How can I get a free image online to use on my blog? I thought to myself!! Where are the sources of free images, I murmured within. The blogosphere is a web of text, images and videos. Web page text brings you to a page, however, the images gets you attracted to stay on the page. Images and pictures have a magical influence on attraction to the reader of a blog or website post.
A blog post with no image looks boring no matter the quality of the post itself; this is something that I have discovered over the years. Therefore, the use of pictures and images is a great addition that a blogger should learn and embrace.
Below is a full list on sources from where you can get free public domain images (these are free images, you do not have to pay anybody to use it)-though you have to understand their agreements and restrictions on this site.
List of where to get free images online
GettyImages, to me, is the world’s largest collection of images. They have in their stock various sources of free images. To be able to use and download the free images, you will need to sign up ( free). Then after signing up, always check the box that says ‘royalty free’ Link: http://www.gettyimages.com/
At the moment, stockvault has more than 62,000 members and more than 42,000 uploaded free pictures and images. To use their service, simply sign up and search the box for free images. However, when using the images, always give credit to the site and the owner of the picture. It can be in this format: Image courtesy of Dare.k / Bloggingconsult.org
- Microsoft Office free images and clipart
Mirosoft offers a tremendous ways for you to get royalty free images. Three options are given. You can search either through:
- Images that came pre-installed on the purchased Microsoft office product
- You can browse free images using office web apps
- And also through the Bing search engine.
Either way, its a good place, but I still give much more credit to GettyImage as one of the most vital sources of free images.
- Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia commons share a similar concept to that of Wikipedia. Their huge collection of free images is a result of free donation of pictures and images by people. To use it, I will sincerely advise you to check the site, take your time to surf and study what you want exactly.
- Flickr: The Commons
This is a project by the California State University. It contains more than 60,000 images around the world that can be used freely for non-profit and education use ( please note…not for profit purpose). To start using it, you can check the portfolio ( by the left hand side) list to know and locate the type of image you need.
MorgueFile contains high resolution stock photos that fits extremely well into use by anybody. Just register and you are free to start downloading your desired images.
The pictures here are good quality with high resolution. There are two types , the free version and the royalty version. Simply chose the free version type, and give credit to the source ( owner of the picture) as well as the site.
There is no hassle or stress here, simply sign up (its free) and you have access to their large free picture database.
Do you know of more sources, kindly share in the comment section below and don’t forget to share on Google+