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65+ Free Image Sourcing Tools for Your Website or Blog

“When there are so many options out there, there’s really no excuse for breaking the law.”

There are a number of ways you can go about making sure your blog or website is full of images that enrich your content without breaking any laws. Here's a few ideas:

Find a free stock photo

Stock photos can be a great source for finding something relevant to your topic and there are plenty of websites out there that offer free stock photos. Better yet, they're created for the specific purpose of being used commercially, so they're generally fairly trade-specific.

Some of these will require you to sign up in order to download your image, but most wont. Some have particularly quirky features about them, which make them fun to use. For instance, Dotspin is pretty much the creative commons for Instagram photos and Freepik holds a database of vectors created by Freepik and is perfect for something fun and creative! The rest, well, you'll just have to find out for yourself...

Find An Image in the Public Domain

While the Public Domain Archive offers a search engine for old, public domain images, the Wikipedia List of Public Domain Images gives you a go-to list for a number of sites hosting public domain images - if you're looking for something historical, this is the perfect place for you!

Use the Creative Commons

When artists upload their work to the sites below, they're given the opportunity to decide for themselves how they would like their images to be used by others on the Internet. They can select 'all rights reserved' or 'some rights reserved' and then choose from a selection of restrictions that they can allocate to the use of their work.

Find Free Hi Res Photo Sources

There are plenty of sites out there that will offer you free stock images that are amazing quality - generally you will be asked to sign up for a membership, but the pay off is worth it when you get to chock your website full of stunning visuals.

Where do you find these images?

That's a great question. Here we have a comprehensive list of 65+ free image sourcing tools for your website or blog. They're all marked with icons to specify whether they're free stock, in creative commons or in the public domain - as well as a few other important things you should know. Here's a key to help you work out what will work best for you:

searchable imagesSearchable

public domain imagesPublic domain images

creative common imagesHas some or all creative commons images

paid advertising for imagesContains sponsored advertising to paid stock sites

paid component to siteHas paid component

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Make use of these sites and enjoy!

Free Image Sourcing Tools - 500px

Photo credit: Zahir Batin, CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Absolutely Free Photos

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Bara Art

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Barn Images

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Compfight

Photo Credit: Theophilos Papadopoulos via Compfight, CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Creative Commons

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Crow The Stone

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Designer Pics

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Dreamstime

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Find A Photo

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Flickr Commons

Photo Credit: TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) , CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Foodies Feed

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Digital Photos

Photo credit: amenic181 via freedigitalphotos.net

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Images

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Freely

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Nature Stock

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Photo Bank

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Pik

Designed by Freepik

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Free Range Stock

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Getrefe

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Google Image Search

Photo Credit: Evan Amos, Public Domain

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Gratistography

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Im Free

Photo credit: geishaboy500, CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Iso Republic

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Jay Mantri

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Je Shoots

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Kaboom Pics

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Life Of Pix

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Little Visuals

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Magdeleine

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Morgue File

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Moveast

Free Image Sourcing Tools - New Old Stock

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Open Photo

Photo Credit Heather for openphoto.net

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Pexels

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Photober

Free Image via Photober.com

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Photopin

Photo Credit: NickiMM via Photopin, CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Pic Jumbo

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Picography

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Pixabay

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Public Domain Archive

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Realistic Shots

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Resplashed

Free Image Sourcing Tools - RGB Stock

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Skitter Photo

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Snapographic

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Snapwire

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Splashbase

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Splitshire

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Startup Stock

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Stock Photos For Free

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Stocksnap

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Stockup

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Stockvault

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Superfamous

Photo credit: Folkert Gorter via superfamous.com , CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Travel Coffee Book

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Unprofound

Photo credit: Jim

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Unsplash

Free Image Sourcing Tools - We Function

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Александр Сорокин , CC

Free Image Sourcing Tools - Wikimedia List of Public Domain


Now that you've discovered them - use them!

And so concludes our Indiesight series on legally using images for your blog or website. When there are so many options out there, there's really no excuse for breaking the law. We hope you found this information useful, and if you have any more sources to add to the list, please let us know!

Like that? Take a look at the whole Indiesight series on image copyright:

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16-Dec-2014
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