19 Places to Find Free Stock Images for Commercial Use

Looking for free stock images for commercial use? Look no further and download photos without any attribution from these amazing sites for your website or for your next project.

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Needless to say that images can make your projects beautiful and obviously more attractive. They present your design projects in a totally different way and without them your hard work can go into waste. Whether you are a web designer, digital artist, photo manipulator and graphic designer, we always look for quality free stock images for our projects.

All below listed website provides images under the creative commons zero license, which means you can use the images for commercial purpose without any attribution.

However, some photos might require attribution (in some cases) so it is always recommended to do your own research for license.

Here you go:

Pixabay

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Pixabay has over free 930,000 stock images, vectors and illustrations for designers. This website has evolved a lot in the past two years and you’ll find many new stock photos every day on Pixabay. You can download the images for your business, websites, branding projects and any other design related projects. You can also credit to a photographer for a photo by liking their pictures and if you like a particular photographer then you can follow him as well. All you need to do sign up and start downloading images.

License: Creative Common Zero
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Raumrot

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Raumrot has lot more free stock photos which you can use it for free. What make this site is very useful is getting images which you want, just search for the images and you are all done. The photos are categorized very nicely so you can get the images of your choices.

License: All images are licensed with a creative commons attribution license CC-BY
Check License: on the homepage under the about section.

MorgueFile

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Morguefile is one of the old established free stock photo website and has a large collection of 350,000 stock photos for commercial use and for creative mind it’s like mine of inspiration.

The best thing you don’t need to sign up in order to download the images, just visit the website and get the image which you want. Morguefile has bigger resolution photos and they are under the 72 dpi resolution so choose wisely.

License: You are free to use the photos commercially.
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Unsplash

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Another great website for getting royalty free stock photos is Unsplash and has some great pictures to use for any design needs.

The explore features of Unsplash makes it more easy to find the suitable pictures for any design needs. You can like the images which you like to show some appreciation for the photographer. They add 7 new photos every week to their website.

License: Creative Common Zero
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StockSnap.io

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An amazing website with beautiful images under free copyright restrictions. StockSnap.io release images under the Creative Commons license so you can download the images without figuring out that you can use it for commercial purpose or not. Also, this website has the photos only in larger resolutions.

License: Creative Commons CC0
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Gratisography

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The website of a graphic designer and web designer, Ryan McGuire, and has a huge collection of free pictures. They add new pictures on a weekly basis and they have lots of the images at the moment. All pictures are captured by Ryan with utmost care so you’ll only get high-quality images for personal and commercial projects.

License: Creative Commons Zero
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Pexels

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Pexels offers free high resolution images and contains over 15000 photos and counting. This site basically adds the images from other similar websites and give you the best photos. You can even get the images with your desired resolution all you need to do enter the width and height of the image you’ll have the image in that resolution. Every month they add at least 3000 hand picked images and they also make sure the images should be under CCO license for hassle free use.

License: Creative Commons Zero
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Negativespace

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Negativespace has many images that can be used for commercial and personal purpose. Mostly, you’ll find work, technology, nature and architecture related images there, but don’t worry, they got many images in other categories as well. You can search the images by subject, category to find the photo which exactly you are looking for.

License: Creative Commons CCO
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Foodiesfeed

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Have a food blog or looking for delicious food images? FoodiesFeed provides mouth-watering photos for your blog, business, projects, and all the images are crisp and sharp. The site adds 5 new images every week to their huge collection of free photos.

License: You can use original pictures anywhere you want, for both personal and commercial purposes.
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Imcreator

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One of the new and popular site in terms of providing quality stock images and they are growing rapidly. In this site you’ll not find only images, but there is a huge collection of templates, buttons, icons and many other design resources.

License: You can use original pictures anywhere you want, for both personal and commercial purposes.
Check License: on the homepage.

Life of Pix

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A great website for designers to get the best quality images and they add new pictures weekly. Not only photos, but you can also find some free videos on Life of Pix and you can even submit your photos for free download.

