19 Places to Find Free Stock Images for Commercial Use

Find the royalty free stock images for your project. These sites release images with CC0 License and no attribution is required for commercial use. So stop worrying about paying royalties and get your project done!


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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, photographer, photo manipulator, and graphic designer, we always look for quality free stock images for our projects.

What is Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License?


All below listed website provides images under the Creative Commons Zero license, which means you can use the images for commercial purpose and no attribution is required. In other words, do whatever you want to do with them without asking permission. You can read more about the license on Creative Commons Website.

So all the images which fall under the CC0 license are Copyright-Free. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about having to pay royalties every time you use the image.

What are Royalty Free Images?

Royalty Free images are the images for which you’ve to pay the one time fee for a varied set of rights. For example: let’s say that you want an image to use it on your website, so you need to pay the license fees one time, then you can use the image on your website as long as you want. That simply means it is “Free of Royalty” not cost free.

Now let’s say that you want to use the same image in your video, then again you need to pay the royalty to get the image rights to use the image in your video. So each time you use the image for the different purpose, you need to pay royalty fee.

Difference between Royalty Free and Copyright Free images?


The difference is pretty much clear, Royalty Free means you pay for the license only once, then you can use the image forever within the accepted ways whereas Copyright Free means that you don’t need to pay any royalties every time you use the image for different purpose and these images are free for public even for commercial use. That’s why we have the CC0 License image’s sites in this post.

Here are the 19 sites to get Royalty Free images for Commercial Use

1. Pixabay

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Pixabay has over 1.5 million free stock images, vectors, and illustrations for designers. Pixabay images are free of copyrights as they fall under the CCO license. 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 Commons Zero
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2. SkitterPhoto

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Skitterphoto was launched in 2014 by amateur photographers with day jobs from Groningen and Drenthe in The Netherlands. Run by two photographers Rudy and Peter, from Netherlands. Their photos being used in all around the world and it’s a brilliant stock photos site.

License: All images are licensed with a creative commons attribution license CC-BY
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3. 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 a creative mind, it’s like the 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 but they are under the 72 dpi resolution so choose wisely.

License: You are free to use the photos commercially.
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4. 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 feature of Unsplash makes it easier 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 Commons Zero
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5. StockSnap.io

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

License: Creative Commons CC0
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6. 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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7. 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 and 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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8. Negativespace

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Negativespace has many images that can be used for the 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 CC0
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9. 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. This 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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10. 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.
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11. 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.

12. 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 to 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.
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13. Free Nature Stock

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Free nature stock as the name suggests 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 Commons Zero
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14. 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: CC0-Public Domain
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15. Pxhere

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Pxhere is a really good site for getting images and I am using this site for more than a month. The best thing about this site, that it provides most of the images in the larger resolution which is good enough for printing purpose.

License: Free of copyrights under CC0.
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16. 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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17. FreeStocks

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

License: Creative Commons Zero
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18. ISO Republic

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ISO Republic is the storage of considerably high quality photos and you can download them for your any images need. They have 3000+ photos and adding new images on a weekly basis.

License: Creative Commons Zero
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19. 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 Commons Zero
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Conclusion

These are the sites from where you can find many free images without worrying about the license. Did 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.

Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

      1. There are free pics on Dreamstime, but, I only got a set number, like maybe 10. That was it. Maybe I am missing something!

        Bunty, I keep up a list of stock sites on my blog. I add one when I see one. I also try to keep it current. It’s at suruha.com. Look for Stock in the menu.

        Thanks for this list! I even found one I did not know about! Cool!

      2. Here is what the notice says: “You have already downloaded 10 free images. In order to download more free images please purchase a payment plan. Members who purchase commercial plans have access to all our free images.”

        This is from my own account.

        Su

  3. Thanks for this amazing list! I was just wondering why Burst is not on the list? It’s a new free stock photography resource offering images that are royalty free, under the Creative Commons Zero license. I use is a lot on my Instagram feed!

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