15 Best Places for Designers to Get Free Stock Photos Online

Nov 26 2009 by Alex Cleanthous | 103 Comments

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a look at the prices on some non-stock photography sites (pictures of Gummy bears for $769.00 anyone?), but they reach far beyond the budget of the typical designer/developer. However, many places online allow you to obtain high-quality stock photos for free, giving the average starving artist a chance to create wonderful works of art/design without having to use next month’s rent on stock photos.

15 Best Places for Designers to Get Free Stock Photos Online

In this article, we review the 15 best places to free stock photos online for designers.

Note: Although these sites feature free stock photos, you should read the terms, limitations, and licensing of each work that you use; read the fine print!

Dedicated free stock photo sites

1. stock.xchng

stock.xchng

stock.xchng is all free, all the time. Their advanced search is only basic by paid site standards, but hey, did I mention that the service is free? They have over 350,000 images contributed by 30,000 photographers. The one downside to getting photos from stock.xchng is that they’re quite well known, so designers may find that the smaller subset of quality images on site are quite heavily used in many other places, making it difficult to be original. Stock.xchng is a Hungarian site and was founded in 2001.

one of the most popular paid stock photo sites – iStockphoto, sponsors them. There’s a good selection of illustrations and vectors for free on stock.xchng, which you just don’t get with the big free sites.

Aimed at: Web designers and web developers, illustrators, print designers

2. Freerange Stock

Morguefile

Their admirable goal is to provide stock photography for both commercial and non-commercial use, for free. They give away their collections with the hope that they are useful and enjoyed.

A small team of in-house professional photographers supplies the photos in the site. After each upload, the color and image is sharpened and they are keyword-tagged by professional photographers. This is a great place to get high impact and good looking pictures, but the focus is on quality, not quantity so the collection isn’t as big as other sites.

Aimed at: all creatives, most pictures are reasonable resolution

3. Morguefile

Morguefile

Morguefile is for creatives, by creatives. It started in 1996 and is highly recommended by many web design and development professionals. Morguefile currently contains 9,148 pages at 24 photos each page, and the photos are very good resolution. It’s called "morguefile" in reference to the term used for a place to keep postproduction creative materials.

The photos are mostly great quality, and you can filter your results by several characteristics, which is handy. Keyword tagging is relatively basic, with between five and fifteen tags per photo, so use a few terms to search. If you use a photo from Morguefile, you’re asked to credit the photographer when possible. The site can be a bit slow to load sometimes.

Aimed at: Illustrators, artists, designers, teachers and all other creative pursuits, according to the home page

4. Pixel Perfect Digital

Pixel Perfect Digital

The name is certainly not misplaced as the pictures on the site are quite polished, especially the illustrations. There are around 7,500 images on site currently.

The photos, although quite small in number, look good and have been post processed by professionals. Each photo has an accompanying short story, which can be quite handy, and certainly endearing! You can either browse categories or use the very basic search facility.

Aimed at: Both web design and print designers (photo resolution is usually excellent)

5. Free Media Goo

Free Media Goo

Free Media Goo has a memorable name for a not-so-memorable site; it certainly has some good features, but is more a niche search engine. The site was created by web developers for web developers, hence the presence of free Flash and audio as well as stock photos.

Alongside free stock photos, the site also has free textures, audio and Flash movies. Unfortunately, the collection is tiny and many photos are a bit amateurish.

Aimed at: Web designers and web developers, illustrators, print designers

6. openphoto.net

openphoto.net

openphoto.net has been collecting free photos since 1998, with contributors from all over the world. Many people use it is a photoblog site, so you might find many Flickr-style personal shots.

Search is extremely simple (keyword only), but you do have the option to browse categories to find images (which is probably the easiest way). Keyword tagging is very basic on the site and in many cases, a photo has only one tag. Unless your search is quite literal, you are better off browsing the categories of openphoto.net. Almost all photos have a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

Aimed at: Web designers and developers – images are often too low resolution for many print jobs.