License: Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions.
Check License: on the about page.

Realistic Shots

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Realistic Shots has amazing free images and they add 7 new photos every week, so you can get fresh stock images for your projects. You can filter photos according the category, the images are very sharp and can be used in plenty of design projects. So visit the website and do something creative!!

License: Free stock photos for personal and commercial use.
Check License: on the homepage.

Free Nature Stock

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Free nature stock as the name suggest provides nature stock images. The blog is run by a photographer, Adrian Pelletier, they update the website on a daily basis with new landscape images. So basically you’ll get every photo if it is related to nature or if you are looking landscape photography stock then you’ll love this website.

License: Creative Common Zero
Check License: on the about page.

Magdeleine

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Magdeleine has many images for free download but mostly you’ll find black/white and color based images. They add one photo every day to their collection. You can also go for editor choice picks on their website to get the best images for you. The above link will take you through to those photos which is marked under CC0 – Public domain.

License: CCO-Public Domain
Check License: the link will only give you CC0- public domain pictures.

Public Domains Archive

Public Domain Archive runs by a multi talented designer Matt. The website has pretty nice new images every day and you can find vintage to modern photos there. Peoples have downloaded 309,778 images from the Public Domain Archive and the number are still counting.

License: CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication
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Picjumbo

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Picjumbo has the stunning collection of images and you can choose beautiful stock photos from there which are free for commercial use. This website also provides Photoshop plugins to get your work done in no time.

License: Use the image in nearly any way you want.
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FreeStocks

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Freestocks has stock photos with limited category, but a must visit for designers. You can also support them via PayPal to grow their website.

License: Creative Common Zero
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Jay Mantri

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Jaymantri is the storage of considerably high quality photos and you can download them if you want to create ‘magic’ (they say). Jaymantri also offers photo textures and you can easily search for photos you want. They post seven new photos every week.

License: Creative Common Zero
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Splitshire

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Splitshire runs by Daniel Nanescu and he personally captured all the pictures and provide them to the public so they can use the images in their plenty of projects. The website designed nicely with search and tag options to get the best result for the images you are looking for.

License: Creative Common Zero
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Conclusion

These are the sites from where you can find many free images for design. If I miss a site, then please let me know I would love to add it. Hope this showcase will help you and if you love the showcase, then don’t forget to share this post with the world.

Bunty Pundir

Bunty Pundir is the founder of PSD Stack. He loves writing Photoshop tutorials and sharing knowledge with others. Follow him on Behance, Twitter and Google+

11 thoughts on “19 Places to Find Free Stock Images for Commercial Use

  • October 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm
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    thanks for great shear

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    • October 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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      You are more than welcome!!

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  • November 10, 2016 at 8:57 am
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    Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

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    • November 10, 2016 at 10:22 am
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      I’ll add you soon on the list and thanks for letting me know!!

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    • February 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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      Thanks

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  • February 17, 2017 at 9:50 am
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    Hi Bunty! Awesome post, really useful!

    Have you heard about rawpixel? You’ve probably seen our images all over the place. We’re the leading stock photo contributor in the world. We’ve just launched our website where we give away the best free design resources out there. We’d be stoked if you could add us to this list.

    Check us out on http://www.rawpixel.com. Looking forward to you joining our community of creatives.

    BE INSPIRED. BE RAW.

    Nica

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    • February 18, 2017 at 9:56 am
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      Thanks Nica, will add you soon on the list whenever I update the post!!

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      • May 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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        Awesome! Thanks Bunty, I shall wait until then 🙂 I’ll share the post again too when you’ve done the update. Cheers!

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  • February 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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    Good list! May I add the Free section of Dreamstime, which includes free stock photos for commercial use, but also public domain images? It’s a large, searchable collection, check it out: https://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

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    • February 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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      Thanks for letting me vio, actually I didn’t know about there free section.

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