Graphics: Free Stock Photos and Images

Looking for the perfect stock photo for your website? To help you find them, we’ve compiled a list of 74 terrific sources of high-quality, free photos and royalty-free images.

Before We Get Started:

In order to organize the best resources, we’ll use these star ratings:

★★★★ – Near perfect

★★★☆ – Great resource

★★☆☆ – Not perfect, but still worth checking out

★☆☆☆ – Last resort, but better than clipart

Alright, let’s go!

  1. Wylio ★★★☆

Wylio is an easy to use Creative Commons image finder. Wylio uses the Flickr API to populate its search returns. Membership is required but free for basic search and functionality.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: 112,000,000
High Resolution: Some

  1. 123RF ★☆☆☆

123RF is a popular royalty free resource that offers over 35 million images, audio, videos, and vectors for a fee. However, 123RF also has a huge library of free images available to its members (membership is free). The catch is the free images are very tiny and require attribution. Also, the free library inventory shifts constantly. So, if you see an image that you like, download it before it expires.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: 31,165
High Resolution: No

  1. 500px ★★★☆

Search for Creative Commons licensed photos on 500px, a popular photo community with impressive high quality images. Remember not all images on 500px are free to use– always double check the copyright.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Albumarium ★★★☆

Albumarium is a beautifully done stock library featuring images for personal and commercial use. Be sure to check copyright privileges before use.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Ancestry Images ★★☆☆

Ever need an image of King William II or the latest in 1845 fashion? Ancestry Images is the go-to place for antique prints of high quality. Images are free for personal use. Inquire directly if you’d like to use the images commercially.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: 31,000
High Resolution: Some

  1. BigFoto ★★★☆

Since 2000, BigFoto has offered images of all categories to its users. Although some images may be grainy, you can find gems if you’re willing to look, and tweak.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Check the individual photos
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Some

  1. Camarama.de ★★★☆

All of the images on Camarama are high resolution and released to public domain.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Some

  1. Compfight ★★★☆

Using the Flickr API, you can search through Flickr’s creative common license photos without leaving Compfight.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. CreativeCommons.Photos ★★★☆

CreativeCommons.Photos is a collection of public domain images that are free to use.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Crow the Stone ★★★☆

Crow the Stone is a collection of public domain photos. You can also subscribe for weekly photos delivered to your inbox.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Some

  1. Cupcake ★★★☆

Photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee offers free images to the public domain. That means no attribution ever unless, of course, you want to.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Death to Stock Photo ★★★☆

Death to Stock Photo is a membership-based stock photo library. Yes, you have to supply your email and wait for the images to come to your inbox once a month, but the images you receive are high quality, beautiful, and yours to do whatever with. Plus, after signing up, you’ll receive a photo pack immediately.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Email-based
High Resolution: Yes

  1. DesignersPics ★★★☆

Photos found on DesignersPics are given free of copyright by photographer, web designer and developer Jeshu John. Attribution is requested but not required.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Dreamstime ★★☆☆

Along with its huge collection of royalty free stock, Dreamstime also offers absolutely free stock photos for the price of attribution. Membership is required along with a captcha before each download, but members are rewarded with a few stunning photographs, if you’re willing to do a little bit of searching.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Almost 10,000
High Resolution: Some

  1. Epicantus ★★★☆

Epicantus is a resource provided by Visual and UX designer and Lean Startup coach Daria N. All images are free to use without attribution. You can also request specific photos.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Every Stock Photo ★★★☆

As its name suggests, Every Stock Photo claims to give access to every free stock image available on the web. Here, you’ll find images from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons. You don’t have to pay for membership or any images here, but attribution to the source image is required in most cases. Although its a great resource, search can be a little wonky, and the itty bitty thumbnails are hard to see.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Some

  1. FindA.Photo ★★★☆

Looking for a photo to match your color story? FindA.Photo specializes in search by color. Using color #de8930, FindA.Photo returned these color-related photos. Most images are public domain, but do check the license before downloading to be sure.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No, but double check
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Foodies Feed ★★★★

Who doesn’t like to look at pictures of food? This stock repository is filled with delectable images of great food taken by photographer Jakub Kapusnak. Attribution isn’t required, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. The only restriction is against selling the photos as you own.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Not required, but requested
Size of Gallery: Small to Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Foter ★★★★

