Free Images to Download For a Website


Free Images to Download For a Website

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:

Unrestricted Stock Image Example


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:

Free Images Example


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:

Pixabay Image Example


This lot offer some really decent images but unfortunately you must attribute 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:

Clker Image Example

#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 ).

Google Images Example

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15 comments on “Free Images to Download For a Website

  1. HI, thank you for your post. I agree with a list, although I am working only on Slovenian joinery market and found out that realistic (not stock) photos are converting better. Regards, Matija

    1. Hi Matija,

      Yes, for a joinery based website I definitely think that images/photos you take yourself would be a much better fit. Cheers for stopping by and commenting!

  2. It is always important to be able to get good images for your web site and being able to use free ones is great.
    I see you have some great options and one that keeps popping up from other sources to use pixabay that I have been hearing about.
    I will have to check some of these sites out and see all what they have to offer. Looks like a well rounded list for finding images.

    1. Hey Travis,
      Yeah I’d have to say that Pixabay is probably one of my favorite options – the images are very dynamic and crisply clean, great selection there too 🙂

  3. You have a great website. I’ve bookmarked it so I can come back and see what is new from time to time. Thanks for giving away such great resources for securing images. I know how important it is to have sources for pictures because I have 5 websites myself. You’re a lifesaver!

  4. This is a useful article. Free images are an important issue for anybody who is building a site. I have one site about mountains but I use only my own photos. But for another site I am a frequent visitor of Pixabay. I see that you include it in the list. You other suggestions like 1, 4 and 5 I have not used so far. You write that you used Google Images. This was risky indeed unless they are labeled as free. Thank you for the information.

  5. Hello Chris

    Great article. A lot of good information about how to get/ make your own images and avoid the Google way. I’m currently working on my first website, and most of my images are from Google but I’m planning to replace the images, and those websites seems great.

    Best Regards

  6. Hi Chris,

    This is an article I’m going to save for future reference! It’s hard to find decent websites offering free photos which are actually free! One particular site I use a lot is Death to the Stock photos – but they have recently introduced a range which you pay for so I guess these won’t be free for very much longer!!


  7. These are all very great resources to find images for our websites. A big part of this is the fact that there is no fee that we have to pay. My personal favorite free stock photo source would definitely have to be pixels. There are so many other great options out there though. Keep up the good work!

  8. Hello,

    I have recently released my collection of 30,000 images into the community! The stock images are totally free to make use of for personal and business use with no back link required –

    Awesome if you can include it with your listing!

    1. Hi Stuart,

      Sorry for the delay as your comment ended up in the spam folder – links don’t go well in our comment section! Thanks for including these – very helpful! 🙂

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