Arian SimonWeb Designer - Business Owner - Entrepreneur who makes happy little mistakes.
One thing nearly every web designer and startup have in common: they need images.
Luckily there are a couple of great websites out there, which offer high quality free stock images. Stock images are images that are produced “on stock”. This means images are not taken for a specific order but instead to be saved and used on demand. Free stock images refer to stock images without any costs and fees attached. However this doesn’t mean they can be taken without paying attribution.
Image attribution is the process of naming author, license and source of your chosen image. Creative Commons are the most popular licenses online. If you want to use images that are completely free of any money fees and attribution requirements you want the CC0 License. When using images licensed under CC0 you can modify, use, sell – basically do whatever you want with them. Each Creative Commons License starts with a “CC” which stands simply for Creative Commons. The letters afterwards define the license scope. You can find common Creative Commons licenses here.
In short: Mind the license attached to images. Free images may require proper attribution to be used on your website.
A good place to start searching is Google. Use the Google image search, enter your search term and press enter. Afterwards click on “search options” below the search bar. Now you can filter your search results with different license options.
The following resources provide more free stock images.
Again my reminder to check the license before using images from above resources.
Alright, that’s it for today. I hope you found some images or photos that you can use on your website, to turn it into something even more special. If you have been closely following my blogging schedule you will have noticed that there was no blog post on Sunday or Monday. Fear not, I have not forgotten. I produced a video with my friend Peter Spatzierer (his blog will be soon up and running too). The video is about the new Facebook Pixel and will be released later this week. So if you thought of running ads on Facebook you should definitely check it out. One secret upfront: you can (re-)target your audience really focused and advertise therefore much cheaper with Facebook’s new pixel. The video is 100% professional production quality. You will see 😉
And in case you haven’t been able to get enough stock images (how many do you need omg?) I’ll release another post about premium stock image resources in a couple of days too.