You might be a blogger who is looking for free images to use in your blog posts or maybe you’re a youtuber looking for high-quality images to use in your videos or perhaps you’re a web designer finding free images for your sites. Whatever your career is, you surely agree that finding free images for blogs, websites and other projects for commercial use is difficult since most images from search engine results are subject to copyright.
Some websites offer free images for personal use only – e.g. wallpapers – but do not allow you to use it for commercial use. Commercial use means someone is using it for posters, websites, business cards and other publishing materials that could be used to generate income. Also, there are websites like shutterstock that allow you to download free images but they put watermarks on their images.
But there are websites that offer free images that can be used commercially. Although the number of photos stored in these websites is much fewer than searching through search engines, it still is more practical since you don’t have to worry that somebody will sue you for using copyrighted works.
How come it’s free?
Most websites that offer free images are using Creative Commons License. This license enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A creative commons license is used when an author or an artist wants to give people the right to share, use and build upon a work that they have created. If you want to know more about Creative Commons License please visit their website.
Here are the 10 best Websites that offer Free Images.
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01 . Pexels
Pexels has a large database of free stock photos with over 40, 000 photos and receives at least 3,000 new high-resolution photos every month. Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All of these free photos are sourced from a community of photographer and from other free image websites like Pixabay.
Site URL : https://www.pexels.com
Like Pexels, Pixabay releases all their photos under Creative Commons CC0 license, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes. Pixabay doesn’t support hotlinking – linking their images to your website using a link, but they provide an API (Application Programming Interface) which developers can use to access photos and using it to their websites.
Site URL : https://pixabay.com
With a tagline of “Free images for creatives, by creatives”, Morguefile website offers free photo archives. It is founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996. It is called morguefile because a morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference — an inactive job file. This term was popular with newspapers to describe the file that held past issues flats. Although it has also been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers, and teachers as well. It has evolved and in modern usage, its scope has expanded to cover many post-production materials for use of reference.
Site URL : https://morguefile.com
FreeImages website offers more than 18,000 images and you can search through 89 categories. This website is a high-quality resource for digital stock photography for use by all. All images on FreeImages are free to use on websites, printed materials and anywhere you need photos for illustration and design use. Images provided don’t have watermarks, it is free of charge for both commercial and personal use under an attribution license.
Site URL : http://freeimages.co.uk
Lifeofpix is another site that offers free stock photos. This website is full of high-resolution images. It is an awesome community of photographers that share their best shots. Lifeofpix team will elect a Photographer of the Week every week. You can search images by its categories like animals, architecture, beach, nature, and people to name a few.
Site URL : http://www.lifeofpix.com
StockSnap curates the highest quality images from a pool of submissions and features them on the site free for download. Stocksnap advertises itself as the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos. All photos uploaded on StockSnap are released for free under CC0 license and do not require attribution. Its long-term vision is to create an amazing community of photographers that want to share their work with the world.
Site URL : https://stocksnap.io
Freerangestock is another website that allows free images. Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use for free. The images are either uploaded by in-house photographers or from the community of talented photographers. Once the image is uploaded, the photo is enhanced and keyworded. Some of the images are manipulated in Photoshop to make them more elegant.
Site URL : https://freerangestock.com
Unsplash has over 300,000 free high-resolution photos from the world’s most generous community of photographers. It claims that it has thousands of photos added every day. You can find inspiration from their featured photos or you can search to find and download exactly what you’re looking for. If you try to search a keyword, then chances are you can find thousands of results from their huge database of high-resolution photos.
Site URL : https://unsplash.com
Gratisography is another site which provides free high-resolution pictures. This site is a project of Ryan McGuire. Downloading high-resolution version of an image from Gratisography is very simple, you just click the image or you can hover over the image and click the download button. You can also browse images from its categories such as animals, nature, objects, people, urban and whimsical. Another awesome feature of this website is that you can download a bundle of pictures of the same subject.
Site URL : https://gratisography.com
10. Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr is a very popular image and video hosting website and services suite. While most photos on Flickr are All Rights Reserved, which means you cannot use them unless you contact the photographer and get an email back from them giving you permission, many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
Site URL : https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons