Royalty-Free Image Links and Search Tips
For this blog post, I have gathered my 5 favorite free image sites. I literally find images from these sources every week. I love all of the free options that are now available for us to use for our blogs, social media posts, and even our products. But first, a quick tip for staying safe online. 😉
Whenever searching for images on the web, especially if your children are anywhere nearby, you need to take great care that you are searching responsibly and carefully. Never use a single word when searching the web for images. It is shocking what will turn up if you just type in the word “flower” or “maze” for example. Trust me, you don’t want to know. So always enter a string of words into the search bar, such as “big yellow sunflower” or “Wooden Shoe tulip farm” or “pumpkin patch and corn maze.” Just stay safe by being as specific as possible and never using a single search word.
This is a great place to search for royalty-free images because you can essentially search all of the free image sites from one search engine. Search Google, Wikimedia, Flickr, Pixabay and more from one location:
Search Tips: Type your search phrase into the search box at the top of the screen and then double-check that the two boxes right below the search box are checked – 1. Use for commercial purposes and 2. Adapt, modify, or build upon – if both of these statements are true for your intended use of the photo you find. Next, click the site that you would like to search, such as Wikimedia.
Once you find an image that you would like to use, find the licensing agreement and attribute the photo accordingly.
Here’s an example:
If I search for “wagon wheel” and click Wikimedia Commons for my search site, I will find this photo – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shaker-Wagon-Wheel.jpg
Click “download all sizes” and select the size you want and copy the attribution license so that you can attribute the owner of the photo. In this case, it would be:
This is a great place to find images, fonts, WordPress templates, PowerPoint templates and more. However, there is only one way to get any of these free – to sign up for their newsletter. But trust me, it’s worth it. Every Monday morning, you will get an email with 6 freebies that you can download. Usually, there is one font, one WordPress template, one set of images or clipart, and some other free goodies. I usually claim one or two freebies from Creative Market every week. I love them. Here’s the link:
Canva and PicMonkey:
These two websites are similar. My daughter prefers PicMonkey and I prefer Canva, but they both provide essentially the same thing – an online app that allows you to create images for social media posts and much more. If you do not have access to design software, such as Photoshop, then you will want to utilize these for sure. Both have free membership levels.
More royalty-free image sites:
You can get to all of these through the Creative Commons search engine above, but if you want to just search any of these sites individually, you can find them here:
When searching for images using Google, type in your search phrase, click on the “images” tab and then click on the gear icon in the top right corner. Choose “Advanced Search” and then scroll to the last drop down box, labeled “Usage Rights.” Choose “Free to use or share, even commercially,” and then click the Advanced Search button.
These are the images that you are free to use for commercial purposes, but you still must attribute the owner of the image if he or she requires that you do so.
I hope this helps you get your creative juices flowing as we dive into a new year!