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Free Pictures for Your Website

Updated on May 18, 2014

A Picture Says 1000 Words - So Gimme a Free Picture Please!

Nothing brings a web page to life faster than pictures.  

The suddenly hot Pinterest website is based on having a picture associated with each link.

People definitely LOVE pictures, but how to find great ones without putting a dent in your wallet (preferably without using your wallet).

This Free Pictures lens lists some sources of free and almost-free web graphics that can be used for commercial or personal use.   To make it even sweeter these free images are so beautiful, you'll have fun browsing around!   

If There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, Is There a Free Graphic?

Bet Your Sweet Bippie There Is!

Morguefile.com --Images are sorted into useful categories and ALL images can be downloaded for FREE and currently without links or credit being given to the creator. See the website for full terms. One note, while the photographers are extremely generous with posting these pictures, don't miss the comment on most picture pages that they would love to hear how you are using their pictures. I can attest that they do in fact appreciate this and besides, it's one more way to generate interest in your latest web creation. A win/win.

sxc.hu -- Huge collection of very searchable images. Most can be downloaded and used FREE, a few require either a small payment (usually $1 or $2) or credit to be given to the photographer.

publicdomainpictures.net - though not as extensive as the two websites above, there are still many nice images here and it's worth a visit. All images can be used free for both personal or commercial use without a credit. If you benefit significantly from a picture, there's a nice way to buy a cup of coffee for the photographer as a thank-you (Okay, you send them a small amount of money, not literally a cup of coffee).

www.pdclipart.org -- My latest discovery public domain clipart. Search tool for it seems to work well also. I'm psyched, since there are occasions that clipart actually looks more appropriate than a photo.

Finally...

istockphoto.com - Where you can purchase individual photos (as opposed to an expensive membership) for as little as $1. istockphoto.com also has a free image of the week. This weeks image, the photo of woman with hair blowing is above and this one of a girl sitting at her desk


was also a free IStockPhoto of the week. You can see how high the quality of IStockPhoto images are. While these photos generally cost something, there is very high quality control and an excellent advanced search ability, making these photos a great bargain. My rule is check the entirely free sources first and if I don't find what I want/need, then I go to iStockPhoto.

Note: IStockPhoto also has different prices for standard rights (using the photo) versus extended rights (putting the photo on an article for sale, such as CafePress t-shirt).

Pond5.com also has LOTS of budget-priced photos and music too!

One more in the "Almost Free" category is a package of more than 1500 images, most (but not all) geared toward creating websites or possibly Ebay sales pages for $4.95. Since 495 cents divided by 1500 images means these images cost less than a third of a cent for each, maybe I should term this As-Good-As-Free. I found a cute puppy picture and the sea lions pictured here from this package.

Pixabay.com is another website with free pictures that a reader recommended to me. I've used it less, so can't compare to the others, but if you haven't found what you are looking for yet, have a look!

dreamstime free graphic image
dreamstime free graphic image

More Pictures from Website with Free or Cheap Images

Apparently Dreamstime.com has been been around for quite a while, but somehow I missed them until yesterday when a friend of mine who makes a lot of videos, including many viral videos, said, "I always use Dreamstime for my images." They have both free and low-cost ($1, $2 and $5 images). They also have some celebrety images!

So check them out -- I just did and found this image of horses in the FREE IMAGES section. Very cool.

Cheap (Almost Free) Text Graphics

Really Cool and Brand New!! They call them Web 2.0 Graphics

I read a review of a text graphics tool and decided to purchase (one time fee of only $6.97 - Sorry, it's been increased to $27, probably still worth it.). For that almost-free price, you get membership to a website that lets you create cool graphic text, buttons, etc. And people can share what they've created, so you can easily use other folks as a model (if you are graphically-design-challenged, like me).

Which would you rather see?

Check It Out!!! or

If you want to

Then,


Or

Click HERE to Learn More...

So here is why I still like it at the higher price, because no matter how many free graphics there are out there, sooner or later, you'll want to create one of your own. For the $27 you pay for this tool, you could pay a graphic artist to design perhaps one or two graphics for you and then you'd be done. No ability to get more without paying more. Again, sorry that it's not the ridiculously low $7 fee, but... I'd still vote this as a worth-the-price.

Gorgeous Free Picture for Your Website or Enjoyment! - Oooooohhh...... Aaaaahhhhh

beautiful free graphic images
beautiful free graphic images

How amazing is this photo. Taken of Sunrise at Phu Chee Fah, Chiangrai, Thailand. It was available for use and I didn't have to credit it's generous photographer, but I'd like to by at least linking to the source of this beautiful free picture

Here's a Video Created from 100% Free Web Pictures - Let me know what you think of it.

