Internet Tip - Royalty Free Images At No Charge

Created: June 3, 2013
Last Modified: April 17, 2014
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Where can you find royalty free images at no charge? Right here. Here is a list of websites that provide images that you can use free of charge. Many websites out there provide royalty free or stock images or photos for a fee. But the image sites below allow you to use the images in your project for free.

Although the sites listed below allow you to use the images without cost to you, take care to read the license agreement for each website. Some of the websites have restrictions on the use. Also, some of the websites ask that you credit the website or the original creator/photographer of the photograph or image.

Most of the links below allow you to use the images on your web page, in a video presentation or in printed form. If you do use an image in a project then it would be nice for you to contact the original owner of the image and let them know how you are using it.

Royalty Free Image Links
http://unrestrictedstock.com/

Unrestricted Stock provides many vector graphic images as well as icons and hand drawn images that you can use for just about anything free of charge. They also have a few photographs that you can use.

http://www.sxc.hu/

Stock.XCHNG provides the largest amount of free images at no charge. The site allow artists and photographers to upload their work so that they can share it with others and it can be downloaded to be used in projects. You can search for just about any type of photo out there. Tip: When you search for an image the first and last row of results are from another website (istockphoto.com) which charges for photos. But there are four rows of images in between that are free to use.

http://pixabay.com/

Pixaby provides thousands of public domain images. This means that you can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author. Tip: When you search for an image on this site the first row is from another website (shutterstock.com) which charges for photos. But the rows below the first row are free to use.

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

There are many royalty free photos and icons here. To use the images at this website for free you must attribute FreeDigitalPhotos.net on the same page or screen where the photo is used. Otherwise you have to pay $3 for a small version of the image and up to $10 for a large version of the image.

http://www.clker.com/

Clker provides royalty free public domain clipart that can be used for free. The clipart is uploaded by users who share their public domain work.

http://www.stockphotosforfree.com

This seems to be a new service that has over 100,000 photos in many categories. After you register then you are able to download the images without a logo on them.

https://www.flickr.com/

At flickr.com you can search through billions of photos that individuals have uploaded. But make sure they are free to use under the Creative Commons License. To this click on Advanced Search and type in your search term and then scroll to near the bottom and check the box next to Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. If your project is a commercial project then also check Find content to use commercially. When you find an image that you want to use click on it to view it. If you see Some Rights Reserved on the viewing page click on it and you will see that under the Creative Commons License you have to use attribution or credit the author for the image somewhere in your work or page.

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1. Posted By: Dale - - December 7, 2012, 2:54 pm
this site helped me plenty. need some pics for my blog spot at datingpoliticss.blogspot.com/

2. Posted By: Chris - - February 9, 2013, 9:39 am
Thank you for the great information!

3. Posted By: robert - - February 25, 2013, 10:27 am
thanks for the info definitely helped me out in a bind

4. Posted By: Chris2 - - March 17, 2013, 2:21 pm
Stock.XCHNG is not free. You can't download without credits and you have to pay for the credits with real money. Disappointing.

5. Posted By: Image Source - - March 19, 2013, 9:47 am
Thanks for the list. There are loads of sources of free images on the internet, but it would be worth pointing out that just because an image is said to be free, doesn't mean the image is out of copyright. I work for the stock photography agency Image Source and this is a regular topic that comes up for discussion on our Photographer Blog. Sadly, many images are stolen because they are used in ways that breach copyright. Photographers invest a lot of time and money producing images and will react if their images are used in ways that breaches their copyright. If you do use free photos, make sure you read the license terms.

6. Posted By: Jeff - - March 20, 2013, 1:46 pm
@Chris2,

Please re-read my description for Stock.XCHNG, primarily the part in bold: Tip: When you search for an image the first and last row of results are from another website (istockphoto.com) which charges for photos. But there are four rows of images in between that are free to use.

All you have to do is create a free account at www.sxc.hu and you can download the four middle rows of images for free.

