (CC0). This allows you to use any image from them without the need for credit or links for personal and commercial use.
2. Wikimedia Commons – Collection of over 26 million image files. They are growing every day as anyone can contribute to their gallery.
3. GettyImages – 50 million images that are embeddable. You have to search for an image and copy the code to embed the image.
4. Public Domain Archive – Publish images weekly, they have both modern and vintage images. Public Domain archive is a collection of free images around the web curated by bloggers.
5. Free Images – I used their images at the start. Their free images are not that eye catching but they do have a paid image option as well.
6. Open Photo – Open Photo offers curated open source photos under the creative commons license. You can find great nature pictures here.
7. New Old Stock – Exactly as the name says, vintage pictures. All pictures can be used for personal and non-commercial use. Pictures in pro photo pack can be used commercially.
8. Picography – Awesome hi-resolution pictures available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
9. Creative Market – Is a paid service but with free weekly goodies like images, fonts and themes.
10. Stokpic – Great collection of quality, free pictures for both personal and commercial use. You can easily search using the categories of the images. They also have vector files and videos.
11. Foodies Feed – 230,000+ free hi-resolution food images.
12. Stockvault – 55K modern and colourful images; they are not all free so do check.
13. Unsplash – Free hi-resolution images that are colourful and vibrant. Unsplash has plenty of nature and global iconic location pictures for example, the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge. They do not have a search function and it is hard find the image you want but they display the free images in a grid.
14. Photopin – Searches Flikr creative common images and provides proper attribution links.
15. A Prettier Web – Provides free feminine images and themes.
16. Picjumbo – 1.7 million downloads in about 18 months speaks volumes of their collection which is easy to navigate using categories and tags.
17. SplitShire – Categorised from abstract to weddings and an option to download 500 images in bulk is a handy feature. No attribution required and you can use the images how you want for personal and commercial use.
18. Death to the Stock Photo – You can get access to the complete library for $15 per month or get free image packs emailed to you monthly.
19. Gratisography – If you are looking for something funny, quirky or outside the norm then there is a good chance you will find those types of images here.
20. Morguefile – Free hi-res images, some have no restrictions and some need permission and a link back to the creator. You can find some quirky images here as well.
21. Dreamstime – Known for their paid collection of images. They also have a free images tab which is handy. Do check out their free logos and banners.
22. Pixabay – Great collection of over 400K pictures and vector files for designers available free of cost.
23. FreeFoto – 130K images with 3.6K categories; they can be used with attribution and a link back.
24. iStock – Free weekly images, with audio, video, cartoon or animated image files.
25. Boss Fight – Great Pics with no strings attached. The objective of this site is to be the boss of free stock images in one location.
26. Flickr Creative Commons – Flikr has some of the most creative and vibrant pics. Some are free to use without any attribution and some require proper mention so do check the licensing requirement.
27. Stock Snap – Royalty free hi-res pics without attribution provided under CC0.
28. Google Images – Everyone knows about Google Images but they are not all free to use. If you click on ‘Search Tools’ under Google images then you can select a ‘usage right’ that suits your need. Google Images is a bit of a hit and miss but you never know when it can be handy.
Engaging images will hang onto the reader’s attention. Why? The human brain processes pictures faster than plain text; that’s why Infographics are considered cool and popular. I am sure you are aware of the saying “a picture speaks a thousand words?” Pictures are shared more often in Facebook and Twitter compared to plain text content. Pinterest is the fastest growing website on earth and is completely devoted to visual content, surely that means something.
Consumers have a lot of choices these days so don’t think you can get away with plain text content like in the 90’s.
Use the resources for free images wisely. One may be better than the other; one may have better images for a particular niche. Always check the licencing requirements and give credit where it is due. Including engaging images within your content is a must for readability, comprehension, user experience, social sharing, Pinterest shares, storytelling and much more. Let’s create a visual web together.