Sites with High Quality Photos You Can Use for Free

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I’ve been keeping a list like this around for a while, and the CSS-Tricks Staff just added a bunch of new links to it, so I figured HEY that sounds like fun little weekend post. There are so many of these it’s really no excuse to have crappy photos in the work you do, be it websites, presentations, print work, whatever.

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.


Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days.

Also, I think re:splashed is the same photos with a different interface? Not sure.

Flickr Commons

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives.


A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee. Free (do what ever you want) photos.

Jay Mantri

Free pics. Do anything (CC0). Make magic. 7 new photos every Thursday.


Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.


Free for commercial use stock photos by Jeffrey Betts. CC0 license. New photos every week.


JÉSHOOTS I founded because they like to take pictures and it’s a shame some photos withhold the entire world for free, all designers, all working with photos, for those who need a thematic photo free.

ISO Republic

High-quality, free photos for creatives


Free Life Hi-Fi Photos. You can use on your personal and commercial projects. New photo every day.

Realistic Shots

Free stock photos (high resolution) for personal and commercial use. 7 new photos every week. Just make something creative!

Free Nature Stock

Royalty-free Nature Stock Photos. Use them however you want. Updated daily.


Free (do as you please), high-resolution photos and textures.

Bara Art

Free high resolution photos for your personal and even commercial projects!


Royalty free high resolution images for your personal and commercial projects.

Freely Photos

Totally free high quality Christian stock photography All photos are published under the amazing ‘CC0 license’. Do what you want with them!

Barn Images

Barn Images offers you a collection of free high-resolution stock photography.


I’ve had a lot of pictures that I never used for a long time, but hopefully, you will find them useful. Feel free to browse and download any photo for personal or commercial use. You don’t have to notify or credit me if you use one of my pics, but I’ll be happy if you do.

Little Visuals

The author of this site, Nic, suddenly died. The archive of free photos is still online, though, and the site has more information and a way to donate.

Death to the Stock Photo

About a year ago we noticed an less-than-awesome industry pattern: too many extraordinary brands, bloggers, and creatives struggled to find images that fit their vibe + tribe. Turns out, the solution lay on our laptops. We had files upon files of our own photos gathering dust. We figured: why not spread ’em around?

Superfamous Images

The Superfamous Images are available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you can use the work for your own purposes as long as credit is provided.

The Pattern Library


Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.

Foodies Feed


Free hi-resolution photos. Use them however you like.


Free handpicked stock photos for your commercial and personal works.


  • A lot of stock photo sites have a “free photo of the day” – so look for that. Doesn’t hurt to have a Dropbox folder full of design resources!
  • Google Images has a way to filter search results by license:
  • IM Free: A curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use.
  • Stock Up

If you know of some more good ones, drop them in the comments.