Over 40 Image Sources & Tools For Free Stock Photos, Images & Cliparts

Free Stock Photos
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Like every other blogger, I have been using Google Images for Clip art, Images, and Photos for my blog even though I didn’t want to. But recently I created a Lifestyle blog for a friend and advised her to use Flickr for images.

I was totally impressed by her image searching capability and decided to use Flickr for my blog as well. Again, the blogpost by Roni Loren titled “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” was a total eye-opener.

I read that article a couple of days back and got to action. Why? Because Roni said that we can get sued for using those clip-arts, stock images, and photos which we get from Google Images. I have often, like most of you, royally ignored the warning message from Google which says “Images may be subject to copyright.” while previewing images.

So where can you get images from now? Use images with a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons Attribution License indicates that you’re free to share, remix and make commercial use of the work as long as you give an attribution.

40 Websites For Free Stock Photos, Images & Clipart

I have collated over 40 high quality websites and image search engines from where we can download images for free and I’ve made sure that only the quality sites are listed here. I’m not including Royalty-free image websites as they’re not really free and require a one time payment. Royalty free images are images that require a onetime payment and for which the user doesn’t have to pay any additional fee each time they use it.

1. Flickr

Flickr

Flickr (Photos with a Creative Commons) is the largest photo sharing platform owned by Yahoo! But you should know that not all images can be used on your website or blogs. Some may be copyrighted and others may have “some rights reserved”. Search for photos and images with a Creative Commons Attribution License as they’re free to share, copy, distribute, and make commercial use of the photos as long as you give an image credit.

Photo Pin

Photo Pin

Flickr search results are tricky as the keywords that we usually enter on Google Images may fetch different results on Flickr. So you can also try Photo Pin, a free tool that helps bloggers and designers to find Creative Commons images from Flickr. Since Photo Pin uses Flickr API to search, the license terms are accurate and the attribution links are already formatted for you. Also try, Compfight.

2. Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia hosts around 13 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute and is the largest free “images-only” repository. They don’t own almost all of the content as it is owned by the individual creators. But it says all images hosted on Wikimedia Commons may be freely reused subject to certain restrictions. In most case you’re not required to contact the licensor but some requires attribution and in most cases if you modify the work then it must also be freely licensed.

3. Microsoft Office Imagery

Microsoft Office Imagery

Microsoft Office Imagery offers royalty-free clip art, photos, illustrations, animations, sounds, borders, icons, backgrounds, and more for Microsoft Office products. You can search and download 1000s of high quality imageries for free.

4. 123RF

123RF

123RF have over 15 million royalty free stock photos but they also offers free images in their Free Image section. You can download and use those images up to 10,000 times after that you’re required to purchase a license.

5. Stock.XCHNG

Stock.XCHNG

Stock.XCHNG is world’s favorite free stock photography website. You can browse their collection of over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers. Stock.XCHNG’s images are free to use In digital format on websites, multimedia presentations, magazines, newspapers, etc.

6. Clker

Clker

Clker is an online image sharing service where users can download (attribution required) and share free public domain vector clip art, or share public domain photos and derive vector clip art from those photos using clker’s online tracer.

7. Free Digital Photos

Free Digital Photos

Free Digital Photos have a huge collection of clip art, images, and photos. You can download and use all the images for free (attribution required) with an option to buy higher resolution images.

8. morgueFile

morgueFile

morgueFile offers free images for your inspiration, reference, and creative works – be it commercial or not! morgueFile’s free license allows you to adapt the work or use the work for commercial purposes without attribution.

9. Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay is a repository for extraordinary high-quality public domain images. It says we can freely use any image from that website in digital and printed format for personal and commercial use without attribution to the original author. But it also says “Pixabay cannot be held responsible for any copyright violations, and cannot guarantee the legality of the Images stored in its system. If you want to make sure, always contact the photographers. You use the site and the photos at your own risk!

10. Public Domain Pictures

Public Domain Pictures

Public Domain Pictures is a repository for free public domain images and you can download high quality photos or upload your own pictures. Most of the images require an attribution if you are going to redistribute the image online.

11. Every Stock Photo

Every Stock Photo

Every Stock Photo is a license-specific photo search engine. They index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search. It requires free registration to download large resolution images. Since it hosts images from other domains you need to check each image’s license before you download them.

