Shopify & Ecommerce

It's strange to think that just 30 years ago, no websites existed. Yes GenZ, you read that right. We old folk either had no idea what a website was and when they did become a reality, they looked something like this:

on 20 December 1990, a British scientist named Tim Berners-Lee, created and launched the first website in history (Image courtesy of Live Science)

Not so thrilling today, and definitely not attention-grabbing. The modern world wide web is driven by visuals. Think of the success that sites like Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok share; the stats prove that visuals increase engagement.

Sadly, trying to find high-quality free images for commercial use,  photos without copyright restriction, or royalty-free images can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

If you're new on the block, spending precious dollars on images is not always possible. So, we're here to help!

We've rounded up a list of 80 royalty-free image resources that include stock photos, rich images, vectors, videos, and even quote creators. But before we dive in, let's cover some frequently asked questions about licensing and usage rights.

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  • What Is Copyright? 📝
  • What Is Royalty-Free? 💸
  • What Is Creative Commons? 🎨
  • What Is Public Domain? 👥
  • The Ultimate List of 80 Royalty-Free Image Sources 😍
  • Conclusion🙌
  • What is Copyright? 📝

    Copyright instantly applies when a piece of work is originally created and grants authors exclusive rights regarding the use and reproduction of their original work. However, there are different kinds of licenses and there are often a lot of questions or confusion about the types of licenses and what they mean. We’ve outlined the main licenses below to help you out.

    What is Royalty-Free? 💸

    You may have seen the term pop up when searching for images, videos, or sound clips. A royalty-free license simply means that the content you download is free from royalties, or ongoing payments.

    For some, you may need to pay a once-off license fee while others are totally free but have limitations on their license. Many photo sites will have sections or search filters that are specifically for royalty-free images.

    With royalty-free images, always make sure to read the terms of use properly.

    What is Creative Commons? 🎨

    Creative Commons means the creator gives permission for you to reuse their work for your own purposes according to the rights they chose to reserve or waive. There are various types of Creative Commons licenses, such as Creative Commons Zero, and you’ll often find detailed instructions on how the image may be used (eg. crediting the artist/attribution). This will let you know if you can use the image for commercial purposes and how.

    What is Public Domain? 👥

    Public domain means that the image can be used for private or commercial purposes as the rights have expired, been forfeited, or are inapplicable. Most of these images are old and no longer subject to any copyright laws whilst others are images that the artists have donated for public use.

    Now that we have the legal jargon out of the way, let's take a look at our list of 80 royalty-free image sources.

    The Ultimate List of 80 Royalty-Free Image Sources 😍

  • Stock Photo Collections 📷
  • Video, Music, and Image Libraries 📚
  • Artistic And Unique Stock Images 👩‍🎨
  • Diversity and Inclusion Images 🌈
  • Vintage Photos And Photo Archives 🧓
  • Clipart and Icons 🦸‍♂️
  • Image Editing And Creation 🧙‍♂️
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    Stock Photo Collections 📷

    We've gathered the best-of-the-best in stock photo sharing websites offering either high-quality and free images or affordable licensing options across millions of categories and color palettes.

  • Burst (by Shopify)
  • MorgueFile
  • StockSnap.io
  • Death To Stock
  • HubSpot
  • Life Of Pix
  • Unsplash
  • Stokpic
  • FOCA Stock
  • Negative Space
  • Kaboompics
  • Foodiesfeed
  • FancyCrave
  • ISOrepublic
  • Flickr
  • Rgbstock
  • Freedigitalphotos.net
  • FreeImages
  • Pickup Image
  • Imagefree
  • 1. Burst (by Shopify)

    We wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice if we didn’t start off with Shopify’s very own stock photo-sharing website. Burst photos are public domain and royalty-free for personal and commercial use.

    They also offer a pretty cool business ideas section with high-resolution images and tips on kick-starting your business.

    Pricing: Free for commercial use with no attribution required.

    2. MorgueFile

    Founded by Michael Connors in the internet’s early days (1996), this site is one of the oldest stock photo archives online. Don’t let its age deter you, this site offers over 400 000 crisp stock images for commercial and non-commercial use.

    It offers videos and vectors but please note that these will redirect you to Shutterstock.

    Pricing: You will need to set up an account, but once you’re set-up, images are free for you to download and re-use. Attribution is required for unedited images (Photo by <photographer's username> at Morguefile.com).

    3. Stocksnap.io

    StockSnap has a smaller collection of royalty-free stock photography but all are high resolution and include photos and virtual backgrounds. You are invited to download images for free under a Creative Commons Zero license, with the suggestion of attribution in the following format: Photo by [creator name] on StockSnap.

    Pricing: Free to use commercially and non-commercially.

    4. Death To Stock

    This site boasts the "freshest authentic stock photos and videos" with unlimited downloads. Their site is modern and showcases examples of their images but you can only browse and download them once you sign up for a membership.

    Entry-level members have access to 4500+ high-quality photos, with premium members gaining access to 2000 additional images.

    All memberships offer a “do-what-you-wanna” license (their words for royalty-free, copyright-free images) and you can sign up for their newsletter to receive some free photo samples.

