It’s obvious you need 100% free to use creative common images so you don’t fall into the grasping pain of being filed for using copyrighted images! Stop getting pictures off Google or any other search engine’s images section.
If you have the money to pay image hosts like iStockphoto or Shutterstock, your rights and responsibilities are clear: You pay for the rights to use the image, without attributions.
However, if you choose to go the free route, well, (why shouldn’t you?) You need to be careful to avoid falling into copyright issues.
Before we go further in this article, you need to know how you’re allowed to use the photos, and what (if any) attribution is required. So that you’ll know the copyright categories, here’s a brief overview of the three main types:
Public Domain Images
Images in the public domain are works whose copyrights have expired or whose creators have abandoned rights to them These are however made free for personal or commercial use. There is an exception to the “free for all use” policy for public domain photos: If you’re using an image of a recognizable person, you may have to get his/her permission to use the photo. Some sites offering such photos will already have obtained a formal release.
Royalty Free Images
Images which are offered for royalty-free, are often paid for just once, this means that once the purchaser pays a fee he/she can then use the image without paying additional royalties or licensing fees. The purchaser doesn’t have to give attribution. This is the model used by paid stock photo sites.
Creative Common Images
Photographers who licence their images under the Creative Commons (CC) usually define how their images will be used by specifying a particular CC licence.
A CC0 licence means the owner has given up all rights to his or her work.
A CC 2.0 means that the author requires the end-user to provide attribution.
The most favourable license so far is the creative common licence.
I’m. Pretty sure you now know the different image licences. To go further in this post, I will list 20+ sites that offer %100 free images with a creative common licence that you can use on your blog or social media posts.
All the sites below offer photos under the Public Domain or the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license; thus no attribution (link) is required
The sites listed below have either public domain images or creative common images and do not require any attribution.
The licenses each site uses are also specified below. Enjoy
Directories for 100% Free Images
- Pixabay: A huge database of public domain images
- Pexels: Searchable database of CC0 images.
- Unsplash— A directory of high-quality photos released every 10 days. Released under the CC0 licence.
- Foodie’s Feed— This will please you if you are a food blogger due to numerous food images present on the site. All are free to use without attribution; however, they may not be resold.
- Magdeleine— One free photo every day (and access to a full repository of images). Some are public domain and some require attribution.
- Good Free Photos – Public domain images taken by the owner of the site offer some good location-based images.
- Pickup Image— This a searchable database of public domain images.
- Photogen– free for personal or commercial use, but not suitable for resale or redistribution. I love this also.
- Life of Pix— High-quality, public domain images with no copyright restrictions.
- New Old Stock — A directory of Vintage photos from public archives.
- Morgue File— A huge repository of free photos. You’re free to use the images for personal or commercial purposes, but you cannot claim ownership of them.
- 1 Million Free Pictures — Free amateur public domain images. The pictures sometimes lack in quality, but they make up for in quantity.
- Flickr: Creative Commons–Access all Flickr photos sorted by licence. You can find images under the public domain, non-commercial licence, attribution licence, etc. Select “Public Domain” to find images that don’t require attribution.
- Blogpiks Access tons of free photos from this site… Photos range from education, business, and a lot.
There are a lot of sites offering free images, all you need to do is find the best that meets your need
Do you have any cool websites that offer free images that you would love to add to the list above, then share them in the comments below!