Finding free images for your projects can be quite a pain. Most of the free stock image sites come with terms and conditions that don’t allow photos to be used for commercial projects, or require permission/attribution, or the images are just not good enough.
We’ve done the hard work and shortlisted 4 stock image sites that let you download images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means that they are free for personal and commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the images without asking for permission or providing a link to the source. Basically, attribution is not required (but it is appreciated in some cases).
We’ve only included websites that have:
- Images with Creative Commons Zero license (explained above)
- At least 500,000+ images
- A range of images across different categories
- Download the original image without logging in
- Many languages to choose from
Top 4 websites to download free photos for personal and commercial use
Check out the list below.
IMG.Photos focus only on pictures, so their image data is huge & plentiful. IMG.Photos adds thousands of images on a daily basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.
Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.
Unsplash offers a large collection of free high-resolution photos and has become one of the best sources for stock images. The Unsplash team combs through new submissions and features the very best photos on their homepage. All photos are released for free under the Unsplash license.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through their discover pages.
As you can see, there’s a growing number of fantastic resources for stock photography. These websites have become a blessing for designers, marketers and bloggers. Please share it with your friends, maybe they are still searching.
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