    Pricing: Their Brand membership is $12 p/m billed annually, Freelancers and Agencies tier is $33 p/m billed annually, and Enterprise tier is POA.

    All plans offer a free 14-day trial and they’re big on supporting art in the world, offering scholarships and discounts to various organizations and individuals.

    5. Hubspot

    It might seem strange to see Hubspot on this list they actually offer a few free stock photo packages for download. The images are royalty-free and can be used however you want with no attribution required.

    The number of images varies depending on the bundle, for example, their holiday bundle contains 250 images while their mixed bundle contains 82 photos under categories including “around the office”, “in the kitchen”, “at the computer”, and “misc”.

    Pricing: absolutely free! Just enter your email and you’ll be sent whichever bundle you have chosen.

    6. Life Of Pix

    Life of Pix has a library of high-quality public domain images available for personal and commercial use, with minor restrictions for distributors only.

    They offer 3500+ stock photos but have also partnered with Adobe Stock to expand their library and even have a free video section. If you like the unusual, go check out their About page!

    Pricing: Free. Simply click on the image you want to download. Images from Adobe Stock are subject to charges.

    7. Unsplash

    If you’re looking for one of the biggest image stocks, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Unsplash has a collection of more than 2.5 million images! The photos are all free and can be used however you wish.

    Pricing: Free

    8. Stokpic

    Stokpic offers a high-quality stock images library including black and white, abstract, technology, animals, lifestyle, and more.

    The license allows for royalty-free use for both commercial and personal projects and images are free to download with the option to purchase premium content.

    Pricing: Free with the option to purchase premium memberships. Sign up for their newsletter to receive 10 premium photos every two weeks.

    9. FOCA Stock

    FOCA is a full archive of free-for-commercial-use photographs, videos, and social media templates founded by Jeffrey Betts in 2014.

    All photos are from Jeff's personal image collection and there’s a particular focus (no pun intended) on macro photography and stunning images of tech, nature, cityscapes, and more.

    Images can be downloaded, used, and redistributed for both personal and commercial purposes.

    Pricing: Free

    10. Negative Space

    Negative Space operates under a CC0 license which means that the photos can be used however you want.

    It’s a community of photographers who share their photos on the site and you’ll find over 2000 stunning photos for your downloading pleasure. Images can conveniently be sorted by category or (at the bottom of the page) by color palettes.

    Pricing: Free

    11. Kaboompics

    A collection of crisp, beautiful royalty-free images for both personal and commercial use, this site runs under its own license, which is similar to Creative Commons Zero except that you cannot redistribute their photos.

    Their library consists of over 20 000 photos and has a color picker search engine as well as a category search.

    A nice little bonus, the images can be downloaded in custom sizes.

    Pricing: Free

    12. Foodiesfeed

    This unique creator of stock images allows food photographers to upload their work and you to download and use them royalty-free.

    The site boasts around 1800 high-resolution food pictures, ranging from colorful and abstract to delectable food markets and coffee shop delights.

    All photos are under a Creative Commons Zero license which means you can download and use them for personal and commercial purposes.

    Pricing: Free

    13. FancyCrave

    With a passion for helping freelancers, Fancy Crave offers carefully curated hi-res quality stock images alongside a blog full of helpful tips and tools to help you build the lifestyle you want around the work you love.

    They offer free and premium content put together in collections that are presented in blog posts. Free images are available in high res and it’s super easy to click and download selected photos.

    Members are given access to 41 additional premium collections which include more than 2000 high res stock photos with 50 new photos added monthly.

    Pricing: Free or $9.99 per month to access premium content.

    14. ISOrepublic

    ISO is an independent website that offers 6k+ high-resolution creative stock photos and videos curated from a network of photographers from around the world.

    There are no restrictions on the use of their videos and photos for personal and commercial use, although they do encourage attribution.

    Pricing: Free

    15. Flickr

    Flickr is an image hosting platform and community where you will find images that can be downloaded and modified for commercial use. The library is a publicly-held collection of photos but make sure to check the rights for each image as not all are free.

    You can look for free images using the search function and then select “commercial use and mods allowed” under the license filter.

    You will have to sign up to gain access to the images and they don’t have a huge collection of free images. However, you’ll stumble across some beautiful photos and support a photographer if you choose to go for the paid images.

    Free members can download 30 images (per month?) and Pro members can download 60.

    Pricing: Free

    16. Rgbstock

    Signing up for a free account will give you access to over 100 000 stock photos, backgrounds, and illustrations. You can view their images without signing up but will need an account to download them.

    All photos remain the property of the photographer, so you can use their images on promotional materials but you cannot directly make money from them, ie. don’t slap their images on a t-shirt and try to sell the t-shirt.

    Pricing: All images are free for download once you have created an account.

    17. Freedigitalphotos.net

    If you’re looking for royalty-free stock photos and illustrations, this website offers tens of thousands.

