Today I will tell you about some of the places that you can go to for free images for your website.
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It is awesome that there are so many places to get free stuff, and especially since these sites have pretty much trouble-free images that you can adapt as you see fit.
Getting free images from a variety of places can really add that punch of individuality to your website or blog, and set you apart from the crowd.
As well, if you are new to blogging or online marketing, you will want to be different from anyone else in your niche and you can do that by creating cool graphics with Canva. I have a simple tutorial here.
Note: According to Creative Commons .org , the person who puts their photos on free sites like Pixabay and Pexels is giving up their rights to that photo. On the Pixabay site, it lists these caveats:
Using Images and Videos
Images and Videos on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CC0. To the extent possible under law, uploaders of Pixabay have waived their copyright and related or neighboring rights to these Images and Videos. You are free to adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although not required, a link back to Pixabay is appreciated.
Please be aware:
a) Images and Videos may not be used in a way that shows identifiable persons in a disgraceful light, or to imply endorsement of products and services by depicted persons, brands, and organizations – unless permission was granted.
b) Certain Images or Videos may be subject to additional copyrights, property rights, trademarks etc. and may require the consent of a third party or the license of these rights
Ok, now that the legal stuff is out of the way…
Here are a few of “the usual suspects” for free photos. I like to sign up to these websites and then give periodic PayPal donations for the photos that I really like!
Pixabay – Thousands of royalty free photos for you to use, that are also being used by bloggers everywhere!
Pexels – Yup, ditto for Pexels.
Unsplash – Also ditto. There is some variation from site to site, but it is awesome that they are free!
The Stocks 2 – This is like a “best of” warehouse for all the above sites (and more), but conveniently in one place. This is nice because you can have just the one bookmark!
You have six menu choices: Photos, Colors, Icons, Videos, Mockups, and Fonts and each of these has sub-menus.
There are some nice features here, like video clips that you can download and use. I did not realize that Pixabay even had videos until I started checking the sub menus here!
Another cool feature is in the Mockups menu. I clicked on Smartmockups and found 500 free and premium mockups for digital items like computer monitors and cell phones that you can modify for yourself, a la “your photo here”.
They also have the .svg (svg = Scalable Vector Graphics = 2d graphics) files for popular companies like Instagram and Nintendo Switch, if this is something that you might use. It is in the Icons and it is called Simple Icons.
There are also some cool fonts available, but you have to poke around to find them, as they are mixed in with links to sites that can help you pair fonts.
I can honestly say that I could kill an afternoon looking around in here. I hope you have more restraint 😉
You can also get some “custom” images and fonts if you want to sign up for newsletters. I call them “custom” because they come from a specialty marketplace, unlike the ones that everyone grabs at Pixaby or Pexels.
I have signed up for several of these newsletters because I opted for the free 30 day trial of Canva for Work, and I wanted more options for stock photos. As well, you can upload fonts, if you have the right to upload them, and some of my newsletters send out free fonts.
Creative Market – At their website up near their logo you will see “Get Free Goods” where you can sign up for the newsletter. They send emails for free and paid goods weekly, and they also bundle cool stuff together and give deep discounts (like 95% off of some bundles).
You can also purchase website themes (also available in bundles!) and templates. It is nice quality and you are less likely to see it on other blogs. Not impossible, but less likely.
I really like the free fonts that I have received so far, and they are adding a certain flair to my Canva graphics.
And if you know of any ladies looking for some feminine stock photos, look no further than Pixistock.com where Alicia will send you “a small batch of photos monthly”. You can also get a subscription if you decide that you want more of Alicia’s beautiful, soft and feminine photos.
What is great about Alicia’s site is that she shows you, in many of her newsletters and blog posts, how to use the images to make your posts look awesome! I just found this site and have started applying some of Alicia’s tips in my Pinterest pins and I am so happy with the results!
So there you have a few options for free photos that can add some interest and individuality to your blog posts or website. Combining awesome free images with a few free fonts and amazingness of Canva and your brand will soar above any other!
I love the idea that anyone can have an awesome looking blog with just a few tweaks and some great free images!
Where do you go for free photos? Are you happy with what you have found? Do you have any stories to share about copyright problems or major wins regarding free online photos? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Have a great week and happy blogging!