There are many places to find free images to download for a website and I would ALWAYS recommend using them instead of taking the ‘Google Images’ risk.
Images break up content and make it easier to digest – they provide more space on the page so the text can flow a little easier.
Let’s take a look at a few sites that offer you royalty free images without charge…
Royalty Free Image Sites
My first website was just about entirely made up of images grabbed from Google Images. Some of them were labeled for re-use while others I was taking a bit of a risk with.
I got away with it and let’s be honest here – most people do!
But there are the unlucky few that receive that dreaded email informing them that they are being hit by a DMCA Takedown Notice.
Most people are pretty rational but if they own an image it is only right that they get to decide whether someone can use it or not. They don’t want people making their own minds up about their work!
Free Images to Download For a Website
Although the sites listed below allow you to use the images without cost to you, take care to read the license agreement for each website. Some of the websites have restrictions on the use.
To be honest it’s a bit fussy of them and they are only trying to get you to promote their site for free. Although the images THEY provide are free they always leave paid images from OTHER sites at the top of their search results.
This is how they make their money – you choose one of these premium images and they get a cut ( naturally! ).
So it is up to you whether you choose to abide by their rules or not – some of the websites ask that you credit the website or the original creator/photographer of the image…
( To visit each of the sites simply click on the title of each one )
Unrestricted Stock offers some pretty wicked vector styled graphic images. It’s not the biggest image selection I’ve come across online but what it does have is pretty neat. Here is an example of one of their images below:
This is a decent site that provides a huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers.
It has a large amount of categories to choose out of which is always a big plus ( Abstract, Architecture, Business, Computers, Concepts, Food, Nature, Objects, People, Places, Seasonal and Events, Signs, Streets and Cityscapes, Transportation, World ).
Here is an example of one of their images below:
Pixabay is definitely one of my favorite online choices for free images. There’s no messing with them – you want an image you take it!
You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format – there will be no ‘come backs’ from disgruntled artists or owners.
Their images are very dynamic and modern, here is an example below:
This lot offer some really decent images but unfortunately you must attribute FreeDigitalPhotos.net on the same page or screen where the photo is used.
I think this makes a webpage look rather tacky so I tend to stay away from this site. If you don’t want to showcase their name underneath the image you do have the option to pay a one-time fee of $3 ( small image ) or $10 ( large image ).
But why pay when you can get a decent enough image off another site right?
The choice is yours…
( I’m not including an image example because I don’t want their attribution link on this page 🙂 )
If Clipart is your thing then Clker is the place for you! They provide royalty free public domain clipart for anyone to use ( the quality is pretty good to! ).
Here is an example of the Clipart they offer:
#6 Good Old Google Images
I had to include this baby as it’s still my ‘fall-back-on’ choice when I cannot find a free image that suits my subject.
Just remember to select Search Tools under the search bar then select Usage Rights – Labeled For Reuse ( see image below ).
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