7. Flickr

Morguefile

Flickr is one of the largest online photo sharing sites on the web. There’s an enormous mix of complete amateur pictures and professional photographer images. The admin team at Flickr numbers almost 50, and the site was recently purchased by Yahoo! so a great group of folks manages it.

Use the Advanced Search and check the ‘Creative Commons licensed’ box to find pictures that can be used in your web design and development. The site has excellent tagging so it’s quite easy to find images under the subject that you’re interested.

Aimed at: web design and development professionals because most of the photos featured on the site have too low of a resolution for print design work

8. Stockvault

Stockvault

A reasonable sized collection of quite good photos is available at Stockvault. They have just over 16,000 stock photos from 4,000 photographers. All images are licensed under a Creative Commons attribution license. The site began as the personal site of Bjorgvin Gudmundsson in 2001.

Keyword tagging is quite basic, so explore the site with both the search option and the categories. The resolution is what most ordinary stock photo sites would call "small to medium". You can download pictures, logo templates, clip art, textures and backgrounds without signing up on the site. Stockvault has a nicer and friendlier user interface than many stock photo sites.

Aimed at: mostly web designers

9. NASA

NASA

Yes, this image site is ‘the’ NASA. All photos are space themed, but the collection is large and the photos are very professional.

Keyword tagging is good and the resolution is invariably 640px x 480px, so they’re not ideal for print design. Many of the shots are better as textures/repeating background than actual pictures. The size of the collection is substantially increased by checking the external collections.

Aimed at: People interested in space exploration, but useful for web designers looking for textures or space themed shots

10. deviantART’s Stock Images section

deviantART's Photography Section

deviantART is a popular website for digital and traditional media artists to showcase their work. They have a great stock photography section on site. deviantART is a big site, with a big team and big ideas. The site is full of personality, as the name suggests.

The images are gorgeous, image resolution is enormous, you can download without registering anywhere, oh, and did I mention that the images are gorgeous?

Aimed at: Artists, print designers, and web designers.

Free stock photo search engine

11. Everystockphoto

Everystockphoto

It was only a matter of time before someone found a way to aggregate free stock photo results and monetize the concept somehow, and that’s what Everystockphoto does. There are a huge number of pictures indexed on this site, numbering in the millions. For example, there’s over 67,000 results for the search term "clouds".

You can search free stock photos from Morguefile, Freerange Stock, Photoxpress, Flickr, stock.xchn, NASA, Wikimedia Commons and more, in a single site. They have good sorting and filtering options to help you find the perfect photo, but not heaps of search options, though. You may be able to search all the different sites here, but you still have to sign up for accounts on the site that hosts the image.

Aimed at: Web designers and web developers, illustrators, print designers

12. Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search

The Creative Commons Search finds images through Google and Yahoo, Flickr, Blip.tv, jamendo SpinExpress and Wikimedia Commons. Probably the largest collection of free images in one place but beware, some search results may not be Creative Commons so do your homework before using a photo.

You can search for a single term across quite a few different media quickly. You can refine your results by commercial use and modification allowances. You have access to each site’s own search features instantly, but have to log in to download the image in some cases.

Aimed at: Web designers and web developers, illustrators, print designers

Free areas in paid sites

13. Dreamstime’s Free Section

Dreamstime's Free Section

Dreamstime has one of the largest libraries of stock photos on the net. At the time of writing, they have just under 7 million images, and just under 80,000 contributing photographers. In order to stand out among the huge crowd, Dreamstime photographers often put their photos in the free section of the site. A search for house, for example, yields 26 pages of 20 results each. The site has been online since 2000.

Most free photos require no attribution to the photographer in your design. Photos at Dreamstime remain on the site indefinitely. Unfortunately, you can only search photos by keyword; there are no advanced search filters like orientation, color or model options, etc.

Aimed at: Web and print designers

14. Fotolia’s Free Section

Dreamstime's Free Section

Fotolia is one of the oldest stock photo sites on the net. Their free section is quite good, but changes every day and the free photos that were there yesterday, may not be there the next. Fotolia has an office in France and their global headquarters in New York.

