Using copyrighted images can land you in legal trouble. Don’t get trapped in a mess from using the wrong images. If you thought you could simply google an image and use it straight on your site, think again. There are far better ways to find royalty free images for your website. Here are some ideas.
Free Stock Image Sites
There are tons of websites offering free stock images. Although they may be a bit generic, they are far better than using copyrighted images. The sites listed below offer images under the Creative Commons Zero license. So these images are free for your use.
Each of these websites has an array of images on a wide range of topics. Simply input your search query and you will see a list of images that meet your search query. What’s more, all these images are high-resolution. And many of these sites regularly add new photos.
So here’s the list of sites offering stock images for free:
Google Image Advanced Search
This is another great way to find royalty free images that you could use without any copyright infringement issues. Here, you leverage Google’s advanced search settings to your advantage.
Suppose you want to find a picture of a baby. Type the search query as you normally would and click enter. You will see the usual results. Now, click on the Settings button right below the search box, and click on the Advanced Search option.
You will be redirected to the advanced search page. This is where you can choose the kind of images you want to search for. Head over to the “usage rights” option right and choose the option that best meets your needs. Once you’ve set your choice, click on the “Advanced Search” button and you will see all images that are free for use.
Even though this is a wonderful way to look for royalty free images, the options are usually quite limited. Moreover, the images are usually low resolution.
So there you go. Those are some amazing ways to find royalty free images. If, however, you are still searching for that right image, you might want to check out paid stock photo websites, or you might want to hire a photographer.
Note: Please remember to read the license terms on any of the websites listed above to be absolutely sure of the usage rights for the images. While you may be able to use the images, there may be restrictions to their use.