free image bank

On the Internet, it is very easy to find free image banks, but I know from my own experience that the really difficult thing is to find the perfect photo or image that you need exactly …

That is why I wanted to create this post as a guide, to save you time helping you find and download free images according to the type of image you need and its license.

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The best free image banks according to what you need

The idea of ​​this article is that you quickly find the free image you are looking for depending on what you are going to use it for on your website or blog because not all image sites are made for the same themes or the same types of images.

Free image banks may or may not have real photos, HD images (in high resolution), vector images, animated gifs, images without copyright or that require mention of the author, etc.

So to make it easier for you, I have searched for the free image banks that I like the most (also with this icon I point out my favorites) and in which it is not necessary to register to download images. You just have to choose what type of image you need and with what license, and it will take you to the best free image banks with the filters that best suit your selection :

Free royalty-free photos (without copyright)

They are the photos without copyright that you can use, copy, modify and share even for commercial purposes (such as selling online or generating income with a blog), without having to ask anyone for permission or acknowledge their authorship. These are the photos identified as a public domain without any restriction.

► Flickr – no known copyright restrictions, for me it is one of the first options when looking for good photos for my articles

► Pixabay – more than 430,000 free photos that you can use without a problem and some are true works of art

► FreeImages – this bank of photos formerly called stock. xchng or SXC I have known for years and it has gotten me out of more than a hurry looking for the perfect photo from among its more than 390,000 photos

► morgueFile – another well-known free photo bank with more than 365,000 photos

► Gratisography – free quality photos, and although it does not have many, you will see that the ones it does have are really good

► Stock Snap – free HD photos and images in the public domain and that therefore you can use on your blog freely without mentioning their authors

► Google images – in the Google image search engine you can also find free photos even for commercial use

► Public Domain Pictures – as the name suggests, here you will find high-quality, public domain photos and images

► Unsplash – another of the banks best known for the quality of the free high-resolution photo collections it has

► Pexels – this stock of free photos is another of my favorites because here you can find true wonders out of the ordinary

► LibreShot – another good option if you want royalty-free photos with a very professional finish.

► Good Free Photos – this is a public domain (royalty-free) free image bank where you will mostly find images and photos, although they also have vector images

► Pik Wizard – is a very interesting photobank that I discovered recently with more than 60,000 free images, of which more than 20,000 are exclusive to themselves. Looks good!

Note: in general, these types of images are usually downloaded in JPG format, which is the one that best compresses the size of the photographs that we could call “real” without losing much quality.

Free photos with copyright (with copyright)

These photos are still free, but since they have copyright they ask you to at least make a mention of the said author from where you are going to use it. You will see that in most of these free image banks that mention is basically about putting a link to the image bank itself from which you have downloaded the photo or to the author’s profile. Thus, even if they are copyrighted photos under Creative Commons licenses, you can use them even for commercial purposes.

► Flickr – with this link you will see that the search will be filtered to find photos that allow commercial use and modifications

► 500px – I have this community of photographs with attribution among my favorites for the quality of the photos and the design of some of them

► Open Photo – a good open-source photo-sharing platform that isn’t bad either

► Free Digital Photos – more than 139,000 free photos that you can use in your blog if you add the attribution that they indicate to you when downloading it

► Freepik – is one of the most famous image banks with almost 4 and a half million resources, and with free photos with a Creative Commons license. My favorite free vector bank without a doubt (in fact I recently switched to the really cool premium version…

► Foter – one of the largest with a stock of (hold on) more than 228 million photos and free images from different online sites

► Free JPG – we have this interesting bank of free high-resolution images to download and for commercial and editorial use

► Free Images – free photo bank for blogs that are mostly in the public domain, but some require attribution

► 1001 Free Downloads – another good image bank that has a lot of public domain photos, but others require attribution

Note: as in the previous section, the ideal format for this type of image is usually JPG. If you are going to use a photo as the main image of your post, you can add the mention of the author of the photo at the end of the post.