Foter is an extremely easy way to search over 200 million photos. This incredibly generous library has all the images you can possibly need. The images on Foter are primarily from Flickr, and require attribution. Be sure to link back. Foter also includes a WordPress plugin.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: 200 million
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Free Images ★☆☆☆

Free Images has an impressive library of stock images, but it requires a soul crushing sign up process before you can download the images.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: 400,000
High Resolution: Not really

  1. Free Media Goo ★★☆☆

Free Media Goo offers 100% complimentary photo stock without need for contribution. Although you will find beautiful images on Free Media Goo, they tend to be tiny. Likewise, the gallery is tiny, too.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: No

  1. Free Nature Stock ★★★☆

Free Nature Stock is a brand new stock library from designer and photographer Adrian Pelletier.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Free Range Stock ★★★☆

Free Range Stock offers totally free images as long as you become a member first. Sign up is pain-free but required.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Free Stock Image Point ★★★☆

Free Stock Image Point offers free, original images with no copyright restrictions.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Some

  1. FreeDigitalPhotos.net ★★★☆

With a domain name like FreeDigitalPhotos.net, there’s no confusion on what you’ll find. Attribution is required, but you can also pay a smallish fee ($3 per image) if you don’t want to or cannot credit. This site requires quite a bit of hoop jumping. Although membership isn’t required, you will have to tick the agree box and enter a lengthy captcha. Plus the images are very tiny, however if you need a generic stock image, FreeDigitalPhotos.net may be just the right choice.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: No

  1. FreeImages.Pictures ★★☆☆

FreeImages.Pictures is a repository for Flickr, Wikimedia, Pixabay, morgueFile, Openclipart, and Google Custom Search. Instead of going to each site individually, you simply check FreeImages.Pictures. Search couldn’t be easier, but be careful about using Google Custom Search because some images may not be free of copyright.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Some

  1. FreePhotosBank ★★☆☆

FreePhotosBank offers a searchable database of free to use stock images. Small thumbnails pose a challenge for easy browsing.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. GetRefe ★★★☆

GetRefe offers an impressive collection of images for free. Offers mostly outdoorsy images of nature or urban vignettes.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Good Free Photos ★★★☆

Good Free Photos has free public domain photos. Lots of personal images from travels across the United States and the globe. Images are categorized by location and type, and users can also search the gallery.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Some

  1. Gratisography ★★★★

Offered free from photographer Ryan McGuire, the images on Gratisography have a touch of humor and a lot of heart. You’ll find interesting composition in these high quality images. Although attribution isn’t required, it is appreciated.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Appreciated
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. IM Free ★★★☆

IM Free offers photos from around the web, free for personal and commercial use. Collections are well organized, and IM Free provides a search function also.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Image Finder ★★☆☆

Simple to use, Image Finder searches Flickr’s creative common photos with relative ease, although the search engine can be slow at times. Be sure to check individual images for attribution requirements.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: Large (Flickr)
High Resolution: Sometimes

  1. ISO Republic ★★★★

ISO Republic offers high quality photos for creatives. Images are from photographer Tom Eversley.

Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Jay Mantri ★★★☆

Every Thursday, Jay Mantri shares seven new high quality photos. Use the images in whatever way you’d like, and don’t worry about attribution. Lonely, moody, and spacious, these images are great for atmosphere.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Jeshoots ★★★☆

Jeshoots doesn’t require attribution for its collection of free photos. Use them as is or remix them as you see fit.

Searchable: By category
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Kaboompics.com ★★★☆

Kaboompics.com offers a small library of high quality images. Attribution is required.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: 829
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Life of Pix ★★★☆

Life of Pix poses no copyright restrictions on its photos. Images are donated from Canadian firm Leeroy Advertising Agency. You care free to use these public domain images for any project, personal or commercial.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Little Visuals ★★★☆

Little Visuals offers seven high resolution images every seven days. Although a small library, you can find a lot of moody, atmosphere images and textures on Little Visuals. You can also download 7 images in an easy zip format from the Little Visuals website.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: ~100
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Lock & Stock Photography ★★★☆

Gifted by photographer AJ Montpetit, Lock & Stock Photography is a collection of free images for your personal and commercial use. Attribution is required. Link back to AJ’s main site.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Magdeleine ★★★★

