12 Feb Resources for Free Images That Allow Commercial Use
Finding free images on the internet that are licensed for commercial use can be difficult. Many sites either have a very limited amount of images to choose from, or their images are low quality. Conscientious designers are often faced with either joining a site like Shutterstock or Envato Elements, or paying significant fees for per image purchases. A project may require quite a few images, and supplementing paid images with free images from reliable sources that are clearly licensed for commercial use, is an excellent way to reduce your overhead.
After working in the design industry for almost a decade, I’ve discovered four good resources for free images that allow commercial use. These sites all have a significant catalog of high quality images available, they all allow commercial use, and they do not require any attribution. All of the sites we have listed below are reliable, and very professional. We’ve never had a copyright infringement complaint from using images from any of these sites, and their policies are all very transparent.
Unsplash – https://unsplash.com
Unsplash is a great site for blog images and images for food and nature websites. They have an extensive catalog of images to choose from, and they are all high quality. If you have a project that requires less of a corporate look and feel, this is an excellent resource for images.
StockSnap.io – https://stocksnap.io
StockSnap.io has an extensive collection of images that are updated weekly. They have a wide variety of image categories, and are an excellent source for images that relate to urban life, business, and technology.
Burst (by Shopify) – https://burst.shopify.com
Burst by Shopify is an outstanding site for free images that allow commercial use. Image categories range from Technology, Business, Fitness, Coffee, and Food. An excellent resource for images for online stores and start-ups.
Pexels – https://www.pexels.com
Pexels is a site that has images of a very similar style and quality as Unsplash. The images on this site are excellent for blog posts, personal websites, community and family oriented projects.