20 Totally Free Image Sources

Looking for free sources for images?  Bookmark these links!

Morgue File – Usually my first choice to search because it’s easy to use, has a nice library and includes a tool to crop and resize the photos you want to use right on the site.

Stock.xchng – Big selection of images, terms vary from photo to photo.

Every Stock Photo – Library includes photos from NASA and the Library of Congress.

Dreamstime – This is a royalty free (paid) photo site but they also have a collection of free images.

Free Digital Photos – Love the way the categories are setup here, easy to browse.  Includes photos & illustrations.

Creative Commons – Here you can search Flickr, Wikimedia, and other sites for Creative Commons licensed images.

Wigflip – Wigfip allows you to generate various graphics with your own text on them.

Wordle – This site lets you create a “cloud” of words from any text or feed you’d like.  You can choose the colors, fonts and style.

Flaming Text – Set your text on fire, make it brushed metal, or try one of dozens of other effects.

Cool Text – Similar to Flaming Text but also allows you to put your text on buttons like this panic button.

Fake Magazine Cover – Put yourself (or any photo you’ve got) on the cover of dozens of different magazines.

Unprofound – Here you can search images by color, which is very cool if you need something based on color.

Free Range – Very nice selection of free photographs.

Image*After – You can find free images and free background textures here.

Photogen – Another nice catalog of photographs.

NOAA – Lots of landscapes and nature photos from NOAA.

Public Domain Photos – If you’re looking for clip art style images, try this site.  Also has photos.

WP Clipart – More clip art style images.

Uncle Sam’s Photos – More free to use photos from the US Government.

Hassle Free Clip Art – Large selection of cartoons and clip art.

Here’s some tips on how to nicely format images for your blog if you’re using WordPress:

“Free” Image Credit: ansonstock/StockFresh (Not a free image site, but my favorite royalty free image site)

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  1. What a great list, they’ll keep me busy for a while. Thanks, Michelle!
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    1. You’re welcome, Angelika.
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  2. I am bookmarking this ;) This is a great list of resources! The video is helpful too!
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    1. Bookmarking is good. :D
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  3. Great resources – thanks. Going to share this on one of my facebook pages (I teach peeps how to begin their own Home Tutoring Business.) Thank you!
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    1. Thanks for sharing it, Laurie.

  4. Way cool video tutorial, Michelle. You are the first person who showed me how to use the advanced image settings in WP — can’t remember exactly when — but I’ve been forever grateful. Since then, my blog images are not smushed up against the text. :)

    Awesome list of totally free image sources!

    I discovered the great images at Morgue File a couple of years ago and I’ve really taken a liking to Flickr these days. I created some PPT slides a few weeks ago for an upcoming webinar I’m doing and several of the images are thanks to the beautiful Flickr collections from Darwin Bell.
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    1. There are so many talented photographers sharing images on Flickr. Lots of great options there.

      I love how easy WP makes it to format images. :)
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  5. This is an awesome post Michelle. I love FREE stuff!

    I recently paid $5 to have a load of images from a trader on fiverr. I didn’t know that I could have got all the images I need for free.

    I do recognise some of them, but I confess that I didn’t actually know much about them. I will take note in future.

    Happy Guy Fawkes night (a British custom)

    Your friend across the pond

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    1. Thanks for the holiday wishes, David.

      And I still buy images some of the time, even with free options out there. Just depends on what I need. So the Fiverr purchase may have been a great deal.
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  6. Great resource Michelle. I usually use stock.xchng but I’m always looking for new place to find good photos. :)
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    1. Yep, it’s nice to have more than one to look at just in case the first one doesn’t have quite the right image.
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  7. Awesome Michelle! Exactly what I’ve been looking for, as Flickr acts up a bit recently.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You’re welcome, Ryan, thanks for stopping by!

  8. What a great list…you always have the best information. It was very helpful learning how to add the photo credit under the picture. I can’t wait to try that out.
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    1. Glad that was helpful, Rhonda. It’s a nice feature in the themes that support it. Or just adding it below the post works too. :)
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  9. This is awesome. I feel like I have exhausted stock xchang for their stress and medical photos, so it is nice to have some new sources. I am going to bookmark this list. Thank you!
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  10. Great list.
    One website to add to the list is http://www.ImageFree.com

  11. Michele: Thanks for the awesome list of totally free images. I have my own list but it is not as in depth as yours. I truly love your blogs and all that you share.