    In order to use the images, you’ll need to accept the T&Cs, confirm your email, and make sure you attribute the creator using the following: Image courtesy of [name of the image creator] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

    Pricing: All smaller images are available for free with attribution. There is an option to buy larger images starting at $3 for 400 x 276px, $10 - $25 for high res. You can also purchase extended license high-res images at $75.

    18. Free Images

    A little larger in the offering than the previous site, Free Images has over 300 000 free stock images under its own license and 1M+ royalty-free images. They’re an image hosting site that allows others to upload their stock photos in addition to hosting images from other websites.

    There is an Image License Agreement which varies from photo to photo. In some cases, you may need to notify the artist of your use, in others, you may need to simply credit the creator.

    You can easily review the license restrictions under the image previews right next to the download button.

    Their downfall is that some paid images still pop up even when you use the free image filter.

    Pricing: Most images are free but if you chose an image hosted from another website, you might be subject to whatever fees they have in place. For example, iStock photos cost $33.

    19. Pickup Image

    Pickup Image offers high-quality public domain images and premium free stock images and is the perfect website (in our opinion) if you are looking for gorgeous natural landscapes from around the world.

    All images are licensed for use without attribution and you may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for personal and commercial projects.

    Pricing: Free

    20. Image Free

    All photos from Imagefree can be downloaded for commercial and non-commercial use with attribution.

    To attribute the contributor, you can provide a hyperlink to Imagefree below the image, at the bottom of your web page, or include it on a links page/list.

    They offer just over 1000 images, and while they don't have the largest collection, their photos are good quality. The only downside is that the website load time is a little slow.

    Pricing: Free for smaller images (800 x 533px) with the option to pay for high res images ($20+).

    Video, Music, and Image Libraries 📚

  • Pixabay
  • Dreamstime
  • Depositphotos
  • Shutterstock
  • 123rf
  • Stockvault
  • iStock
  • Getty Images
  • Pexels
  • Adobe Stock
  • Freepik
  • Pikwizard
  • Reshot
  • Rawpixel
  • VectorHQ
  • Openverse
  • 21. Pixabay

    Pixabay is a well-known site that offers a combined 2.6M+ royalty-free stock images, videos, and music clips. These photos can be manipulated and used without permission or any attribution as they’re released under the Pixabay license; similar to Creative Commons Zero.

    Pricing: Free for commercial use with no attribution required. You can donate to creates by clicking on the ‘coffee’ button.

    22. Dreamstime

    This site offers a whopping 188M+ royalty-free and public domain images, videos, and sound clips.

    Their range consists of stock photos, videos, illustrations, vector images, clipart, thousands of editorial photos and video clips, and even professionally produced music clips, sound effects, and loops.

    Pricing: Free or from $0.20 per image. Subscription plans start from $23 for 5 images per month. Extended licenses, video, audio, and all-in-one subscriptions are also available from $18 per month.

    23. Depositphotos

    Offering more than 234 million royalty-free images, videos, vectors, illustrations, and music, Depositphotos is a great source for most of your creative needs.

    They offer some free assets, including free weekly images with their newsletter signup, and a variety of paid options should you want access to a wider variety of content.

    Pricing: Free or various plans and payment options starting from $9.99 for 10 images per month, $89 for 5 videos per month, and $12.99 for unlimited music and SFX downloads. They also offer custom enterprise solutions and various business plans.

    24. Shutterstock

    Shutterstock is pretty much a household name and has been around since 2003 when creator Jon Oringer created the site and uploaded his own digital photographs.

    It offers 300M+ stock photos in addition to editorial images, vectors, illustrations, video clips, music tracks, sound clips, and templates, and is a leading provider of royalty-free assets.

    Pricing: Image subscriptions start at $49 for 5 standard license image downloads per year and go up to $479 p/m for teams, with a limit of 750 downloads per month.

    Video subscriptions start at $359 for 5 HD video downloads.

    They offer a really cool FLEX subscription for individual users which is $49 p/m and gives you credits to download 25 images, 6 music tracks, 3 video clips, or a mix of all.

    They also offer various music, sound clip, and editorial subscriptions.

    25. 123rf

    123rf has millions of stock photos, 3D illustrations, and vectors that are all 100% royalty-free.

    Free images are licensed for personal or commercial projects with attribution, but may not be used for any resale projects.

    The paid plans come with a Standard or Editorial Standard License with the option to purchase an Extended License as needed.

    Pricing/Fees: Free selection. Subscription plans available for 10, 50, 150, and 350 images per month (images must be downloaded in that month and are not carried over). Download Pack options also available from 3 to over 100 images per year.

    Custom options are available for businesses.

    26. Stockvault

    Stockvault has a library consisting of more than 138 000 photos, textures, illustrations, and vectors.

    There are three different licenses, so make sure to read the details for each photo to find out if it can be used for your intended purposes. The license details can be found on the right-hand side in the image information section.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with a premium category powered by Shutterstock.

    27. iStock

    iStock falls under Getty Images, along with Unsplash, and offers a vast collection of videos, photos, illustrations, and music. They’re also big on offering a wide range of images that celebrate lifestyle and cultural differences.

