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The best free stock photo & free image websites of 2015

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Excellent photos or images are so important for creating a great Facebook application, campaign, website or any marketing effort that requires imagery.

As a developer or marketer you can buy photos through a stock photo service, hire a photographer, take your own photos or find free images and stock photos for commercial use online. Finding free Stock photos online can take a lot of searching if you don’t know where to look.

We have put together a list of the best websites we’ve found offering free stock photos.

If you use Photoshop we’ve also added a resource for free PSD templates to assist with your designs.

These are recommendations, please check the terms and conditions at each site for how to best use their photos, graphics and templates.

unsplash.com

unsplash

Source: unsplash.com

This is one of our favorites. With 10 new high resolution photos every 10 days there is no end to the variety of beautiful images on this website.

According to the website: “Do whatever you want” meaning copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes.

 

gratisography.com

gratisography

Source: gratisography.com

Ryan McGuire has taken the photos on this site and they have a unique style that inspires the imagination. New awesome photos are added on a weekly basis.

According to the website: Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.

 

morguefile.com

morguefile

Source: morguefile.com

Morguefile has a seemingly endless database of free photos and reference images.

According to the website: Information about how to use the photos can be found here: http://morguefile.com/about

 

stocksnap.io

stocksnap

Source: stocksnap.io

A variety of inspiring photos taken by a community of photographers. The site reviews all photos to make sure they are of the highest quality. New photos are being added continuously.

According to the website: All photos on StockSnap fall under the Creative Commons CCO license. That means you can copy, modify and distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission!

 

splitshire.com

splitshire

Source: splitshire.com

This site was created by a graphic designer and photographer who understand that need for cool photos. With a broad range of categories from technology to fashion, you’ll be sure to find a photo you can use on Splitshire.

According to the website: Do what you want with them, for personal and commercial use. Yes, everything free of charge, if you like my work, offer me a coffee through donation to help me maintaining this project.

 

nos.twnsnd.co (New Old stock)

newoldstock

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Let’s go back in time. The vintage photos on this website take you back to moments captured in the past. New Old Stock provides a collection of vintage photos collected from public archives.

According to the website: Free of known copyright restrictions

 

freefoodphotos.com

freefoodphotos

Source: freefoodphotos.com

This site contains many standalone images of single food items on plain or neutral backgrounds.

According to the website: The license allows commercial use and also allows you to modify the images. Attribution is required.

 

foodiesfeed.com

foodiesfeed

Source: foodiesfeed.com

YUM! Looking for great images of food and drinks? Check this site out. The images are provided by the food photographer Jakub Kapusnak.

According to the website: You can use the pictures anywhere you want, for both personal and commercial purpose. Same rules apply for editing. However, you can’t sell and resell them on your website, in stocks, printed or anywhere else.

 

Photoshop and web design

pixeden.com

pixeden

Source: pixeden.com

We’ve found this site to be very useful when showcasing work and for easily adding design elements. Pixeden provides high quality templates and resources that you can use for your projects. Check out the freebies here: http://www.pixeden.com/free-web-design-templates

According to the website: read the license terms here: http://www.pixeden.com/license

 

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