They offer ten to twenty free photos every day. If you have the time to download and tag all of them every day, you could build quite a library of photos. You won’t find isolated shots, and photos are frequently just a tiny bit lower quality than you’d pay for.

Aimed at: Fotolia in general has photos, illustrations, vectors and videos for download for many digital media professions

15. iStockphoto’s Free Images

iStockphoto's Free Images

iStockphoto is one of the most popular stock photo sites on the net, with excellent quality photos that are often Photoshop’ed to within an inch of their lives already (which is either a good or bad thing). iStockphoto has a responsive helpdesk and a comprehensive FAQ.

They only offer one free image a week, but it is always high quality. Free images from the last three weeks are kept available for download. Similar to Fotolia, you’ll have to make it a habit to download and tag these photos yourself so you can search them on your own computer.

Aimed at: Web designers and web developers, illustrators, print designers

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About the Author

Alex Cleanthous is the Head Online Strategist of Web Profits, an Australian-based online marketing firm servicing Australasia, the US and Europe. He keeps Web Profits on the cutting edge in all aspects of online marketing. Alex writes an industry blog about success online. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexCleanthous.

103 Comments

Eric B.

November 27th, 2009

Wow! These are a lot of great resources for stock photos. Thanks for sharing!

Joel

November 27th, 2009

Great roundup – just in time for my next project!

Rob

November 27th, 2009

Nice list, but your deviantArt link is to the photography section, not resources & stock, this might give people the impression that all photography on the site is free stock, which is not the case, plus art theft is ramped enough on that site. You should fix that.

Brandon Diaz

November 27th, 2009

I’ve been using Morguefile for about a year or two now, and so far it’s worked out great.

Never been a fan of Stock.xchng, but I’ll definitely check out Freerange Stock, thanks for the head’s up!

Jacob Gube

November 27th, 2009

@Rob: You’re absolutely right, the link has been corrected.

Jon

November 27th, 2009

Great list, I only wish to warn against the first resource, stock.xchng, their license says that you can not use the image on: pornographic websites, hate websites, discrimination websites,immoral websites,etc…

As those terms are all ambiguous, since hate and porn can have different interpretation depending on who you ask, you expose yourself to them coming to you because they do not like your site and ask you to take their images out. Their terms and conditions suck.

Bhavesh Patel

November 28th, 2009

few are known source and few are new for me.But anyway thanks for the list

Senthil Ramesh

November 28th, 2009

Well that was cool. i use flickr and deviantart the most

AlwaysVisibleSigns

November 28th, 2009

Also watch the Creative Commons (esp when using from Flickr)license – recent controversies and ambiguities in case law in this arena show that just because it’s there doesn’t mean it can be used. Article link: Toyota and Saatchi Used Images From Flickr Without Permission

andrewbenardski

November 28th, 2009

Thank You

CyberFox

November 28th, 2009

Good round up. Thanks.

Jeremy

November 29th, 2009

Cool list.
I usually use http://cyclo.ps which uses some of the resources you listed.

robb

November 29th, 2009

pixel perfect digital is my personal favorite.

Autonomy

November 29th, 2009

Thanks Alex for introducing me to some of these sites. Been using stock.xchng for years now and deviantArt is definitely my favorite to peruse.

Ari Herzog

November 29th, 2009

Excellent choices! I’ve used many of them for some time, and others are new to me. In exchange, may I point you to PicApp — http://www.picapp.com — which has current images you can use, many that the AP also uses?

sonnydesign

November 30th, 2009

Thanks for this, i’ve just tried stock.xchng. As a web designer this will is really a big help

mike

November 30th, 2009

Starving artists?
I take photos for living. If you get them for free, how do I pay the rent? We all need to make something for our work.

Jane

November 30th, 2009

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. What about average, starving photographers?