Magdeleine curates free images from around the web. You may see some of the images here on other sites, but what makes Magdeleine worth a bookmark is its ease of search. Not only can you search by keyword, you can also search by color, category, or license. Be careful– while all images are free, not all images on Magdeleine are attribution free. Be sure to check the license before use.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: Small to Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. MMT.li ★★★☆

Released to public domain, MMT.li is the work of photographer Jeffrey Betts. MMT.li filled with nature images, and excels at high resolution macro shots. This site is updated weekly with new images.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. morgueFile ★★★☆

morgueFile is one of the oldest and best image repositories on the web. Searching for free images is a breeze. Simply click the image and download from the same screen without leaving your place on the page.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes, check the license agreement
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Moveast ★★★★

Moveast features stunning photography of the eastern world that’s free to use. You’ll find moving images from Istanbul to Kathmandu.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. New Old Stock ★★★☆

New Old Stock is a retro repository curated by Cole Townsend. If you’re looking for an old school image, check out this copyright free collection. It’s half quirky, half nostalgistic, and 100% free.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Some

  1. Pexels ★★★☆

Pexels offers hand-picked images from a variety of sources online. You can peruse over 1600 photos for the right one for your project. Every week, Pexels adds 30 new images to its collection.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No, but double check
Size of Gallery: 1,600
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Photo Everywhere ★★★☆

Photo Everywhere specializes in travel stock photos. Users can search for images by map, or with the search bar. The images are high resolution, but if you require higher resolution (or no attribution), you can also purchase the image through Photo Everywhere’s sister site, ValueStockPhoto.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: 3600
High Resolution: Sometimes

  1. Photo Pin ★★☆☆

One of the easiest ways to search Flickr is with Photo PinPhoto Pin allows you to search by commercial or non commercial license, and download the images without leaving the Photo Pin site. Avoid the top two rows of sponsored images if you’re looking exclusively for free stock. Also, the images on Photo Pin require attribution. When you click “Get photo,” there will be an HTML code for attribution.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Photober ★★☆☆

Photober offers free photos for any range of use, but you will need to credit Photober.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Some

  1. PicJumbo ★★★☆

The brainchild of creator Viktor Hanáček, PicJumbo offers a huge collection of high resolution images for personal and commercial use. PicJumbo does require attribution. You can also sign up for images to be delivered directly to your inbox.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Pickupimage ★★★☆

Pickupimage offers free public domain images. Registration is free but required. No attribution is necessary, but be sure to check the individual images.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Picography ★★★☆

Picography is a simple gallery with beautiful images. You can search and subscribe.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Pixabay ★★★★

Pixabay is one of the best resources for stock photos. It’s easy to find the images you’re looking for. Although membership is not required, it’s free and signing up will allow you to bypass the Captcha. Most images on Pixabay do not require attribution, but always check first.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No, but helpful
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Pixel Perfect Digital ★★★☆

Pixel Perfect Digital excels in still life photography. Images here are free, but attribution is required.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Public Domain Archive ★★☆☆

Public Domain Archive is a public domain image repository with both vintage and modern images.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Raumrot ★★★☆

Hand-picked and high resolution, the photos you’ll find on Raumrot are some of the highest quality free images available online. The gallery is small but mighty.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Re:splashed ★★★☆

If you open two browser tabs, one for Unsplash and another for re:splashed, you’ll notice something interesting. They actually have the same images. Why? Actually, Unsplash is the original, and re:splashed is a hack for Unsplash. It provides enhanced functionality (such as search and speed) for images on Unsplash. In fact, it’s great to use both– Unsplash for when you just want to peruse the images, and re:splashed for when you have something specific in mind.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. RGBStock ★★★☆

The images found on RGBStock are 100% free for any use, including commercial. Registration is free and required to download high resolution images.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: Yes
Attribution Required: No, but check
Size of Gallery: 100,000
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Skitter Photo ★★★☆

Skitter Photo gives free, high quality images for you to use in whatever way you’d like. No attribution, no attitude. Photos here are taken from three Dutch photographers based in the Netherlands.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Smithsonian on Flickr ★★★☆

Smithsonian Institute on Flickr has almost 3000 images under public domain usage. That means you’re free to download and use, without attribution or other restriction. Search by tag is available.

