Best Places to Get Royalty Free Stock Images
Ever have the need for royalty free stock images to use for your website? If you’re anything like me, I’m always looking for good quality royalty free stock images I can use for my websites without having to pay for them. I’m not a graphic designer by trade, but I do occasionally need royalty free stock images I can use to illustrate the idea I’m trying to get across without having watermarks on them.
I was making a logo this morning for someone and needed a video reel or video play icon, and I ran across a new website that had some pretty nice images I wanted to share with those of you looking for the same. Oftentimes we wanted high quality images to use for our websites but they have watermarks from Shutterstock or some the other popular royalty free stock image sites out there.
Furthermore, you have to be concerned about copyright violations if someone doesn’t want you to use their images. I’m not a great graphic designer at all, and I need to see ideas to get a good idea of “a look” that I would like to accomplish. With that said, let me share two sites with you that you can bookmark to get high quality Royalty free stock images you can use with confidence when you’re working on your website.
3 Top Websites that Have Royalty Free Stock Images
- FreeDigitalPhotos.net – I’ve been using FreeDigitalPhotos.net for a long time and their free images are pretty decent. Most of the time I can find free images I use on my blogs or for a graphic that are helpful. You can download smaller images for free by watching a video and entering the CAPTCHA phrase inside the video to get a 400×400 size image. The larger ones start at $3 usually and go up from there. One issue with FreeDigitalPhotos.net, however, is that you have to give credits for each image each time you use them in a video or a blog. The only way around this is to purchase the image.
- Pixabay.com – I ran across Pixabay this morning and loved the quality of images and of course the cost for most of them. Their royalty free stock images are mostly free but they also have sponsors such as Shutterstock that you can buy images from where they make money from. The nice thing about Pixabay is that they have larger images you can use and don’t have to pay for them. If you’re blogging often, it’s definitely a website you will want to bookmark for future reference for free digital photos. All of the creators on the Pixabay site have waived their rights to the image, in any form you want to use them. What does that mean to you? It’s one of the only FREE ways to use images without purchasing a license from a graphic designer. A very big deal…
- StockPhotosforFree.com – This website has a great selection of free photos as well. Lots of categories to choose from on their site but mainly locations, aerial photos, international locations and people photos. You simply have to join through Facebook, and you can start downloading images. Very simple to use and a great selection of royalty free stock images.
I hope you found this post to be valuable to you. For me, I fell in love with Pixabay and wanted to share it with my readers in hopes that it will show you the best sites to get royalty free stock images from on a consistent basis. Please feel free to share this with others, like the post if added value, and please leave a comment if you know of any other sites out there that are useful for graphic design or saving time or money on our websites.