A famous quote says, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It’s true. No one understands the utility of impressive images better than bloggers. As bloggers, we constantly remain in search of free images that can be used to grab the visitors’ attention and convince them to read our blog. Now, the big question is – where to find free images for your blog?
What are Free Images?
In this post, I am going to share some of the best sources to find free images for your blog. But, before that, let me just brief you about what do we mean by free images. Free images are free of copyrights under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Bloggers or anyone is free to download, modify and use such images for different purposes, even for commercial use, without having to ask for permission and without paying any attribution.
Where to Find Free Images for your Blog?
It may sound difficult to find free, good quality images that are free from copyright issues and can be modified and used for your blog posts. But, there exist some sources that allow access to Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licensed images. Such images require no attribution and can be used as you please. I am listing some of the top sources on where to find free images for your blog; have a look at them:
Pixabay is a popular destination for finding free images for your blog. The website offers a huge collection of over 620,000 free high quality images that include stock images, vectors and art illustrations. All images available on Pixabay are free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You are free to download, modify, distribute and use them royalty free for anything you like. They need no attribution. The website allows you to browse images by categories and tags. It also lets you search for images using its advanced search feature.
Negative Space is a directory with free stock images with their RAW files. The site adds some 20 new photos every week. All images on this website are released under Creative Commons CC0, no copyright restrictions. The website allows you to search for photos as well as to sort them by category, copy space and colour.
Pexels is another trusted source over the Internet that offers a searchable database of CC0 licensed images. Pexels site gets some 50 new high quality pictures every day, which means you can always find something new to impress your blog’s visitors. The website allows you to perform a search for images related to anything you feel like. Say, Here I made a search for “Why Write?” for my latest blog post and found this:
Gratisography is a collection of free pictures in high-resolution, which you can use for both personal as well as commercial projects. The website adds awesome new pictures on weekly basis. All images are free of copyright restrictions. The images displayed on Gratisography for free use are taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. This is one of my personal favourites to find epic pictures that are rare to find on any other sources. You must definitely check them out!
Unsplash is another site that offers a collection of free high-resolution photos. It is one of the best sources for getting free stock images that several bloggers trust using. Unsplash brings 10 new photos every 10 days under the Creative Commons Public Domain license. Here is one photograph I really liked when I searched for pictures related to ‘coffee’.
Curated by the designer and front-end developer, Henry Reyes, the Realistic Shots is another reliable source of free images for your blog. It features a vast collection of free stock images in high resolution for personal and commercial use. The website adds 7 new photos every week.
How to Use Free Images for Your Blog?
Now that we have a list of sources from where to find free images for your blog, you can easily to get impressive images related to your blog topics. Once you have selected the images that you want to use, you can always tweak them a bit to make them more relatable by adding text and graphics to your selected photos. Enhancing and customizing a blog image is easy, especially with tools like Canva.com and Picmonkey. See this one for an example that I did for my post on “Importance of Solitude”:
Now that you know where to find free images for your blog and how to use them, you can get started. Images will bring a hell lot of difference to your blog’s engagement and popularity. Use your brain and your sense of design and get going.
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