Searchable: Yes, by tag
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: 2,900
High Resolution: Some

  1. Snapographic ★★★☆

Snapographic is a collection of high resolution photographs taken by photographer Thomas Mühl. Attribution is welcomed, but not required.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Snapwire Snaps ★★★☆

Snapwire Snaps releases seven free photos every week to the public domain.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Splashbase ★★★☆

Splashbase allows you to search several stock libraries, including unsplash, Little Visuals, Life of Pix, and Jay Mantri.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Check individually
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. SplitShire ★★★☆

SplitShire provides free stock photos from photographer Daniel Nanescu for personal or commercial use. Images are incredibly high quality.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Startup Stock Photos ★★★☆

Startup Stock Photos contain images of startups and for startups. The images are generic, stylized, but relevant for business and tech.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: No

  1. StockPholio ★★★☆

StockPholio offers a varying collection of Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr, not just the tilt shift collection we’re showing here. The search function is easy to use.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Some

  1. StockPhotos.io ★★★☆

StockPhotos.io offers both Creative Commons and public domain images for free. Be sure to check if the image requires attribution before using.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: 25,000
High Resolution: Some

  1. Stockvault ★★★☆

With over 50,000 images, Stockvault has an expansive library of images, renders, objects, and textures.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Stokpic

Stokpic is one of the best resources for free high resolution images when you’re desperate to find new images not on any other image repository. Stokpic has high quality, bright, happy pictures.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Not required, but gently requested
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Superfamous ★★★☆

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, you are free to use the high resolution images found on Superfamous as long as you provide credit to interaction designer Folkert Gorter. Although you can’t search by keyword, you can search by category.

Searchable: Search by category
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Yes
Size of Gallery:
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Travel Coffee Book ★★★☆

Travel Coffee Book features images worthy of a coffee book. Released under public domain, these images are both beautiful and free.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Some

  1. Unsplash ★★★★

Unsplash offers high resolution images for your perusal. The photos presented here are unmatched in quality and 100% free– no attribution, no membership, and no stipulations on where you can use it. You can also subscribe to Unsplash for 10 new photos delivered to your inbox every 10 days.

Searchable: No
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Medium
High Resolution: Yes

  1. UPICM ★★★☆

UPICM promises “free pics, no tricks.” No attribution is required and the small library is filled with lots of great images you won’t find elsewhere. UPICM also offers stock images for a fee, along with a buyout option.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: No
Size of Gallery: Small
High Resolution: Yes

  1. Wikimedia Commons ★★☆☆

Wikimedia Commons provides creative common and public domain images. Be sure to check whether attribution is required.

Searchable: Yes
Membership Required: No
Attribution Required: Sometimes
Size of Gallery: Large
High Resolution: Yes

Some final words on stock images

Finding legal stock images can be tough. You can’t simply look on Google Images, because a lot of those images aren’t listed correctly. Avoid trouble by using a stock repository that clearly states licensing restrictions.

What is a Creative Commons License?

A Creative Commons license allows artists to share their copyrighted work for public use. Artists choose how you can use their work. Some photos require a link back to the photographer (also known as attribution), others don’t. Some photos allow you to remix and change it up, others don’t. Some photographers allow you to use their work commercially, others restrict use of their work for personal projects only.

What is Public Domain?

Public Domain photos are not owned by anyone and have no copyright. Photographers can release images to the public for free use. Also, images published in the United States before 1923 are automatically public domain.

Save Now

Instead of relying on your memory, we recommend that you use a visual bookmark board (like Pinterest) or install a Dropbox plugin on your browser and save your favorite images directly to a stock folder.

 

Tools for Finding Images

Foter. Foter scours through multiples sources to populate your search results with relevant photos. Searching is easy, license details (such as if you can use it without attribution) is plainly stated, and downloading gives you multiple size options.

Gratisography. Gratisography is a collection of free to use photos from one photographer, Ryan McGuire. No attribution, no attitude, just great looking pictures.

Pixabay. Pixabay is a personal favorite because of its ease of search and its high quality photos, vectors, and illustrations.

FreePik. Whether you need inspiration or an graphic resource, FreePik is the best place on the web for finding any element imaginable. It specializes in vectors, but also includes icons, PSDs, and photos. The resources are provided for free by a team of highly skilled designers, but do require attribution. Use these elements to spice up your marketing campaign.

