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The Ultimate Guide To Find Free Images To Boost Your Creativity

The photograph is certainly becoming an integral part of all the design and advertisement development.

It is indeed unavoidable thing which every designer and marketer need for designing. Be it social media, graphic design or web design, everyone needs photographs.

In the recent years, as the photography prices rise up, simultaneously there are websites in the market which are offering you free images to download.

Thousands of photographers are uploading the free images under the license of Creative Commons Zero (CC0), royalty free or copyright restrictions so that they can share more kindness with the world. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. You are also not required to ask any permission or settling link source. Free to use as a personal and commercial purpose.

Every website will not serve you every kind of free photographs of what you are looking for. That’s why I have curated the list of the best websites which might help you to choose according to your need.

So, lets’ check out the list of free images website and your quest of searching a website might end here.

One of the reliable websites which can be searched for different images in various niches. Similar to other websites, you have to enter the word in the search bar, look for the category and if you are patient to wade through the hundreds of images, chances are you will be finding the one which you cannot find in other websites. This website is often the preferred source of bloggers. If you are a blogger, you can also post the image in a faster way. The majority of photos are CC licensed. I often choose Photopin for my first preference to find free photographs for my design project.

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Photopin – Download free images

Pixabay is an international sourced website where you can share, find or download images, photos, film footage, vector graphics, videos and illustrations of high quality (Till September 2016, Pixabay has over 750000 free photos, vectors, illustrations and 3100 videos). If I have to use Pixabay, I would use it only when I have to photoshop some photographs.

There are some images, which are protected by the Shutterstock logo and they look mesmerizing. To ensure a high-quality image for their loyal readers, every uploaded image is checked manually by staff members of Pixabay.

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Pixabay – Download free images


Created in February 2001 to be an alternative to expensive stock photos, the idea has grown into a very large community. The figures are staggering – 2500000 registered users and the number of photos online – 4000,000. The niches or categories are also vast. However, it is yet to be determined, if a blogger can get every image of his/her choice on this website.

If you are a novice photographer, you can get minute details regarding the tricks of photography. You can meet expert photographers, become a part of the community and propel your career? So what are you waiting for?

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Freeimages – Download free images

Flickr     under search CC

One of the most discussed websites, if you are a social media enthusiast, and if you are interested in making others know about the day-to-second events. This website gives you the option to access, upload, edit, organize as well share your own photos through any device in this world.

You just have to type the word for the image you are searching for, and simultaneously at the left end of the page, you also activate the search bar (CC0). The images you see will not have copyright restrictions. While sourcing the free images, if you find the image belonged to a member of your family, and he/she has given you permission to organize the stuff, you can also add wisecracks, jokes, notes and tags.

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Flickr – Download free images

This website stand a little apart from other websites, as it has quality free images with regards to technology that can be linked with real events. If you are a blogger, who is interested in getting images on PEOPLE category, then this website is just the one for you.

Cons are you have to struggle to check good images by clicking on to the next page button. It provides free premium images with PSD mock-ups. I will opt this when I want to explore more on PEOPLE category.

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Jeshoots – Download free images


Another website that stands apart from websites which offer free images to the public. Startupstockphotos is quite unique because it offers PEOPLE category images. The advantage – you get an image shot from various angles, distances and focus. If you are a blogger (on new technology) or a businessman in the servicing industry and you need human photographs shot from various angles or office scenes, you know the website to search for? You can save the time required for photoshop. One small disadvantage or rather let us say, bigger – no search bar option.

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Startupstockphotos – Download free images


Kaboompics serves you the similar platform of startupstockphotos. But, it has a search bar. Yes, kaboompics saves your time. If you slightly observed the uploaded images, every photograph is based on a close-up focus on an object. Giving you a premium look of a photograph by giving blur effect.

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kaboompics – Download free images


This website is uploaded daily with new images and so hope there will be no dearth of finding photos on various niches. Every image is tagged and you can easily search for the one you need. Similar to pixabay, you will also find Shutterstock images. Every free image (or not), to be on the website, will be checked by the photo curation team and then published. The duration taken will be one to two days. You also find a separate page for videos (free).

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Pexels – Download free images


The images are good, but you will not find the uploading option. The images are solely photographed by Ryan McGuire, but they can be downloaded and use for commercial purposes. The images are added every week. Ryan also has partnered with Shutterstock – as is the norm, these images are not free, but a discount code from GRATIS and you can save a little money. The money obtained through these methods is used to keep the website live.

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Gratisography – Download free images

Many of the images are lifestyle imagery and they are stunning to view at. The free images may take you to a new world where you get the retro effect feeling. The author is Markus Spiske passionate in clicking photos for modern creativity.

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Raumrot – Download free images


Founded in October 2014, by Tom Eversley from England, you can get free images of your type (even if you are from different job profiles such as marketer, social media expert, blogger, designer or developer). You can also opt for the premium fee photos as the cost will be very low. Very often, the images are more of the technology type with close shots of products and also found are images of urban cityscape and architecture. If looked into from a commercial angle, this website is made for the younger generation.

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Isorepublic – Download free images


The images you find on Unsplash can be copied, modified, distributed and used for free as they are covered under the CC0 license. As a humanitarian trait, this website encourages giving appreciation or credit to the photographer as he/she has made a donation. Similar to other websites, photographers all over the globe submit photos to this platform.

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Unsplash – Download free images


Some of the best photos to look for will be the Objects, Desk, and Industrial sections if you want a free image related to technology. New images are added weekly and you can also get images related to nature and landscape. You can share the images and do you know there is a section of videos which are also free?

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Lifeofpix – Download free images



Below websites are all awesome platform. If you are looking for more landscape, nature, travel, street images in a retro look. Undoubtedly, all images are worth downloading, but cons of using below website are there is no search bar. You have to scroll down and suddenly stumble upon on an image which you might use it.


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Cupcake – Download free images


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Moveast – Download free images


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Travelcoffeebook – Download free images


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Bucketlistly – Download free images


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Jaymantri – Download free images


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Snapwiresnaps – Download free images

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    Hi, very informative article.
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