    You have to pay for the initial download of most stock images but once paid for, they fall under a royalty-free image license. iStock does offer a weekly free stock photo download.

    Pricing/Fees: You will need to create an account and they offer a 1-month free trial. Pricing thereafter is based on subscriptions or credits.

    The basic plan starts with 10 image downloads per month at $29 p/m.

    The premium subscription starts at $99 p/m for 10 downloads per month and includes exclusive images plus video and music content.

    Credit packs start at $12 for 1 credit.

    28. Getty Images

    Getty Images has one of the biggest libraries with over 200M assets including stock images, editorial photography, videos, and music. They’re geared towards corporations and creative professionals in advertising and media.

    Like most of the paid stock sites on this list, the images are royalty-free with a once-off fee for the license. You can also grab images for free using their embed feature, but only for non-commercial use.

    It’s worth noting that all images contain the Getty Images watermark at the bottom.

    Pricing/Fees: Getty comes in a little pricey due to their target market with access to low res images and videos starting at $150 per download. High res and 4K assets cost $499 per download.

    They also offer flexible pricing solutions to suit a variety of enterprises, all with no daily or monthly photo download limits, no seat licenses, custom content, and collaboration tools.

    Demo available.

    29. Pexels

    Pexels is a large stock image and video library which offers assets that are contributed by a community of photographers from around the world. You can even follow your favorite artists.

    Images can be downloaded in custom sizes and while attribution is not necessary, it is appreciated. You may reuse the images commercially and non-commercially but you may not sell unaltered copies.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with the option to donate to the photographer.

    30. Adobe Stock

    Adobe is a well-known software company but did you know that they offer a range of free photos, vectors, and videos?

    Their website also has a library of illustrations, 3D images, audio, fonts, and templates, and all items are royalty-free.

    In total, Adobe Stock has a collection of 200M assets.

    Not all are free to download, some have a once-off fee, but there is a ‘free’ tab at the top of the home page which will give you access to their free-to-download collection.

    Pricing/Fees: Free for a selected collection of images. Premium subscriptions start at $29.99 p/m for 10 standard assets per month and you’ll pay between $49.99 and $199.99 p/m for access to all assets.

    31. Freepik

    Freepik has a library of over 4M images, vectors, flaticons, illustrations, infographics, and professional Photoshop templates. They have also recently added fonts to their collection.

    A free account allows you access to thousands of images while a premium account gives you access to exclusive collections across the board and unlimited downloads.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with attribution required. Premium plans are €9.99 for one month or €5.25 per month for a year subscription with a once-off fee of €62.99.

    32. Pikwizard

    With over 1 million royalty-free stock, background, and wallpaper images, this site offers a collection of quality photos and even throws in some video files.

    This is one of those rare sites that offer royalty-free, safe-for-commercial use content with no attribution required. You can also embed the image into your site by using the code provided.

    Pricing/Fees: Absolutely free. There are premium images available that are linked to Shutterstock, but they offer a good selection of their own.

    33. Reshot

    If you’re looking for creative assets to aid in your designs, then Reshot is the site to visit. They offer a collection of 1500+ vectors, 40 000+ icons, and 25 000+ stock photos with the ability to download in SVG, PNG, or vector formats.

    These can be downloaded and used for commercial and personal projects with no attribution required, however, it is always appreciated.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    34. Rawpixel

    Rawpixel has a collection of public domain art and digital resources such as photos, illustrations, PNG elements, and backgrounds which total around 1M+.

    You will have to sign up and can choose a free or premium account in order to download images. The free account will allow you to download unlimited public domain images plus 5 images per day from the free collection.

    Pricing/Fees: Free or $12.99 p/m for unlimited premium design resources for commercial use.

    35. VectorHQ

    Another platform that brings you free elements for your designs, VectorHQ has a library of 270 000+ vectors and PSD graphics as well as icons, patterns, and templates.

    There are no specific restrictions for free vectors but premium content is licensed under iStock so make sure to read the requirements before downloading.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with premium content powered by iStock and adhering to iStock pricing.

    36. Openverse

    This site is an open-source audio and photo search engine that is part of the WordPress project and enables you to search more than 600M Creative Commons and public domain assets.

    Openverse pulls content from various sources and displays it on one easy-to-use platform where you can simply download and use the images according to the type of license.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    Artistic And Unique Stock Images 👩‍🎨

  • PublicDomainPictures.net
  • Splitshire
  • Vecteezy
  • Gratisography
  • Picjumbo
  • Little Visuals
  • Jay Mantri
  • Snapwire Community (Marketplace)
  • Libreshot
  • 37. PublicDomainPictures.net

    This unique site has over 400 000+ illustrations, clip art, and stock photographs. Most of them are under a CC0/public domain license but you can check the bottom of the page for the licensing information.

    What we liked about this site is the range of vintage illustrations on offer which we haven’t seen anywhere else.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with the option to tip the artist at £1, £5, £10, or your own amount (click on the coffee cup). Premium membership offers higher resolution images but you have to register to see the price.

    38. Splitshire

    This is a copyright-free image site with a private collection of original photography, videos, and high res images by Daniel Nanescu. The site started as a space for him to share some of his work that was "in the hard disk gathering dust".

