We’ve all seen them, those sites that offer high resolution images for a small fee. Those are royalty free images, and the internet is full of them. But we don’t want to pay for an image, if we can get something similar for free, do we? If you do, then don’t read on, but… I do think you would want to do just that, because we all love free stuff!
First of all, royalty free doesn’t mean free. It just means that you are free to use the image for whatever you please, after you have paid for it. That’s fine, if you have a big business which can afford to do so. Someone who just wants a nice image to add in their blog entry though, wouldn’t want to spend money on it. So where to go? The internet actually has a lot of nice places for you, and I will show you some of them!
https://pixabay.com – This is a really nice site, with tons of high quality images you can choose from. As they state on their site, you can use their images for whatever you like. Yes, even money earning projects! You don’t even have to register to download (though it’s easier and faster to download if you do); it’s all free to take. It’s always possible to donate to the ones, who upload their wonderful photos, but it’s entirely up to you, and it’s nothing they would ever force upon you.
https://www.pexels.com – If you like more artistic and dreamy images, then this the site for you! You can use their high quality images for whatever you want, and do not need an account to do so. It’s especially easy to find images of landscapes, nature and wild animals on here, but if you need something that is related to technology, you will also find a huge area with that kind of images.
https://pxhere.com – A lot like Pixabay and Pexels, but in some ways easier to navigate. It’s super easy to search for images by theme, size and color, which makes it faster to find just the right image for your project. There’s no need to sign up either, so you can just jump right into your image search.
http://www.rgbstock.com – If you just want to browse all sorts of images, then this is the place for you, as it kind of reminds me of Instagram, but with higher quality images, and of course they are free to use. You need an account to download though, and you need to be careful how many images you open, as there is a limit of 100 downloads per day, and you wouldn’t want to waste the 90 of them by just browsing and watching.
http://foter.com – This one is a bit tricky. You can download high quality images without registration, but they are divided into commercial and non-commercial use, so be aware of that when wanting to download an image. Also, it is stated whether you are allowed to modify the image or not, and attribution is a must. Every image provides a link you can just copy and paste though, so it’s super easy to give them proper credit.
http://www.freemediagoo.com – While this site is weak in terms of photography, you can find some nice free textures and backgrounds for your projects. Need a spacy background for your new self-made wallpaper? Try your luck here! No registration is required.
http://deathtothestockphoto.com – Now this is something different. You need to sign up with your e-mail, and you’ll get a free zip file every month, packed with photos. They usually follow a set theme every month, so just keep collecting them, as you might find a theme you got 6 months ago useful in one of your later projects!
https://depositphotos.com/free-files.html – Yes, this is a royalty free image site that wants you to pay, but don’t let that stop you from browsing their free files, as you will find photos, vectors and 4K videos to use for anything you want.
http://www.123rf.com/browsefreeimages.php – This is the free part of 123RF, where you usually have to pay for images. Granted, the images you can download for free here are of small sizes, but if you don’t need huge images for an article or the like, you can most likely find something nice here. You have to register to download, and the free images expire after a set time, so keep your eyes open now and then.
https://unsplash.com/ – Unsplash is very similar to Pixabay and Pexels, so if you like those sites, but didn’t find what you were looking for, be sure to give this a shot. All images are free to use and of very high quality.
That’s all for now, but I think it’s enough anyway. If you want more, you can always find plenty of sites offering free images if you Google them. Just remember, that you may USE them for free, NOT redistribute them or sell them! And even though you usually don’t even have to credit the sites, it’s always a nice thing to do.
Anyway, I hope the list helped you find some nice images, or at least made it fun browsing what the sites have to offer. I know I always love it!
Got some nice sites with free images you want to let everyone know of? Please share them in the comments 🙂