Finding Free Website Graphics
You've been working on your site, and have a page or post almost ready to publish. There's that niggling little problem of adding pictures to your brilliant new article though. It can be difficult to find free website graphics, something that is appropriate to your work and will enthrall your readers. No small task!
There are a number of sites on the Internet which offer free pictures, and which don't even require attribution from you. Those sites offer pictures under a CC0 license (that's CC followed by a zero). One site which lets you search among several sites is Wikimedia Commons (part of Wikimedia.org; click the image to the right to enlarge). Wikimedia Commons lets you browse through all kinds of media, from music to images and video. You can specify that the search results be usable for commercial purposes – even something you can modify before publishing!
Below are a number of other websites, most of which offer free website graphics. Note that some of the pictures you find may require attribution, but many do not – so check the license terms on each site or picture to be sure. You'll find some extremely high resolution pictures, while others are conventional pictures at lower resolution or even clip art. Some of the sites below offer tens or hundreds of thousands of free pictures, while others offer less than a hundred. Take a bit of time to see what may intrigue your visitors!
Cupcake – There are just a few images here. They are all high resolution, CC0 licensed nature images – you can do whatever you want with them. There is no search facility on the site, so you'll just need to browse the archives to find suitable pictures. Enjoy!
Death to the Stock Photo – You will find high quality free photos here. You can also get access to premium site content which is available as part of a monthly subscription. For access to the free content, all you need to do is register with your email address, and you'll be sent high-resolution photos and the stories that go with them by email every month.
Flickr – This site has nearly 350,000 CC0 licensed photos which you can browse by category or by using the site's search facility. Dive right in – but set a time limit so you'll be able to finish writing your article before the day is out!
Foodie’s Feed – There are some free high-quality food photos on Foodie's Feed (as you might imagine). There are also some free food related icons and free fonts available for download here. Note that there are also some premium pictures being sold on the site, but they are clearly labeled. If you look closely, you'll find a small search field at the right side of the site's header, to make finding specific food photos simpler. If you'd just like to browse, hover over “Free Food Images” in the site menu and pick from one of sixteen categories, ranging from Grocery & Ingredients to Exotic Cuisine.
Freeimages – This site has a large collection of royalty-free pictures in 15 categories. Before using any image downloaded from Freeimages, read through any “View image license” link under the image, or through the “usage options” link in the Photo details, or the requirements listed in the Availability section adjacent to the Download button. Bottom line: familiarize yourself with the licensing information for each picture before using any photos.
FreeMediaGoo.com – You can find royalty free photos in categories such as Aviation, Beach, Buildings, Finance, Food, and Wildlife. There are also royalty free textures available in their own set of categories – Beach, Concrete, Dirt, Rust, Steel, Water, and Wood. Further, there are free digital backgrounds broadly categorized in either Digital Factory or Surreal Backgrounds. Take a few minutes to browse around, as the site is not yet searchable.
Good Free Photos – The site describes itself as “A large free stock photo site with thousands of public domain photos including landscapes, objects, animals, plants, textures, and many other free photos. All photos taken by me.” There are 16 categories, with hundreds of pictures available for download on the site, as well as a search facility.
Gratisography – This site offers some interesting photos, as well as some imaginative Photoshopped images. The photos are categorized as Animals, Nature, Objects, People, Urban, and Whimsical to simplify browsing. Presently, there is no search facility for the site. Note that if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the site, you'll find a “Super Picture Search, which will let you search through the offerings at Shutterstock. What's more, if you use the discount code GRATIS, you'll save money on anything you buy at Shutterstock.
Imagebase – You may elect to search in one of six categories of free pictures (People, Objects, Nature, Slides, City, and Holy Land), or you can search for free pictures using the search function on the site.
ISO Republic – Photographer Tom Eversley offers images categorized as Architecture, Nature, People, Textures, Urban, and Various. You can also elect to use the site's search feature to find suitable photos to publish.
Jay Mantri – There are some high resolution nature, architectural, and abstract shots available here. Jay offers 7 more photos every Thursday. Unfortunately, the pictures are not catorized, nor is it searchable. Take your time and have fun browsing!
Jéshoots – You can review Jan Vasek’s offerings by using the search feature, or by browsing through categories – Animal, Architecture, City & Street, Devices, Food, Lights, Nature, and People. There aren't as many pictures here as are found on other sites, but you may find just what you're looking for!
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