    You can use downloaded images for t-shirts or canvas prints, blogs, apps, part of a template for selling, magazines, book covers, social media, and more with or without attribution.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with the option to donate at the bottom of the landing page.

    39. Vecteezy

    Vecteezy offers a variety of vectors and a collection of stunning photos ranging from unique and colorful to sleek and monochromatic.

    You can sign up for a free account to access limited CC0 images or upgrade to a membership for access to millions of images covered for business use.

    Pricing/Fees: Free or upgrade to one of two membership offers, $54 per year or $7 monthly for unlimited photos, vectors, and 4k video downloads.

    40. Gratisography

    This site was started with the aim of offering "the world’s quirkiest collection" of high-resolution free stock images in an attempt to combat the monotony and high cost of stock imagery.

    Ryan McGuire, the mastermind behind the website, has curated creative images that are unique, whimsical, and humorous.

    You can download photos without copyright restrictions and are allowed to get paid for work that incorporates modified versions of the photos. When you download an image you’ll get a pop-up with the option to share the Gratisography link/attribute the image.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    41. Picjumbo

    Picjumbo offers 4000+ high-resolution images, social media elements, and various design freebies courtesy of Viktor Hanacek who started the site in 2013.

    All assets are generously shared by a community of photographers and travelers who are happy to see their images used for personal and commercial projects.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with the option to donate via the "buy me a coffee" button. As an added bonus, you can access a bulk download of 4000+ images and 3 PSD mockups for a minimum donation of $15.

    Their membership options offer exclusive access to 100+ additional stock photo collections for $49 for 1 month, $129 for a year, or $249 for a lifetime membership.

    42. Little Visuals

    This is a smaller site with few pictures but they’re unique with a bit of a vintage feel to them. All images are free for commercial use under a Creative Commons License and all you need to do is click on the image to save it.

    This is another site without a search function, but with there being a small selection, it doesn’t impact the experience.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    43. Jay Mantri

    This is the personal site of Jay Mantri, an artist who generously shares his collection of moody, brilliant photography. This is an email opt-in where you will receive seven high-quality images every Thursday.

    You are entitled to use the photos however you wish; the downfall is that there is no search function on the site, so you’ll have to scroll through all the images to find what you need.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    44. Snapwire Community (Marketplace)

    Snapwire is a community platform aimed at supporting photographers in the sale of their work. Their library is full of stunning, original images which are totally royalty-free but do require a fee for the initial download.

    Pricing/Fees: From $10 per image, and you assist a photographer in keeping their art going.

    45. Libreshot

    Libreshot was founded by Mark Vorel as a space to upload his unique, high-quality collections of photos.

    All images can be used for personal and commercial purposes with no attribution required although, in support of the artist, you can share or link.

    The site also contains a link to his self-named site where he sells beautiful prints on paper, canvas, metal, wood, and acrylic plates.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    Diversity and Inclusion Images 🌈

  • WOCinTech Chat
  • CreateHer Stock
  • Nappy
  • Pocstock
  • Haute Stock
  • Picnoi
  • UK Black Tech
  • Iwaria
  • 46. WOCinTech Chat

    Women of color in tech was founded in 2015 by Stephanie and Christina Morillo with the aim of creating business stock photos to represent female minorities in the tech industry.

    The 500+ images were created between 2015 and 2016 and are available on Flickr under a Creative Commons license (with attribution). This means you are free to use their images as long as you attribute #WOCinTech Chat.

    Pricing: Free

    47. CreateHer Stock

    This site is the brainchild of Neosha Gardner and features over 5500 beautiful, authentic images of women of color.

    All images are allowed to be used for personal projects, non-commercial advertising, and editorial content within template mockups, and are royalty-free. To use the photos commercially, you will need to purchase an extended license.

    CreateHER Stock also offers new and free monthly images when you sign up for their newsletter.

    Pricing: Freebie section gives you access to a dropbox of images from the previous year.

    Memberships start at $10 p/m for the Blogger plan and go up to $99 per year for the Influence plan. All plans include unlimited downloads but what you can access and the number of users varies.

    48. Nappy

    Nappy.co is brought to you by Dahcia and Jacques Bastien, the brains behind SHADE, an agency aimed at helping creators of color build their influence and stay relevant among diverse audiences.

    This website provides beautiful, high-res photos under a Creative Commons Zero license. In fact, they encourage all sharing and use of their photos to address the lack of diversity in stock imagery.

    Pricing/Fees: Free with the option to donate to the artist. Attribution is not necessary although it is encouraged to give the photographer credit.

    49. Pocstock

    Pocstock has a 100 000 strong album of photos, videos, and illustrations inclusive of every race, gender, ability, and orientation. They also produce custom photos and video shoots through their network of over 800 contributors.

    All images are royalty-free with a once-off license fee which then allows you unlimited use. You may need to be granted a separate license that allows for commercial use and editing of their content.

    Pricing/Fees: Prices are $25 for small images, $75 for medium, and $225 for the original, high res image.