Unsplash. Unsplash is a big resource for free high quality, high resolution stock images. And the best part? There are no license limitations, you can use these beautiful images in any capacity to your heart’s content.

CG Textures. You never quite know when you need a good texture, and we don’t always have the option to go out and take a snapshot of them ourselves, so that’s where CG Textures comes to the rescue. With a huge database of meticulously organised textures, you’ll never be devoid of textures again.

Flickr Creative Commons. You may recognise Flickr as a site usually reserved for protected images, but if you search within the creative commons, you will find an abundance of images that you are able to use (check the licensing to double check the do’s and don’ts). Constantly updated and a huge catalogue, there is certainly the right image for you and your campaign somewhere within.

The Pattern Library. Just like the name suggests, this is a library for all kinds of patterns for just about every situation. Completely downloadable and free to use, these patterns can easily be used within your designs to pep them up, or simply as some inspiration.

Tools for Finding Inspiration

Niice. With a name like Niice, you’re sure to find some good inspiration inside. This visual search engine showcases some of best and current trends in design. Sign up is free and gives you access to creating 5 mood boards. However, if you truly fall in love with Niice, you can subscribe to a premium option for unlimited mood boards and no banner advertisements. One of the best parts of Niice is how easy it is to add images to your moodboard. If you’re accustomed to Pinterest, you’ll enjoy the one click and done approach on Niice.

Pinterest. Speaking of Pinterest, although it can get clunky at times, it’s still an awesome resource for finding inspiration. From infographics to newsletter designs, Pinterest should be on your go-to list for seeing what other brands are doing to market themselves. And, after you’ve completed your visual marketing campaign, be sure to pin your design to Pinterest.

500px. Photos becomes art in the hands of the right photographer. That’s exactly what you’ll find in 500px. This vibrant community of photographers showcase some of the most breathtaking images you’ll ever see. If you like what you see, you may even be able to purchase it. 500px also offers a marketplace where members sell premium quality, royalty free photos for your visual marketing needs. You can buy photos individually or subscribe and save.

BehanceWhether you’re looking for inspiration or to hire an artist or designer for your campaign, Behance provides a pool of incredible talent. Unlike other design repositories that are photo-heavy, on Behance you’ll find a lot more illustrations and graphic design.

Designspiration. If you’re looking for a straight-forward but easy to use repository of great design, look no further than the aptly titled Designspiration. To search for an idea or topic, simply start typing. Not only is Designspiration so simple to navigate, you won’t have to worry about risque images popping up on your work computer because of the site’s no nudity policy.

Crayon. Looking for some carefully curated pieces of marketing design inspiration? Well, look no further than Crayon. A comprehensive, well organised and beautifully managed site that lets you save, search and share your favourite pieces of online marketing design. A quick browse through Crayon’s archives makes it hard to not be inspired.

Moodboard. A mood board is a hugely valuable tool to get yourself and your peers on the same visual and aesthetic page, and the site Moodboard makes it all so much easier. Simply drag and drop any pieces of inspiration that fit your intended ‘mood’ into the interface and let Moodboard take care of the rest. A simple, fast and easy way to build up an insanely useful visual board.

Campaign Monitor. A beautifully compiled database of some gorgeous pieces of email inspiration. Whether you’re designing for email directly as a part of your visual marketing or another medium all together, this site is a fantastic resource for inspiration.

Tools for Capturing Your Own Images

VSCO Cam. Armed with the right app, your smartphone could rival a high-priced DSLR camera any day of the week. If you’re working with a meager budget, be assured that you can create high quality images with an app on your mobile device. One of the best in the market happens to be free, and its name is VSCO Cam. Use VSCO Cam to take your photos instead of your device’s native photo app. VSCO Cam gives you power to create professional-looking edits to your photos without being trapped in the Instagram bubble. When you’re done with your edits, you can share your photos with your social media over Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Awesome Screenshot. There comes a time in everyone’s life where you need a good screenshot. For web-based products and SaaS, you may need to show how to use your product as part of your visual marketing campaign. Or perhaps you’d like to share your workflow with others as a teaser for a course tutorial.

Whatever the reason, Awesome Screenshot is an awesome choice. Not only can you capture the entire page (not just what’s visible on the screen), but you can annotate focal points and blur out the stuff you don’t want to be seen. You can also share your screenshot with your social media directly from Awesome Screenshot.

