Sunday, 29 April 2012

Websites To Find Free Stock Images

If you're a Web or Graphics Designer, there will probably be times when you will have the painstaking task of trying to find websites that provide free open source images and photography to use in your designs.

The other day I spent hours trying to find free stock images for a banner I was designing for an email newsletter, so I thought I'd keep a list of my findings for future reference.

Hopefully this list will prove helpful to any Designer's out there and save you the time of hunting for free image resources. If you know of any other free stock image websites, please feel free to add the link in the comment box at the bottom of this post.

Stock Xchng: The leading free photo sharing website.

A Digital Dreamer: Free royalty free stock photography.

Free Range: All images can be used for commercial or personal projects.

Turbo Photo: Quick and easy stock photo downloads.

Morgue File: Public image archive for creative's by creative's.

Stock Vault: A well known stock photo sharing website.

Free Stock Images: Free photos, graphics and icons.

Free Photos Bank: 100's of free images sorted into different photo categories.

Free Digital Photos: Royalty free photo's and illustration's for corporate and personal use.

Free Foto: A large collection of free photographs, all organised into different galleries.

Kavewall: Free stock photos, images and textures.

Cepolina: Free stock images based around travel and nature.

Unprofound: Loads of free images on this site created and run by designers.

Open Stock Photography: Over a million stock images, searchable by keyword.

Image After: Images and textures available for free.

Free Photos Index: Not very user friendly, but over 10,000 free photo's available.

Every Stock Photo: A search engine for free photo's.

Animation Factory: Not so much images, but Powerpoint Templates, Video and Clipart.

Woophy (World of Photography): Just click on the map for photo's of your chosen location.

Mayang: Over 4250 free to download, high-resolution textures.

Design Packs: Free Stock Photo Sets. 

From Old Books:  Images, engravings and pictures from old books. (I love this one!)

Texture Warehouse: Free high resolution textures.

Insect Images: All images of insects.

Free Media Goo: Great site of free images set up by a bunch of developers.

Creativity 103: A library of free abstract backgrounds, textures and design ideas.

HDW: A library of high definition wallpapers


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