    Subscriptions plans start at $30 p/m for 3 small image downloads. They also have an ‘on-demand’ subscription which starts at $25 per asset.

    50. Haute Stock

    Haute Stock is a site that offers 6000+ stock images, canva templates, and designer branding elements aimed at women entrepreneurs.

    They offer 21 free stock photos via their newsletter signup, along with design tips and exclusive updates. For access to all assets, you’ll need to become a member.

    Pricing/Fees: Limited free images via email. Memberships are $139 per quarter or $399 per year.

    51. Picnoi

    Picnoi offers a library of stunning, diverse multi-racial images under Creative Commons Public License.

    You are allowed to share and adapt the images for personal and commercial projects with attribution.

    Pricing/Fees: Free or download the full collection for $59.99 and support the maintenance of the free database.

    You’ll get an updated zip file every two weeks for a year when you purchase the collection.

    52. UK Black Tech

    While they aren’t a stock image site per se, they do have a library of assets aimed at ethnically diversifying the tech ecosystem within the UK.

    They have a Creative Commons 2.0 license which means images may be used as needed for personal and commercial projects but appropriate credit is required and indicate if any changes were made to the image.

    They also provide a range of boutique services to organizations and businesses, from events and workshops to promotion and networking.

    Pricing: Free

    53. Iwaria

    Iwaria is a platform where users can upload pictures that can be copied, reproduced, modified, and used for any and all purposes.

    Their database is still a little small at just over 300 photographs, but they are authentically African in nature and of high quality.

    Pricing: Free

    Vintage Photos And Photo Archives 🧓

    The following websites are perfect for historical prints, artifact photos, maps, vintage publications, or searching photo archives.

  • Library Of Congress
  • New Old stock
  • Ancestry Images
  • Can We Image
  • Google Advanced Image Search
  • NASA Image And Video Library
  • 54. Library Of Congress

    This is a digital library of authentic assets dating back to the 1700s and comprising millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, photos, maps, films, musical scores, and sound recordings.

    The images found here are public domain, either with no known copyright, expired copyright, or cleared by the owner for public use. As this is a public library, it’s always best to check the rights for each image for guidance on how it may be used.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    55. New Old stock

    Aaah the love of vintage! This site allows you to browse and download old collections of photos from Flickr Commons listed institutions and public archives.

    They are free of any known copyright restrictions and can be downloaded for use in personal and commercial projects. You can browse images and download them individually, or download photo packs as seen below.

    Pricing: Free

    56. Ancestry Images

    This is a super cool resource of over 36,500 antique maps, portraits, and prints from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

    Images can be used non-commercially with attribution or a link back to the website.

    Pricing: Free. If you’d like to use the images for commercial purposes you can contact the site owner for permission. Commercial use will require a small fee.

    57. Can We Image

    This site is actually a photo search engine developed by Tayler Summs which sifts through and displays images from the huge Wikimedia Commons library.

    It has a simple, easy-to-navigate interface that combines Wikimedia Commons’ great resources with the interface of Google Images.

    All resources displayed link directly to the resource’s image rights so be sure to read through each license carefully for exact usage rights.

    Alternatively, you can tick “only search public domain images” below the search box.

    Pricing: Free

    58. Google Advanced Image Search

    Google Advanced Image Search is a free-to-use, in-depth image search engine that allows you to access any image you could possibly think of.

    To find an image you can be as vague or specific as you’d like with the option to search using keywords, phrases, image size, colors, and even file type, image type, region, and more.

    Licensing for the image will depend on the source but you can refine your search to specific license types under the “usage rights” criteria.

    Pricing: Free to use and cost will depend on the image source and its individual pricing structure.

    59. NASA Image And Video Library

    If you’re looking for an authentic space-themed collection of photos and videos then NASA has the answer.

    Stills and videos are downloadable for non-commercial use, such as educational and informational purposes and personal web pages, with attribution.

    NASA has extensive assets online including a video and image collection for each mission and program.

    Pricing/Fees: Free

    Clipart And Icons

  • Clipart
  • DryIcons
  • Pixeden
  • Graphic Mama
  • publicdomainvectors.org
  • Graphic Burger
  • Findicons
  • Clker
  • Clipartlogo
  • Whether you're an expert in graphic design or simply looking for fun creative assets for your blog posts, look no further than these diverse image websites!

    60. Clipart

    One of few sites which offer a fun and colorful range of clipart, this is worth a look if you are in need of royalty-free fonts, brushes, textures, icons, illustrations, and even sounds.

    Their library has a total of 640 000+ free images and over 21M assets in total for members. You can download files in various formats including AI, EPS, GIF, PNG, SVG, and more.

    Pricing: Free or membership options starting at $12.99 for 1 week for a single user and going up to $199.99 for a 1-year, single-user professional license plan. They offer special prices for educators which you will need to contact them for.

    61. DryIcons

    DryIcons offers 6700+ vectors and icons designed in-house. Its mission is to provide resources for independent developers/designers and small organizations.

    Images fall under the DryIcon Free License and can be used with credit to the author via a link back. For further use, you can purchase Regular or Extended License options as needed.

