Where to find Fabulous Free Images for your Blog

Where to find Free and Fabulous images for your website or blogSo much of the web is about images. Bloggers need great (and preferably free) images to make their content stand out.

Finding free images that you can legally use on your website or blog has become much easier than it used to be.

The purpose of this post is to direct you toward Pinterest-worthy, FREE images to help you in your blogging efforts. We’ve added some comments about the pros and cons of each site.

Regardless of the site that you choose to use for accessing free images, make sure that you read the terms of service so that you can respect the work of other creatives.


Top 10 FREE image resources for bloggers

1. I’d Pin That!

idpinthat.com:  Created to help bloggers and non-designers create high quality images like those often seen on Pinterest. I’d Pin That is more than just a source for free images — it is an image editor! Use the tools provided here to add your own text and edit the images right on the site.

The images on I’d Pin That are provided by pixabay and Flickr. These images are Public Domain and free of any copyright. They can be edited, distributed and otherwise used as you see fit without the need for attribution.

Pros

  • No need to join or sign up for an account
  • Image editing tools – Add your own text!
  • Big selection of images
  • Searchable by keyword
  • Images are small enough to upload directly into WordPress. Should you need the high resolution file there’s a link to the original source.

Cons

  • Nothing negative to say here!

2. Pexels

pexels.com: Free high quality photos you can use everywhere. “All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.”

Pros

  • No need to join or sign up for an account
  • Search is by keyword
  • You can also browse by popular searches
  • Every week at least 35 new photos will be added
  • Best of all, they provide links to the original image source … you can discover other free sites from theirs

Cons

  • We didn’t find anything we didn’t like here!

3. Public Domain Archive

publicdomainarchive.com: “a public domain image repository” created by Matt a graphic designer, web designer and photographer.

Pros

  • No need to join or sign up for an account
  • High quality, beautiful food images
  • The repository is searchable by keyword
  • You can also browse by category
  • Large selection
  • There is a Premium Membership that gives you access to bulk download all of the high resolution photos on the site

Cons

  • There are some ads but they aren’t deceptive search boxes to sponsored images so we’re okay with this
  • The search feature could be better

4. PicJumbo

picjumbo.com: Created by Viktor Hanacek Picjumbo is a great source to find beautiful images.  New photos are uploaded daily. Photos are free for commercial and personal use.

Picjumbo has search boxes that are actually sponsored links to other paid photo collections. We understand that revenue from ads help keep the images free but these ad search boxes can be confusing for users. If you user a browser ad blocker extension, these will be blocked on Picjumbo.

Search for Free Images
This is an example of an ad search box.

Pros

  • New photos uploaded daily
  • You can sort images by categories and tags or use the search feature
  • Premium account option for $6/month but there is a really great selection of free images
  • There is an inexpensive Photoshop Plugin that you can choose to buy

Cons

  • The site is ad funded.

5. Gratisography

gratisography.com: Photographer Ryan McGuire provides this collection of high-resolution pictures for free. You can use them on your personal or commercial project free of copyright restrictions.

Pros

  • New images added weekly
  • No signup required

Cons

  • Photos only, no illustrations or vectors
  • no search feature

6. Morguefile

Courtesy of Morguefile creative, MGDbostonmorguefile.com: Founded in 1996 by college student Michael Connors.

Photographers contribute images to Morguefile for visitors to use in their creative projects. Yes, they’re all completely free. The website does ask that you credit the photographer when possible.

Pros

  • Lots of selection (338K)
  • Links to other stock photo sites if you can’t find what you’re looking for (but you’ll have to purchase)

Cons

  • The license is kinda confusing – “You are still responsible for the legal content of the images including model releases and property releases”

7. Unsplash

unsplash.com: All photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Zero license. This means that 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.

Pros

  • Beautiful, high resolution images
  • Search by keyword and search by Filter (category)
  • No signup required
  • New content guaranteed (10 new photos every 10 days)

Cons

  • Photos only, no illustrations or vectors

8. Pixabay

pixabay.com: From the website “On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0.

You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.”

Pros

  • Large selection
  • Browse images by categories, by editor’s choice,  latest images, photographers, type (photos or illustrations).
  • In addition to photos, Pixabay offers vectors and illustrations
  • For small or medium images you don’t have to signup – you can just enter a captcha code to download
  • Nice that you can get different size images

Cons

  • top row of search results are sponsored images
  • You have to create an account and login to download full resolution images – but it is free

9. The Open Photo Project

openphoto.net: The Open Photo Project is a photo sharing platform created in 1998 by Michael Jastremski. Contributors have offered their images free of charge under terms of Creative Commons licensing.

Pros

  • Good quality images
  • Lots of selection
  • You can browse by category or by photographer

Cons

  • Signup for an account required to download
  • Attribution required
  • Again the search box is an Ad for paid photos

10. Unprofound

unprofound.com: This site was founded in 2001 by Jim who was having trouble finding good quality public domain images. He has contributed much of the portfolio here. According to the website “The Unprofound Collection is for anyone to use in just about any way. However, you may not redistribute these photos to any other websites or offline buyers.”

Pros

  • No need to join
  • You can search by keyword
  • You can search by colour, great for matching your site’s branding

Cons

  • The website has a dated look

Do you have another favourite free image site that you use? Add to the conversation!

5 thoughts on “Where to find Fabulous Free Images for your Blog


    1. Thanks for the link M.K. We have another post in the works about sources for backgrounds. Guess we should add icons to that one too.

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