Pictures are of course a really good way to deliver a quick message or give more substance to a content piece. We process an image a lot quicker than we do paragraphs of text. We are also hardwired to visual interpretation, our attention is grabbed more by imagery.
Pictures cause an emotive response in us all, both positive and negative. Which will therefore only benefit the sharing of the piece/article/blog/post/artwork.
Yes, there are stock websites that you may have a more vast selection on but this comes at a premium.
Therefore (and in no particular order of rank), please see 25 awesome websites that live to give you images to use ROYALTY FREE!
Freerange was formed to provide free photos for commercial and non commercial use. They have a massive community of contributing photographers and have a vetting process to ensure only great photos are made available for use.
Skitterphoto offers a wide range of free stock images and encourages those in the creative industry to join to provide more. It has a lot of features you would expect including a category filter and a big old search bar across the middle of the screen. However a nice touch is the ‘Admin Picks’ curation, so that users can see recent pictures that have been handpicked from the others. Otherwise you could just click on the other filter ‘Newest Photos’ and weed out your own.
Whilst the images are still super cool and super free, the Unsplash community works a little differently. You sign up and get an email every 10 days of 10 free pics. This works particularly well for those who like inspiration for content, otherwise if you have a lot of storage – store them up!
Unsplash proudly work with a number recognisable brands in the web community including Slack, Squarespace & Trello.
Life of Pix is a brilliant tool more specifically created for Photographers to get their work noticed. If you particularly like a photographer, say their images really fit your brand and/or messaging then you can follow their profile. Otherwise sit back and see weekly showcasing of photographers work in ‘Photographer of the week’.
Probably the most simplistic of all the offerings here. It does exactly what the title suggests, this is perfect for Start ups and pitches. They have done away with any search facility to allow the user to see everything, simply keep clicking ‘load more’ to see the full offering.
Gratisography is a load of fun. Whilst they don’t appeal to those who want specific images of an object (they do have some), it offers a more interesting take on imagery. It’s a great source to support content for the likes of a blog main image or maybe an inclusion on a banner. It’s very easy to navigate with simple filters to make sure your searches are short.
With 13 categories from architecture to vehicles and a strong offering of hundreds of images, Libreshot can’t be ignored in this list. There is a vast amount of diversity of images so users can be sure to have a lot of choice.
Stocksnap.io is one of the more user friendly of the list. Offering a good search function to aide seeking out specific subject matter. You can also filter by the date of uploaded pictures and the most popular in terms of views and whether they have been favourited. Cool free stock image website indeed.
Stokpic offers 16 search categories and on sign up allows access to a huge collection of images. The website also offers a search facility as well as vast array of the latest uploaded pictures presented on the home page.
Styledstock makes the fold as it is specific in its demographic approach. The images it curates are simply more feminine. This is a good resource for those that particularly target this demographic. Click on ‘Our Images’ in the menu and you are presented with a search bar and a number of filtering choices to help the user hone in on the imagery they are looking for.
Negative Space is a pun intended. The platform aims to be like the negative space in regard to being the blurred area that maximises the thing that is showed off. It is another platform that aims to support photographers getting worldwide attention to their work. There is a good filter system through categories and search functionality.
ISO Republic aims to fill the space of being a free stock image provider specifically for professionals in the creative industry. They boast a selection of over 2,500 free stock photos. The user journey is super clean with category filters and a search bar for specific subject matter.
From the same garage as ISO Republic as you would imagine from the title it is more specific to those in the industry of food and drink. They have over 1,200 free stock photos and are quickly adding to that so that they are very much a niche resource. Otherwise the functionality is much the same as ISO Republic which makes for a good experience for the user.
Similar to Foodie Factor this is specific in its target audience. However, choice of free stock photo sources is great isn’t it. FoodiesFeed doesn’t disappoint With over 800 free stock images this is a resource that makes you very hungry at the least!
Pexels have over 30,000 free stock images and aim to add 3,000 new hi-resolution pictures every month. That is quite the collection on offer. Similarly to a number of the others on the list the search facility and categories help to narrow down the subject matter. They have a wide community of contributors including a handful from this list.
Ooo we love a disruptive name, and this collection doesn’t disappoint. Death to the Stock Photo provide high quality free stock images that are quite simply, very cool and fit the needs of bloggers and content sharers. As a user you will need to give your email address and be sent pictures straight to your inbox.
Fancy Crave position themselves as a move away from ‘cheesy stock photos’ rather, they hand select and curate pictures that may offer a more emotive response from the viewer. On a daily basis they give away two free handpicked images to be used freely. With 18 categories and a search function the platform is easy to navigate and hone in on that all important fitting pic.
Pixabay aims to be a community of creatives that share royalty free images. It boasts of over one million pictures, vectors and art illustrations. It is super easy to use with a massive, cannot be missed search bar on the home screen to allow the user to be more prescriptive in regard to the image they are seeking.
Splitshire offer a wealth of free stock images but also a whole host of free videos too. The curation of the platform is super clean and the images are very cool. With thousands of pictures that are free to use, and setup by Graphic Designer and Photographer Daniel Nanescu who freely admits that this venture started as a way to get views on pictures that (gathering dust on hard disks) wouldn’t have otherwise seen the light of day.
Jay makes a beautiful statement on his website: ‘Free pics. Do anything. Make magic. Clearly a graphic designer who loves to support creativity and the images he has curated on to this space don’t disappoint.
The original concept of this platform was to signup via email and get 7 free photos every 7 days. You can now log on to the website and download the zips week by week. The reason the process has changed is there is a sad story behind this website. The founder Nic died suddenly, another victim of S.A.D.S (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome). We felt that to disclude this website would dishonor what Nic was trying to do and limit the free stock image hunters from some exceptional pictures. Besides, aligned to the wishes of Nic’s family; further education of what S.A.D.S is has got to be good.
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Having these resource available to you means that you can create beautiful, shareable content with strong emotive imagery to really grab your audience’s attention.
This is a very cool thing and the number of designer and creative led free stock websites is expanding, with both generic and demographic specific new launches happening regularly. So keep your eyes peeled for updates to this post and we’ll help you Do More! ;- )