Thursday, 05 February 2015Written by Alan Foster

There is a growing trend of websites offering high quality free stock photos released under the creative commons licence which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free in personal and commercial projects. This gives both designers and website owners a lot more freedom and flexibility to include images in the designs they create or in articles people publish at their website.

Some of the high resolution images available for download at the websites do come with some restrictions but a majority of them are free to use for personal or commercial use. The other great thing about the websites included in this article is that they get updated all the time so you can always find something new each time you visit one of the websites.

Pixa Bay

Pixa Bay is one of our favourite websites to find good quality free stock photos. The website is clean, easy to navigate and all the images are split into categories so you can easily find what you need. You need to register a free account at the site which takes a few seconds. Once you have registered a free account you can download images and also submit your own work which may get included at the website.

Pixa Bay

Unsplash

Unspash again is one of the websites we visit a lot as it includes a nice collection of professional, high resolution images taken by a variety of photographers which you can download and use for personal or commercial projects for free. The site is also updated on a regular basis so you will always see fresh, new images.

Unsplash

Stock Snap

We have just stumbled across Stock Snap after doing some research for this blog post and have to say the website has some very nice high resolution images submitted by some highly skilled photographers. The website has a nice search feature on the homepage which makes it easy to find the photo you need plus they keep it updated every day so you always see fresh and interesting photos.

Stock Snap

Gratisography

The Gratisography website offers a variety of free high resolution images which you can use for personal or commercial projects. The site is clearly laid out so you can quickly find what you need plus it gets updated weekly with cool new photos. All the pictures included at the website are taken by Ryan Mcguire of Bells Design.

Gratisography

Stock Pic

Stock Pic is a good website for anyone looking for free stock pictures. The high resolution photos included at Stock Pic can be used for free and commercial projects plus they are free from copyright restrictions. The site is very easy to use with images split into categories ranging from abstract, architecture, fashion, food, lifestyle and more. You can also subscribe to a newsletter to receive 10 premium images plus you will get news about what is happening at the site.

Stock Pic

Creative Commons

The Creative commons website does what is says on the tin, offering free photos under the creative commons public domain license CC0 which can be used for personal or commercial projects free from copyright restrictions. They have a nice collection of high resolution images available to download which you can find by using the search feature or by category. You can also submit your own photos to the website.

Creative Commons

Life Of Pix

Life Of Pix is another good website offering good quality photos with no copyright restrictions which can be used for personal or commercial projects. You can easily find images via the gallery plus they keep the website updated every couple of days with new photos so you are never short of inspiration. You can also contribute your own work to the website. The website is run by Leeroy advertising agency based in Montreal.

Life of Pix

Pexels

The pexels website is a search engine for creative commons public domain license CC0 stock images. The website is designed to be a one stop shop by pulling all the best photos from a variety of sources which you can view and download in one place. They have a nice search feature at the site so you can quickly find what you need plus you can access the images available for download at the site via category.

Pexels

Splitshire

Splitshire offers free high resolution photos which you can use for personal or commercial use and is run by Daniel Nanescu who is a web designer based in Italy. The site is updated each week with new, cool images plus you can submit your own work to be included in the gallery. This is a good site and well worth a visit if you need to find that unique image for a project.

Splitshire

Pic Jumbo

The Pic Jumbo website was established in 2013 and is one of the longest running websites included in this article. They have a very large collection of high resolution images available for download. We really like this website and visit it a lot when we need to find some nice, good quality photos for the projects we are working on. Pic Jumbo like many of the sites included in this article has a nice search feature so you can find what you need and they keep the website updated with fresh, new content.

Pic Jumbo