Free Webspace Graphics Takes Girl Beyond Wildest Dreams

Less than 3 years ago, Ashley Qualls created a website, WhateverLife.com. WhateverLife? Sounds like a name some kid would make up, right? Ashley was 14 years old at the time, so yeah, something some kid would make up.

Ashley liked creating web graphics, especially background graphics for MySpace and giving them away to MySpace friends or anyone else who visited WhateverLife.com.

Her designs were a huge hit and the price (free) was right. Ashley decided to start running ads on the website to earn advertising dollars. The first check? Was for $2700. The next $5,000. And the third was for $10,000. That's what a couple million page views a day will do for your bank account.

Ashley has hired her friends, her mother and a business consultant. But interviews show her to be incredibly down to earth with a great deal of common sense and business savy. Congrats Ashley. WhateverLife?? or Unbelievably-Great-Life? Well you can see that Ashley resonates with teens and I'm just a dorky mom. Anyway, you can check out Ashely's full story in the YouTube video below. Pretty cool, I think.

Ashely Qualls - Free Webspace Graphics Girl!

What's the Difference Between Free and Royalty-Free Images?

A lot of time when you search on 'Free Graphic' or 'Free Image' you will get a lot of links to 'Royalty-Free Images'. Royalty-Free means simply that when you purchase the right to use an image, you can use it as many times as you like without any additional payments.

A royalty payment is a payment that must be made each time an item is used or sold. So royalty-free images for sale, means you pay a one-time fee for the use of the graphic.

Now do you see why I prefer 'Free Graphics' over 'Royalty-Free Graphics'??

P.S. I do see people use these two terms as though they meant the same thing, which of course further increases people's confusion. Best thing to do is to check specific Terms of Use on photographs you use.

Please Let Me Know of Other Sources of Free/Almost-Free Web Graphics and whether you found these recommendations useful.

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      Shawnika 4 years ago

      @Squidpunk: I think I'm going to start taking my own as well, but It's nice to have some free resources as well.

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      Shawnika 4 years ago

      I am still looking. I went to WhateverLife.com and was told that this is (or could be) an attack page. I don't know if that is true, but not willing to risk this. Why do people want to do this? (rhetorical)

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      loopylooh 4 years ago

      Thankyou for this list i've been looking for some pictures for the last couple of days now i've just visited one of these websites in your list and found what i'm looking for straight away

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      Squidpunk 4 years ago

      Thanks for the list of websites. Always looking for free images. I have been starting to take my own photos for use.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I definitely plan to give istock a try

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @staciewalker lm: Hi Stacie, good luck with your ebook and thank you for making MY day by telling me how much you appreciate the picture into!

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      staciewalker lm 5 years ago

      Hello BookMama,

      You have made my day! I am so happy that you created this wonderful lens with a fortune of knowledge and resources. I am in the process of creating my first ebook and you have saved me from a lot of frustration and wasted cash. Keep up the wonderful job of making life better for fellow entrepreneurs.

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      verzdesign1 5 years ago

      nice stuff!! thanks

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @Nasmon77: Pixabay.com does look like good website of free pictures with search capability. I'll add it to the list!

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      Nasmon77 5 years ago

      Very useful list! Thanks! Do you know about pixabay.com? It's a quite handy resource for public domain images. Maybe you could include it on your lense ... have a look :)

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      Kumarastylez 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for the overview of sites :) Thumbs Up. you helped me allot.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Another great Lens - thanks so much for sharing this info with us all. Just the info I was looking for and then I found your Lenses - synchronicity is an awesome thing!

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      good stuff! Thanks

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      GenesisLabs 6 years ago

      Thanks for the links to free photos. Just what I was looking for.

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      Randoggle 6 years ago

      great lense. Great Information

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Quite welcome. I actually refer to it myself from time to time when I want to search for an unusual picture. I find myself using sxc.hu the most and I still have to occasionally resort to paying for photos on iStockphoto, but I always check the freebie sites first. Lots of good photos there.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for sharing these creative sites and graphics. : )

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      bigk1976 6 years ago

      Wow - great lens, very informative,

      Thanks :-)

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      JulieS LM 6 years ago

      Very useful information! I like the way you have written it in a conversational tone.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great thanks from Squidoo newbie :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very cool lens.

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      kpcwriting2 7 years ago

      Awesome lens - I am always looking for free web page graphics!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a great lens! As part of Las Vegas Web Design, thanks for sharing it!

