Pictures have always been an integral part of the design. Unfortunately, we’ve developed accustomed to seeing cheesy stock images in suits shaking hands. A lot of these stock images are tacky and they cost a lot of money also. Thankfully, there’s been a number of growing websites with adorable stock images popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free!
Many of these photographs are licensed or free from copyright restrictions under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can edit, copy, share and perform the work, even also for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
However, some pictures may require attribution. We’ve identified some which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your research and determine how these images can be used. Here are the top 10 places to find royalty-free images.
If you open Pixabay, then you will find a wide range of images, illustrations, videos and much more for free. You can find images for various categories in Pixabay. The categories include music, sports, education, culture, animals, people, beauty and many more. Also, you get the option of different file sizes when you want to download the picture. So whichever you need, you can click on it and download the image.
This other website also has a huge stock of photos for every category. It also provides the list of best photographers, so that you can download the pictures of those famous artists. Also, the image download is available in small, large, original and custom sizes. It also has a photoshop plugin so that it becomes easy for designers to make changes to the design. I find it interesting as I use Photoshop more often.
It is an image hosting and video hosting service. But you will find high-quality pictures and that too of different variety. You can simply download the pictures or you can also sign up with your account and get more advantage of the platform. I prefer just browsing the images and you can download the images in different sizes as well as you so it is in Pixabay and Pexels.
If you are looking for vectors and illustrations then you can make use of Freepik as it offers these large images. People use this platform when I need a layout for infographics. It has great layouts. The photoshop files are available here at Freepik. And whenever there is some occasion, they add the new pictures suiting to that day. The thing is that if you are using their images for free, you need to attribute them accordingly.
5. Stock up
The collection has quality but not more in number. In its stock, it has more than 25,000 images. The website indexes photos from Burst by Shopify, Life of Pix, splitshire, Refe, good jumbo, Pic Stock to name a few. Each picture is licensed and original.
The website is such that anyone can have their images and is copyright-free under the upsplash license. It also showcases the trending pictures and its collection of photos is really beautiful. If you think you are good at clicking photos, then you can also share your pictures on the website.
Another place to download pictures from its wide categories. Also, below its search bar, it displays the popular searches people are making for pictures all over the world. It also has a “Trending” section on which you can see various popular images that people are downloading. If you want you can also submit your original images.
Basically, it is a photography community that you can also join if you want to. Also, there are attractive and beautiful images available of people, landscapes, cities, animals, and nature. All the pictures are not completely free but there is a creative commons section that has pictures that are free to use.
9. Freerange stock
You can also download as well as join the community with Freerange Stock. It has a wide range of pictures of people, industry, landscape, food to name a few. You can have the pictures for personal use and also for commercial purposes. If you want you can edit the pictures on Pixlr and then use the photos in blogs or websites.
You can download it’s free as well as premium stock images. You can use it for websites, advertising, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, music artwork, and many more purposes. The images are produced by their community of stock photographers and digital illustrators.
We have given you a pretty much hefty list of websites from where you can get high-quality photographs for free. So, just bookmark these websites as you need not worry about the heavy subscription amount of photo websites like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto.