Why should we follow patterns and make a "Top 10" list? Here at PixTeller, we do common things in a different way. So let's deepen our idea of the design industry and how we can understand its necessity in our lives.
We all know that the most natural ways to express our thoughts and feelings are through words and gestures. But sometimes it's easier to get creative and draw or write them down, isn't it? And you can do that with our PixTeller Editor!
Choose your favourite photos, then easily upload them on our platform and start creating amazing graphic designs. You can use them in any scope you want, whether personal or business, without paying money to OCK photo market, which is owned by professional companies like Shutterstock and 123RF, who can charge $20 or more for a single photo.
What you must know is that not necessarily all the photos you find when browsing the Internet are free for you to use.
If you're looking for photos to use for a design and want to keep yourself out of copyright restrictions, you need to locate websites that explicitly define the copyright license for each of their images.
There are two types of license you're likely to find on most of the websites:
1. Creative Commons zero (CC0): you can use the photos in any scope you what without any attribution.
2. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): allows you to distribute and re-use the materials, as long as you follow the licence condition. One condition is attribution, which means that you have to make sure that the original author is appropriately credited.
Nowadays, most of the current licenses require attribution of the original author (the BY component), which actually consists in citing the author's name, the work's title if any, the specific CC licence of the work and mention if this is a derivative work or adaptation.
And even though you can find free stock photos, most of them have low resolution, watermark, are blurry or at best, uninspired.
We made a list of the websites where you can find free, amazing and quality photos to choose from.
Pixabay → Over 410,000 high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. (We also use their API on PixTeller editor)
Pexels → Over 10,000 high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence. That means that you can copy, modify and distribute, even for commercial purposes, all without giving attribution.
Stock Snap → Thousands of beautiful stock photos with high quality and resolution, free from copyright restrictions. So, you can use them without trying to figure out whether you need to provide attribution or not.
Unsplash → I think their concept: "Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos" does the talk. With the support of nearly 8,000 people, the Unsplash book has been created, where every single aspect from the photos to the paper style to the cover design was chosen by its community.
Koboompics → With a great high quality collection, Kaboompics it's one of the best places where you can choose photos for personal or business use. New amazing photos are added every day and offered for free to anyone, from bloggers, website owners, to freelancers and social media ninjas.
Gratisography → If you are wondering where you can find the perfect picture for your personal or business project, Gratisography is the answer. Amazing high-resolution pictures are added weekly and all of them are photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.
Picjumbo → With the heart of an artist, the author: Viktor Hanacek, created this stock photo site called Picjumbo in 2013. Here, you can find the best free images and you can save time by downloading 800+ photos, all in one. Isn't that great?
Public Domain Archive → More than a hub for all high quality public domain images, this website is a great place to find inspiration and photos that you can re-use in any scope you want.
Lensicle → No sign-up required and the high quality photos you can find on Lensicle have the CC0 public domain license. Why is Lensicle in our top list? Because it offers the great possibility and tools for you to edit the photos you like before you download them.
Negative space → Here on Negative Space, you can enjoy unlimited downloads of high-quality vectors, illustration and more. All the photos and raw files are distributed under the CC0 creative commons licence.
Avopix → All the photos you can find on Avopix are also free of copyright restrictions (under CC0 license). You have thousands of awesome pictures to choose from and use for anything you like, even in commercial applications.
Stock Vault → With hundreds of free photos added every week, this is the place where anyone, from photographers to designers can share their pictures, graphics or vectors with each other for free.
Morgue File → Morguefile is a free photo archive for creatives, by creatives, where all the images are free for you to download and re-use in any scope, whether commercial or not. The photos have been contributed from people around the world, from amateur photo hobbyists to professional photographers.
Life Of Pix → High-resolution photos that are added weekly and donated to the public domain. Amazing images for personal or commercial use with no copyrights restrictions.
Pikwizard → Over 100,000 completely free images on the site, over 20,000 of those are exclusive to them. They are also adding new images to their library daily and the ultimate goal is to get to more than 1 million images. What's important, you can find here a lot of pictures of people, which tend to be rare in free stock photo sites.
For all the websites listed above, the license is generally pretty easy to find. There should be a description of the license on every page or at least a link to a description. Make sure you check each website's license page for more specific details.
As you can see, there are many websites out there where you can find that "perfect picture". But as all of us have a slightly different ideas of "perfect", PixTeller will help us create it just the way we picture it in our minds.
Until next time, Be creative! - Pix'sTory made by Alex