Jim Norrish

November 30th, 2009

Great article, can you publish one where as a professional photographer I can get designers to design websites, business cards, mailers and my stationary for free?

This why should I pay for it attitude is killing the creative industries and diminishing the quality o work produced.

Tim Gander

November 30th, 2009

Hi all! I’m thinking of setting up a site where designers can give their work away for free in the hope people will find it useful, enjoy it and make money from it.

Any offers?

Aaron Spandex

November 30th, 2009

I like this one for free web design….. Who cares if a few designers starve to death?

http://www.wix.com/

Gary Brindle

November 30th, 2009

A recent court case has resulted in huge expense over £12,000 for a company which allowed the use of an image on its website without having paid a licence fee to the rights holder ,Getty. The web designer was at fault but so far has not been billed (hope you are insured against a mistake like this?) To avoid this kind of mistake I would suggest that web designers support others in the creative world by paying for the images used and not to rely on free sites which may not contain 100 percent gauranteed original free to use works.

Tim Gander

November 30th, 2009

In fact, Gary, the out-of-court settlement was for £26,000. The vast bulk of that was barristers’ fees, so all the more reason to licence properly and not assume that because a photo is offered for free it’s offered legitimately.

I urge all web designers to read this: http://copyrightaction.com/forum/the-real-cost-of-being-sued-by-getty

And don’t assume that because you’re an amateur designer you will be spared. If you’re a professional, you shouldn’t even be using free images. Where’s your credibility?

Dominic

November 30th, 2009

Every designer should expect a fair price for their work and every photographer should expect the same. If you do jobs on the cheap then you will be regarded as cheap and never progress – think of the bigger picture and all involved in the creative industry can benefit.

Jon Sparks

November 30th, 2009

I agree with a lot of the recent comments. Photographers have to make a living too. We ought to be supporting each other not stabbing each other in the back. I wouldn’t expect you to give me a website design for free, so why should you expect to get photos for nothing?

Ian Shipley

November 30th, 2009

Gary the recent cost of £12k is incorrect, the actual cost to the company for failing to ensure that the image (one image) used was cleared for use was in the order of £26,000, plus the potential cost of adverse publicity in an arena where client are meant to trust them. The original cost for the image from the library would have been about £300. Good to see the web designer saved a few quid!!!

Rob

November 30th, 2009

You are setting yourselves up for an (expensive) fall!

If you use “free” content from these websites, how do you know that the person who put it there had the right to offer it for the commercial purpose you used it for? Model release? Property release? Your risk, your court case.

Talk to my estate agent friend whose designer “borrowed” two of my images to advertise his business. It cost him dear. Two court cases later and he owes me £1400 (and he claims he spent a similar amount on legal advice and court fees). This amount is lower than it might have been because I acted reasonably to protect my infringed copyright.

Think about a certain small business which recently paid Getty images £26K for a similar infringement.

Free content. Suddenly it’s not so clever.

Regards etc.

Owen Robinson

November 30th, 2009

Excellent … I was a starving photographer until last year when my solicitor / IP expert screwed £3,445 out of a web designer who had thieved my photos because he thought ‘everything’ is free on the internet… and been using them for the past 18 months

Never mind, him mammy has paid it for him ……. :) Thief

Jacob Gube

November 30th, 2009

I don’t think this article was meant to say that Photographers should give away their work for free, but rather, that there are some who choose to share stock photos to the public, similar to how web designers and web developers share WordPress themes, HTML templates, brush sets, to those that can use them (such as a Photographer who needs a portfolio site) under Creative Commons. These are all stock photos, they’re not commissioned, so saying that “alright, web designers should design websites for free” isn’t a good analogy to make; more like, “Web designers should provide free WordPress themes and HTML templates”… which last time I checked, we do.

My two cents.