Gyazo. GIFs are increasingly appearing just about everywhere, and while the average Adobe-savvy designer can whip one up in no time, Gyazo provides a more entry-level way to capture and create a GIF from scratch. Completely free and straightforward to use, Gyazo is a great introduction to the world of moving images.

TiltShift Effect | Miniatures: Tilt-Shift Time Lapse Videos. If you’re on an Apple iOS, you too can use tilt shift in your visual marketing. Consider TiltShift effect for your still photography or Miniatures for your videos.

Tools for Finding Fonts

DaFont. DaFont is a first choice for finding new, popular, and off-the-wall font choices for a visual marketing campaign. Searching is easy. You can search by style, popularity, or recently added. And, you can input your own text to get a preview of what the text will look like in your new font before downloading. Be sure to verify licenses before downloading. Some fonts don’t allow for commercial use.

Font Squirrel. Like DaFont, Font Squirrel is a repository of fonts, but it goes one step further by providing fonts that are completely free for commercial use. You can search by classifications such as Serif, Sans Serif, Retro, or Hand Drawn. It’s free, easy, well-designed site that makes font hunting a fun activity.

WhatTheFont! Have you ever come across a font that you just can’t get out of your head? You know it will be perfect for your campaign, but you just don’t want the the name is? WhatTheFont! is an incredible resource for finding that specific font so that you can use it in your own marketing campaign. Upload an image (such as a cropped screenshot) of the font to WhatTheFont! and you’ll receive the exact image name.

Type Genius. Need to pair two fonts together? Type Genius finds the perfect match for one font type, and gives you a live example of the two fonts working together. This site let’s you peek over the shoulder of other designers to see which fonts look great together.

Fontface Ninja. Have you ever envied a website’s beautiful type selection? Well, Fontface Ninja is here to get you one step closer to replicating that typographic beauty. Simply install this extension to your browser and whenever you come across a webpage with stunning type, Fontface Ninja will tell you immediately the name, size and even line spacing of each piece of type.

Beautiful Web Type. Do you prefer to see typefaces in action before downloading them? Well Beautiful Web Type has you covered by providing a site that showcases the best Google fonts by displaying them in action. A quick and easy way to make informed typographical decisions!

Font Park. Font Park is the biggest database of free fonts for both commercial and noncommercial use. With over 70,000 fonts under their belt, live preview functions and a decent amount of categories to help sort the content, Font Park will certainly have something to fit your needs.

Lost Type. A small but stylish database of the current trendiest typefaces, all available for download under a ‘pay what you like’ deal where you can pay anything from $0 to $1000+.

The League of Moveable Type. Yet another database of carefully selected, beautiful, and free typefaces. Chosen by hand to ensure only the highest of quality typefaces are included, this site is a one stop shop for some beautiful typographic treats.

Type Wolf. Created by a designer who was fed up with seeing example type set only in “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”, Type Wolf catalogues various images of typefaces out in the wild, on real websites and in actual use. A great resource to browse through for when you feel a little uninspired typographically-speaking.

Tools for Finding the Perfect Color

ColourLovers. One of the best reasons to choose ColourLovers is for the social aspect. With this site, you’ll find custom created color palettes from its enthusiastic community of, well, colourlovers. ColourLovers combines unusual colors to amplify the feelings of harmony, excitement, believability– all of the feelings you may want to inspire in your visual marketing campaign.

Palettab. A good way to discover new colors or fonts every day is with the browser extension Palettab. Available on Chrome for free, you can get inspired every time you open the new tab.

ColorZilla. Another must-have browser extension for color picking on the go: ColorZilla. Available in both Chrome and Firefox, ColorZilla lets you quickly read any color on your browser page. This can come in handy if you need to quickly find the color used on an image, logo, or graphic element.

Pictaculous. Do you have a photo that you really love because of the color story? Perhaps you want to recapture that mood for your visual campaign. Pictaculous is a simple tool that will help you do just that. Upload the photo to Pictaculous and it will magically return a 5 color palette matching the hues in your image.

Pictaculous does something else great, also. It gives you recommendations for different color schemes matching at least one of the colors in your uploaded photo. If you’re not married to one particular palette, play around with Pictaculous to find a new color arrangements.

