The top 3 free image sites (and 1 great portal)

You understand that using the right images can make your website content more engaging and draw users in. Whether you are looking for images to enhance your products or services, or as a way for users to connect with your brand, there are free, public image websites that can quickly meet your needs.

Creative Commons

Technically not an image site, this handy portal will let you search 12 other image, music and video websites at once. These include a variety of popular sites such as Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia Commons, Open Clip Art Library and SoundCloud.

You can specify if you want images that can be used commercially, and if you want to be able to modify them, but always check the license the images returned are under.


One of the best known sites, Pixabay offers over 940,000 free stock photos, icons, vectors, illustrations and videos, for use anywhere on your site. Be aware that the site does include clearly marked sponsored images from Shutterstock. However, the rest of its images are available for commercial use without the need for attribution, and free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.

You can search Pixabay’s stock by image type, orientation, size, colour and even category e.g. business, people, food/drink, emotions etc. Even better, you don’t have to register to use the site or its images.


Specialising in free, high-resolution photos, Unsplash claims to have a choice of 60 million images. Photos can be found by typing in a search term, or by viewing their ‘Collections’ (essentially albums of copyright free photos, tagged under popular collective search terms). Unsplash offers 10 free images every 10 days.


Offers over 30,000 copyright free stock photos, as well as videos (via its sister site, in full-HD or HD. All photos are tagged and searchable by word and colour. Pexels also provide related search terms, if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for under your first search.

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About The Author

Doug Banks is the Creative Director at Pixel Design Studio. You can find him on LinkedIn. He has over 10 years experience in project management and the designing and building of websites.