Free Stock Photo & Illustration Sites


You cannot use copyrighted photos or illustrations unless you get the creator's permission. There are many sites, such as istock and others, where you can find, pay for, and download images.

There are two ways to get images for free:


(1). You can search in Google, chooose images, and filter to find Creative Commons photos. As shown in the image below, when you are in image view, choose Tools - Usage Rights - Creative Commons licenses.


(2.) You can often find better photos and illustrations by exploring websites that offer free images. The ones with the yellow highlights are the ones we use most. Some sites have restrictions on how you can use thier images, so be sure to read their terms.  (free AI-generated portraits)    (Amazing pics of people of color)    (really fun, vintage shots) (but you cannot sell items with those images)


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Free Options

This website is a resource with over 400,000 free high-resolution photos. The search field is reasonably handy. When you download photos, they ask you to credit the photographer when possible (which is a recommended practice for free photos).

Pixabay requires creating a log-in, but they have over 500,000 Free Images and 650 free videos available. Their website allows you to search by orientation, category, size, and color. Additionally, you can differentiate between photos, vector graphics, and illustrations.

This website provides free high-resolution pictures that are free of copyright restrictions. The images on Gratisography can be pretty quirky which is helpful for some organizations. They have fewer images than other sites but add new pictures each week.

StockSnap curates their photos from a pool of submissions. The pictures are free to download and help feature photographer. When you search for photos, the first eight entries are from Shutterstock and link to their paid site. The images below those are free to download through StockSnap.

All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you can use them for free for any personal and commercial purpose. Pexels has fewer options available but has very high-quality photos. The search functionality is more limited than other options. Attribution is not required, but they do make it easy to attribute photos.

New Old Stock
These are historical photos that are free of known copyright restrictions. There are great photos here, but you have to scroll through them to find pictures.



Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.

Pexels: Best free photos in one place.

All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.

Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.

Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.

Startup Stock Photos: Go. Make something.

Jay Mantri: Free pics. do anything (CC0). Make magic.

Moveast: This is a journey of a portuguese guy moving east.

Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.

Designers Pics: Free photographs for your personal & commercial use.

Death to the Stock Photo: Free photos sent to you every month.

Foodie’s Feed: Free food pictures in hi-res.

Mazwai: Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.

Jéshoots: New modern free photos.

Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.

Pixabay: Free high quality images.

Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.

Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.

Pixabay: Free high quality images.

Magdeleine: A free high-resolution photo every day.

Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.

Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.

Splitshire: Delicious free stock photos.

New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.

Picjumbo: Totally free photos.

Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos.

Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos.

Getrefe: Free photos.

IM Free: A curated collection of free resources.

Cupcake: A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.

The Pattern Library Free patterns for your projects.

Public Domain Archive: New 100% free stock photos.

ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives.

Stokpic: Totally free photos.

Kaboompics: The best way to get free photos.

Function: Free photo packs.

MMT: Free stock photos by Jeffrey Betts.

Paul Jarvis: Free high-resolution photos.

Lock & Stock Photos: Free stock photos for you.

Raumrot: Free high-resolution picture.

Bucketlistly: A free creative common collection of travel photos.

StockSnap: Beautiful free stock photos.

Unfinished Business: Free stock photos featuring Vince Vaughn.

Free Nature Stock: Royalty-free Nature Stock Photos. Use them however you want.




Photo Creator - combine elements to create new stock photos



Free Stock Videos