What would design be without photography? I’m guessing pretty boring. I’ve found images can either make or break a design. No doubt you’re used to seeing those boring stock images of people shaking hands in suites or people smiling with headsets on near a computer. Not only are these horribly overused but they also cost a lot of money.
There is now a growing number of websites that offer beautiful stock photos for free! and in this article we’ll be showing you 45 sites that offer free images for commercial use without watermark!
First on our list is Pexels, my all time favourite free stock photo websites. Not only is the website easy to use but the images they offer are simply fantastic. Most, if not all the photos on this site are free for your personal projects as well and commercial! Plus they don’t contain any watermarks or require any link backs.
This is another one of my favourites, the website is easy to use and easy on the eye. All images are licensed as Creative Commons CC0, which means you may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even for commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
stocksnap.io is another site where all their images are licensed as Creative Commons CC0. This means you can copy, modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission or having to link back!
This site is a little different from the rest, its actually a Tumblr blog. But that doesn’t make the images any less amazing, the search is the only thing that lets this site down. (Also some of unsplash’s images are submitted to pexels.com) All photos on Unsplash are released under the creative commons public domain license.
Libreshot hosts a collection of hundreds of high quality free stock photos that, just like all the others we’ve discussed so far, are released under the creative commons public domain license.
This site hosts all the photos taken by Ryan McGuire that he has released under the Creative Commons Zero licence. Beautiful and easy to use website where I’m sure you’ll find something to use!
This site hosts a hand picked collection of photos that you’re free to use under the Creative Commons Zero licence. Be careful though because some images on the site require a attribution, just check before you download.
The anti-cheesey stock photography website, they aim to deliver emotionally driven stock images, and yes they’re free. Each photo is licensed under CC0, which means you can use them commercially for free.
All the photos on this website are distributed under the CC0 creative commons license. That means that you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission or give attibution.
Huge collection of photos all free to use in your commercial and personal projects.
A brilliant site that hosts quite a few images, not a many as some other. But theres still great images to be found here.
Another one of the greats, although this site is let down by littering the page in ads and premium content. Still a great resource none the less.
Huge collection of free images, all are released into the public domain using Creative Commons CC0.
This site is very similar to Pixel.com, which is only a good thing. Although it only hosts a small collection, they’re stunning no the less.
Photos realised under CC0. Another site that uses Tumblr, so finding the images is a bit of a pain. But the images you do find are absolutely amazing.
MMT Stock houses a collection of free photos taken by Jeffrey Betts. He likes to post photos of computers and workspaces as well as flowers and nature. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.
Death to Stock
Not only does this site has a interesting name but it also houses a collection of interesting images, all free of course. This site uses its own licence, so be sure to read it before you use it anywhere.
Free nature stock
I’m sure you can guess what sort of stock photos they provide. All photos are provided by Adrian Pelletier, released under Creative Commons CC0
A huge collection of stock photo of food. They are free to use for both commercial and personal projects.
Big collection of high resolution stock images that are free to use both commercially and personal.
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So there we have it, the DoseOnDesign.com‘s massive collection of free stock photo sites! Now you have no excuse not to be using good images in your next project.