Rob

November 30th, 2009

Jacob, it’s all about indemnity. If you use a free photo, you have none. That can come back to bite you financially. Big time.
Regards,
Rob

Site Reviver

November 30th, 2009

iStockphoto’s free images are good but they only issue/offer only 1 image per week :(

Tim Gander

November 30th, 2009

The problem is, Jacob, and the reason you’re getting grief from photographers here is that your readers won’t make these subtle distinctions. Some might be hobby web designers, some might be working for large corporations. Designers already assume that photographers will somehow make a living from thin air. Many seem to actively resent professional photographers making any kind of living from their work, which is quite a bizarre attitude to take. So when we see these kinds of “Hey guys! Photos are free” articles, we get a little prickly about it. I think also, you’ll find that WordPress themes, Twitter themes, etc etc are also killing designers’ abilities to design as their fees tumble. Do we all have to be as dumb as the next guy?

I’m sure you meant well in posting this article, but perhaps didn’t think it through very well. I really cannot recommend enough the hiring of your local, talented professional. Quite often, the rates you pay will be surprisingly close to stock fees if you’re not buying 100s of credits per month anyway, plus you’ll be supporting your local economy. And don’t forget, photographers are also consumers. They might buy from you down the line, or they might be clients of your clients. Take away their ability to earn money, and they won’t be anybody’s client soon enough.

mad

December 1st, 2009

Thanks for the great resources! This is great!

As far as the sore photographers. There are plenty of stock photo sites that pay for your photos. For up and coming starving Graphic and Web designers this is a much needed resource. Thanks Jacob!

Graham Trott

December 1st, 2009

I am also a photographer who shoots for a living. Personally, I don’t really blame the designers – let’s face it, all of us are tempted by ‘free’. I bought a website template for 50 quid to save money on a proper web designer. It ain’t the best, but it’ll do for now. If it hadn’t been for my turnover being slashed in recent times by client budget cuts and cheap or free stock images killing my own sales, who knows, I might have been in a position to pay a designer for a nice bespoke website, but hey, there you go.

I blame the free image sites that have sprung up in recent years, and the idiot photographers that supply them. There are so many amateurs out there that are just happy to see their work used by somebody – it makes them feel good.

Flickr contributors are being exploited by large corporations and ad agencies looking for free imagery, and they get some really good stuff, which in turn hammers the fees down when they do have to look to a pro or a proper agency – they then don’t like to pay because they got it free last time.

Just as printers lost out to ‘desktop publishing’ with everyone designing their own crappy letterheads on Word Art, photographers have lost out to free content being punted around in the digital age. As indeed have designers lost out to companies trying to save money by getting some clever dick in the office to bash out something on the computer instead of paying proper money for a proper job.

There’s a dumbing down all round and it’s here to stay, so we all have to get used to earning less for what we do, as we try to compete with all this. Depressing, isn’t it?

Molly

December 1st, 2009

A good website is also shutterstock.com – it’s a paid site but they have a free photo and free vector every week, and they are usually better than the photos on istockphoto.com – it seems like most of the photos on istockphoto.com are weird photos you’d hardly every use, while the photos on shutterstock tend to be something you could use more often.

Adam Gasson

December 1st, 2009

Something that is neglected from this article – in particular the Flickr entry – is that the Creative Commons licence is not a catch all agreement whereby anyone can use the picture for any use. It has a number of sub-licences, some of which DO NOT allow commercial use. As such they are unsuitable for professional designers who are working on a paid commission.

I think the differences contained within the CC licence should be highlighted as there are legal ramifications for abuse.

For what it’s worth I’m a professional photographer who used to work as a freelance web designer – I’ve seen it from both sides of the fence. Design budgets are slashed so they need cheaper images, commission rates have dropped for photographers. It’s a bad situation all round, but made worse by abuse of copyright on both sides.

Tristan Bethe

December 2nd, 2009

Do not forget to try imageafter.com daily new additions free for commercial and personal projects, color search and more!

Ed

December 2nd, 2009

I understand the sentiments of photographers, but you must realize that people shop at Walmart instead of the little neighborhood shops for reasons. It’s easier to get everything at one place because the selection is larger and it is cheaper. I’m not saying that is good, just that it is what happens. The little stores compete by offering better service, better quality and providing extra value to their customers. They can’t beat Walmart, but they can survive and even prosper by doing things Walmart doesn’t do.

