Sites like Istock, Shutterstock, or Getty Images have some really great content but if you need a lot of images for your site or other publications it can get costly, quick. However there are some great free resources online that offer images that are in the public domain, meaning that they aren’t bound by copyright and are free to use for personal or even commercial purposes.
It’s also important to ensure that the images you’re using are royalty-free so that you don’t have to pay royalties for using them.
Copyright law is complex. Different states and countries have their own copyright laws and some allow the image owner to file suit if they find you using an image without sufficient permission.
But not to worry.
The sites listed below collectively have tens of thousands of images, all in the public domain and royalty-free, so you are free to use them as you wish with the peace of mind that you are not breaking any copyright law, anywhere in the world. What’s more, the image quality is usually very high, making them perfect for digital, and in many cases, print publications.
Here are some of our favorite free image resource sites:
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the sites above, here are some more that we turn to on occasion: