Free to Download & Use Stock Photo Sites for Blogs | Pinterest
Below you’ll find all the sites you need to create stunning graphics with free to download and free to use stock/royalty free pictures for your blog posts and your Pinterest Pins!
Note that these images are being used by many websites, so do not forget to edit your graphics unique using a free tool like Canva.
Adding text or your brand colors will make your images appear more high- quality & professional.
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I encourage you to bookmark or save this post so you’ll have quick access to all websites with free images whenever you need them, instead of bookmarking each page separately.
Here’s the list:
I found this site to include the most high-quality and high-resolution photos, that’s why I’m placing it first on the list!
Also, it includes even specific categories/collections like “Digital nomads” or “Millennials”. This way, there’s a high chance to find images suitable for any niche you’re looking for.
Another website with a huge collection of beautiful photos. You can explore the best pictures based on their category, the best photographers, and more.
You can download the image you like in 4 different sizes (original, large, medium, small) or you can even set your custom size (the image will crop accordingly though. This is a useful feature for using images in places that require a specific size such as Twitter background or Facebook Page background.
Unsplash has some of the most high-quality photos for the majority of the categories. However, graphic elements are missing from their collection.
On the other hand, it offers some nice options:
- You can create collections on your profile (you need to sign up for a free account)
- Save an image to your online collection
- Follow other users that upload/save/share photos you’re interested in
- Browse the collections other users have created
Not only Pixabay has one of the largest collections of images, but it also offers free videos, illustrations and vectors.
Further, there are filters that let you search for items by size, color, category or vertical/horizontal orientation (it’s useful for searching vertical images for creating Pins).
This website is made by Shopify, but it offers all of its images for free.
It couldn’t miss from this list, as it updates its database & uploads new free to use pictures very often.
Another directory full of free to download and high-quality images. What’s special about it?
It offers a wide variety of “free for commercial” use videos, a feature that lacks from other similar sites.
Their motto is “Handpicked, non-stocky images” and they don’t lie!
In their collection, you’ll find some unique and beautiful photos that are missing from other websites.
As a result, it’s a good option if you’re looking for images that have not been used many times before.
As its name suggests. this site specializes in food images. Not only they are super high resolution, but also includes a different category for every type of food!
If you’re a food blogger or you maintain a site about food or cooking, FoodiesFeed should be your primary choice.
Although Stocksnaps offers a huge collection of stock pictures, it mixes the sponsored images (watermarked) with the free ones, so I have to mention it as a downside.
Despite the fact that it’s a bit annoying, it deserves a place to our list.
Less Popular Websites with Free to Download and Use Images
The websites below offer less or lower quality images, but I mention them here just in case someone in a specific or rare niche finds them useful. Also, these sites are less popular, so there’s a higher chance that you’ll pick an image that has not been used many times before:
How to Make Your Graphics Unique to Match Your Blog & Brand or Create Beautiful Pins (for Pinterest) Using Stock Photos
No matter how beautiful the photos from the above-mentioned sites are, you need to edit them to match your blog & your brand.
Especially if you use them for “Featured” images in blog posts or for creating Pins for Pinterest. Unedited pictures look amateurish and make your blog appear as a low-quality one.
- Also read: 15 Blogging Mistakes You’re Probably Making
Graphics play a huge role in your blog’s performance (especially on Pinterest), so don’t be bored to spend some time to create really eye-catching designs. First impressions matter and the online industry is not an exception!
This doesn’t mean you need complex effects and graphics. Quite the opposite actually. Simple but elegant designs are perfect for blogs or Social Media.
Hopefully, we can use a free tool like Canva. Tools like Canva are not made for experienced or professional graphic designers. They’re made for simple content creators (bloggers, influencers).
This is a good thing of course because they’re simple to use and they cover anything you need for your blog’s graphics or your Social Media uploads.
- Also read: 7 Must-have Free WordPress Plugins
If you haven’t used Canva already, check out this tutorial to learn what it can do and how easy it is to use:
About Canva’s Stock Photos
Although Canva has its own collection of free to use images, they act more like a promotion method for their pro members or for their paid images.
When you perform a search, they appear a few (usually not fantastic) images, then you see many images that you can unlock if you have a paid membership or if you directly pay for them.
That’s fair because they offer awesome software for free and they have to somehow monetize it. However, take into account that:
- Their free photos are used by thousands of other sites because it’s the fastest way to create a graphic
- You can find higher quality images on the above-mentioned sites
- If you still insist to use Canva’s stock photos, make a beautiful edit so they appear more professional and unique
Instead, I suggest you take it one step further and download a high-quality picture from the sites above. Then, upload it to Canva and edit it.
It takes a few more minutes, but it is worth the effort to make your graphics stand out!
Branding Tips for Blogs & Pinterest
When we refer to “Branding” for Blog images or Pinterest graphics, we mean some elements that remain the same across all your images.
This way, your audience is able to easily identify your content and is more probably to share it.
Further, if your readers connect your graphics with quality content (that they read after on your blog), they may read your posts again the next time they see your images on Social Media or Pinterest.
But what these branding elements are?
It has to be nothing special, for example:
- Pick 2 different fonts and use them across all your images
- Pick 2 different colors and stick to them
- Include your logo in every image or Pin
- Use images with similar style or colors
Have a look at this example, you can tell that both pins are from the same blog:
A quick navigation to Pinterest will let you understand what Pins are well-designed & therefore perform better and how popular blogs are branding their pictures.
It’s a nice way to get some fresh ideas, without copying others.
However, don’t be afraid to experiment & check what kind of graphics perform well. I’m still experimenting sometimes with mine, as I like to try new things that may perform better.
Here You Have All the Resources You Need to Start Creating Stunning Graphics!
Designing beautiful graphics is a game-breaking factor, so I suggest you spending more time on it.
You’ll not create the best images ever on your first try, but the more you practice it, the better you’ll get!
Do you already use any of the mentioned sites or you have another favorite one that is not listed here? I’d be happy to read it in the comments below!
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