Best Resources To Find Free Stock Photos For Web Designers

Most of the commercial stock photography websites now offer high quality photographs at pretty reasonable rates. If you are on a really tight budget and paying for stock photos is not feasible, you don’t have to compromise on quality. W3Avenue has compiled a list of several great resources to help you find free high quality stock photos.

Almost all of the resources presented in our list are available free for personal use, and most of these are also available free of charge for commercial use. But you must carefully read terms under which you can use these free resources.

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Resources For Free Photos

This is an alphabetical list of resources offering 100% free photos. However each will have its own terms of use, which you need to read carefully:

  • Bigfoto
    Allows free use of all pictures if you provide a link to the bigfoto website
  • Cepolina Photo
    Each photo can be saved in five formats (up to 1024X768 pixels). You can download any photo for private or commercial use.
  • FreePhotosBank
  • Freerange Stock
    Registration required to download free stock photos and free textures. All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects
  • FreePixels
  • Image After
    You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial
  • ImageBase
    You can use these images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free
  • Morguefile
    Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
  • Nations Illustrate
    Gallery of pictures from all corners of the world.You can download pictures both for personal and business (some restrictions may apply)
  • OpenPhoto
  • PhotoXpress
    You can download up to 10 free images a day from PhotoXpress after free registration and following it on Faceboot and confirming your contact information. Images offered on PhotoXpress may also be used in professional projects.
  • Photogen
    Requires registration to download free stock photos, both for commercial and personal projects
  • Public Domain Photos
    5000 free stock photos for personal and commercial use
  • RBGStock
    Gallery containing over 34,000 free images that you can use in books, leaflets, magazines, or websites. Free registration is required to upload or download images.
  • Stock.XCHNG
    Huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers
  • Stockvault
    Stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images. You don’t have to sign up to be able to download images. All images on this site are free for personal and non-commercial usage.
  • Twicepix
    You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work under creative commons attribution share alike license

Free Giveaways From Commercial Sites

Most of these sites will require you to register in order to download free images. Some of these sites also offer free stock photos in low resolutions (normally 400 to 800 pixels wide) and offer option to buy photos in case you need larger size / high resolution:

More Tools & Resources

  • deviantART
    Ultimate resource for designers
  • EveryStockPhoto
    A search engine for free photos. Photos come from many sources and are license-specific.
  • Google Advanced Image Search
    Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Image Search pages to find images you can reuse, share, or modify
  • Flickr
    You can also use Flickr to find photos available under Creative Commons which can be used in commercial projects.
  • Sprixi
    Searches Flickr, and the images uploaded to Sprixi

Please feel free to suggest any addition to the list in your comments. You may also want to look at:

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18 Responses to “Best Resources To Find Free Stock Photos For Web Designers”
  1. Nice useful list. Thanks for sharing

  2. Noel Wiggins says:

    Sometimes you get what you pay for.

    and the first couple of links here seem to be that way.

    the time spent on wasting through to see if a free photo would work for my client project may be cheaper to actully buy a low cost photo.

    But in an effort to keep cost down I believe i will be “investing” in the time to go through these collections to see if they fit.

    or Eureka I got it!

    I will send these links to my clients and let them pick out what they see fit then I save them money and me time.

    wo hoo

    Thanks for the post

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for

    • W3Avenue Team says:

      Absolutely, if client is not willing to pay you enough – explain how they can help you cut cost and refer them to these free resources. But remember to clearly provide guidelines on what type of photos they should bring to you. For example: type of photos, color tones, etc.

      Another way to use these free resources is by spending your own spare time collecting photos for future projects. This way you can quickly pull a quality photo from this private collection when need arises.

      Thank you,

      W3Avenue Team

  3. Lucy Beer says:

    Great list with a lot of resources that are new to me. Here’s a couple that could be added: and of course – use the advanced search to find photos licensed under Creative Commons.

  4. WilhelmR says:

    Can’t believe you didn’t mention iStockPhoto.

    Not only do they offer a free image (huge resolution) each week, but also a free video/audio/vector of the month :]

  5. Maverick says:

    hey thanks a lot for the list.

    surely this is something that every web designer wants.

    thanks a lot

  6. SMiGL says:

    Good collection. Thanks!

  7. Blogger Den says:

    Stock photos used to be something difficult to get that would cost a lot of money and require scanning the web for just the right photo(s), now it’s so great to see these resources being shared for free!

  8. George says:

    Absolutvision Stock Photo also offers a collection of free pictures, ( ) + 1 free picture every day.
    Therefore their subscription plan is very affordable….

  9. Bork says:

    I really think and (WP plugin) should be in your list too – literally hundreds of thousands of free images there…

  10. Yakov says: offers weekly free photos for personnal and commercial use. KS is a royalty-free microstock site (photos, illustrations and cliparts) focusing on the Jewish life, culture and religion.

  11. jay says:

    maybe should be in your list too. It is a brand new stock photo site. More then 34,000 free stock photos on line.

  12. Stock Picks says:

    Very nice free stock picks. Thanks

  13. Tatiana says:

    Thank you fro sharing. Cool list. I love morguefile and sxc, but apart from these well known sites i like, they have many high resolution pics, the majority of them are of studio type and u can download parts of images, which i really like. Its very easy to handle. Especially with their option by color search

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