Sourcing Free Images For Your Blog Legally

  • June 10, 2018
  • By Bal
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There are so many places to find free images for your blog that you can legally use without infringing on anyone’s copyright. A lot of sites now offer commercial use, with or without offering an attribution, which is awesome as this means we can use them for our websites!

By making use of free legally-sourced images we can spruce up our blogs, and create pins that help us stand out from the crowd. Combining these images with tools like Canva and Crello, we can create some amazing graphics, without spending a single penny!

I love using free images from the resources in my list further down. The photograph used for this blog post is actually from one of the places mentioned!

The legal stuff:
When an image is created, it is instantly copyrighted and cannot be used unless the copyright holder has released it under a license agreement that states you can use it, such as the Creative Commons.
All the resources in my guide, distribute images that are released under the Creative Commons.

The Creative Commons states that:

“The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.”

There are some limitations. You are not allowed to use images showing identifiable people in an obscene or disgraceful way, you cannot imply endorsement for product/services/brands etc or imply that the person has certain beliefs or political views. Some images may contain branding, products, buildings etc that require additional licensing.

Before using any image released under The Creative Commons, make sure to check that it is 100% legally safe, and also ethical for you to use it in the manner you wish to use the image.

Below is a list of websites and other resources where you can find free images released under The Creative Commons.

Get free Images for your blog

  1. Pixabay
    Pixbay is awesome, they offer thousands of royalty-free photographs, illustrations, Vectors, Videos and more that are suitable for blogs, pins, Facebook Pages etc. They let you pick from a variety of sizes when downloading (sizes available vary depending on the image), and the majority of images do not require attribution. They also let you donate to the image author, which is always a nice thing to do to help out a fellow content creator!

    Option to buy the image author a cup of coffee.

  2. Unslpash
    Unsplash offers thousands of photos, once again attribution isn’t required but they appreciate you doing so to help support the photographers that are letting you use their work for free.
  3. Pexels
    Thousands of free images for your blog, and once again released under the Creative Commons Zero license for you to freely use. Like Pixabay, Pexels also has a donation option.
  4.  Travel Coffee Book
    This is a smaller site, with some really nice travel photos for you to use. They even let you download all images in one go.

The best tool out there for finding free images for your blog

The Stocks themselves do not share images. Their site is a sort of database/collection of all the best free image sites. It allows you to easily switch between the different sites that offer free images, videos, mock ups, fonts and even colour schemes! This tool is really awesome, and you should definitely book mark it.

Below is a screenshot of The Stocks, showing the six types of searches on the left with a list of sites. It’s easy enough to click through the different resource websites.

The Stocks - Typewolf Screenshot Preview

By combining the above freebie resources with free graphic design software such as Canva or Crello, you can easily start bashing out graphics for your blog, pins etc without spending anything but your time. Perfect for new bloggers, or those working within a budget!

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