Brian Meeks

December 3rd, 2009

Ed,

I think one point that hasn’t been covered is the $767.00 for a picture of gummy bears. Really?! Is that how you want to make your point against using pay for royalty free stock. I am stock photographer, most of my images sell for less than $5.00, for which I receive about $1.25. I have had one photo sell for $35.00, in 2 years, and I received $7.00.

When I make a video for youtube, I buy royalty free sound fx, or make my own. If I need music, I buy royalty free music. I rarely spend very much, but I feel good about being legit.

Please don’t get me wrong, back in the day I used napster and stole music en mass. I was young and didn’t think about it. Now that I am on the other end, I realize I was wrong. That computer is long gone, and I gladly buy my downloads.

So if you have been using free images, you might try spending 5 or 10 dollars and buying some. I think you will find the quality is better, the selection is massive, and the piece of mind is wonderful. You might even decide you would like to get into the game and create your own stock images. If so, here is an article I wrote yesterday on how to get into the business.

http://www.jpgmag.com/stories/14198

And here are some of my stock photos…

http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=2972195

Was that shameless self promotion? Yes.

Sincerely,

Brian Meeks
Ecocandle (as I am known in vitual worlds and stock sites)

lukethelibrarian

December 5th, 2009

@AlwaysVisibleSigns – The Toyota/Saatchi incident is not at all relevant to Creative Commons, as the images at issue in that incident did not carry CC licenses.

Not all images on Flickr are CC-licensed, but millions upon millions are — and the beauty of CC licenses are that they allow creators to choose the kind of permission they wish to grant for their work. Filter your search appropriately to your need, and respect your creative colleagues by always reviewing the license and *asking for permission* if your use falls outside the license.

But don’t avoid Creative Commons out of fear — CC actually helps *clarify* the permitted uses of creative work, and that’s good for everybody.

PicScout

December 9th, 2009

Great List of Image Search engines,
while searching for image you can use the ImageExchange browser add-on which will direct you to the Image Owner and stock images site with all price range Include Flickr CC images
check the latest news at http://blog.picscout.com

Enjoy

Jacob

December 9th, 2009

A humble thank you for these resources!

Genna Cockerham

December 10th, 2009

I’ve used Stock.xchng and Morguefile and they both work well for my needs. My only complaint with Morguefile is that since they revamped the site, the photographer’s name is no longer available for most of the photos. I don’t mind using a user name, but I do prefer to use the photographer’s name when available. When I’ve used photos from this site I have sent emails letting the photographers know I can change the photo credits to use their real names. Some photographers have updated their profiles to include their names in the space allowed but I don’t think there is a default setting that includes this info any more.
I’m interested in trying the other sites you mention.

LT

December 10th, 2009

Photoxpress is another good site for free stock images. http://www.photoxpress.com

Lyons

December 19th, 2009

Thank you for the list. I was strugging to find all the sites that offer stock pictures.

Thanks for that.

Jopainter

December 21st, 2009

nice web site , some of thim are good and the other is more than good , but where I can find render photo

Helder

December 24th, 2009

Thank you! I wil use this information

jen neumann

December 24th, 2009

Interesting comments on this article. My thoughts lie somewhere in between. Design has been commoditized and photography devalued. It will take some time before many see/feel the effects.

What you lose in using these sites (and I do use these sites and istock with some frequency myself) is the individuality of your business. I created a presentation once for an organization that focuses on diversity and used an istock photo of a family. That same family appeared on a poster soliciting museum memberships when I was touring the Tower of London. If you base your company identity or logo off an image that is widely circulated, it will become evident.

I think there is a place for some of these images, but I will always invest in professional talent when the client’s budget allows for it.

Stef

December 24th, 2009

I have always used SXC & been a contributor for 4 years now (almost at the 100,000 download point). I think it is a great site that surprisingly more designers don’t know about!

