Where can you find fun, free images? These 27 sites might have just what you need…

Where can you find fun, free images? These 27 sites might have just what you need…

November 7, 2022
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Stock images are, frankly, fantastic, and their flexibility is unmatched! They can add flair to your landing pages and blogs and overall visual interest to your site.

I have compiled a list of 27 websites with images and a basic rating between 1 and 5 stars, with five being the best. You'll find a little bit of everything on this list, so you won't have to spend hours searching the internet for free stock images that suit your fancy or project. Let's get started.

27 Places to Get Awesome Free Photos and Images

1. Pixabay |

Pixabay is a free stock website with over 2.7 million+ high-quality stock images, videos, and music shared by the Pixabay community. The images are royalty-free and can be used for anything.

2. Unsplash |

Unsplash is a well-known image resource. It has an extensive library covering many themes, making it a valuable tool for any designer. 

3. Pexels |

Pexels offers high-quality photos, much of which are free. I like that Pexels allows you to sort by popularity and photographer.

4. Shutterstock |

It's difficult to go wrong with over 400M+ million royalty-free images! Shutterstock provides a diverse collection of free pictures for a variety of uses.

5. Canva |

Canva, the well-known graphic creation platform, also provides free stock pictures on its website. Canva's collection has millions of premium and free stock pictures that may be downloaded or used in the platform's design editor.

6. Freepik |

Freepik is one of the largest websites, with over thousands of free illustrations and images. Needless to say, there's a lot to pick from. 

While some of their content is exclusively available to premium customers, a good number of free graphics are available. 

7. New Old Stock |

Do you need free vintage photos for a project? New Old Stock is the way to go. Although the stock photography site is no longer actively adding new photographs, you may still explore and download historical photos from Flickr Commons-listed institutions and public archives. You'll discover images of anything from gold mining in New England to NASA in the 1970s, among other things.

8. Adobe Stock |

Adobe Stock is well-known for its high-quality stock pictures and prices to match. But did you know it also has a library of free images and videos? Explore curated photo galleries of popular subjects such as Springtime, Nature, and Landscapes. Alternatively, you may browse its library of free graphics, templates, and 3D elements to use in your next personal or business project.

9. Pixeden |

Pixeden was created after a couple of designers and developers realized they needed a one-stop shop for all modern designers' tools.

The site offers various visual assets, including vector graphics, mockup files, icon sets, vector packs, and infographic components.

10. Openclipart |

Openclipart prides itself on being the greatest community of artists, creating the best free original clipart for you to use for any purpose. Not too shabby. Furthermore, everything on Openclipart is free to use.

11. All-free-download.com |

All-Free-Download is a massive collection of free fonts, patterns, designs, and pictures. New designs are added to the website regularly, so there's a high possibility they'll have what you're searching for. Please remember that many of the pictures on All-Free-Download require credit and/or backlinking to qualify for free usage.

12. Stockio |

Stockio is an exciting platform that provides innovative and professionally created images, graphics, and vector files. 

13. Spoon Graphics |

Spoon Graphics is the personal blog of designer Chris Spooner, and it contains a wide variety of well-made, unique freebies.

14. 365psd |

365psd is a famous website where designers may obtain a variety of freebies.

15. Flickr |

The photo-sharing site Flickr is a surprisingly good location to look for vector images. Though many pictures on Flickr are copyrighted and hence not free to use, there is a good selection of public domain photos and files. It's only a question of looking.

16. StockSnap |

StockSnap is a well-organized picture collection with various free images and stunning unique photography work. Although the collection is less than other sites on this list, the photos are outstanding.

17. Pikwizard |

Pikwizard makes it incredibly simple to get the picture you want. With a beautiful library of over 1+ million (mainly free) stock photos and movies, their broad tags and image categories make it easy to search the site for the right image.

18. Burst |

Burst was built to provide Shopify developers' store owners with royalty-free photos. The site offers photographs in numerous categories and provides stock images under Creative Commons Zero and bespoke licenses. This 

19. SplitShire |

SplitShire is a unique site that contains professional-grade images in many categories made by the owner. All pictures on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Zero license, which permits you to use them commercially.

20. Gratisography |

Gratisography is a website where you can download free high-resolution stock photographs. Images are provided under a bespoke license comparable to the Creative Commons Zero license. They prioritize quality over quantity, so that you can expect high-quality photographs here.

21. PikWizard |

PikWizard is a prominent website that provides free high-quality stock pictures in various genres, and contributors back up its photo collections. 

22. Life of Pix |

Life of Pix has hundreds of high-quality stock pictures on various themes. It collects all photographs from multiple contributors and makes them available for free. These photos are free to download and use for business and non-commercial purposes. You are also not required to provide attribution. However, widespread circulation of these images is prohibited.

23. Rawpixel |

Rawpixel has a diverse stock photo library offering images, backgrounds, wallpapers, graphic templates, and PSD mockups. All are safe to use with commercial licenses.

24. Rgbstock |

When you sign up for a free Rgbstock membership, you can access over 100,000 stock pictures. You can use these photographs for marketing, social media, and websites.

25. Negative Space |

Negative Space is a stock image resource that is free to use. It has a small library, but each image is of good quality. And, with over 20 categories, Negative Space provides stock images that can be used for various industries.

Final Thoughts

While this is just a handful of stock photo sites available online, you'll never struggle to find what you're looking for with a quick Google search. The 27 sites listed above will give you plenty of material to use, no matter your design.

Adam Bennett

Written by:  |  November 7, 2022

Adam is the president and founder of Cube Creative Design and specializes in private school marketing. Since starting the business in 2005, he has created individual relationships with clients in Western North Carolina and across the United States. He places great value on the needs, expectations, and goals of the client.

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