free images

Need to write a blog post or article, fashion marketing copy for your website and promotional materials or create a presentation? You’ll need images. If it’s a one-off effort, then by all means, purchase one from the myriad fee-based stock photography sites. But if you’re putting out content daily, the cost can add up quickly. Instead, check out these sites where you can find quality free images.

Unsplash – If you’re looking for hi-resolution photos, this is your site. It doesn’t have as many images as you’ll find elsewhere, but you’ll love most of the ones you come across – like the image accompanying this blog post. Unsplash is especially useful for presentations, flyers and other copy that call for hi-resolution images.

Photo Pin – This site makes it easy to add images to blog posts: search for a term among the millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr, choose your image and you’ll get the proper HTML attribution code to include in your blog post.

Pexels – Browse popular photos or search for the one you need. All photos on are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Folger Shakespeare Library – Some 80,000 images are free to use under a Creative Commons license. See a stunning collection of highlights here.

Wikimedia Commons – This site boasts over 32 million public-domain images, sound and video clips. It’s not the sexiest collection of images, but there are gems to be discovered.

Getty Images – The overlord of digital images has opened up its treasure trove allowing anyone to easily embed an image at no cost – for non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels through a new embed tool. Note that you can’t download and then upload the image to your site. You must copy and paste the code they provide for each image into your blog or website.

Pixaby – You can freely use any pf the more than 600K image in digital and print format for personal and commercial use, without attribution. Search for a specific term or browse by “editor’s choice,” “latest,” etc.

Some of these sites allow you to download and use images freely without attribution, but others, though free, are subject to creative commons license. Make sure to check the usage page for each site before downloading and using the images.