A picture is worth a thousand words. It could say a lot of things if chosen wisely. It puts life in your dull blog post. An image could help you convey the key message or complex task effectively than describing it in long writing.
Finding relevant images which are beautiful and catchy is really tough. You may find them on the internet, but those might not be available for free to use. In order to use them on your blog, you will have to buy them.
For new bloggers, it wouldn’t be reasonable buying these paid images especially when they come with so high price. Also, we keep on creating new blog posts every in a while. Hence purchasing these images for every requirement wouldn’t be a nice idea.
So let’s find out what are the free image sources to find beautiful, high-resolution quality images.
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Here are the Best Sources Of Free High-Quality Images.
Source #1: Pixabay.com
Pixabay hosts a wide range of beautiful images and videos which you can use for your blog. It has beautiful images, clip arts, vectors images featuring corporate lifestyles, working professionals, so on and so forth. You can apply filters to refine your search result.
The best part is you can utilize these images absolutely for free. All the images and videos provided by Pixabay are provided under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) meaning you can utilize them for free even for the commercial use. There is no need of giving attribution for these images and you can copy, modify, distribute or use them as you wish. Isn’t that amazing!
Source #2: Pexels.com
Just like Pixabay, Pexels also has a great library of beautiful images. These images are again licensed under the CC0 which alternatively means “no copyright reserved“, which gives you the freedom to use these images the way you want without giving credit to the owner of the images.
Pexels boast to have 40,000+ free stock images in their library and every month they add 3,000 new images into their collection. All these images are either handpicked by the site users or sourced from other free image service provider sites.
The authors of the Pexels believe to promote a mission “Empowering Creators” which inspires designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to utilize these free beautiful photos in their work.
Source #3: Unsplash.com
Another great source of free stock images! Unsplash claims to have over 300,000 free high-resolution photos in their library and they keep on adding thousands of images on daily basis into their library.
As per Unsplash they allow users an irrevocable, non-exclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash, but this license does not include the right to compile photos from Unsplash to replicate a similar or competing for service.
Also, they refrain users from using trademarks, logos, or brands that appear in Photos and People’s images if they are recognizable in the Photos. Off course which totally makes sense!
Something impressing about Unsplash as they claim that their photos have been used by big brands like Apple keynotes, default theme shipped with WordPress, etc.
Source #4: Stocksnap.io
There adds one more name to the list of photo providers under CC0 license. This means it allows you to download, copy, modify, and distribute the photos, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and giving attribution to the owner.
Something unique about StockSnap is that they let you filter images by date, trend, views, downloads, and favorites.
Source #5: Altphotos.com
Altphotos (AP) provides easy and quick access to high-resolution, quality free pictures that you can use in your work. Currently, AP shares 2845+ free images and this number is constantly growing. They add new carefully selected and tagged images on the regular basis.
All the free images hosted on AP are licensed under CC0. Besides being a small team AP provides a good amount of images and quality images for free.
Source # 6: Snappygoat.com
SnappyGoat have 13,990,108 free public domain CC0 images. All available for free to use for a commercial and personal purpose.
Don’t go by the look of the home-page. The home-page features old style clipart images which actually puts in doubt if this site really has quality images you are looking for. To testify its worthiness I made the search for few terms and it actually revealed some great pictures.
Source # 7: Flickr.com
I have purposely added Flickr to the 7th position for the reason that it provides premium images along with CC0 images and in order to use its services, you will have to register an account with Flickr.
Flickr was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and later acquired by Yahoo in 2005. Despite registration, it provides stunningly beautiful images. It also provides a hosting place for your own images and videos.
In order to list only images licensed under CC0, you will have to use filter available on the site which quite cool and offers a variety of unique preferences to apply to image search.
Source #8: Freeqration.com
FreeQration has a collection of over 2,527,664 free images, vectors, and illustrations licensed under CC0. Most of these images are collected from the well-known sources such as Pixabay, Unsplash, Freepik and the rest popular free image websites.
The filter available on left side of the screen lets you choose the source for the images. You could locate some of the high-quality images listed under Editor’s choice option available on the home page.
Source #9: Flaticon.com
Well, this is not any free image source provider. Flaticon offers users, high-quality totally editable vector icons that can be used in both personal and commercial projects. It hosts around 581,000 vector icons, one of the largest database of free icons available in the world. They receive around
4 million monthly visits.
You can download these icons in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats. You can download these icons in 6 different sizes and in the color you wish. An app available on this site lets you create amazing pattern designs with icons set available on the site.
Renowned brands like Google, Adobe, and many others use icons from this site. Having said that all, you will have to attribute Flaticon if you are using these icons in your work. You can go for premium services if you don’t wish to attribute the source of the icons.
Source #10: Freepik.com
In 2010 a group of three brothers created Freepik with other resources by their side, the largest search engine in the world of free vectors. Three years later with the high-level success of Freepik, they decided to launch Flaticon we discussed in source #9.
Freepik provides high-quality graphic designs in the form of illustration, i.e. vector images, PSDs and even images for personal as well as commercial use.
The popularity of Freepik is not less than Flaticon. They receive monthly visits of 30 million users from around the world. In order to use these images/vectors for free, you will have to attribute the author of the images. With the minimal fee, you can use these images without attributing the owner.
With these sources mentioned above, now no one can stop you from creating a stunningly beautiful blog posts. The sky is the limit. Use them appropriately in your blog posts and create art pieces that everyone would love to visit time and again.
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