Thank you for all the others listed, I will try to use them!

Namit Gupta

December 28th, 2009

Pictures play an essential role when it comes to designing, Thanks for compiling such a useful list. A great resource for a designer.

Travis

December 28th, 2009

Flickr is more or less good for ALL photos, and definitely stock photos. That being said, I try and not focus TOO heavily on the pictures… as it CAN take away from the actual content at hand in my opinion.

Jenny

January 8th, 2010

Thanks for this resource. I found it very helpful! However, I would like to remind people to avoid using cliche stock photos on websites. Be more creative, make your own graphic.

No more business handshakes or water drops with rippples.

Johnny Hughes

March 22nd, 2010

Finally, a site where commercial artists and designers can find free photos for projects. It’s informative and user friendly.

Sandeep Soni

May 4th, 2010

Photos are very useful. Thanks Buddy

sanja

May 7th, 2010

new free stock site http://www.rgbstock.com

HR Key Functions

May 9th, 2010

I’ve used most of them – really free and gorgeous!

Paul

May 10th, 2010

A great resource list, here is another for the list, http://www.toasto.com it’s my small but growing library of high quality free photos under CC licence. Thanks.

George Hardi

May 12th, 2010

AbsolutVision Stock Photo also offers a few hundreds free pictures, some with built-in clipping path. Take a look at http://www.absolutvision.com/AbsolutVisionV2/gallery/free_stock_images … and download them.

Jen Pruett

May 27th, 2010

This is amazing list and all free photo, great resource will use it, Thank you Jen

Steve

May 30th, 2010

have a look at http://www.freeimages.co.uk – the entire site is free and we have been providing images for more than 10 years

Bogdan

June 4th, 2010

Try new site http://www.picdrome.com for free pictures from around Europe, funny pictures and more.

Jonny

June 4th, 2010

Hi,
I use http://www.isphotobomb.com , its very easy and cool.

imran14826

June 28th, 2010

What you lose in using these sites (and I do use these sites and istock with some frequency myself) is the individuality of your business. I created a presentation once for an organization that focuses on diversity and used an istock photo of a family. That same family appeared on a poster soliciting museum memberships when I was touring the Tower of London. If you base your company identity or logo off an image that is widely circulated, it will become evident.

14826
http://www.livetv.pk

Martha

June 28th, 2010

Thnx for sharing guys. And i would add another free stock collection http://www.photl.com here. They have high resolution images, but they have mainly studio type images. Anyway its helpful rather often.

Inna

July 6th, 2010

Thanks for that list! I can add my own five cents – http://designbeginshere.com – a collection of stock photo collections – free and not, graphics, audio, etc., hope it helps too..

I do use stock photo resources, but do not like free ones much as it is often unclear with proper licensing for them.

taleem

July 7th, 2010

Fantastic post, this is a gem. To find these websites manually it’s a pain because the sites themselves do not make it easy to know if they are free, low cost, cheap etc etc etc…

cr103

July 13th, 2010

http://creativity103.com has been around for almost 10 years serving designers with 1000′s of free abstract graphic elements and textures.

Alicia

July 19th, 2010

Thank you for the list and to everyone who adds sth new on the list. I would add one site as well. it is http://www.photl.com
They have a large collection of free images for commercial use. Thouth they have mainly studio images, still i love this site.

photoeverywhere

July 22nd, 2010

there’s some great photos on all these sites. You might also be interested in http://photoeverywhere.co.uk which specializes in travel stock images from around the world. We have a small (3000 images) but growing collection of places.

David

August 24th, 2010

Hi! Thank you for the list and useful information.

David

September 1st, 2010

Great for budget projects… thanks.

Roger G

September 21st, 2010

http://www.Youtupedia.org is not in the list, so I add it here, i believe is a cool choice!

Michael

September 29th, 2010

try http://www.123rf.com/freeimages.php. It’s a free section of a charging stock photo website, but there’s also a good variety of free images.

