Where To Get Free Images

In the last few weeks, this is one of the questions that we have been answering most often in our help desk.
When you start building a lot of videos, your need for images increases really quickly.

So the idea of this post is to share some resources, and leave the door open for new ideas that you, our loyal reader, might want to add.

Remember that these sites might change their terms of service and that you are always required to read the indiividual license for each image that you intend to download and use.
This is just orientative information. Use these resources at your own risk.

Let’s the fun begin:

Stock Exchange (http://www.sxc.hu)

I have been using this site for years now. It has a huge collection of free images. They are associated with iStockPhoto which is a paid site. So you will find that in every search that you do, there are premium (paid) results at the top and at the bottom; but everything in the middle of the search results is totally free. Usually images are in really high resolutions. Higly recommended.

Flickr (http://www.flickr.com)

One of the, if not the, best known photo resources on the net, Flickr is usually discarded when searching for free images, because of the protected rights over the photos.
What many people don’t know, is that you can do a search in Flickr, and restrict the results only to photos of public domain.


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Google Advanced Image Search (http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search)

I find this alternative just recently. The conventional Google Image Search doesn’t allow you to filter by license.
But in this URL you have several alternatives:

  • not filtered by license
  • free to use or share
  • free to use or share, ever commercially
  • free to use, share or modify
  • free to use, share or modify, even commercially


The less you need to do with the images, the more results you’ll find.

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We will keep this post updated, so if you have any interesting resouce you’d like to share, you are more than welcome to do so.


One Response to “Where To Get Free Images”

  1. Phillip Wilkinson February 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    One site that offers a lot of free images is stockfreeimages.com

    They also have paid versions, and a bunch that you can’t get for free, but the ones that are free don’t come with a watermark on them, like you get with Dreamstime.

    Anyway, stockfreeimages will have many of the things you’re looking for.