Top websites for free stock images
Are you trying to create engaging, relevant content for your website? Do you need high quality and original stock images to make your web pages stand out? Making the best possible first impression on your website can determine whether or not you achieve a sale or enquiry or if you competitor wins it, and imagery plays a huge part in conveying your image and personality.
To help you with this, we have compiled a list of some of the best free stock image sites, which will also help ensure you don’t run the risk of using pictures owned by other companies or breaking copyright laws.
If you are looking to use large, hi-resolution images on your website then Unsplash might be the site for you. Most of the images revolve around outside activities and the natural world. The images are hi-res and can be downloaded for free at that quality, so you can then resize and compress them as required to ensure they load quickly on your website.
Freestocks categorises its wealth of images to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Like Unsplash, all images are available in a single size option which you will need to resize and compress.
Pixabay is one of the most widely used free stock photo sites around. It offers a huge range of images, all of them high quality. Unlike some of the previous entries, it offers users a choice of image size before downloading, so you can get the right size image for your site or article. Do note that some images on Pixabay are sponsored Shutterstock images for which there is a charge.
Pexels is very similar to Pixabay in terms of the choice of image size it provides. It has a simple to use browsing interface which allows you to find exactly the right image quickly and easily.
Being the biggest search engine on the internet, Google compiles every single image it can find that is related to your search term. They could be from any website, article or gallery and could be owned by anyone. Within Google Image Search you can select ‘Tools’ and then select the ‘Usage Rights’ options to only view images that are labelled for reuse.
So, if you’re ever in need of an image for whatever reason, give some of these sites a try. We’re sure you’ll be able to find one that is suitable.
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