Colorful Gradients. A well-crafted gradient can make a world of difference to your design, but they aren’t always the easiest things to create. For a little bit of inspiration for all your gradient needs, look no further than Colorful Gradients. It does what it says on the tin: catalogues a beautiful selection of colourful gradients to make your life just that little bit easier.

0 to 255. Ever find a colour that is almost perfect, but could be that little bit better? Well, that’s where 0 to 255 comes in handy. The premise of the tool sounds insanely simple, but it actually comes in handy more than you’d think. What 0 to 255 does is displays the variations of any colour you input, the lighter and the darker shades, to make your colour picking process 255% easier.

Design Seeds. Want to have a look through some beautiful palettes and the images that inspired them? Look no further than Design Seeds. A beautiful site that compiles palettes sampled from images. A great source of inspiration and an easy way to design a palette that sticks!

Coolors. Coolors is a simple, beautiful and quick way to devise a unique palette that fits your needs. With a minimally designed interface that puts the palette in focus, creating an effective palette was never easier.

Google Chrome Eye Dropper Extension. Ever see a colour used on a website that you love, or need to match your design to a specific hue? Install this extension to your Google Chrome browser for on-the-go colour sampling that takes the stress and time out of finding that one specific colour.

Tools for Designing from Scratch

Canva. Canva combines a stock library of over 1 million photographs, illustrations and graphics with a drag-and-drop design tool – making it the ultimate visual content creation resource. Including over 140 free fonts to choose from as well as the ability to edit and enhance images, Canva allows you to create designs with professional results – even if you don’t have any graphic design experience.

As well as Canva’s easy to use functionality, our epic library of hundreds of professionally designed templates can be customized to suit any design. Free to use, Canva allows you to create awesome branded social media graphics, email designs, flyers, brochures, posters and more.

Animoto. Cloud-based and perfect for creating short, attention-grabbing videos, Animoto takes all of the hard work about video editing and gives you a stellar product in minutes, not days. What’s even better– you can peruse their extensive music library to add high quality and royalty free music to spice up your video.

PowToon. Your audience may be adult, but who isn’t captivated by a cartoon? PowToon gives you the tools to create an engaging marketing video or presentation in a variety of styles. It skews to the funny, but as long as you’re not in the funeral business, most brands could benefit from lightening up in their marketing strategies.

CloudConvert. When beginning a design process, the last thing any of us want to do is get bogged down in technical errors like incorrect file formats. For a quick and easy solution to all your file format woes, check out CloudConvert, an online conversion software that supports over 206 formats of audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats. Got a big file? No worries, CloudConvert can run in the background and email or notify you when it’s done, or it can save your newly converted file for safe keeping until you’re ready to use it.

Subtle Patterns. A garish pattern has the potential to break your design, but what about a subtle one? This database of beautifully simple (and yes, subtle) patterns can help you add something extra to your designs without overpowering them. Use them as a background, a texture, an added element to spruce up your design, whatever your use, enjoy them entirely for free! Do not though, that each beautiful pattern is open to commercial use but only with some form of credit.

Screen Sizes. Yet another insanely simple tool, but one that should definitely be saved in your bookmarks. Just as the title suggests, this webpage has a simple, comprehensive and detailed list of all the aspect ratios, physical sizes, operating systems etc. of the most common phones, tablets and monitors. It even ranks the devices by popularity. Definitely a resource to hang onto!

Desinion. Hailed as the social media for indecisive designers, Desinion is another feedback-oriented network that allows for you to post the two versions of your design that you’re tossing up between to allow for other designers to vote on which one is most effective. Seeing others’ opinions in plain numbers can be a huge timesaver for the indecisive amongst us.

Flat Icon. Icons are fantastic ways of representing links or ideas visually and directing attention. Flat Icon is a big database of simple, flat icons that are flexible and best of all, free. Whether you browse for inspiration or download a few yourself, Flat Icon is a good resource to have under your belt.

Tools for Sharing Visual Content

Tailwind. Marketing on Pinterest is huge right now, and if you haven’t considered it for your visual marketing campaign, you should. One of the best tools for managing and marketing over Pinterest is Tailwind. Use it to schedule your all of your pins (including your self-promotional) so that you don’t post a huge group all at once and alienate your audience.

