4 places to find free pics for your blog posts

September 7 by

4 places to find free pics for your blog posts

Finding the perfect image to accompany your blog post can be difficult, but thanks to a bunch of generous creative people and online resources, at least it doesn’t have to be expensive!

First things first: NO, you can’t use Google to find random images. Those BELONG to someone.  If you use them without doing any research, you’re probably stealing them, and if so, you can get into legal trouble pretty quickly.

The best way to get the free graphic of your dreams is to visit one of the sites actually created for that, and dig into the search results there.

Many sites offer images you can use for your blog, social media networks, marketing materials, or even book covers at no cost whatsoever.  The guidelines vary, but as long as you’re willing to spend a minute or two browsing, there are plenty of eye-catching options. Some sites also include specific images which are paid, so make sure you click the “free” tab to narrow your search when you’re browsing.

Look for words that give the atmosphere you’re conveying, not just the literal image. For a post about how to make your voice heard, for example, you could search for megaphone, microphone, audience, crowd, earplugs, earmuffs, shouting, whispering, and so forth. Be creative!  Think about the reader’s emotions and the broader takeaway from your post, not the actual words you chose.

 

Quick Caveat:

As always, make sure you read the fine print before you act. When you choose your image, be aware that some are free for everyone, some are free only for personal use, and some are free but require a link and/or credit be given in the photographer or designer’s preferred format.

Also, since usage licenses and terms of service can change without notice, double-check them every time you log in for more images, so you don’t accidentally break the rules and possibly open yourself up to trouble, or at the very least, sour interactions with your content creators. Nobody wants that!

 

Here are four websites for finding photos you can use for free:

 

 

Free Images — http://www.freeimages.com/

This one used to be called Stock Xchange, but has recently undergone a redesign.  It’s my favorite on the list, and the one I use the most frequently. (There’s even one of their images at the top of this post.) Since it’s been around for years, it’s well-established, the selection is quite broad, and the community is overwhelmingly kind.

 

 

morguefile — https://morguefile.com/

Don’t let the name weird you out;  a “morgue file” in the publishing world is just the catch-all place to stash old workfiles (color swatches, tearpages, brainstorming notes, discarded drafts, and things like that) which are inactive (“dead”) for your current project, but kept handy in case you want to dig through them again someday for future projects. Likewise, there are enough thought-provoking pics here to save extras for later.

 

 

Pixabay — https://pixabay.com/

One unique thing about Pixabay is that you can search by color scheme.  It’s fun, in the interest of good branding, and just plain adds an interesting twist to give you ideas you might not have otherwise come across.

 

 

Pexels – https://www.pexels.com/

This is one of the newer sites out there, but truthfully, that’s often a plus — because it also means not every designer has been through the same photo options a thousand times.  There are quite a few high-resolution choices available, and when it comes to print (as opposed to web display), that can matter a great deal.

 

Hopefully, some of the photos from these sites will fit the bill for what you need. Happy hunting!

 

Finding the perfect image to accompany your blog post can be difficult, but thanks to a bunch of generous creative people and online resources, at least it doesn’t have to be expensive!

(Image credit: adriaan de man)

 

 

Tracy Lucas

About Tracy Lucas

Tracy Lucas is a writer, editor, and the co-owner of Inkwell Basics. She owns Four Square Creative and Smash Cake Press, and she blogs about writing and publishing at her personal website. She has written and sold more than one hundred and fifty pieces for print, web, radio, and stage.

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