Free Downloadable Pictures For Your Website – My Handy List
|March 21, 2011||Posted by Louise under How To Build A Website|
Being an internet marketer, chances are you’ll need images to prettify your site, blog or products. Some outsource this function to a third party or pay top stock photography sites for use of their images. But if you’re a beginner on a limited budget, you may have to resort to finding free downloadable pictures for your website.
Now, you may already be saving and using images online indiscriminately and thinking that the whole process is a no-brainer. But you’d be wrong. Despite their availability, images like music have copyright licenses. They belong to their creator and you could get in a pickle if you pinch someone’s work without paying them or getting their permission first. So, don’t do that. There’s no need!
It just so happens tons of sites exist where you can search and download images for free as long as you follow their terms and regulations. Usually, it’s a simple matter of giving credit to the photographer or illustrator, by copying code and adding it to the same page as the image. So before you download from a new site, take a quick peak at the licensing rules.
To make things easier, I’ve spent a few hours searching for stock photo sites and other photo sites where you can download images for free and combined these into a list I now use for quick access (and you can too).
List of Free Photography Websites
http://www.flickr.com Flickr has a vast array of free images to use under Creative Commons. Any restrictions will be indicated when you view the image. Make sure you read these. Just sign-up and explore Creative Commons.
http://rgbstock.com Another free image site. Doesn’t seem as vast as Flickr, but it does have quality pictures. Again, read the licensing information. (I use this site frequently. One of my favourites.)
freedigitalphotos.net No sign-in required. Just search, find and download. When viewing the image, check the requirements on the right. Many require attribution. The html code you can use is made available by clicking on “How to publish a credit”.
www.photl.com/en Great image bank for website use. I haven’t come across any attribution requirements, but read their licensing details. Must sign-up.
wylio.com Unique website that saves bloggers time and effort. Enter a keyword and let Wylio pull images from the Flickr Creative Commons database. Choose an image from the results, resize it to whatever size you want, and Wylio provides you with the code you need, which you copy and paste into your article.
www.123rf.com Sign-up, surf the free image database and download. Like the name says, 1,2,3! You can also purchase the use of an image on your site for a few dollars. (Another site I use frequently.)
www.freepik.com A search engine for free images. Simply read the requirements when you download.
(update June 2012)
After using this list myself for the last year or so, I’ve come to find favourites, which I indicated in the above list in brackets.
What I’ve also discovered are stock image sites where you pay. Many of these are much better quality and as such save you time; you lose a lot less time looking for that “one” image.
This may not be an option if you are just starting and not generating much income, but if you are or if you ‘re confident that profits will be rolling in soon and good images will only help, then you may want to try paid image sites.
I’ve tried a few such as Stockfresh.com where you purchase a block of credits and then have access to various quality images till your credits run out and also DepositPhotos, where you start with a free trial of 5 free images per day for 7 days, followed by (if you don’t cancel) a monthly membership fee. The lowest membership fee allows you to continue downloading 5 images per day.
But as I mention above, you don’t have to pay for top downloadable images. There are top quality ones such as the excellent shot placed at the top of this post. I found that nosy guy on www.rgbstock.com. (image taken by Zoran Ozetsky)
Do you use images on your sites and products to engage readers? Have any free image site suggestions to add? Leave a comment…
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