July 20th •
How do you find awesome pictures to use on your site?
Here at Klicker, through working with clients and our own sites, it became clear pretty fast that top-quality visuals are important to create the best user experience possible. Part of that means scouring the web for the best possibles images we could find…which is actually a lot harder than it sounds.
Most stock photos are hilariously bad, and keeping your own ace photographer on-hand might not be feasible. So where do you find great pictures on the web? And more importantly, how much are those pictures gonna cost?
Trying to be sneaky and using copyrighted pictures can result in big, big fines for your business if and when you get caught. So instead of running into the high-risk, low-reward scenario, let’s find an alternative.
What about free pictures? What about free, great pictures? No that’s not a mythical unicorn we’re hunting—great, free pictures really do exist. And we’ll show you where.
Need beautiful pictures? Video content? Awesome vectors? Pixabay has you covered, with almost 500k free pics and search functionality. Many of Pixabay’s photos are royalty-free, meaning you can use them without even typing out an attribution to the owner.
IM Free is great for curated photos and templates, all available for commercial use. Photos on IM Free are arranged according to type, making it easy for any business to find the most relevant images.
Rgbstock does things a little differently, serving up monthly lifestyle pictures to users on its email list. This site’s photos are great quality, so if that sounds like your cup of tea, hop on their mailing list ASAP.
PicJumbo delivers monthly bundles of stock photos directly to your inbox, and also lets you browse their ample selection of pictures.
Superb quality pictures, totally free with zero attribution required, all at Unsplash.
The next few sites let you scour public photos or Flickr accounts to find that perfect picture. Some offer free downloads and others are paid, but most only require a photographer attribution.
Using Flickr API integration, Compfight makes it very easy to find the pictures you want.
Creative Commons Search links multiple databases, from Flickr to Google, to access heaps of great images.
Unknown to many, Google Advanced Image Search offers up some powerful features to those willing to take a peak at the advanced options—such as the ability to search for FREE images.
Just go down to “usage rights” and select one of the options that contains the words “even commercially.” The rest should be self-explanatory.
Not a picture resource per se, but Canva does offer the ability to make alterations to pictures for web use in a very user-friendly way.
Canva is great for making infographics, social media content, CTA graphics, and just about anything else you can think of. Even the non-designers among us can make use of Canva with little professional experience—it’s just easy to use.
Pixwizard is an up-and-comer. Check out Pixwizard.
And there you have it. Who said finding great photos online had to be difficult? As long as your site makes use of beautiful photographs and images that DON’T look like stock photos (even if they are), you’re on the right path. Now get out there and start hoarding free pictures.
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