If you use photos from Google, you run the risk of getting into trouble since you may not own the image and may not have the proper permission to use it. Good news is that many sites provide royalty free images for both personal and commercial use.
Lists of sites to find royalty free images for personal & commercial use.
- Burst by Shopify
- Realistic Shots
- Life of Pix
- Startup Stock Photos
- Foodies Feed
- Free Stocks
- Free Nature Stock
- Yeah Stock Photos
- Kaboom Pics
- Travel Coffee Book
- Pic Jumbo
- ISO Republic
- Skitter Photo
- Little Visuals
- Free Range Stock
- Jay Mantri
- Creative Commons
- Free Images
Please Note: Almost every site that I have mentioned below provides high quality, attribution free, royalty free photos without requiring you to become their member.
If you still want to search images or files from Google, you must read this article Searching Google like a boss.
Their terms and conditions of use are almost the same. However, some have their own site license so it is better if you have a glance on their license page before using them.
Terms used in the article:
Creative Commons Zero (CC0) – It means the person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
Royalty Free – material subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights may be used without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use. In our case, the photographers who created the photo is still the owner of the photo. But you don’t need to pay to use their photos.
Attribution Free – You don’t need to provide credit to the owner when using the images.
What you CAN DO using these photos:
- Photos are free to use. Attribution is not required (may require at some site). Giving credit to the photographer or the website is not necessary but always appreciated.
- You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit them as you like. Use it on your website, blog article, e-commerce shop, newsletters, e-book, presentation, or a template you sell.
- On print media, use photos for flyers, postcards, invitations, magazines, albums, books, CD covers, and more.
- Share them on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Even make videos on youtube using these copyright free images.
- Promoting your products using these images and creating unique ads, banners, and marketing campaigns.
What you CANNOT DO using these photos:
- Don’t redistribute or sell images on other stock or wallpaper platforms.
- Don’t portray identifiable people in a bad light or in an offensive way.
- Don’t use images with identifiable brands to create a misleading association with a product or service.
- You can copy, modify, and use them both in personal and commercial projects. However, you can not sell the photos themselves.
I hope you understand the legal aspect of using these site. now let’s get started.
Lists of sites to find royalty free images for personal & commercial use.
This is one of my favorites. Pixabay.com has a large collection of high quality stock images as well as videos, illustrations, vectors, and music. All photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
You don’t need to sign up to download the photos, but I have observed, to download free high-resolution images (Full HD or larger) you need to sign up which is free as well.
Tip: If you are looking for high quality png background, check their illustrations category.
Another favorite of mine. Unsplash.com offers a large collection of free high-resolution images that are released under Unsplash license. They even have full HD background for wallpapers as well. Signup is not required.
A gem of a site. Pexels offers a huge collection of high quality free stock photos as well as videos that are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Searching through this site is easy and you don’t need to signup to download photos.
Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. They have a huge collection of high-resolution, royalty free images that were shot by their global community of photographers. Burst is built to provide designers, developers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs get access to beautiful free stock photography around trending business niches. Signup is not required.
realisticshots.com is a project by Commit 2 design that offers high resolution free stock photos for personal and commercial use. 7 new photos added every week. Photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.
Lifeofpix.com is a platform created by the LEEROY creative agency. It offers high-resolution copyright free images. New images are added weekly. Signup is not required.
If you are looking for quirky, beautiful, catching but copyright free images. Gratisography.com is a place to be. They curate only the most interesting pictures, the ones with a personality, a perspective, a story to tell, and then publish them on their site. Signup is not required.
Libreshot.com is created by Martin Vorel who enjoys taking pictures. Every picture that you see on the site is shot by him. You can download all the photos for free and use it for your personal and commercial projects. Signup is not required.
stocksnap.io has a large collection of beautiful free stock photos. this site is updated regularly. The site tracks views and downloads so you can discover the most popular photos. Photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.
startupstockphotos.com offers free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, etc. Photos are mostly related to the corporate niche. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.
Foodiesfeed.com is one of the best resources for highly visually appealing copyright free images related to food. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). The download takes a few seconds for the guest user, for instant download and latest updates on your email you can become a member which is also free.
freestocks.org has a collection of free high-resolution images. They offer royalty free stock images for both Commercial and Personal Projects under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.
picography.co has a collection of gorgeous, high resolution, royalty free images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
freenaturestock.com has high resolution, royalty free images and videos of nature. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
yeahstockphotos.com post free stock images that are royalty free, attribution free, and can be used for personal or commercial purposes. Use them as they are or transform them into something new.
magdeleine.co has high resolution images that are updated every day. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Some images require attribution even though you can use them for free. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do a check before using it.
kaboompics.com created by Karolina is a royalty-free service for stock images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Kaboompics is one of the most popular source of free images for lifestyle, interior design, and bloggers around the world.
travelcoffeebook.com shares royalty free images of beautiful travel moments. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
picjumbo.com by Viktor Hanacek is a free stock photo site. It has both free photos as well as premium (paid) photos as well. Apart from stock photo, it has free high resolution, HD background wallpapers photos as well.
isorepublic.com has thousands of high resolution, royalty free images and videos. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
focastock.com has a great collection of high resolution, free stock images and videos. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). If you are a graphics designer or a creative artist you are surely going to love this site.
Apart from the cute logo, cupcake has an elegant collection of high resolution, free stock images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
skitterphoto.com is a place to find, show, and share public domain photos. This site offers high-resolution images and is licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
littlevisuals.co was a passion project for Nic Jackson. Tragically, Nic died suddenly in November 2013. But his family has ensured that all of the images will remain available and free for commercial use. The images are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
freerangestock.com offers high quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. Free registration is required to download the photos.
jaymantri.com offers high quality creative photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
This is a search engine. You provide your search keywords and then choose from the various licensed like CC0, Public Domain Mark, etc.
Tip: Search for “photo” and tick CC0 for the best results.
freeimages.com is a great collection of free stock photos – all free for personal and commercial use. While downloading the photo it gives you options to download photo of the low, medium, high or original resolution.
At photdexia.com, you can find highest quality free images, photos, illustrations and vectors for free. All photos uploaded on Photodexia are published for free under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not need attribution.
They offer mobile & web version of the file, however to download the large/original version of the file, you are required to sign-up for a free account.
To use Desygner, sign-up for a free account. Yup that’s all!
Desygner offers millions of high-quality free photos that you can use commercially, which means they can be used and distributed without asking permission. They have extensive collection of free images from Pixabay, Unsplash, Photodexia, and Google, under one roof.
Find the images you need in their built-in search engine, choose your favorites and organize them in your library. You can even use their tons of free templates for social media, eBooks, presentations, banners, etc. Their Design Editor is simple to use without any software or design skills yet powerful enough to be used by professionals.
Among the many free stock photo sites on the web, I shortlisted these because of their simplicity and easy-to-use nature. Let me know of any sites that also offer royalty free images in the comments section below.