A picture says a thousand words. A good image always enhances your content. However, when you are using images on your blog, you want to make sure that you aren’t violating any copyrights. At the same time, it would be nice if you could find royalty free images to use for your blog that didn’t have any restrictions.
There are a few places around the internet that allow you to download and use royalty free images. You could find a lot of pictures simply searching flickr, however those images also require you to jump through a few hoops before you can use them.
Some require attribution, some limit you to non-commercial use. I’ll bet many of you would rather find images that were restriction free so you didn’t have to jump through all those hoops.
I’ve found a few websites that offer pictures and images completely royalty and restriction free. That means you can download and post them without restriction. Many of these royalty free images fall into the creative commons category, meaning the original artist has allows all rights to their use.
Here’s a few websites where you can find completely royalty free images with no restrictions for all your needs:
I’ve been using morgue files for quite a while now. They offer tons of completely royalty free pictures without restriction that you can download. Their images are really high quality. I can often go there a do a search and find a picture that fits my needs. I do find that they don’t have as many images that focus on internet related topics, although they have a number of images related to computers and technology. So, you may have to be a bit more creative in your search to find a good image if your blog is specific to an internet service. But for the most part you can find what you need.
Morgue files allows you to search for images by keyword or by categories. It’s a nicely organized site. Generally this is my first stop when I’m searching for a royalty free image to use for a post.
Pixabay is much like Morgue Files. They have a very clean interface and allow you to search for the type of image that you want. I find that they have more royalty free images of drawings than morgue files. So if you want to find cartoons, they have a few there. However, you’ll notice that they don’t appear to have the amount of selection that you can find on morgue files. Also, they have a good search function but don’t appear to give you a lot of options for simply browsing through their images. Still they are a good alternative if you can’t find what you are looking for at some of the other sites.
What else would you find at a website called public domain images? They offer all kinds of royalty free images that are in the public domain, royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly free images. The images are not copyrighted and their are no rights reserved. They state clearly that all images are free for any personal or commercial use. The site has a search function as well as in depth categories for browsing. There’s quite a large selection at this website. They have a fairly minimalistic design. The one thing that you’ll notice is that they have a ton of google adsense ads that can be a bit distracting at times. But hey, a website’s gotta make money, right? Virtually all the royalty free images here are photos, so you won’t find much in the way of artwork, drawings or paintings.
Much the same concept as public domain images. However, these royalty free images are more along the lines of stock photos. You will find lots of pictures of scenery and landscape here. They are more geared towards natures style landscape photos. If you want to find a really sweeping awe inspiring photo, this may be a good place to go. They have a large number of categories as well as a search function for their images.
Sometimes what you are looking for isn’t a photograph, but rather some kind of clipart. This is a wonderful site for your clipart needs. Not only does Clker provide royalty free clipart images for your use, but they also have a number of tools for you as well. You’ll notice that they have their own image editor to allow you to edit the images before you download. Also, they have an automatic vectoring tool that allows you to upload any image larger than 1024 x 768 and it becomes automatically vectorized for you.
Take a look at these before and after pictures of this vectorized hot dog:
That’s pretty awesome!
This is a good place to go if you want to personalize some of your images and do a bit of editing before posting them to your blog. They have a huge selection and awesome tools.
WP Clipart provides a robust gallery of clipart images that you can download. They have a large selection of categories as well as a keyword search function. While they don’t have the tools that you can find at Clkr, they make up for it in the volume of clipart that they have available. You can always download these royalty free images and edit them after the fact. So, this is still a good place to go for clipart despite the lack of an editing tool.
These are just a few of the places that you can find royalty free images 100% free without restriction. You don’t have to put those annoying captions or link your images off site. With these resources, you can fill your blog up with any number of visual content. Once you have these images and artwork at your disposal, there’s no reason not to turn your blog posts into a visual beauty. All for free!