As creatives, we always want our work to stand out. Whether it be for a business website, blog, or any other marketing purpose, high quality images are a great way to help our creative efforts look their best.
However, high quality images are usually expensive, and there’s only so much we can afford. Thankfully, there are quite a few sites that charge nothing (or very little) to access, allowing us top notch images that look amazing without costing us a pretty penny!
Read on for 8 examples of sites that provide amazing images at no (or little) cost:
Pixabay is a great option for free images. They have categories from people to pets, food to landscapes, and everything in between. Their license is under Creative Commons 0, which gives them the freedom to allow people the use of their images without permission for any purpose they choose. They don’t require you credit the photographer — though they do provide that option if you want to help a fellow creative out!
This wide selection is a great help for when you need a variety of images and don’t have the time to peruse different sites. With so many images all in one place, it’s super convenient and a huge time saver for busy creatives like yourself!
Pexels is another great option for a wide variety of free images. Their license is their own, and states what they do and do not allow their images to be used for. However, using and modifying the images for commercial and personal content is allowed, and it’s not necessary to credit the photographer. They have a wide range of options on available images and offer recommendations on photos you may like based on your previous downloads.
Pexels provides the option to follow the artist of the images you choose, which gives you access to any new images created by the artists you follow. There are also options for paid stock photos through sites like iStock if you can’t find what you’re looking for, that you can purchase at a discount.
Unsplash also has its own license, which allows creatives to use their images for any purpose they choose — as long as you’re not planning on creating a competitor website. Their options are also widely varied, with popular category suggestions at the top of their home page just in case you’re feeling stuck. They also let you know which categories are trending, giving you even more ideas for your creative project!
One awesome feature about Unsplash is that its creatives can advertise themselves as available for hire. This is a great way to create more opportunities for creatives that are kind enough to offer their work to the world free of charge!
If you’re into vintage, retro-type images, New Old Stock is a great site to check out. It’s filled with images that are older than any Copyright restrictions they might have once had and are now in the public archives to be used by anyone who wants them. This is a great option for anyone interested in history and can make for some amazing black and white images of all kinds of historical things!
For images of beautiful, barely developed scenery, old buildings, streets and cities, or even a look at what life was like for hard working men and women before our time, New Old Stock is a treasure worth exploring.
iStock is a paid image site, which sells you the license of whichever images you buy. This means that you’re free to use them for personal or commercial purposes, giving you — but not you alone — the rights to the image. The cool thing about iStock is their “Create” feature, which allows users to create their own videos from their available templates.
Thankfully, iStock also has free images available — this is a post about free sites, after all! The free images are accessible to you through your free account. A new batch is released every week, so once you’re a member, you’ll receive fresh new content on a regular basis.
Depositphotos has a free library of over 69,000 images. Users can find images, vectors, and video content on Depositphotos, as long as they attribute the creator. They also offer an unlimited access option, which allows you to choose from a whopping 1,255,798 files. This costs $4.99 a month, but if you like what you see in the free images, it may very well be worth it!
With the paid membership option, attribution is no longer required. You’ll also get a weekly newsletter with free files to use to your liking, adding to your arsenal of awesome content. Sounds like a pretty good deal!
Flickr is a little different in that it requires creatives to enter specific filters in order to find images for commercial use. Under the “Any License” filter, select “Commercial Use and Mods Allowed.” This provides access to the images that are free to be used as you so desire, with a few standard exceptions.
The Flickr community has tens of billions of images, so it won’t be hard to find inspiration among their many options! Just remember to check the individual licenses of the images you want to download, as they can vary depending on the image and/or photographer.
8. Free Images
Free Images operates under its own license, giving creatives the freedom to use their images, vectors, and illustrations pretty much any way they like — with a few standard exceptions. Their library consists of over 300,000 images, so it’s very likely you’ll find something you like with Free Images.
Their wide selection of categories covers many subjects, and they even give you the option to choose by artist or camera, which is a unique feature — something that a creative who knows their stuff will appreciate! For all sorts of creative inspiration through several different mediums, Free Images is a great source.
There you go, creatives: 8 sites that provide high quality images without breaking the bank. Now go create your blog, website, or whatever other amazing talent you’re ready to show the world!