12. Stockvault

Stockvault

Stockvault offers free stock photos and Images for personal, educational and non-commercial usage. Stockvault FAQ says that we can’t use those images to promote a product or a service but we’re free to use the images on our blogs that has ads. You can’t use those images on a company website or its blog that promotes their products and services.

13. Free Range Stock

Freerange

Free Range Stock  offers high-quality, high- resolution free stock photos and free textures. All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects. They recommends attribution but you don’t want to give photo credits then it can be used without any attribution.

14. Free Stock Photos

Free Stock Photos

Free Stock Photos have a collection of over 16,000 free images available in a variety of commercial and editorial licenses, including public domain, creative commons, and custom agreements. You’re not required to give an image credit unless the images are licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution license which requires an attribution.

15. Free Images Live

Free Images Live

Free Images Live have a collection of images to choose from, easy-to-use cut and paste blog and forum codes. Images are free to use (even for commercial use) and have no watermarks but an attribution link or text credit is is required.

16. Stock Photos For Free

Stock Photos For Free

Stock Photos For Free have over 100,000 completely free stock photos from around the world! They have photos that cover almost all topics from exotic locales to talent-released people and everything in between. There is no fee to download any of their stock photos as they come with a royalty free royalty free license so you can use them your in commercial projects as well. You must have a registered account in order to download images.

17. Google Images

Google Image Search

Google Image Search can also be used to find Creative Commons images. Earlier you had to use its Advanced Search to find creative commons images but now you can use the “Usage Rights” option under “Search tools” menu and filter the results by “labeled for reuse”, “labeled for commercial reuse”, “labeled for reuse with modification” or “labeled for commercial reuse with modification”. However ensure that you verify the license of that image before putting them to use.

Google Images Search Tools

Since Google can’t find whether the image license is legitimate or not, you should verify that the license shown in Google Image results is legitimate by visiting the actual web page. Also try, Creative Commons SearchFoter.

18. Getty Images

Getty Images is the world’s largest photo agency, and few months back they made their 35 million photos free to use. So, now you can embed any of those premium stock photos for free. Just use the search box to find a stock photo and copy-paste embed code into your web page. You’re done!

19. Little Visuals

Little Visuals delivers high quality photos to your email inbox every 7 days, and you can use them the way you want. Also try, Unsplash, AuthenticSnaps, iStock Lightbox.

20. Kaboompics

Kaboompics offers hundreds of free high quality photos for personal and commercial usage. You can use the search box or browse photos by category. Also try, IM Creator, Raumrot, Public Domain Archive, PicJumbo, Gratisography, SplitShire — for real life pictures.

Even More Websites For Free Stock Photos & Images

  1. 5000 Free Stock Photos
  2. Free Photos Bank
  3. Free Pixels
  4. Free Images
  5. Stockmedia
  6. Open Photo
  7. Photl
  8. PDPics
  9. Dreamstime

BONUS: Free Image Tools

Sometimes, stock photos may not be relevant or we may have to edit it to make the image more attractive. Here is a list of some free image editing tools and resources that you can use to enhance an existing image, or to create new awesome images by yourself — for your next blog post or social media update.

  1. Canva — is a free image creation tool for beginners and professionals. You can ignore all those stock photo services and create your own designs for web, print, blog, presentations, social media, posters, logos, etc. Also try, PicMonkey, Pixlr.
  2. Placeit — to create free product mockups and designs.
  3. Meme Generator — is a free meme generator that you can use to create your own meme or to browse the most popular Internet memes.
  4. GIFMaker — to create free animated gif images online. Also try, Make A Gif, Imgflip Meme Generator.
  5. Infogr.am — to create a custom, branded chart or infographic. Also try, PiktochartCreately, Easel.ly, Lucidchart.
  6. LiveLuvCreate — to create beautiful quote photos. Also try, Quozio, Recite This,
  7. Cool Text —  is a free graphics generator tool. Select an image style and enter the details like image text, font style & size, color, shadow type, etc. and you’re done.
  8. Evernote Skitch — is an awesome snipping tool by Evernote (available as an app on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android). You can use an existing image or take a new one and then add arrows, shapes, text, drawings, etc. Also try, Awesome Screenshot, Page2Images, Jing.
  9. Subtle Patterns — download free patterns that you can use as background images on your social media profiles or to create social media posts. Also try, The Pattern Library.
  10. Iconfinder — offers a huge collection of icons that you can download. Also try, The Noun Project.
  11. Someecards — create and browse ecards that you can share on social media or embed in a blog post. Also try, Rottenecards.

