Practical Ecommerce

14 Sites for Free Stock Photos

An ecommerce merchant can add content and value to an online store by utilizing free stock photography.

Here is a list of resources to find free stock photos for commercial use. There are stock photo search engines, huge image collections from stock photography sites, smaller curated collections from design sites, and some additional sources for free high quality photographs.

Be sure to double-check the licensing of any content you plan to use. Also, be mindful when searching for free images — Pixbay, Freeimages, and RGBStock all display lines of premium images above free image search results.

Pixabay

Pixabay website

Pixabay

Pixabay is a repository site for high-quality public domain pictures. All images can be used, modified, and distributed for commercial purposes without asking permission. Search images or browse by editor’s choice, latest images, leaderboards, photographer, and type of camera. Images can be downloaded without registering with the site.

Freeimages

Freeimages website

Freeimages

Freeimages has over 400,000 stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers. Users can search images by a variety of categories, including resolution, photographer, restrictions, camera, country, and more. Previously called Stock.XCHNG, Freeimages is part of Getty Images.

Everystockphoto

Everystockphoto website

Everystockphoto

Everystockphoto is a search engine for free photos. View each photo’s license by clicking the license icon next to the image. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect, and comment on photos. Search over 21 million free images.

Unsplash

Unsplash website

Unsplash

Unsplash provides 10 new and free high-resolution photos every 10 days. There are approximately 350 photos in the archive. All photos are dedicated to the public domain, available for commercial purposes without asking permission. Unsplash is by the creative design firm Crew.

RGBStock

RGBStock website

RGBStock

RGBStock has a huge number of free stock photos and graphics, with nearly 100,000 images available. RGBStock has new and popular image categories, a random category for browsing and inspiration, photographer download statistics, and a forum. All images on RGBStock are free for personal and commercial use.

Flickr Creative Commons

Flickr Creative Commons website

Flickr Creative Commons

Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. Browse or search through content under each type of license. A large number of images can be used commercially if you include author attribution.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock website

New Old Stock

New Old Stock features vintage photos from the public archive, free of known copyright restrictions. It is an eclectic and interesting collection of historical images. New Old Stock is from visual and web designer Cole Townsend.

Gratisography

Gratisography website

Gratisography

Gratisography is a gallery of free high-resolution pictures to use for personal and commercial projects. The images are by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. While not searchable, there are some terrific images, well worth the browsing time. New pictures are added weekly.

Pixel Perfect Digital

Pixel Perfect Digital website

Pixel Perfect Digital

Pixel Perfect Digital provides free stock photos, background textures, and other graphics. New content is added at least once a month. Under a Creative Commons Attribution license, the images can be used in both personal and commercial projects, as long as you credit Pixel Perfect Digital for the original work.

IM Free

IM Free website

IM Free

IM Free is a curated collection of free images for commercial use. Photograph collections include Business, People, Technology, Food & Drinks, Objects & Items, Ambient, and Occupations. In addition to high-quality photographs, there are free landing page templates and icons. IM Free is from IM-Creator, a solution for creating and publishing websites.

morgueFile

morgueFile website

morgueFile

morgueFile is a collection of images for designers and illustrators to manipulate freely in creating work of their own. There are over 300,000 images available to alter for your project. If you want to use an image as-is, morgueFile suggests contacting the original photographer and providing a credit. morgueFile is a collaboration between Michael and Kevin Connors, with Johannes Seemann.

The Pattern Library

The Pattern Library website

The Pattern Library

The Pattern Library is a compilation of patterns to use freely for design work. This is a good resource to add style easily and without expense. The Pattern Library is an ongoing project by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri.

NASA ArtSpace

NASA ArtSpace website

NASA ArtSpace

If you’re interested in space images, NASA ArtSpace offers a collection of royalty-free resources, including historic photographs and images from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as images from other agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search website

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search is a tool that provides convenient access to Creative Commons search services provided by other organizations, including Google Images, Fotopedia, and Flickr.

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Martin Novak May 29, 2014 Reply

    Another good source of free images: http://albumarium.com

  2. Tony Anello May 31, 2014 Reply

    Great info
    Great Site

  3. Terri L Maurer July 21, 2014 Reply

    Nice list, Sig. There are a number on your list I haven’t heard about before. Will certainly be checking them out.

  4. Romeu October 25, 2014 Reply

    Staff, the site has http://www.iregioes.com.br free images and it is not necessary to register to download them.

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