Top 5 places to find Royalty-Free images

Royalty Free Picture

A picture is worth a thousand words. Not only that, it spices up your web pages, making them visually appealing and more inviting to read, spend time browsing around, and ultimately interact with.

Many of our clients are aware of this proven fact, which is why having images included on different areas of their online stores is a common request we receive on many occasions. Of course is not as easy as searching in Google for any images you like and just include them in your Pages without permission, because that will constitute a clear case of Copyright Infringement. You could however filter the results of your Google Search s that it returns only images labelled with explicit permission to use and modify. To do this, when searching in Google Images activate the Advanced Search filter called ‘Usage rights’ under ‘Tools’ that lets you find images online that you can use, share, or modify.

You can find more information on how to find images, text, and videos on Google that you can reuse at the following link:

There are also specialized websites that provide you with access to royalty-free images in the most convenient manner, classified by categories and fully searchable. Read below for our 5 favorite places to find free to use images online.


Pexels image

Pexels is an online image library that allows anybody to use any of the available pictures licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license in any way they want.

They state their “Mission” as:

We help millions of designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely which empowers them to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work.


Pixabay image

Pixabay is an international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage.

Pixabay requires a free registration for uploading files and downloading full sized images, and by uploading files the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means anyone is allowed to use, modify and redistribute the images without asking for permission.


SXC image

FreeImages, formerly known as stock.xchng (or SXC) is a website providing free-to use stock photography and illustrations, where contributors are encouraged to share material for inspiration and to enhance their career through wider public exposure.

Since its acquisition by Getty Images in 2014 the site has retained the older SXC images and the link to the iStock website. Their FAQ now states that images “are free as long as you stick to the rules in the Image license Agreement” seen right next to the Download button.


morgueFile image

morgueFile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.

The term ‘morgue file’ originated in the newspaper business to describe the place where post production materials are kept for use of reference, although nowadays illustrators, comic book artists, designers, teachers, and others use the term with a similar meaning.


deviantArt image

deviantArt is an online social network that aims to be a “movement for the liberation of creative expression”, providing tools, resources, and exposure to enable artists become better and more successful.

deviantArt offers no public-domain rights to the general public by default, so if you find an image you like, you will need to send the artist or photographer a note through the website asking for permission to use their work, usually crediting the creator and linking back to the original image.

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 places to find Royalty-Free images”

  1. Howdy! I just want to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great information you provided right here. I had no idea you could find images this way.


  2. Pretty components to accompany content. I just stumbled upon your site and it saved me lots of searching efforts.

    Thank you for that.

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