Jeff
www.seabreezecomputers.com/

7. Posted By: John Lee - - May 7, 2013, 9:22 pm
Thanks for the list. Here is a new free photo sharing site that might interest you

stockphotogram.com

8. Posted By: Avishai - - June 2, 2013, 12:46 am
I think that the best place to find images that are content related, copyright free, high quality and automatically placed is htttp://www.imonomy.com

9. Posted By: hakim - - June 6, 2013, 2:19 pm
I'm looking free image resource for my blog and found your website (thx for the info). After tried simple image search 'kids', I think pixabay give better result than the others.

regards,
alhakim

10. Posted By: misti - - June 8, 2013, 9:28 am
Despite the size of this royalty free music library , musicalise.me is one to watch. Tracks are varied in style, from dance to classical, pop guitars and ambient. Not only do the tracks sound great and original, but the price is great too! $1 per license -and the license is not limited to a set number of projects or reproductions. Considering the prices for most royalty free music, this is a true bargain.



11. Posted By: ericadamson - - June 10, 2013, 5:30 am
Pictures paint a thousand words, so as they say! Thank you for the tips! For your photos and images, kindly check this out wordpress.org/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/. Embeds a photo gallery with a 360 view, providing you with a multi-point-of-view experience and its free.

12. Posted By: Christy - - June 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
This is a genuinely helpful list. Stock.xchng is my longtime favorite and you are right on about ignoring the first row of results. There was one on your list that was new to me and another I'd forgotten about, so thanks for taking the time to list them!

13. Posted By: Inder RS - - July 3, 2013, 3:50 am
Well, nice collection !! I prefer using images by some genuine photographers on flickr, which offer their work under creative commons. Recently, I have started a small royalty free images section on my site, where images upto 900x900 pixels are for free by attribution. although the collection is small, but adding more pics every day. this is my site : www.request2god.com

14. Posted By: Stanley - - July 6, 2013, 1:06 am
I have found another site which allows to take pics and post them free on your website and blogs.
www.whatpic.com

15. Posted By: matrixilluminos - - July 6, 2013, 6:52 pm
matrixilluminos.wordpress.com/free-header-images/ has 24, and growing, free images for your site!

16. Posted By: Lea Tassie - - July 8, 2013, 12:13 pm
A great collection of sites. I like Pixabay best. There's marvelous variety and the image display beats the others.

17. Posted By: Curtis Jester - - July 24, 2013, 1:12 pm
thanks for the image links, I got one for my website here and having free photos is a blessing.

18. Posted By: Cris DeRaud - - August 6, 2013, 4:59 am
A good alternative to sxc is www.rgbstock.com/

19. Posted By: Cris DeRaud - - August 8, 2013, 8:03 pm
A good alternative to sxc is www.rgbstock.com/

20. Posted By: Avishai - - August 13, 2013, 6:31 am
I highly recommend using imonomy for copyright free images, hope it helps: www.imonomy.com/

21. Posted By: John Adams - - August 15, 2013, 1:50 pm
Be aware of the 7 vdays trail on graphicstock.com, you have to give away you creditcard info to complite, they will charge you with about 70 buks incase you misses to cancel the rail ;) All i needed was a picture for may Anorexia site.

Regards

John Adams

22. Posted By: Riad - - August 17, 2013, 6:30 am
Does all of the photos on those sites legal to be posted on my blog for tips demo and not to commercial use? sorry for my bad english. Thanks.

23. Posted By: Hakon - - August 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
Check out www.ImageFree.com - a lot of free images.

24. Posted By: Jeff - - August 19, 2013, 1:22 pm
Hi Riad,

Yes, they are free to use from the sites above. Just make sure you are getting the photo from the same site or url and not clicking on the photos that are advertising affiliates and are going to a paid site. But if you following my instructions you can figure it out.

Jeff
www.seabreezecomputers.com/

25. Posted By: hdhub - - August 28, 2013, 12:15 am
Hi.. I really love this wallpaper.Even i found few more best wallpapers here:

hdwallshub.com/funny/funny
Regards,
Hdhub

26. Posted By: Bruce McLaren - - September 10, 2013, 9:35 am
This was immensely helpful. Thanks!

27. Posted By: KOMURA - - September 13, 2013, 2:16 am
Two more free image sources sites.
www.allfreeimages.net
http://www.photl.com

28. Posted By: Linda E. - - September 14, 2013, 11:38 am
Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called pickupimage.com
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.
Thanks.

