10 Places to Find Free Images for Your Website

By Suzanne Kearns

4 min read

If you engage in any type of content marketing for your business, images should play a key role in your strategy. In fact, it’s been found that online articles that include an image have on average 94 percent more views than articles that don’t include them. Here are ten free places where you can find free images to use in your online content.

1. FreeFoto.com

FreeFoto.com has over 132,000 images with 183 sections that are organized into 3,640 categories. The images are free to use online in blogs, email, social media, and articles, as long as you provide attribution and a link back to either FreeFoto.com or the image. If you want to use an image for advertising or marketing purposes, you’ll be required to purchase a license. You can read the full set of rules on the site.

2. Photogen.com

This site not only allows you to use its free images in online content, but also in printed promotional materials such as book, CD, and DVD covers, film, video, mobile apps, and even on corporate stationary and business cards. However, you cannot use the photos as part of a logo or trademark, on print-on-demand items, or printed reproductions that you intend to sell. You can find the complete terms of use on the website.

3. Freerangestock.com

This site doesn’t categorize images in sections, but you can search the entire site by keyword. Site owners ask that whenever possible, users include a photo credit and/or the photographer’s name, but they don’t require it. There are no restrictions on how you can use the photos except that you cannot sell or profit from them. View the terms of use on the site.

4. Creativity103.com

If you’re looking for free textures, design ideas, video clips, and abstract backgrounds, Creativity103 is a great place to look. The site currently has 2500 files, 6GB of abstract digital photos, and basic video clips, which are all free to use. The site’s terms of use state that all use of the images is OK for personal or commercial reasons, but if you use them in a commercial application, you must credit the site as the source.

5. Openclipart.org

Sometimes you don’t need a photo, but just a good piece of clip art. You will find plenty to choose from on this site, which is searchable by keyword, and all the artists who contribute to the site have released all rights to their work. That means you can use these pieces any way you want, even for unlimited commercial use. Read more on the site’s terms of use page.

6. Texturegen.com

This site boasts 1,122 free high-resolution textures and backgrounds that include representations of concrete, brick, rust, metal, and more. In addition, you’ll find unusual textures like grey beach pebbles, seaweed on rocks, and graffiti all organized into 25 categories. The site’s terms of use state that you can use the images for just about anything, except as a trademark or logo, or printed items that you intend to sell.

7. PhotoEverywhere.co.uk

On this site you will find 3,600 high-resolution travel stock images arranged by geographical location, or you can search by keyword. The images are free to use under a Creative Commons license as long as you provide a credit for printed items, or a hyperlink for online media. If you can’t provide a credit, you will need to buy a low-cost photo license from partner site Valuestockphoto.

8. Bigfoto.com

This site has a massive selection of images shot by amateur photographers and is categorized by places and themes. You can use the images for personal or commercial use, and all you have to do is link back to the website. If you can’t do that, the site simply asks that you like its Facebook page.

9. FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You’ll find a wide variety of images taken by professional stock photographers and digital illustrators on this site. You can browse in the 16 categories, or search by keyword. All images are free to use, but you will have to pay if you want an image in a larger size. You can use the free images for personal or business use as long as you provide a credit to the artist who created it. Read the site’s terms of use for more details.

10. Freeimages.com

There are over 410,000 images divided into 15 categories and taken by more than 30,000 photographers on this site. The images are free to use in digital format, printed promotional materials, and on corporate letterhead and business cards. You can’t use the images to endorse products or services if they depict a person, as part of a trademark or logo, or to sell or redistribute. If you want to use the image for products you intend to sell, the site’s terms of use advise you to ask permission from the photographer directly.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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