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      LoganKenesis 7 years ago

      Great lens, iam a graphic artist myself and even i need free graphics and photos from time to time. It even inspired me to create my own free site for Free animated Video Backgrounds for all of the you tubers and video editors.You guys can check out what i do at givemefreeart.com

      great lens bookmama

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      danoph2 7 years ago

      Another great resources for inexpensive (almost free) graphics is Graphic Leftovers

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      Global_B2B 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining my B2B Marketplace Headquarters group. You have a great lens here! I gave you 5*. Hope you'll reciprocate it on my B2C Marketing lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love your lens. I love making graphics myself.

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      J-Stanley 8 years ago

      Thanks for clarifying the difference between royalty free images and free images. I have often wondered about the difference between the two. This was a very informative lens... Keep up the great work! Forever a Fan

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      Pay-It-Forward 8 years ago

      Thanks I have been wondering about graphics on the google image search. Now I know!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens and fullof information. I am favoriting it!

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      DubaiWebDesign 9 years ago

      Thanks to all of you for sharing the information and websites.I also recomend to visit tis website for free vector graphics. http://garcya.us/blog

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      Marjo 9 years ago

      My first lensroll! Very useful information, wonderful lens!

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      Cool web graphics lens - 5*s plus lensrolled to Web Publishing Goodies.

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      lisawillard lm 9 years ago

      Thanks! Just the info I was looking for.

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      ronpass lm 9 years ago

      Great lens - I have added it to my favorites and will include it in my featured lenses. Thanks for visiting my lens on turning photos into movies or promotional videos (digital-storytelling).

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      fgc 9 years ago

      Brand new cost free graphics site with photos,illustrations,backgrounds,textures,fractals etc etc no need to sign upo - no need to link back ( unless you want to) -commercial and personal use allowed 0 immediate download and did I mention they are totally cost free - The site relies on advertising for its revenue so check ou the few ads on the site

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      Michaelb 9 years ago

      Great lens,Thanks for the tips on the text graphics tool.Just what I needed.

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      Tammy Winand 9 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      very interesting... it sets the wheels spinning at any rate

      thanks!

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      BABYKITTY 9 years ago

      Just found your lens--to cool! Thanks for all the info, can never have too many photo sources.

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      AutoInternetCashGuru 9 years ago

      I really enjoyed the story on ashley qualls! The power of women is not and never will be limitted to age!

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      maxy 9 years ago

      Great lens, creative and informative! Please check out my phone card lens!

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      BlogdesignGuy 9 years ago

      I do agree that pictures add a lot of visual interest to a design, That is why I have created a lens on designing blogs that I think you will be interested in.

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      JenniferAkers LM 9 years ago

      Always looking for good resources. Thank you for the great info! Best, Jennifer

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      JenniferAkers LM 9 years ago

      Always looking for good resources. Thank you for the great info! Best, Jennifer

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      Retired-Cop 9 years ago

      Great Lens with a lot of helpful Info!

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      Great Info, another winner!

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      cstr 9 years ago

      Great. I have put you on my lensroll for Royalty-free images for your website

      Keep up the good work!

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      peterlee 9 years ago

      Nice lens and good looking pictures too.

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      SimonVics1 9 years ago

      Rally useful links and info!

      Thanks!

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      mogsta22 lm 9 years ago

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      archetekt lm 9 years ago

      5* Lens! i didn't know about morguefile, it's great. Lensrolled this one.

      thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great resources thanks.

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      1BigDog 9 years ago

      Great lens and I love your picture.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Hey, I've got a few of these photos from istockphoto. Great 5 star lens. I'll bookmark this one for more free stuff. :o)

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      Warner Carter 9 years ago

      cool pix

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      dc64 lm 9 years ago

      Great site, great pics! Info I can use.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens. An easy 5 star. I also lensrolled to to my new lens and did all the bookmarking thingys.

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      msmish 9 years ago

      Thanks for the link to great graphics - Should make my next web page heaps better

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      June Parker 9 years ago from New York

      Oops! I forgot. I loved the video too, but how did you get a photo of my feet????? (Grin)

      Aloha,June

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      June Parker 9 years ago from New York

      Very Kewl lens!!! I love being turned on to new places for free graphics, "Bet your sweet bippie" I do. 5 stars. I have added you to my fave's too!

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Thanks for posting this in the squidu forum.

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      aidenw 9 years ago from USA

      Great lens, great pictures, nice movie.

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      MMAResource 9 years ago

      This was a great lens (www.dreamstime.com) is another one I've found.

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      Mark-Nehs 9 years ago

      This was very useful -- Pictures speak volumes.