Where to source beautiful, free photos for websites [List]

Last updated: March 7, 2016
Posted by: Sally Davies
Categories: Blogging Content Website

Where to source beautiful, free photos for websites [List] | Modur CreativeIn this article you will find out where to find free photos and high quality graphics for your website content to help make your content more enticing to read.

If you didn’t already know adding a graphic or a photo to your website content is an absolute must. You’re kidding yourself to think that someone is going to trawl through and read a page that is filled with large blocks of text.

Attention spans are very limited on the web and the way people ‘read’ web pages and decide quickly if it is something that they want to read, is by scanning content so in order to help make that as easy as possible to scan, adding a graphic or photo to break up the content is best.

Where to find free photos, illustrations and icons

Pixabay

Pixabay

www.pixabay.com
A great resource under the Creative Commons Zero licence, free to use anywhere. Watch out for the sponsored photos that link to Shutterstock photos - these are paid for files.

Pexels

Pexels

www.pexels.com
6000 photos to choose from currently. I really like the photos on this website, they are beautiful.

Free Range Stock

Free Range Stock

freerangestock.com
A collection of free photos that come directly from their photographers and contributors.

Freepik

Freepik

www.freepik.com
A great graphic design resource that offers illustrations, vector art, icons, photoshop files and photos free for commercial use if you add an attribution or without an attribution if you pay a little via a premium plan.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

https://commons.wikimedia.org
A database of tens of millions of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. The problem is the search function is a bit difficult to use so instead got to: https://canweimage.com

Flaticon

Flaticon

www.flaticon.com
Hundreds of thousands of icons to use for free with attribution. Similar to Freepik if you would like attribution-free art then you need to subscribe to their premium plan.

Where to go to create unique graphics for your web content

There are also online resources that are there to help you create a unique graphic for your content.

Canva

Canva

https://www.canva.com
Drag and drop interface that prides itself on only taking 23 seconds to learn. Canva offers free photos and graphics.

Piktochart

Piktochart

piktochart.com
A service that offers a free account with limitations. You have to subscribe to a plan to unlock more features.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey

www.picmonkey.com
Easy to use service that offers free and paid plans to edit photos and create graphics.

Befunky

Befunky

https://www.befunky.com
Photo editor, collage maker and designer functions with tutorials and inspiration.

Free photo editing software

If you don’t have the software to be able to edit photos and would like to, try these:

GIMP

GIMP

https://www.gimp.org
Free open source image editor. Windows, Linux or Mac.

PIXLR

PIXLR

https://pixlr.com/
Web based or a desktop version of software to enable you to edit photos. Free version plus Pro version available.

So as you now know there are plenty of free resources out there

You just have to make the time to dive in and use some of them to make your website content more compelling.

Do you know of any more places to get free photos, illustrations and graphics for your website?