Meet Edgar. Working exclusively with social platforms Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, Edgar is billed as “the only app that stops your social media updates from going to waste.” With Edgar, you can create, schedule, and distribute content over your social media profiles (up to 10 on the Starter Plan and up to 25 on the Premium Plan).

What makes Edgar unique is that after your content is delivered, it doesn’t vanish into the ether. It goes back to your queue for future distribution. This brilliant move makes it possible for your content to be seen by more eyes, and it eliminates gaps in your social media activity stream.

Instagram | Flipagram. For many of you, Instagram needs no introduction. It’s a fully visual platform where you can broadcast images to your followers. Instagram filters are legendary, and great way to get across a retro/ vintage-y look. What you may not be as familiar with is Flipagram. Flipagram allows you to create short music videos from videos and images. You can upload your Flipagram video onto Instagram or other social networks, including Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.

Post Planner. If you market on Facebook, we think Post Planner is a must. It allows you to schedule all of your Facebook posts in advance and have them automatically delivered at optimal times to reach your audience. We’ve partnered with Post Planner to help you create the best visual marketing campaign possible with our simple to use tools. You can learn how to create viral and engaging Facebook posts here.

Tools for Creating a SlideShow

GifDeck.in. Say you’ve created a slideshow, but all of your audience is on Twitter, and you don’t want to take a chance that they’ll follow you to another platform to view your slideshow. Bring your Slideshow to them. GifDeck allows you to create a .gif of your slideshow and then post it directly onto Twitter as playable media. No extra hoops to jump through. You can also share your newly gif’ed slideshow in emails or on your website or blog.

Tools for Tweaking and Enhancing Your Images

Thinglink. Use Thinglink to make your images and videos interactive. You can increase engagement with annotated notes, maps, polls, and rich media links. On your marketing campaign, you can customize your calls-to-action.

PlaceIt. Earlier, we talked about why you need Awesome Screenshot. But, if you want to take it one step further and package your screenshot in a fun and engaging way, don’t overlook PlaceIt. PlaceIt gives you over 600 free product mockups. You can drag and drop your screenshot or other image directly into the mockup. If you’d like a higher resolution image, you can pay per image or buy a subscription.

TinyPNG | TinyJPG. TinyPNG and TinyJPG are two simple tools for compressing and reducing the size of your images. Simply drag and drop your large files (up to 20 at at time, maximum 5 MB each) on the website and it will magically compress the size of your images, while not losing image quality.

GraphicBurger Mockups. So you’ve completed your design, it all looks great, but now what? A simple mockup can make the world of difference when displaying your work online or to a client, if you can’t afford to make actual prototypes. GraphicBurger’s mockup site has you covered, with a huge selection of mockups from t-shirts and book covers, right through to beer bottles and signage, give your design a more tangible feel with an easy-to-apply mockup.

Tools for Editing Your Videos

iMovie for iOS. We live in such an age where home videos can rival Hollywood productions. If you have a smartphone, you have the capability to create stunning video. But raw feed in itself won’t persuade, so take your iPhone produced videos to the next level with iMovie. Add voiceovers or music without fuss. The smartphone app is almost as robust as the desktop.

Magisto. Apple users don’t get all the fun. If you’re a proud Android phone user, you too can create killer videos with Magisto– an app that’s available on both Apple and Android devices. Magisto is geared toward the non-techie who just wants to create a beautiful video without getting caught up in the details. It magically and automatically edits your videos for free, but if you want advanced features, you’ll need to subscribe to their premium service.

WeVideo. If you’re looking for an online video editor, WeVideo is worth considering. Although WeVideo is available on mobile devices, you can upload and edit your videos from your desktop as well. Plans start at free but subscribing to premium or pro plans give you greater cloud storage, a wider selection of licensed songs, and email support.

Videolicious. The biggest reason to choose Videolicious is its extensive tutorial library. Although it’s easy to use, if you’re serious about producing a professional video for your marketing campaign, take a few courses from Videolicious Academy. Here, you’ll learn how to swap between between videos while recording live video– and it’s actually easier than it sounds.

Fly. Considered one of the best apps of 2014, Fly is a great option for teams. It’s comprehensive but intuitive. One of the most unique features of Fly is the ability to record from four different iPhones simultaneously. You can record one event from multiple angles, and then edit, splice, or switch between those videos on one phone.

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