Free royalty-free images (without copyright)

They are the illustrations or images without copyright that you can use without problem (copy, modify, share, etc.) also for commercial purposes and without the obligation to ask permission from its author or mention where you are going to use it. They are royalty-free images free, without restrictions, and in the public domain.

► Pixabay -In addition to high-resolution photos here you will also find all free images

► Google images – with this link you will see that you have the necessary filters so that you can find Google images for free even for commercial use

Note: in this case, the images can be used in different formats, although I recommend that it be PNG because they tend to have less quality loss and take up less space, which is better for your blog to load faster.

Free images with copyright (with copyright)

Cliparts and free illustrations that are copyrighted (copyright) and therefore require at least one mention of the said author from the site where you are going to use it. This mention is usually basically a link that directs to the author’s profile or to the image bank from which you have downloaded it. In this way, even if they are copyrighted images, you can also use them for commercial purposes without a problem.

► Free Digital Photos – more than 84,000 images to download for free as long as you add the attribution that indicates where you are going to use them

► 1001 Free Downloads – you will see that in truth most of the clipart on this site is in the public domain, but some others require attribution

Note: as in the previous section, the format that I recommend the most for images is PNG. These types of images are often used within the content of the web or blog articles, and you can add the mention of the author of the image just below it.

Royalty-free free vector images (no copyright)

They are the illustrations or images without copyright that you can use without problem (copy, modify, share, etc.) also for commercial purposes and without the obligation to ask permission from its author or mention where you are going to use it. They are unrestricted and public domain images.

► Pixabay – you see that this image bank is one of my favorites because in addition to photos and images it also has free vectors

► Public Domain Vectors – one of the few sites with public domain vectors that are really worth it

► Good Free Photos – another of the few vector image banks that I have found and that are in the public domain (royalty-free) and in which they also have photos and clipart

Note: vectors are a type of image represented by mathematical formulas that allow them to take up less space and maintain their quality even if they are resized, which is very useful to use on a website or blog and load faster.

Free vector images with copyright (with copyright)

Cliparts and free illustrations that are copyrighted (copyright) and therefore require at least one mention of the said author from the site where you are going to use it. This mention is usually basically a link that directs to the author’s profile or to the image bank from which you have downloaded it. In this way, even if they are copyrighted images, you can also use them for commercial purposes without a problem.

► 1001 Free Downloads – download free vector images with attribution in this comprehensive image bank

► Freepik – for me the best image bank with more than 80,000 free vectors for commercial use and that you can use without problem with the necessary mention (and with the premium version you save the mention too…

► Vecteezy – a nice bank of free stock art, graphics, and vector images that also lets you search by categories

► Vector. me – more than 281,000 free vector graphics divided by tags to make your search easier

► All Free Download – another of the greats with more than 187,000 free vectors to download and also organized by types and labels

► Vector Portal – a portal of free vectorized images created by themselves and also by designers who want to show their work

► Vecto 2000 – a free, high-quality downloadable collection of icons and vector graphics created by various designers

Note: the format that is most often used when publishing vector images on a website or blog is PNG due to the advantages it has. This type of image is used a lot within the content itself and also as the main image in blog articles. So you can add the mention to the author below the image or at the end of the article, depending on where you use it.

Free royalty-free animated GIFs (no copyright)

It’s no secret that animated GIFs are living a second youth in recent years. In addition, social networks and messaging applications have joined the “fashion” allowing you to search for an animated GIF and send it directly.

Here is a list of image banks of moving GIFs (because there are also non-animated GIFs) that you can use on your website or blog for free without any problem as they are not subject to copyright; or what is the same, animated GIFs without copyright. So you can also use it for commercial purposes, without having to ask its author’s permission or mention where you use it. They are royalty-free GIFs for free, without restrictions, and in the public domain.

► MotionElements – the downside is that all GIFs have a watermark with the name of the web

► Google Images – the good thing about Google Images is that it lets you search by filtering by license and by image type. Here you already have the search filters for “animated images” applied and licensed for reuse and modification. I’ve searched for the word “gif”, but you can search for whatever you want!

