Best Websites to Find Free Stock Photos

July 30, 2010 - By 

Best Stock Photo WebsitesOne of the hardest thing for designers is to find that single image that fits our design idea. Sometimes we spend more time looking for photos than we spend on the actual design, but when we find that one gem of an image it makes a world of difference. That’s why I put this list of the best websites to find stock photos together. The list contains websites that range from free stock photos to free graphic resources. I also included some paid subscription sites, like ShutterStock and Dreamstime and some websites I often use to get free textures and graphic resources. Enjoy!

 

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Free Stock Photos

free stock photos

EveryStockPhoto Search engine for free stock photos and clip art for the stock photography community including images of creative commons and public domain and other free licenses.

Flickr Creative Commons All the content on this page is protected by a Attribution License. Check License before you download and use.

Free Pixels FreePixels offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects.

Free Stock Photos.biz Freestockphotos.biz is your best source for free stock photos and clip art illustrations. Our collection contains 11,119 free images available in a variety of commercial and editorial licenses, including public domain, creative commons, and custom agreements.

Free Web Photos Free web photo is a resource of high quality royalty free photos, our photographs have a multitude of uses from canvas prints, brochures and other company literature, websites and more.

Free Digital Photos FreeDigitalPhotos.net is the best place on the web to download free photos for use in corporate and personal projects.

Free Images Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photographic images for use by all. All images in the collection are free to use on websites and printed materials.

Free Range Free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE. Not just royalty free, totally free. Photographers, contribute!.

Good Free Stock Photos A large free stock photo site with thousands of public domain photos including landscapes, objects, animals, plants, textures, and many other free photos.

Photo Express Download royalty-free photos and stock images. Millions of stock photos, illustrations for blogs, website design, Powerpoint or Keynote presentations.

MorgueFile Free Images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

Microshots A beautiful collection of close-up pictures for your enjoyment . This is the only location on the internet where any of these images are available for download. Hopefully you’ll find some of our images useful.

OpenPhoto Beautiful collection of Free Images, organized in different categories.

Stock.xchng Stock photography community – browse our huge gallery for high quality stock photos or share yours with others.

 


Stock Photos by Paid Subscription

paid stock photos

Dreamstime Stock photography community providing high quality stock photos and stock images. Free photos added weekly.

Fotolia Affordable royalty-free stock photos, cheap stock images and stock pictures.

Getty Images Stock Photography, Editorial Photos, Footage & Music.

iStock Photography iStockphoto is the internet’s original member-generated image and design community. Get easy, affordable inspiration with millions of safe, royalty-free photographs, vector illustrations, video footage, audio tracks and Flash files.

Jupiter Stock Images Jupiterimages is one of the leading suppliers of stock photography in the world. We offer a comprehensive range of premium, royalty-free images and stock illustration. So, whenever you need an image, whatever you need it for, you’re sure to find it.

Photos.com Professional Royalty-Free Stock Photos – Images Low Cost High Resolution at Photos.com. Download professional royalty-free stock photos and high resolution stock images at one low cost from the best stock photography subscription website. Build lightboxes, search collections for photos of churches, medical photos, dogs and animals photos, and more!

Shutterstock Search and select from millions of high resolution royalty free images, stock photos, vector art, and stock photography.

123RF 123 Royalty Free – Stock Image and Stock Photo Subscription.

 

 


Free Textures

free textures

CG Textures CGTextures is your free source of textures for 3d modeling, texturing, and rendering.

Creativity103 A library of free abstract backgrounds, textures and design ideas you can cut and paste them into your own work or use just for insipiration.

Flickr Free Texture and Backgrounds This group on Flickr shares free high quality textures and Backgrounds.

Free Stock Textures Free Stock Textures – download high resolution textures, all images are free for personal and commercial use.

High Resolution Textures Most of the textures that you can find on this website are close-up photographs of surfaces like e.g. wood, stone, metal or fabric. Other examples can be clouds, plants, wallpapers or liquids.

Texture Well Free High-Resolution Textures, Uncommon Textures for Your Common Design Needs.

Texture King A project created and maintained by REH3design. Throughout the site you will find a growing repository of high quality texture photos that are free for personal and professional use.

 


Free Graphics Resources

free graphics resources

Brusheezy Photoshop Brushes – Brusheezy is a HUGE collection of Photoshop Brushes, Photoshop Patterns, Textures, PSDs, Actions, Shapes, Styles, & Gradients to download, or share!

CreationSwap Free Christian graphics for download shared by artists around the world.

Media Mellitia We are the place for free resources, tutorials, and inspiration. When you need to jump start a project, we are here to help you out.

Vecteezy Free Vector Art – Vecteezy is a HUGE collection of free vector art, vector graphics, illustrator brushes, Vector Wallpaper Backgrounds, Silhouettes and more!

Vector Art Free Vector Art Graphics and Illustrations for download. Use our Vector Art Stock Images for free under the creative commons license. Open Source Free Vectors and Illustrator File Downloads.

Vector Valley Vector Valley is providing complete resource of Vector Related information like, quality vector files, vector tutorials.

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16 Comments
  • Hi,
    Nice informative Article, Please also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, especially travel photos. Appreciate it if you
    could add it to your list. Thanks.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE all the graphics! Beautiful work!

  • This is a great list. I wanted to reccomend another one and thats http://www.myfreedigitalphotos.com I’ve been searching all over for a certain image that I needed for my blog and miraculously these guys had it.

  • My personal favorite vector site is freevector dot com (system says my post is spammy – can’t put a real dot I guess) name says it all I guess. I used to use vecteezy too, that’s great, but it’s already on the list. I think we will be seeing more and more great graphic art related sites. You can add the one I adviced to your list if you like it.
    G.

  • Thanks for this list of free stock photos. i will check some of the links you post. It is very helpful to any designers who look for a great stock photos.

  • Can I also suggest two more sites
    http://www.freeimages.co.uk

    both are great places to find free stock photos

  • Nice Roundup, http://creativity103.com is also a good site for including under Free Textures.

  • Nice thanks for this loswl!, I’ve been working on a project and have been searching the net for images, just at the right time :)*bookmarked,thanks.

  • This is a great resource! Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

  • Very nice list. Always looking for good resources. Thanks for sharing these. NICE!!

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