Images are an integral part of doing many things on the web, from creating websites to posting social media content. However, finding high quality, relevant images can prove to be quite challenging, unless you have big bucks to spend on many of the popular stock photo sites.
Thankfully, in recent times, an increasing number of websites offering free images have sprung up, allowing web designers a wide number of image choices to use without worry. With or without attribution, you now have access to thousands of free photos that you can use in all your design exploits. Before you click your heels, however, they all do not offer the same quality. With that said, here are five of the best free stock photo sites that offer high quality images.
With over 610,000 images, Pixabay is among the top searchable online portals offering free stock photos. The images are uploaded to the site by people from all over the world and are free of copyrights, as they are released under the creative common public domain license. As a result, you are free to copy, modify, distribute and use all Pixabay images as your own, even for commercial purposes.
When it comes on to high resolution, Unsplash ranks right up there with the best stock photo sites. From beautiful landscapes to close-up baby shots, you can find numerous photos to match your web design need. The images are all free to use for whatever you desire, as they are released under the creative commons public domain license, but attribution is required. What’s more, the collection is continuously growing, with 10 images added every 10 days.
Created by graphic designer and artist, Ryan McGuire, Gratisography is also a web designer’s dream. The site is loaded with not only high quality images, but also highly creative and thought-provoking photos you can use for almost any web design project. On top of that, you are free to download and use all images without attribution and for whatever purpose you intend to.
Well, the name says it all. There are hundreds of thousands of images to browse through on FreeImages and they’re all searchable to save time. What’s great about this site, is that it is not limited to landscape or people pictures, like most other stock photo sites. You can find images from a wide range of categories to meet your web design need and they are all free to use anywhere. However, you will come across images from time to time that require attribution, so pay attention.
With one of the smallest collections of high quality images, Picography is not one to be overlooked. It features a gallery of stunning photos taken by several professional photographers, which allows you access to a delightful collection of images that can suit almost any graphic design need. While not being searchable, its small size allows you to scroll through until you find what you are looking for. All images are free to use; no attribution required.
There are quite a few other free stock photo sites available on the internet but if you don’t have the time to do your own search, this short list will prove more than helpful. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so go ahead…dive in and get creative.