    Pricing: Free or contact for additional copyright license options and fees.

    62. Pixeden

    Pixeden is a great resource for creative projects. They have a large library of free graphic, web, and design resources including templates, icons, and vectors.

    Signing up for a free account gives you access to a selection of exclusive freebies. You can also register for a premium account that offers access to premium files, a community resource system, and support services.

    All images are royalty-free for both personal and commercial use.

    Pricing: Free or premium accounts are available but you have to register to access premium pricing options.

    63. Graphic Mama

    Backed by a team of self-proclaimed geeks, this site offers a library of high-quality vector cartoon characters, character animator puppets, backgrounds, and design bundles.

    All assets fall under a Standard License which allows the graphics to be used royalty-free but you’ll need to purchase an Extended License or Team License for distribution to third parties or team members.

    If you’re looking to trademark a graphic, you can contact the team to create custom items.

    While their graphics are royalty-free, they aren’t free-free. The site works on a credits system where you buy credits that can be used to purchase vectors.

    Pricing: Single fragments (poses, elements, etc.) start at 2 credits while most resources cost between 8 and 16 credits. Credit packages start at $49 for 16 credits and go up to $198 for 250 credits.

    If you’re looking for smaller credit bundles, they offer 1 - 12 credit packages with 1 credit costing $3.98 and 12 credits costing $47.76.

    64. Publicdomainvectors.org

    Another great site for graphic resources is publicdomainvectors.org. They offer over 65k public domain/copyright-free vector images.

    Easy to navigate and super easy to download, their vectors come in a variety of styles and cover a vast range of topics.

    Images can be downloaded in eps, vg, ai, and cdr formats. In addition, they offer an SVG generator and SVG editor tool.

    Pricing: Free

    65. Graphic Burger

    Graphic Burger was started by Raul Taciu with the aim of sharing resources and knowledge with other designers/creatives.

    All resources are “exclusive PSD files ‘cooked’ in-house” and include icons, text effects, backgrounds, textures, UI kits, and more.

    Images are royalty-free and can be used in both personal and commercial projects

    Pricing: Free with the option to purchase premium content. Bundle deals start at $29 and graphics from the Graphic Burger store start at $15.

    66. Findicons

    This site has a collection of over 5𝟢𝟢k vector icons including awesome icon packs, vectors from vector.me, and a search engine that helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. They also offer a free icon converter where you can convert to ICO, ICNS, PNG, and more.

    As for licensing, you’ll need to check for each icon or vector as it varies. They have a large community of creatives who contribute and each one offers different license types, different image sizes, and various formats.

    Pricing: Free

    67. Clker

    This site is a little old and clunky but it offers a vast collection of public domain clipart, stock images, and illustrations in the millions.

    You can embed the clipart into your website using the HTML code provided or download it in small, medium, or large. There is also a pretty cool option to draw or create your own logo.

    On a side note, there are some mildly explicit images included in their collections so be careful what you’re searching for. Unless of course, you’re searching for explicit clipart.

    Pricing: Free

    68. Clipartlogo

    Clipartlogo has a clipart collection of more than 73k icons, symbols, logos, backgrounds, frames, and vintage designs. They offer downloads in AI, SVG, EPS, and CDR and offer corporate identity mock-ups.

    They are heavily linked to iStock so check each image license and fee carefully.

    Pricing: Price depends on the source of the image.

    Image Editing And Creation 🧙‍♂️

    If you're looking for easy-to-use design tools, then these websites will be the perfect fit.

  • Vista Create
  • Canva
  • Picmonkey
  • Be Funky
  • Humaaans
  • Easel.ly
  • Snappa
  • Piktochart
  • Venngage
  • Visme
  • Quozio
  • Quotescover
  • 69. Vista Create

    VistaCreate has a library of 60 000+ ready-made, static and animated templates that allow you to create quick and easy eye-catching visual content for social media. They also offer royalty-free photos, videos, vectors, music, and sound clips.

    All copyright and/or other intellectual property rights to the files and elements contained in the designs you created are reserved by VistaCreate and/or their respective owners/contributors.

    Pricing: The free plan gives you access to 75 000+ templates, 1M+ photos, videos, vectors, free fonts, and music. They also offer a $10 p/m plan which gives you access to an additional 70M+ resources plus a team kit and unlimited branding kits.

    70. Canva

    Canva is a site that offers over 100M images, videos, audio clips, and graphics along with over 610k templates. Their templates span a wide variety from business cards to infographics, social media posts, photo collages, and much more.

    Its mission is to empower people to ‘design anything and publish anywhere’ with attribution for editorial use. Attribution can be given by noting: "©[Media Element Creator’s Name] via Canva.com".

    Image sources can be found by hovering over the content in the object panel and clicking the info (i) icon in the toolbar.

    Pricing: Free for a wide selection of templates, images, etc. Pro and enterprise versions are paid and offer access to more images. Prices for each plan are determined by the size of your team and both plans offer a 30-day free trial.

