The Ultimate Guide to Free Images

The ultimate guide to free (and almost free) images for your website

One of the questions I get asked most often is, “Where can I find good quality free images for my blog/website?” As a professional designer, I spend a lot of time looking for unique and useful images to use in my designs. The following guide is a comprehensive list of the resources I know about.

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Free Images + Graphics

Free Image Creation Tools

Free web-based app for creating social media images, covers, flyers + more.

Free app for creating desktop screenshots + video up to 5 mins that can be instantly shared.
Free web-based app for creating infographics.

Pic Lab App
Free iPhone app for creating text overlays + photo collages.

Free iPhone app for quote images + typographical images.

A free web-based and mobile image editing tool, including collages and photo retouching.

A suite of web-based, mobile, and desktop apps for editing images from the makers of AutoCAD.

Photoshop Express App
Free app for correcting photos on your iPhone or Android device.

Adobe Post
Free iPhone app for creating stunning social media posts instantly.

Place It
Free web-based app for creating photorealistic photo + video mock-ups.

Smart Mockups
Free tool for creating photorealistic digital device mockups.

IM Creator
Free web-based app for creating images for your website.

Pic Monkey
Free web-based app for creating social media images.

Web-based bulk image creation tool that has a one-click resize for multiple platforms, ready-made themes, and scheduling software built right in. Offers a 14-Day free trial.

Free Icons

Tired of using the same icons as everyone else? Check these out!

The Noun Project
Over 150,000+ searchable icons you can download in PNG or SVG format. (Free with attribution to the creator.)

Search over 3,400+ icons you can download in AI, PSD, or PNG, or SVG format.

Search over 844,ooo icons and download in AI, PNG, or SVG format.

Font Awesome
Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. Also downloadable as a font and editable in Adobe Illustrator.

Free Fonts

Google Fonts + TypeKit both integrate with my favorite WordPress Theme without any code. Adobe TypeKit is free with an Adobe Cloud membership, or can be purchased for $50/year.

Free Photo Search Engines

Photo Search Engines search many free stock photo sites all at once. The biggest drawback to these sites is that they often use free images as “bait” for traffic and then show you ads with better-quality images on paid sites. You may find some good images….but you have to be careful about what you “click” on. It can be hard to tell the difference between the results and the ads!

(Almost) Free Images

It can be less expensive to purchase images on the following sites if you have a membership or purchase credits.

Creative Market
I buy more from Creative market than any other site! Each week, they offer new free downloadable graphics. Just click on the “Free Goods” tab in the menu to see the current offerings.

(Almost) Free Stock Audio + Video

Video Hive
Checkout their After Effects Tab under “Logo Stings” for great video bumper templates.

Audio Blocks
Almost free unlimited royalty-free stock audio. ($99 for a 1-yr subscription.)

iStockphoto is great for background videos or B-roll.

Deal Sites to buy (Almost) Free Images, Graphics + Fonts

Mighty Deals
Deals + Steals for web professionals.

Design Cuts
Deals on design goods for professionals at up to 99% off + free tutorials on how to use the goods you purchase.

My Design Deals
Daily deals for graphic designers and web professionals.

Deals on useful stuff you use at work, including images + apps.

Free and (Almost) Free Tools + Design Resources

Subtle Patterns
Free downloadable patterns for your website. Their paid Photoshop extension is awesome!

Design Seeds
Free site for color palette inspiration.

Adobe Color
Web-based app for creating color palettes.

Code Canyon (Almost Free)
Online marketplace for inexpensive (and awesome) WordPress plugins.

What the Font
A free tool online that lets you upload an image and find the closest matches in the system. If you can’t find one close enough, submit it to the forum and let the font nerds decipher it for you!

Online resource for tasty design resources.

Magic Mockups
Free web-based app for creating real-life product/app mockups.

The Pattern Library
Online repository of free and fun patterns for your designs.

Really Good Emails
Virtual library of brilliantly designed email campaigns.

Inexpensive done-for-you video bumper templates.

A free online tool for compressing, converting, and editing PDF files.

Want to create better-looking graphics?

Get my FREE Guide to Better Graphics

It contains my pro tips for creating irresistible images that get clicked, pinned, re-pinned, and shared over and over again.


Want to create better-looking graphics?

Get my FREE Guide to Better Graphics

It contains my pro tips for creating irresistible images that get clicked, pinned, re-pinned, and shared over and over again.