Free Images

Looking for pictures for free?

If you’re looking for pictures for your website – Great! Because we’re on the lookout for the best sites that offer them for free.

Admittedly, there are many sites that are offering pictures but many of them are full of ads and are poorly designed (Which can waste a lot of your time )

We are looking for the sites that contain modern images, a user-friendly layout and clear licences (We especially like licences that state the pictures are free for personal or commercial use )

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A word about selecting appropriate pictures for your website

Selecting pictures that are functional and relevant to the context of the page its placed on can be as important as the content the user reads. A single picture can be the difference between an undesirable bounce rate and visitors being drawn into reading the content on a page.

But not all websites need numerous large pictures. When selecting a picture keep in mind the screen sizes used by the majority of visitors and if the picture you’ve selected will clog up their landing view. Cramming too many pictures onto a webpage can look very unprofessional and make it hard for the visitor to find the content which.

Selecting the appropriate picture format can significantly reduce page loading times. Portable network graphics (Png) and Windows Bitmapped images (Bmp) can easily be four times the size in kbs than a Jpg image.

 

Stock xchng picture database

Self labeled as the leading website for stock photo’s Stock.XCHNG has more than 396,000 images to browse and download. To download any pictures you need to sign up for a free membership, once this is out of the way finding the perfect picture for your website is only a few clicks away. All submitted pictures have at least five relevant keywords which does help to nut out unrelated pictures amongst the hundreds of thousands of potential results.

 

Stock quality

Moderate to high, with an overwhelming number of free pictures. You will have to sift through some slightly low quality amateur images.

 

User-friendly

Yes, easy to navigate via the search function.

 

Licences

Free for personal or commercial use. Premium search results are not free to use unless paid for.

(Read licence agreement in full as there are restrictions.)

Ease of download

Easy to download, image details such as dimensions (in pixels) and file sizes (in Kbytes) are listed.

Stock.XCHNG

 

Freefoto

Freefoto has to be mentioned just because of the sites massive 130,000+ sized picture database but this site has a complicated license agreement policy for every image available. There are so many images available you will need to solely use the search engine on the site to navigate through images, the fact that the site has 3623 categories highlights this point. .

 

Stock quality

Good, the pictures are of a good quality with the type of camera used for each photo displayed. There is no information of picture size or information on image quality available for images

 

User-friendly

Average, full sized picture previews are displayed with watermarks which is always helpful but other than that the site isn’t as user friendly as other similar sites. User licence agreements are viewable after the image is downloaded and the process of selecting download functions, entering an e-mail address and reading licenses can be a lengthy process.

 

Licences

Free for personal or commercial use, although in a credit to the original image creator must be displayed on the webpage the images placed on along with a link back to the Freefoto site, if this is not possible you are required to purchase the image.
(Read licence agreement in full as there are restrictions.)

 

Ease of download

Downloading pictures from Freefoto isn’t as easy as other free image sites. Right click on the image and save as after you have agreed to their Terms of use and entered a valid e-mail address.

Freefoto

 

Adigitaldreamer free stock photography

Although this site has only a small selection of pictures there of a very high quality. All pictures are grouped together into a small number of albums which does help with the navigation of the site and compensates for the lack of a search function. Once you have clicked on a image inside an album you can quickly scroll through the album images via a carousel feature.

 

Stock quality

High, although theres only a relatively small number of pictures compared to some of the larger sites the images available on Adigitaldreamer have a very professorial rich appearance.

 

User-friendly

Moderate, with images being grouped into albums finding the exact picture your looking for can be a slightly arduous process. Information including dimensions, file size and file formats can be displayed by selecting the Display/hide file information at the top left of the image carousel.

 

Licences

Free for personal or commercial use. Stock photos are 100% free and are also royalty free.

(Read licence agreement in full as there are restrictions.)

 

Ease of download

Easy to download, images can be previewed before downloading, clicking on the image for a second time will open the full width format and then you can save the image.
Adigitaldreamer

Freedigitalphotos

Freedigitalphotos have a large range of royalty free images with the option of buying higher resolution versions of each graphic. A modern looking website with a very user friendly layout does make navigating this site a breeze, along with a functional search feature this has to be rated as a very good site. Illustrations are also available but as expected the number of illustrations is limited when in comparison to the very large selection of photographic images on the site.

 

Stock quality

Good, the free pictures are small in size (limited to 400 pixels) but still large enough for general website usage. Higher quality images are available but they are not free.

 

User-friendly

Average, the sites professional layout and easy navigation has to be commended but the download process can be rather tiresome.

 

Licences

Free for personal or commercial use, although in some cases a credit to the original image creator must be displayed on the webpage the images placed on, if this is not possible you are required to purchase the image.

(Read licence agreement in full as there are restrictions.)

 

Ease of download

Downloading pictures from Freedigitalphotos isn’t as easy as other free image sites. Small previews are only available and you won’t get to see the picture in full size. To be able to download you must enter a visual security check code and agree to their Terms of use.

Freedigitalphotos