Using good quality images on your website is the difference between you looking professional or not. But good quality imagery can be expensive – and why not? A photographer is an artisan who has often spent many years mastering the craft of taking a great photo. But when you’re just starting out or even if you’re on a tight budget, the good news is that there are free image resources around.
Here are some places to start. Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments.
Wikipedia images are added to the Creative Commons and are free for you to use.
Check the license conditions under each image.
You can also visit WikiMedia to access more creative commons imagery (including images that are not available on Wikipedia).
Most images on Google Images are copyright, meaning you are NOT free to use them at your discretion without permission.
However, you can use those that are “labeled for reuse” as shown in the example below.
- The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.
- You can modify, copy and distribute the photos.
- All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So thatattribution is not required.
The only restriction is that identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive, unless they give their consent.
On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. (To learn more on these rights, go here.) (https://pixabay.com/en/blog/posts/public-domain-images-what-is-allowed-and-what-is-4/)
Freepik is one of my favourite resources on the Internet for graphic icons, vectors and photos. They do however require credit for the use of their work. Head to Freepik if you’re on the hunt for free vector art, illustrations, icons, PSD (photoshop files) and photos for you to use.
Scroll through and find some great picks of his and other designers that can be used for free. His site has a range of stuff including g vector icons, decks of cards, template designs for different businesses, so check it out!
Compfight is a Flickr search engine that enables you to search through Flickr’s creative common license photos.
More resources needed? Try this: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/free-stock-photos/