Santhosh Kumar

October 1st, 2010

A great list! I definitely know about stock.xchng and morguefile, but there are so many excellent sites. Thanks!

Horacio Hamiltan

October 17th, 2010

have already been reading your blog around several days. really love your posts. by the way i’m doing a research concerning this area. do you happen to know any other sites or perhaps forums in which I can get more info? thanks in advance.

Envergur

October 26th, 2010

Thanks for the great ressources!
I love Flickr for the amateur picture !

Ryan

December 14th, 2010

Thanks for this list. Found a few good resources here I didn’t know about before.

Stavy

December 16th, 2010

I am one of the top contributing photographers at Sxc. Go check it out. Lilgoldwmn. <3

Todd

January 6th, 2011

I used to have to go on sxc a lot back in the day, when I worked for very cheap employers.

Kierin

January 17th, 2011

hey,

i wanted to point out that the link to deviantart is wrong. You send people to the photography section of deviantart. Those image are not free to use, but are copyrighted be the respective artists.
The right link to the stock image section is here: http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/stockart/

Thanks for the list, i loved the Nasa images

Nisha

February 16th, 2011

Awesome List.

crispypants

February 19th, 2011

http://www.freestockfor.us and http://www.allourstock.com are new but awesome! 100% free!

Robert Steers

March 14th, 2011

A really great list of stock photos, thanks. I love iStockphoto and Bigstock, as they are pretty good value for money!

Grace

May 14th, 2011

This is a good list. Sine my blog is new. I like free images. I can get online. I tried http://www.googleimageripper.com/ and it is helpful.

CJ

May 17th, 2011

People are also welcome to use the images and photos on http://www.cjophoto.com/.

Thomas Egan

June 9th, 2011

Awesome collection! This will definitely come in handy.

Mainual

July 12th, 2011

Thanks for resources guys

Haffey

July 12th, 2011

Hey, check http://depositphotos.com/free-images.html , they offer 7 days free subscription! You can download any 5 images you want per day during subscription period.

gBaniya

July 18th, 2011

Here’s one I found lately.
http://www.FineArtRef.com

ashok

July 26th, 2011

except few sites nothing is free

jays

July 27th, 2011

Please take a look at http://www.rgbstock.com too
More then 65,000 free stock photos on line

Dave

July 29th, 2011

This is an amazing collection of image resources, there definitely is great value in these sites at different levels. Thank you for taking the time to put it all together for us to see.

Pratik

August 29th, 2011

Thanks for the list, I’ve also posted the related post on my blog. Personally I use Google and Yahoo! to search for free Stock photos.

Ed Hughes

November 2nd, 2011

This is a great article, not only for the free sites but many of the other lower cost image sites suggested by other posters.

Wayne Thomas

November 14th, 2011

Having worked for a design agency for the last 6 years, they wouldn’t provide much of a budget for stock images, but when we did, we used istock.

This list is great, and now that I have just turned to freelancing, I need all the help I can get.

I’m not a professional photographer, but thought that I’d possibly help other designers by allowing them use some photos I have taken, so i decided that I would post some of my snaps on my website’s blog.

Here’s a link to my first photography post: http://bit.ly/tuPYE9 and I hope to be able to add something every month.

Sunny Alan

October 8th, 2012

Hi,
I am looking for large photo files(20 mb+), mostly landscapes, fall foliage etc.
At all free sites mentioned, the file size is relatively small, say 2mb, max 5 mb.
If needed I dont mind paying small amounts say $10 each.

Can you advise some such sites, please?

suzana

May 29th, 2013

I could found nice free photos for my blog article at http://stockphotogram.com/ Check it out:)

James

June 24th, 2013

Free :)

Arthur

June 26th, 2013

The first 2 sites are not free…

Linda E.

September 14th, 2013

Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called http://pickupimage.com.
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.

Rik Shafer

December 3rd, 2013

This was VERY helpful! Thanks.

Martin

December 19th, 2013

Hi thank you very much! I also use this: http://freepix.eu/

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