    Dr. Laureen Wishom
    Leveraging Self-Worth for High Net-Worth

  12. Michelle~
    This came as an answer to my prayers (and frustrations)! I had just asked a friend on FB what resource she uses to get free photos and there you were in my email an hour later. I will bookmark this post, and each link for future reference. Thank you for being such a valuable resource for all of us in the blogisphere!

    BTW, any resources for free music? Looking to weave music into a podcast/ teleseminar I’m planning for 2012.

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  13. Earlier I knew only 3 sources only, but now I have huge sources. Thanks to you. :)
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  14. I basically use Flickr to find some quality free images and totally satisfied so far but having such huge resource helps you to get more better images. Thanks for your useful sharing. :D
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  15. Michelle, this list is great. I just discovered your site recently and am already considering you one of my significant resources.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  16. […] If you like the resources I’ve been sharing lately, like this music resource list or the free image sources list, you can get more resources plus a whole lot of other awesome info packed into the workshop […]

  17. […] Images for my slides are from StockFresh (lots of free alternatives). […]

  18. Got a chance to use wordle today and I love it! Lots of options, just wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Michelle!
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  19. You’ve got some Awesome resources here I’ve never even heard of! Thanks so much for this post! I actually linked to this post in today’s Follow Friday post on my blog- link below via my favorite CommentLuv :D

    Love your blog Michelle!
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  20. Wonderful resources! Been using Free Digital Photos and Wigflip for months now. It’s very easy to navigate through their site too.
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  21. Some stock.xchng photographers have started a new free site, it can be found at http://rgbstock.com. It’s starting to get pretty big, they have over 60,000 images now. If you like it, feel free to add it to the list. Cheers!
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  22. A handful of these I already frequent but several are new (to me). I’m always looking for more photo sources and it looks like I hit a goldmine. Thanks so much for sharing the list!
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  23. Fantastic resource list, Michelle! I’m bookmarking this one. And thanks to Michele Scism for referencing it in her newsletter!

  24. This is a great post! I really needed these resources. I have been looking at some of these sites and they are awesome.
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    1. Hey Wyneatte, glad this is helpful for you. Have fun exploring the images! :)

  25. Hi and thank you for the article!
    I can also add http://www.picdrome.com, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction.

  26. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for the work you did here and the video help you shared at the end. I blog regularly so would you recommend using an image site that you pay for so you don’t have to spend so long finding the image you want? I remember reading one of your posts recently where you said you only paid $1-2 per month. Would you mind giving me a little of your opinion? Thanks and have a great day! Amy

    1. Hi Amy, I use http://www.stockfresh.com and the images there are $1-$2 or so depending on which package you purchase and what size images. The smallest size they have generally works fine for blogging. :)

  27. Thank you Michelle for sharing your secret collection of image resources. Our blogs, college project and business presentation is really useless without images and graphics. Without graphics and images document/blog looks boring and poor.
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  28. Thanks for sharing these resources Michelle. I want to be able to show my paintings with rooms so that interior designers or home decorators can see how something would potentially fit their style.
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  29. Thanks, as a blogger and web designer, I sometimes feel guilty when “right-clicking” photos and images from other sites. I will be Bookmarking this page.
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  30. Michele, thanks for your generosity in sharing this comprehensive list! It’s always helpful to have new resources for images for blog posts!

  31. Thanks for this, I always need more images for blog posts. I just want to add more one website: http://www.qualitystockphotos.com/, there when you create a free account you can download 5 images for free. Not bad, right?

  32. I am finding this to be a tremendous resource! Thanks so much!
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    1. You’re welcome, Lori! Thanks for commenting. :)

  33. I found out about MorgueFile from you some time ago, I use it, but also refer to images that you can find in PowerPoint. There are some good ones there.
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  34. MorgueFile is my favorite, too. :) I see some new tools, here, though; will have to check them out!

  35. Hi there i was just planning of creating a new post for my blog and was searching for some images to use for that and i got few from cool text..
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  36. Hi,
    Nice post and list. Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, especially landscape and travel photos. Appreciate it if you could add it to your site. Thanks.

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