► commons.wikimedia.org – the good thing about Google Images is that it lets you search by filtering by license and by image type. Here you have already applied the search filters for “animated images” and licensed them for reuse and modification. I’ve searched for the word “gif”, but you can search for whatever you want!

► Giphy (create your GIFs) – nothing better than creating your own animated GIFs so you can use them how and where you want. Giphy allows you to upload your own videos recorded by you and convert them into GIFs.

Note: for animated GIFs, the most used format is undoubtedly the GIF (hence its name), but videos in mp4 format are increasingly being used because they occupy less (they compress the video better) and pretend to be an animated GIF playing in the loop without sound. Here you have more information on the subject.

Free animated GIFs with copyright (with copyright)

This is the type of animated GIF most used since it is easier to find websites and banks of animated images subject to copyright, or what is the same, animated GIFs with copyright. So you can use it as long as you mention its author or the site you downloaded it from if applicable.

► Giphy – without a doubt for me it is the best site for animated GIFs, for the number of GIFs it has of all kinds (reactions, categories, etc.) for its constant updating and for the tools it brings to edit and create GIFs. Great!

► Cinemagraphs – Cinemagraphs are actually moving images with a curious effect because only some elements of the image move and the rest remain static. You could say that they are an intermediate step between the image and the animated GIF. They also require mention of the author.

► ReactionGifs – this website is very cool that focuses especially on animated GIFs with reactions because many times it is easier to express yourself with a GIF, don’t you think?

► Animated Gifs – a very well-cared and organized website with more than 150,000 animations of images of all kinds. To use the GIFs they make it very easy because they themselves give you the link that you have to use or the HTML code so that you can insert it on your website or blog

► Tenor – has a style very similar to Giphy (saving the distance). Also very interesting is its trends section and its classification by tags to find the GIFs

Note: as in the previous section, the most used format is GIF, but for example in Giphy you will see that it also allows you to use animated GIFs as mp4 videos, occupying less and maintaining quality.

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Free royalty-free icons (no copyright)

In this case, it refers to free icons for web pages, blogs, infographics, applications, etc. that you can use without problem (modify, share, copy, etc.) as they are not subject to copyright; or what is the same, icons without copyright. So you can use them even for commercial purposes and without having to ask their author’s permission or mention it where you use it. They are free royalty-free icons, without restrictions, and in the public domain.

► IconFinder – one of the most famous and it is not surprising for the number of free icons it has of all types and sizes

Note: for icons, as a general rule, the most used format is PNG because it maintains the quality of the image while taking up less space and also allows transparency (widely used in icons).

Free icons with copyright (with copyright)

They are free icons to use in countless designs: web, infographics, applications, posters, etc. But in this case, since they are subject to the rights of the author (they have copyright), it is necessary to mention that author with a link from the site where you are going to use it. This link is usually to the author’s profile or to the icon bank from which you have downloaded it. Even so, even if they are copyrighted icons you can use them even for commercial purposes without a problem.

► IconFinder – this same bank of free icons also has thousands of copyrighted icons that you can use without problem as long as you add the mention of the author that they indicate

Note: as in the previous section, the best format for icons is PNG because it allows you to use transparencies and also compress the space occupied by the icon without losing its quality.

Freepik Premium

After a long time using Freepik on my blog, I finally got one of their premium accounts, and I have to say that I am very very very happy.

With the premium, you get out of the hassle and save a lot of time looking for “the perfect image” and without legal problems. They have millions of great images (photos, vectors, icons, etc.) and on top of that, you don’t need to mention the author by putting the typical link.

What if you can’t find what you’re looking for?

What if you can’t find what you’re looking for among the free images? Or if what you want is something more personal and with a professional look for your website or blog?

There are indeed very good online tools like Canva, which allows you to create your own designs.
But if you don’t have time or you want something really spectacular, then you should contact experts who can offer you exactly what you are looking for. But be careful, do it with professionals who really know what they do about design and visual content because not anything will be worth it.

 

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