As a blogger, I constantly need new images for my posts. In my opinion, images are mandatory for a good blog post and are equally important as the text.
Since I’m more of a “visual” rather than a “text” guy, I personally like to read the posts that are a good combination of text, images, and videos.
Besides the visual advantage, adding images to your posts have also an SEO benefit if you add the post keywords to the image alt tag.
Another advantage of adding images to your posts is that your articles will get more shares on the social networks.
If you also create some nice infographics for your posts, that can skyrocket your results. Infographics are usually the images that are shared the most and will usually get you backlinks and social traffic.
But how to find the copyright free images?
Some people will just teach you to simply use Google Images Advanced Search and to search for images with the licensing filter.
However, that’s not the safest way to find images that you can use for your blog posts.
If you read the images usage rights, you will find a warning stating that not all the images listed in the search results might be licensed correctly.
So, I never use Google images to find images that I can use for my posts.
Today, I will share with you a list of 11 sites where you can find copyright free images for download. You are allowed to use these images both for personal usage, but also for commercial purposes.
I highly recommend you to read the licenses and terms displayed for each of these sites before downloading and using the listed images. Every site included on my list has its own terms and conditions and I’m not responsible for any changes in their licensing terms.
Unsplash is the first place where I go when I need an image.
This website is an impressive collection of high-resolution photos that you can use for anything you want.
Most of the photos illustrate landscapes and cities, but there are also photos of humans and objects.
All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.
The website is very simple to navigate, making extremely easy to find your desired images with the help of the search form from the top-left side of the page.
You can also sort the photos by freshness or by collections, which are a kind of categories.
Gratisography is my second favorite website for finding images for my blog posts or my online projects.
All the pictures found on Gratisography were made by Ryan McGuire, a professional photographer.
Most of the listed photos have a funny tint or the “weird” element, along with some nice effects. I personally like very much Ryan McGuire’s unique photographing art style.
The pictures capture people, including the photographer himself, nature, animals, objects, cities, and other awesome situations.
All the photos available for download on Gratisography are licensed as stated on the website, under “similar terms as Creative Commons Zero”, with a few I could call “moral restrictions”.
The website has a simplistic design, with a few categories at the top and a search form just above the categories.
Pixabay is another fantastic source of copyright free images. It has one of the largest databases of free photos, vectors, illustrations, and short videos, totaling over 750,000 items. All the items present on Pixabay are added by individual photographers and artists.
The topic of the photos varies very much and if you can’t find your desired picture elsewhere, you can surely find it on Pixabay.
To look for a specific photo, you can browse the categories or use the search for at the top of the website. The photos are displayed in the grid style of Google Images website, which makes the image search process very familiar.
The images on Pixabay are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.
Pexels is another great website for finding images to use for your personal or commercial projects.
The photos are uploaded by different uploaders and you can find pictures in various categories and niches. The photos are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
Sometimes I need images that can be combined with other images to obtain a more relevant image for my posts. I often download an image that I use as the background image and then use a clipart image for the main idea.
When I’m in need of a clipart image, the first place where I look for it is OpenClipart.org.
OpenClipart has a huge collection of clipart images that can be used for free and commercial projects. At the time I write this article, according to the stats counter displayed on the website, there is a total of 111041 images.
Most of the images can be downloaded in multiple formats and 3 different sizes (big, medium and small). The majority of the images are also available in .svg format, which is great if you intend to edit your photos in Adobe Illustrator.
The images on OpenClipart are available under the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Public Domain License.
Lifeofpix is another amazing source for finding high-quality images with no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use.
New photos are added every day and you can download and use all of them completely free of charge.
The majority of the images are uploaded by Leeroy advertising agency and its network of contributors (as stated on the website), but they also allow the visitors to submit photos.
As an addition to Lifeofpix, they have also created lifeofvids.com, which is a collection of free videos that you can use for your projects.
The images are released under the Creative Commons Zero license.
Mmtstock is a website by Jeffrey Betts, a designer and a spare time photographer.
Most of the photos are from places the photographer has traveled and capture places, animals, nature, flowers, objects, etc.
Overall, it’s a great collection of photos and I wish to thank Jeffrey for making them available under the CC0 license.
The photos on Flickr are uploaded by people all around the world and Flickr is probably the largest database of images.
While NOT all the images on Flickr can be used for personal or commercial purposes, there are a good amount of photos released under a Creative Commons license that you can edit and use both for personal and commercial projects.
To find these photos, you need to use Flickr’s advanced search feature and switch the “Any License” option to the license type that best suits your need (depending on how and where you want to use the images).
Raumrot is another website where you can find hi-resolution photos for your blog or your project.
The photos on Raumrot are picked from a few other sites that offer these license-free images and you also have the option of downloading these images as packs.
For example, if you go to the “Nature” category, you’ll find the option of downloading the full category as an image pack. That’s pretty cool if you need more images for a specific niche.
To download an image pack, just click the download icon.
An impressive collection of over 350,000 free stock photos to choose from.
According to the license displayed on the website, you are free to adapt, use for commercial purposes and accompany the photos with other content. You are not allowed to claim the ownership of the photos and if you don’t make any modifications to the photos (use the photos in the original form), you have to give credits to the photographer.
Realgraphy is a project by Janos Virag from Hungary. At the time I write this post, you can find over 620 authentic photos, all released under the CC0 license.
You can find high-resolution photos of animals, nature, places, people, sport, etc. and you can download and use all of them completely free of charge.
There are more other websites on the web where you can find copyright free images for commercial use. However, these are my favorites and the places where I go when I need to find a nice photo for my blog posts, landing pages, slide presentations, etc.
I also want to thank all the photographers and the people behind these awesome sites for sharing their work and for allowing us to download, edit and use their photos in our projects for free.
They make my life as a blog owner easier, and certainly much less expensive than if I’d have to pay for all the photos.
If you found this post helpful, make sure you share it with your friends so they can also find out about these amazing websites. They will appreciate for sure.