Searching for great resources for free images? Need some new ideas?

Marketers, have I got a list for you…

If it seems like it’s getting harder to grab the perfect image for free anymore, you are in good company. Many of those great shots have gone behind pay walls.

But don’t despair, there are still a lot of wonderful places to get just what you are looking for that are still free. I’ll share my favorites with you, plus show you several places you might not have considered.

“One picture is worth 1,000 words.” Click To Tweet

It’s true. Images both grab the attention of our visitors and also convey emotions faster that words.

Marketers today are challenged to use increasing numbers of images in our content creation engines. The budget-strapped appreciate go-to resources. Check out my list of 50 free sources below. Here’s what I like about a dozen of them (with examples):

Image of quote post from Canva
Use Canva for quote posts to grab as is or modify to suit. (Aff. link)
  1. Canva (affiliate link) is a common favorite for photos and graphics that you can grab and/or tweak. While many photos have gone into the premium level where you’ll find their acquisitions of Pixabay and Pexels, you can still go directly to those two sites to get images for free. Canva is a shoo-in for me when I’m looking for a quick pre-made quote to use as is or modify. Like the one shown here.
  2. Unsplash is another favorite for photos, now available as a WordPress plug-in and inside Medium.
  3. For business and marketing planning, Xmind and ConceptBoard are two super spots to create a visual to go with a blog post. Here is an Xmind example about writing. Check out ConceptBoard’s templates, like this one for a marketing funnel to fine-tune for your needs.
Xmind Mind Map
Mind Map from Xmind
Graphic image of a kanban board template from ConceptBoard illustrating marketing funnel
ConceptBoard offers kanban planning templates

4. StockSnap is another source for free images. Stokpic and DepositPhotos offer a limited selection for free and they’ll want you to sign up for their emailings.

5. Snappa and Stencil are alternative design platforms to Canva where you’ll capabilities, images and quote posts for free.

Image of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Image of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

6. The Library of Congress is an amazing place for free historical photos. Say, for Women’s History Month, find this shot of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

7. Flaticon is a neat source for vector icons.

8. If you are looking for some interesting backgrounds, create an image from the topics of your Twitter followers with Portwiture. Images are pulled in from Flickr. Do you think maybe mine were thinking about sailing when I pulled this one?

Image of profile photos of followers to a Twitter account
Grab a collage of Flikr images with Portwiture
Click image to see the video with music with all the images inserted into one. Made at PictureMosaics.com

9. Or grab shots of all your employees, or recipes together in one image or video when you use Picture Mosaics. Here I grabbed pictures of people sharing hugs. PictureMosaics.com is a neat source for compilations of photos on a subject. Click the link to see the video it creates.

10. If you want to truly transform a photo to create interest, upload an image to GoArt on Fotor. I chose one of a small plant and chose Magic Cube (one of 39 artistic choices) to create a piece of art. From Van Gogh to Pop Art, you’ll be sure to have fun.

Image of plant transformed into art by GoArt Fotor
After
GoArt at Fotor is a fun way to transform a photo into art to make a statement.
Image of anime meme about Likes and Engagement
Choose a meme from Imgflip to make a statementl.

11. Have a statement to make? Maybe you’d like to create your own meme. Try Imgflip. I chose anime to make a statement about engagement vs. likes.

12. Giphy is a fun resource when a little humor is appropriate for your blog post. Here’s one from Schitt’s Creek that helps me make my point about Likes.

Image from Schitt's Creek saying "But we have 5 likes"
Grab gifs from Giphy to posts for free.

13. Search Creative Commons’ 500 millions images. Looking for something to use commercially and/or to modify or adapt? This is the place. Attribution is an important part of the permission process. The right way to attribute an asset is to include:

1. Title with hyperlink

2. Author with link to their profile page

3. Source with link to original photo

4. License with link to the license deed

Image of word search puzzle

14. Create a Word Search Puzzle with the terms for your business or hobby. It’s a fun way to get interaction. Find a generator for your puzzle at Education.com. Enter your terms, then download your Worksheet and Answer Key. Here’s a shot of one I made.

It’s often frustrating to find the perfect image for your content. It’s also getting tougher as more and more of the best images are getting put behind pay walls.

I’ve compiled a list of fifty sources for curating and creating images. Many of them are my favorites.

ToolDescription
AdobeFree stock assets
BurstFree stock photos
Canva (aff. link)Graphics design platform with photos, illustrations, templates
Clip ArtFree clipart files in AI, SVG, PSD, EPS
Creative Commons500 million free images
Creative FabricaFonts, graphics, crafts freebies
Creative MarketFree goods: Fonts, graphics, themes, photos, templates
DepositPhotosFree image files
FlaticonFree vector icons and stickers
FlickrNo known copyright restrictions (license dropdown)
FotorOnline photo editor and design creator
Free Images300K free images
Free PikFree vectors, stock photos & PSD downloads
FreestocksFree stock photos
GiphyGIFs and animated stickers
GoArt FotorFotor's photo to art effects
Google ImagesAdvanced search; license
Google Free FontsFree fonts
GratisographyQuirky collection of free stock photos & images
ImgflipMemes, gifts, funny images & meme generator
KaboompicsFree images for lifestyle & interior design
Library of CongressFree to Use digital collections
Life of PixFree photos
Lumen5Online video creator
Microsoft Clip ArtFree clip art
Mind MeisterFree online mind mapping
Morgue FileFree photos
Negative SpaceFree stock photos
PexelsFree stock photos and videos
PicjumboFree stock photos by weekly email
PicspreeFree stock images, illustrations, vectors & icons
Picture MosaicsFree photo mosaic tool
PixabayFree images and stock photos
PixlrFree image editing
Pond5Free stock videos, photos, music
PortwitureYour Twitter status in Flickr photos
Qr Code MonkeyCreate free QR codes w/logo
Raw PixelFree stock images, vectors & PSD mockups
ReshotFree icons, illustrations & photos
SkitterphotoPublic domain photos
SnappaGraphic design tool with templates
StencilOnline graphic design tool
StocksnapFree stock images
StockvaultFree stock photos and images
StokpicFree stock photos
The Hungry JpegFree graphic design resource & downloads
Unsplashfree images and photos
Word CloudFree onlne word cloud generator
Word Puzzle GeneratorCreate a free word search puzzle
XMindFree mind-mapping & brainstorming tool

For more free tips, check out Dmcenter.com/category/freebies

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