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Conclusion

As you probably know, we can use a variety of images — stock photos, photographs, screenshots, animations, internet memes, infographics, charts, etc. — in a blog post.

But if you want to leverage social media (especially Pinterest) then you have to create images by yourself (even if it’s adapted), or use animated images. And if all you need is an image that’s relevant to your content then try any of the above free stock photo services.

So, which is your favorite source for images?

First Published: 2012; Last Updated: December, 2014

  • http://fotografnunta-iasi.ro fotograf nunta iasi – Bogdan Terente

    Thanks! sxc.hu is onother good site for free stock photos.

  • John Lee

    Another new site for free photos

    http://stockphotogram.com

  • http://martinvorel.com/ Martin

    This is also good: http://freepix.eu/

  • Giorgio

    Here is another free photo site: http://idrathergiveitaway.com

  • Andrew

    How about YAYimages.com? It’s an image streaming service that I’ve been using for my blog and I have to say that it’s worth the $9.90/month. They have good quality images and plenty to choose from!

    • http://www.minterest.org Mahesh Mohan

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for that but I have featured only free stock photo websites.

    • Flatdesign

      Maybe you will like this website with free photos for bloggers: New one: http://kaboompics.com/

  • CDRD

    My very favorite free stock site is:
    http://www.rgbstock.com/

  • Ben

    Another site with over 100,000 Public Domain images: http://www.publicdomainfiles.com

  • http://snapographic.com Thomas Mühl

    A new portal with free pictures for personal and commercial use is http://snapographic.com.

  • http://www.bryanbigari.com/ Bryan Bigari

    The site has been around for a decade, and is completely free – for personal or commercial use, royalty free images: http://www.freemediagoo.com

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Thanks for that Bryan! I’ll personally review it and add it to the list if it meets my criteria. :)

  • Faizah Wehbi Downing

    I have checked all the 20 websites and they are ALL NOT FREE. You have to buy credits and download the image. Not free.

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Can you please send me the link where it says it’s paid? Because when I did the review it was all free and hand picked them carefully only.

  • Deevy

    Check out upicm.com Free pics for personal and commercial use with no attribution required.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Wow! Looks good.. If no credits are required then how does it work?

      • Deevy

        Thanks Mahesh, We, [ The small crew at upicm.com ] take most of the pics ourselves and the rest we buyout for free distribution. This means we can stand over the free usage of each image onsite. We only ask that users do not redistribute our images in bulk. We don’t use public domain images or images from stock sites because of the confusion over rights and attribution. For the record, we are photographers, curators and designers ourselves and we respect the work these people do but also, through our own experience have needed free images with no attribution required for many of our projects. We think it looks unprofessional to have names/credits/links attached to each image on a website or blog.
        We’re just starting with upicm and hope to grow the number of images substantially over the coming months. From a financial standpoint we will be offering a premium service and may include advertising at some stage but our objective for now is to flesh out the site and build our audience. The number of our free images will continue to grow and they will always be free. Thanks a lot Mahesh for the opportunity to explain.

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Hey,

    Thanks for the details. I will definitely consider a pic from your website for the upcoming blog post. Let me see if I’m able to find a pic quickly from your website. Otherwise I take a lot of time searching images on Flickr (I suck at that!)…

  • http://naszedrinki.pl/ Tomasz

    You can also search photos here http://ourgreatphotos.com/ Over 100 free images that can be used for commercial and non-commercial work

  • paul

    Another hidden little gem:
    http://www.patternpictures.com/
    Repetition related photography! Also free for commercial use and instant downloadable!

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Looks good… Thanks for that! :)

  • Jessy

    You forgot to put: Nullez.com in the list

  • http://beloved.pics/ Beloved.pics

    I recomend http://creativecommons.photos they have many high quality images under public domain license cc0.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Looks great!