The Best and Most Popular Sites for Free Images
When you decide to take pictures from the internet, you must be careful because not all images can be reused on your website or social media accounts. Or if you have to, then you have to include the original source of the image.
However, there are currently several websites that provide many free (high-resolution) images that you can reuse. Thus, you don't need to worry about copyright issues if you want to post these images on your website or social media accounts.
Although they are free to use, it's best to include a link that leads directly to the image page (or the provider's website link). This should be done at least to respect the creator's work.
Free doesn't mean it can be used recklessly. Each free image provider website has different terms and conditions (or licenses). These licenses are governed by an organization called Creative Commons (CC), which determines several types of image attributes or other copyright products.
So, before using free images, it's best to read the "Terms and Conditions" provided by the free image provider websites. So, what are the sites that provide these free images? Here is the list:
The first website that provides free images is Pixabay. It can be said that Pixabay is the most popular and favorite website for free images. You can search for the free images you want on Pixabay, then repost the images on your website or social media accounts without paying.
Pixabay images can be downloaded in JPG format and have several different image resolutions (with different sizes). You can directly download the images without registering, but by passing through a captcha first.
If you want to simplify saving images, it's best to register first with your social media account or email. Pixabay also provides a donation button to the image owners via PayPal (by clicking the Coffee button). If you have a lot of money and want to appreciate their work, you can donate according to your ability.
Before downloading a free image on Pixabay, pay attention to the terms written under the download button (see the image above). If there is writing that says Free for commercial use and No attribution required, it means that the image can be used freely. This also applies to other free image provider websites.
The next free image provider website is Pexels. Like Pixabay, Pexels allows you to choose the available image resolutions and provides a donation option for legitimate image owners. You can also directly save the free images you want without registering first.
One thing that distinguishes Pexels from Pixabay is the custom size option on Pexels. You can download an image with the resolution you specify yourself. So, for example, if you want to post a picture on Instagram with a resolution of 800 x 800 pixels, then you can determine it directly on Pexels.
Although Flickr is not like Pixabay or Pexels, which are 100% public domain image providers, this website has millions of high-quality images that you can reuse. There are more than 3 million images available on Flickr. These images generally have high resolution.
Flickr claims to be the largest community of photographers in the world. If you are a photography enthusiast, then you can gather with people who share the same interests as you on Flickr.
You can beautify the images you want to download from Flickr with editing tools provided specifically by the service provider. Don't forget to pay attention to the image license before you are ready to download it. This is because most of the Flickr images require owner credits. So, don't just grab it.
In fourth place is the FreeImages site which also provides free images for personal or commercial use. Here you can find hundreds of thousands of free stock photos and royalty-free images that you can reuse.
To download photos or images from FreeImages, you need to register first with your email address. The images you can save are available in several resolution options like the sites above. To be able to share quickly, you can use the HTML code of an image that functions as a direct link.
Freerange Stock is also a site that provides free images that can be used for personal and commercial purposes. To access quality photo stocks on this site, you must first register.
Freerange Stock also provides thousands of public domain images that you can modify and post as you wish without requiring credit from the owner.
If you want to find unique and high-quality free images, then one of the best places is Gratisography. The collection of images on this site is created by a creative graphic designer named Ryan McGuire.
Although Gratisography has fewer variations of free stock images compared to the sites above, a new image will appear at least once a week. The images here are free to reuse without requiring credit from owner Ryan McGuire. However, it is still recommended that you do so as a form of gratitude to him.
There's nothing wrong with appreciating the great work of others, right? Click here to go to Gratisography. Don't forget to read the applicable terms and conditions.
This site is almost similar to Gratisography. This site presents photos made specifically by a person named Viktor Hanacek. He is a talented photographer and also a web designer. The photos on Picjumbo are also unique and original because they are produced by experts.
Not all photos or images on this site can be obtained for free, but most are free to use. In addition, the photo quality is also good. If you want to get more access, you can become a premium member. Click here to go to Picjumbo.
The images on this site are created by photographers from various backgrounds, both professional and semi-professional. Although the number of images cannot be compared to other popular free image provider sites, the quality of Unsplash is said to be better than some similar sites.
The photos on there have also been categorized according to their respective themes. Like other sites, you can use the photos on Unsplash without crediting the owner. However, it is recommended that you include a photo credit link that you will use as a form of gratitude.
Of all the free image provider sites discussed here, Pikwizard can be said to be a new player. Although still fresh, this site has provided a variety of images and photos from various themes. The layout is also quite simple, making it easy to search.
One interesting feature in Pikwizard is image editing. You can add text or icons to the image or photo you want to download. So, you can beautify Pikwizard images that you want to use.
Morguefiles is a long-standing website that provides free images. In fact, it can be considered one of the oldest free image providers. The interesting thing about this site is that you can use the images for personal or commercial use.
To have a pleasant experience in getting images on this site, you can register an account on Morguefiles. By registering an account, you can easily mark the images you will download or the images that you like. There is also a premium account that certainly provides better service.
In addition to the above list, there is also a service similar to an aggregator for free images. This service is provided by the giant search engine Google. Google has a feature to search for images or photos that are very numerous, including possibly your photos. It is very easy to use Google Image Search, just open the Google application and select the Image menu.
GIS has a filter feature that you can use to filter licensed or unlicensed images. To search for images that can be reused for free in GIS, use the Labeled for reuse filter. How to click on Tools on the GIS menu, then click on the part No filtered by license, and select the filter.
Although the number of images filtered with the reusable usage label is limited, you can rely on Google Image Search if you want to quickly search for free images. Click here to use this GIS feature.
Those are 10 sites that provide free images and photos that you can use. Utilization in this case can be for reuse or even for commercial use. However, it would be better if you take your own photos or create your own illustrations. Especially now there are many applications or software to create images/illustrations that can certainly add to the originality of your work.