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Where to Find Free Images Online

Posted By Stacey Roberts 20th of March 2015 General 98

In a perfect world, we could all take amazing photos, edit them scrupulously, and somehow manage to have enough props and stylish flair to snap the exact image you need to illustrate your post.

In the real world, we have access to other talented people who do that instead!

A roundup of places to find free images online for your blog or social media

I’ve lost count of the posts I’ve pinned, sent to Evernote, or emailed to myself that round up great places to find free images on the internet. To save myself that headache (and hopefully you too!) here they all are, finally, in one place. Pin it for yourself!

Tweet this: 27 Places to Find Free Images Online: @veggie_mama + @ProBlogger

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Pexels

Pexels

from their site: All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So thatattribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons has almost 25 million freely usable media files. You need to read their Reuse guide to check out the licensing requirements, though.

Getty Images

Getty Images has more than 50 million embeddable images – just hover over  an image and click the </> icon to get the code to paste into your post.

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Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Images are bloggers who have curated all the images in the public domain they’ve come across in one handy place. Both modern and vintage images to choose from.

Free Images

Free Images (previously stock.XCHNG) have stricter requirements with their licensing, so do check each image before use. Option to purchase other photos as well.

Open Photo

Open Photo has plenty of images, vectors, and even video to choose from.

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New Old Stock

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is full of vintage photos from public archives, free of known copyright restrictions. You could scroll for hours!

Picography

As Picography says: Free high resolution photos. Use them however you like.

Creative Market

Creative Market is a paid service, with a weekly grab-bag of free images, fonts and other goodies to use on your blog.

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Stokpic

Stokpic

Stokpic not only has beautiful images totally free to use for personal or commercial use, they will also email you a package of 10 every two weeks. Their image categories are listed right at the top so you can see at a glance if they have something you’re looking for.

Foodies Feed

All food, all the time.

Stockvault

A very easy search function lets you find exactly what you’re looking for straight away on Stockvault. You can read the permitted usage terms here.

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Unsplash

Unsplash

A great selection of images, to which 10 new ones are added every 10 days. There isn’t any search function or categories list, which can make it hard to find something specific, but the current images are laid out in a grid format for you to view.

Photopin

Photopin has free photos for bloggers and creatives, which are accessed from the search bar on their home page.

A Prettier Web

A Prettier Web has beautiful (and quite girly) free images for bloggers and creatives.

Picjumbo

Picjumbo

Picjumbo

Picjumbo has categories of free images on the left-hand side to help you find what you’re looking for. Everything from abstracts to weddings.

SplitShire

Click the menu box on the upper right-hand-side of SplitShire to find the categories, otherwise, scroll through the offerings.

Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo has a bundle of free images that get sent to subscribers each month, usually in a theme.

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Gratisography

If you’re looking for something quirky and fun, you’ll find it at Gratisography.

Morguefile

To use some of the images at Morguefile, you’ll need to ask permission and link back to the creator, but they’re free and hi-res.

Dreamstime

An easy-to-use list of categories shows itself when you are on the “free images” section of the Dreamstime site.

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Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay has tons of public domain vectors, drawings, and photos – all for free. A captcha is necessary prior to download, or you can sign up.

FreeFoto

FreeFoto has 132549 free images to use with attribution and linkback.

iStock

Part of Getty Images,iStock has free photos, illustrations, video, audio, and editorial files in weekly batches.

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Boss Fight

Boss Fight has one mission: To be your final “Boss Fight” when it comes to finding completely free (do whatever you want) stock images, photos, and photography.

Flickr Creative Commons

Flickr Creative Commons is constantly updated with people all over the world sharing their photos for use. Do check each attribution licence, however, as some are stricter than others.

StockSnap

StockSnap also has royalty-free images with no attribution required.

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And not technically photos, but Entypo has 411 pictograms for use on websites. Fun!

Where are your favourite places to get images? Are you a photographer yourself?

 

Stacey is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama or be entertained on Facebook.

About Stacey Roberts
Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama, follow on Pinterest for fun and useful tips, peek behind the curtain on Instagramand Snapchat, listen to her 90s pop culture podcast, or be entertained on Facebook.
Comments
  1. Hey Stacy,

    Wow I just felt like I hit the jack pot! I was looking for places where I can find good free images and I happened to run into this blog post. All I have to say is that the Universe responded well with this one!

    Thanks for the share and I will bookmark this!

  2. What a nice idea! It’s very helpful for me. I have try to following your great idea. Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. This is a very useful list. You seem to have covered them all. Thanks… Have been looking for more options and this post has so many!!

  4. I was selling my stock, but last weekend I made them all free. I have a collection of over 600+ images (taken by me), that are great for blogs! Hope some readers here will come have a look!
    http://www.blogchickablog.com/shop

  5. wow! awesome share and thank you for your list. my personal liking is pixel-peeper.com for high resolution image.

  6. Hey thanks for the list of free images. This will definitely help me for my photoshops and image editing. I have also saved this page for reference and quick guide.

  7. Wow – this is awesome. Thank you so much. Pixabay especially is a great find. My blogs are going to get more gorgeous from here on in :->

  8. Hi,
    Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, especially travel photos, appreciate it if you add it to your list. Thanks.

  9. Thanks for the incredible list of free image sources. Glad to see Getty on the list so I can embed their images for free. Usually photo agencies charge an arm and a leg for pictures of celebrities. This list has a little something for bloggers looking for every kind of pic :-)

  10. Currently I’m using the Google Image Search Filters to search for the images because at these photo websites I don’t get the exact type of photos for my blog posts that can be modified to look different and dedicated for the blog posts I’m going to publish.

    Thanks for this resource list because I always care for the copyright infringement or say I always care for not getting those copyright claim emails.

  11. Excellent!! I found a few more sites I hadn’t head about. I *love* Pixaby. And thanks for letting us know which sites are totally free with editable pics. Sometimes it is hard to find that info on the site AND it’s written in legal jargon. Can’t wait to find some awesome pictures!!

  12. These are great sources of images, Stacy! From our survey, the biggest challenge for most bloggers is to have a source of free images and also making sure they don’t run into copyright issues. I’m putting together a free ebook with image resources and I have most of these, but not all. I’ll go check them out, thanks! :)

  13. As a promotional video maker, I have to play with images. This post is very helpful. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful resources of free images.

  14. This is great resource. I have already found many amazing photos.Thanks for sharing and putting it together.

  15. I search my images always on https://plixs.com large collection and good search features.

  16. a huge list, i hope the best i’ve ever found so far :)

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