Websites list to download Royalty free stock images for commercial use. Here I am giving you websites list from which You can download photos, graphic vectors, clip art images, illustrations, and videos also.
Free Vs Premium images
If you are serious about blogging, I suggest you don’t use free images. Because everyone uses free images. The image which you are using might have already been used on many websites. If your reader sees the same image in other websites, he may not return to your website. He might have the bad opinion about your blog. That will have the strong psychological impact. Still, if you are a new blogger and don’t have money for premium images read this article.
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Web sites to download royalty free stock images
Some websites give free images but they mention license details. Some websites give free images without any license. Some images may need attribution required. When you want to use any image, you need to check image attribution. That may take time. First 2 websites from below list give free images without any license and any attribution. If you download any image from any one of the first 2 websites in below list, you need not check for attribution and license. You can use them as you like.
1.Pixabay (Completely free for commercial use)
Pixabay has over 920000 free photos, vector graphics, illustrations. Pixabay has free videos also. All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyright under creative commerce CCO license. You can download, modify, distribute and use them royalty free for anything you like. You can use all images even in commercial use without any attribution.
I used Pixabay during earlier days of my blogging to download royalty free stock images for my website. You can search for any image with the keyword, orientation or width. You can download the image in different resolutions. Just close your eyes, download image from Pixabay and use as you like. You don’t have to worry about any license and attribution.
2.Openclipart (Completely free for commercial use)
Openclipart has over 80000 clip art images. Every image is completely free for commercial use. You can use them as you like. You can easily search for clip art image with the keyword. You can download images in big size, medium size, and small size.
3.Wikimedia commons (Free but attribution may be required)
Wikimedia commons contains a huge collection of media files. It has more than 29,622,642 freely usable media files. You can use all images free of cost. Before downloading them, you need to check image license and attribution. Many images required attribution i.e., like giving back link or giving the author credit.
Though it has a huge collection, searching for the image is not easy for newbies. You can download the image in many resolutions.
Shutterstock is the world’s leading website for royalty images. It has more than 134 Million high clarity photos and images. It not only has photos, but also Vectors, icons, illustrations, videos and music tracks. World’s leading bloggers and famous website owners use photos from Shutterstock.
It is not free to use. It is the expensive one. Certainly, new bloggers can not use this service. It has many pricing options. You need to buy yearly or monthly plans or you can also buy images individually. Shutterstock gives 20% discount when you chose the yearly option in professional plan.
Stock Unlimited has over 8 lakhs photos and Vector graphics. It is not as big as Shutterstock. But it is the best low priced alternative to Shutterstock. You can take either vector graphics or vector + photos plan. You can buy plans for of 1 month or 1 year or 3 years. You can access all images and vectors with all plans. Another special feature is, it gives you editing feature. you can edit your image before downloading. You can edit SVG or JPG format of your picture. You can add text or custom elements to the image.
I use vector graphics from Stockunlimited on my two blogs. If you see any vector graphic in this blog, that was taken from stack unlimited. The quality of vector graphics is very good. You can download the image in JPG or PNG or EPS or SVG format. It lacks vector graphics for many important keywords.
If you are new to blogging and can not spend money, you can go with Pixabay. If you are earning handsome income from blogging and want your own identity, I suggest you go with Shutterstock. Want to spend less for premium images, go with Stockunlimited.
I also suggest you to use offline photo editor tools like Photoshop or online graphic designing tools like PicMonkey or Stencil to edit the downloaded images or to create beautiful featured images. You can also use Canva when you need a free one.
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