FIND THE PER­FECT PIC – FOR FREE

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As we’ve men­tioned, both Spark and Canva come with a li­brary of free pho­tos, and you can never have too many images. You can take your own pho­tos, but if you want to cre­ate a lot of so­cial me­dia graph­ics, con­sider sign­ing up to a stock photo site such as Stock Un­lim­ited (stock­un­lim­ited.com). Free users can make use of a li­brary of 60,000 images, and you can ac­cess the full li­brary of over a mil­lion vi­su­als for just $79 per year, or $15 a month.

It’s not the only op­tion, though. There are plenty of sites out there o†er­ing high-qual­ity pho­tos for free. Here are our favourites.

BUCKETLISTLY BUCKETLISTLY.BLOG/PHO­TOS

A great place to find stun­ning travel pho­tos, which you can use free (with at­tri­bu­tion) for non­com­mer­cial posts. The 7,000+ pho­tos on o†er cover big swathes of Europe and Asia, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, though there’s noth­ing for the US yet.

GRATISOGRAPHY GRATISOGRAPHY.COM

Your first port of call when you’re look­ing for some­thing fresh and quirky. Care­fully com­posed and with strik­ing use of colour, these images can be edited and used in both per­sonal and com­mer­cial projects – just don’t sell them in their vanilla state.

ISO REPUB­LIC ISOREPUBLIC.COM

Not the largest li­brary, but the 3,000+ stock pho­tos hosted here are o†ered un­der a free Cre­ative Com­mons li­cence, for you to use how you like. There’s also a ded­i­cated li­brary of food pho­tos at food­iefac­tor.com.

KABOOMPICS KABOOMPICS.COM

This site lets you search not only by sub­ject but other use­ful things such as dom­i­nant colour and im­age ori­en­ta­tion. The terms of the li­cence al­low you to re­use the pic­tures, just so long as you don’t re­sell them.

PEXELS PEXELS.COM

Not just a photo li­brary, but a good col­lec­tion of videos too, all free for com­mer­cial and per­sonal use with or with­out at­tri­bu­tion. It’s one of the larger li­braries with more than 40,000 stock shots cur­rently on o†er.

PICJUMBO PICJUMBO.COM

Search through more than 1,900 pho­tos – or down­load the whole lot for a $15 con­tri­bu­tion (or more, if you’re feel­ing gen­er­ous). At around half a penny a shot, it’s a very cost-e†ec­tive start to your own lo­cal im­age li­brary.

PIXABAY PIXABAY.COM

An enor­mous re­source with more than 1.4 mil­lion roy­alty-free stock pho­tos in its li­brary. All can be used in per­sonal or com­mer­cial projects with no need to credit the orig­i­nal pho­tog­ra­phers, and ded­i­cated An­droid and iOS apps make it easy to find stock shots when you’re blog­ging on the go.

STARTUP STOCK PHO­TOS STARTUPSTOCKPHOTOS.COM

As the name sug­gests, this li­brary fo­cuses on startup cul­ture, with plenty of pic­tures of peo­ple and busi­nesses. Best of all, they’re o†ered un­der a full Cre­ative Com­mons li­cence, with no rights re­served.

STOCKSNAP STOCKSNAP.COM

This li­brary is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for its shots of hu­mans in all sorts of en­vi­ron­ments. There are ded­i­cated cat­e­gories for the two sexes, plus op­tions for fam­i­lies, cou­ples and ab­stract con­cepts such as “Happy” and “Love”.

UNSPLASH UNSPLASH.COM

One of the first free stock photo sites to gain wide­spread pub­lic at­ten­tion, this is a huge li­brary of stun­ning roy­alty-free images that you can use with­out pay­ment or at­tri­bu­tion in both com­mer­cial and per­sonal work. It’s still one of our favourites.

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