    71. Picmonkey

    Another design platform, Picmonkey is brought to you by Shutterstock. It offers 9000+ graphics and textures, hundreds of fonts, and thousands of stock photos, videos, and templates.

    All images are royalty-free but you will need to sign up to access their stock.

    Pricing: The first two plans on the tier offer a 7-day free trial, with the basic plan costing $72 per year thereafter, and the Pro plan costing $120 per year. Their business plan is $228 per year per user and does not have a free trial option.

    72. Be Funky

    Be Funky has a focus on image editing and design, offering 1M+ stock images from Pexels and Pixabay, design templates, and thousands of graphics and vectors. As an added bonus they offer tutorials for their tools which can be found under the “learn” tab.

    Content can be shared directly to multiple platforms including Dropbox, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. You can also save them directly on your Google Drive and are authorized to share images/designs you create as long as they are not used for commercial purposes or personal gain.

    Pricing: You can access a limited library for free and without registering, but will not be able to save your work or bookmark your favorite effects unless you create a free basic account.

    BeFunky Plus membership is $59.88 per year or $9.99 per month.

    73. Humaaans

    Humaaans is a pretty cool source library for Sketch, Figma, Studio, and XD. It has a library of images under a Creative Commons License that allows you to create vectors by mixing and matching illustrations of people.

    You can really get into it and change their positions, clothing, colors, and more.

    Pricing: This is a downloadable tool that can be downloaded for free by putting $0 in the price box. If you're able to, you can add a different amount to donate and keep the project going.

    74. Easel.ly

    This cleverly named site is a little older (started in 2015) and offers the option to start your own design or, more recently,  hire one of their designers. They have a heavy focus on infographics but offer thousands of templates for various design projects.

    You don’t need an account to use their tools and you will be able to download lower-quality images for free. For higher-quality images and access to a wider range of assets, you will need to sign up for a membership.

    Pricing: Free for lower-quality images. Plans are really reasonable at $2 p/m for Student, $4 p/m for Individual, and $5 p/m for Business.

    75. Snappa

    Snappa has a large library of over 5M stock images, 100k+ vectors and shapes, over 200 fonts, and a wide variety of templates for various uses. They also offer a pretty cool photo background remover and you can upload your own company branding.

    Everything is 100% royalty-free for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, with no attribution required.

    Pricing: The Starter plan is a free plan for 3 downloads per month, the Pro plan is $10 p/m and the Team plan is $20 p/m, both billed annually and offering unlimited downloads.

    76. Piktochart

    If you’re looking to easily design a wide range of creative collateral then Piktochart is a great resource.

    In addition to its library full of great templates and a wide range of free icons, images, illustrations, and diagrams, it also offers video editing, screen recording, and social media video post capabilities.

    Designs can easily be downloaded as JPG, PNG, or PDF, can be shared via a link for email, or can be embedded via the code provided.

    There is a big focus on communication and teamwork with paid plans having access to collaboration tools.

    Pricing: Free account or paid plans starting at $14 per member p/m billed annually for the Pro plan. You will need to contact them for details on Enterprise and Custom plan options.

    77. Venngage

    Venngage has a focus on creating infographics but you’ll also find over 7500 templates to help you create the perfect newsletters, reports, presentations, and more.

    In addition to a collection of photos, icons, and illustrations, they also have a library of data visualizations available, including charts, graphs, and diagrams.

    You’ll need to sign up for a free account to access their assets and images can be downloaded or shared for free via a link.

    Paid plans offer access to premium assets, allow you to download your designs in multiple formats, and provide a platform for real-time team collaboration.

    Pricing: Free account for basic access. Paid plans are all billed annually with Premium costing $16 per user p/m, Business at $39 per user p/m, and Enterprise starting at $499 p/m.

    Venngage offers special plans for non-profits and educational institutions.

    78. Visme

    If you’re looking to create unique designs for social media then Visme is perfect. You can create your own quotes and graphics using their library of 1M+ icons, photos, and even custom quote posters.

    All their templates are already optimized for social media platforms with presets for popular sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. You can also upload your own images including logos and branded fonts/colors.

    Pricing: Free plan with option to purchase paid plans at $12.25 p/m for the Personal Plan, $24.75 p/m for the Business Plan, and an Enterprise Plan with the price upon request.

    79. Quozio

    This is a fairly basic resource that allows for the quick and easy creation of personalized quotes. With a little over 100 background images, this is a no-fuss option!

    Simply type in your text or choose the random quote option, select your background, and then download or send straight to social media using social sharing buttons.

    Pricing: Free

    80. Quotescover

    Quotescover is a user-friendly tool that lets users create text into beautiful graphics for online use and printing. They have a library of 12k+ famous quotes, over 2.4M photos, and 400+ carefully curated fonts.

    The license allows for personal and commercial use of altered or value-added images and they offer a free or pro version.

    Pricing: Free or pro version from $2.50 which removes ads and includes instant downloads, premium content, uploading of your own logo and branding, and the ability to save your templates.

    Conclusion 🙌

    And there you have it, the ultimate list of 80 royalty-free images from stock photos to vectors, clipart, and everything in between.

    Happy creating!











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