29. Posted By: Sang - - September 23, 2013, 9:41 am
Thanks for the great information. Visitor may also find this free photo downloading site helpful - www.photober.com/

30. Posted By: Mike - - September 29, 2013, 7:49 am
Jeyjoo gallery offer absolutely free travel and macro images. Also rgb can be useful.

31. Posted By: Jay - - October 20, 2013, 8:13 am
There's a site called logomakercreator.com/ where you can get free cartoon characters and graphics if anyone's looking for that sort of thing.

32. Posted By: Shekar - - October 23, 2013, 4:58 am
Thanks a lot. This post helped me to get a bunch of free images for the ayurvedic remedies site I am currently working on.

33. Posted By: Archbob - - October 28, 2013, 8:19 pm
Check out www.goodfreephotos.com thousands of free public domain photos for any use

34. Posted By: naialani - - November 1, 2013, 5:55 pm
Great resource! Especially as many agencies, eg Getty Images, are now suing against breaches of royalty infringement.
Someone got sued for USD 100,000 for using 2 or 3 images on their own website and social media site.
There was no warning and they were personal sites!

Naialani


35. Posted By: kapil shrestha - - November 4, 2013, 6:28 pm
thanks for th info,hope I can find some wallpapers for my site

36. Posted By: hdwallpapersin - - November 12, 2013, 5:06 am
Hi.. I really love this wallpapers. Even i found few more best wallpapers here:
www.hdwallpapersin.com/eiffel-tower/paris-eiffel-tower

Regards,
www.hdwallpapersin.com

37. Posted By: Foto di Spalle - - November 12, 2013, 4:40 pm
I'd like to point out the Free Photo site I am putting together: www.idrathergiveitaway.com

38. Posted By: project - - November 16, 2013, 8:07 pm
If I use an image from Pixabay in a project of mine, would I still need to cite the image as a resource?

39. Posted By: Batrepreneur - - November 27, 2013, 10:14 am
I can just highly recommend you to use Flickr and their Creative Commons Licenses. Here I made a summary of them: batrepreneur.com/how-to-use-creative-commons/

40. Posted By: Dj - - December 4, 2013, 8:44 am
Thank you so much for the great sites....a life saver

41. Posted By: bilder-download.org - - December 19, 2013, 2:11 pm
christofferGALLERIES is a (german) private non-commercial image network which provides royalty free pictures. Visitors are not forced to register or to pay any charge/fee to get free access to our database of more than 3,500 pics (quality between 12 and 24MB=6000x4000px). It's a permanently free img-database where you always can choose some stock-photos out of more than 40GB own material for any legal project. You get royalty free stock images for commercial use instantly.
The latest and biggest URL is bilder-download.org where I provide the photos under CC BY licence (you may check under: Rules),...no limitation and no reduction of resolution. No payable premium-areas or something else. All pics are even free for commercial purpose and suitable for print and/or non-print projects and no login is required. No professional material but we try to create suitable photos

42. Posted By: Ricky Pinedo - - December 21, 2013, 10:46 am
Excellent! Just what I needed! Although most pictures they don't have based on what I was searching for, but it still gets the job done!
www.auctionessistance.com

43. Posted By: Naveen - - December 27, 2013, 11:39 am
Hi Jeff:

You may add publicdomainpictures.net. They too offer royalty-free stock images. I have also included the above sites in my old blog post about free stock photos.

~ Naveen


44. Posted By: bilder-download.org - - January 7, 2014, 8:52 pm
Thank you for your comments and advises. I'll keep on working.

45. Posted By: Wes - - January 10, 2014, 2:38 am
You can also check out www.clipartlord.com for high quality clip art that are mostly in the public domain.

46. Posted By: Jari - - January 22, 2014, 12:57 am
This is exactly the thing i needed! Thanks dude!

47. Posted By: Linda E. - - January 25, 2014, 1:59 pm
Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called pickupimage.com
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.

Thanks.

48. Posted By: Moklet - - February 2, 2014, 1:04 am
A site which contains free clipart images

www.clipart.co.za

49. Posted By: Chauvestor - - February 5, 2014, 3:14 pm
Thanks for a sharing your photo source. Awesome images!


50. Posted By: scheve - - March 12, 2014, 10:59 am
i will publish the fotos here www.hotelzonnester.nl/fotos/