Creative commons stock images sites

  • Foter

    Free Web Wordpress Website

    Foter it's a great option for web design. It uses the Small Flickr iconFlickr API and searches Creative Commons photos. It doesn't only allows you to download the images directly to your computer, but also has an official Small WordPress iconWordPress plugin so you can search and insert photos directly from your CMS. In addition, it allows you to modify your embed code to resize the image as well as select the position you want them, so you just need to add it to your site by copying the shortcode. The shortcode already contains all necessary CC attribution,is mandatory to include, so you do not need to contribute authors manually.

    Undoubtedly a good option that is worth taking for its practicality and easy to use.


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  • Unsplash

    Free Web iPhone iPad Website

    Unsplash is well known for its huge catalog of impressive quality and breathtaking photos, donated by a large community of photographers willing to help you with your projects when making use of their images. So much so, that they aren't just used for digital projects, but also have a huge range of third-party applications that offers their images as wallpapers for smartphone or desktop, like Small The Wall! iconThe Wall! for Windows or Small Irvue iconIrvue for macOS.

    All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.


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  • Pixabay

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Pixabay is undoubtedly one of my favorite sites, because it not only has images worthy of the best stock sites, but also more simple and "natural". It uses Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which means their are safe to use without asking permission or giving the artist compensation - even for commercial purposes. They also provides you with an official Android and iOS app, so you can search, download and use the images from the comfort of your smartphone.


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  • Pexels

    Free Web Website

    Pexels is one of the best mainstream sites when it comes to CC Images. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license (Same as Small Pixabay iconPixabay). In addition, they give you the possibility of donating throught PayPal to the photographer of the image that is something that you want (and should) to do.

    Also, they have a good video site with a CC0 license too, if that's what you're looking for: Small Pexels Videos iconPexels Videos


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  • Burst

    Free Web Website

    Burst was launched by Small Shopify iconShopify to offer high quality open source photographs to be used by its users. If you are a Small Shopify iconShopify user (or not), this is a great tool for you.


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  • PicJumbo

    Free Web Website

    This website was initially created by a photographer to show his work because stock photo sites such as Small Shutterstock iconShutterstock rejected his photographs, and now it host around 600 free images from different categories at high resolution, all available just for you (and well, for anyone really)


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  • Gratisography

    Free Web Website

    Like the previous one, this webpage was created by a photographer with the initial intention of sharing his work for free and in full resolution. You can find different categories, from animals, objects, nature and others. The catalog is updated every week!


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  • Zoommy

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Zoomy is not a site as such, but an essential tool for Windows and macOS. It'll provides you with images under license CC0 from more than 40 different sites, such as Small Unsplash iconUnsplash, Startup Stock Photos, Small SplitShire iconSplitShire, Magdeleine, Skitterphoto, Small FoodiesFeed iconFoodiesFeed, Small Visual Hunt iconVisual Hunt and many more (a bunch of sites of private professional photographers with free license).

    Great and very practical tool to search at the same time in different sites what we need, and download it directly from the desktop even without having to open the browser.


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  • Freepik

    Freemium Web Website

    This site has a good selection of photos, PSD files, and icons. However, its strongest point is definitely the vector stock images. Freepik is probably the largest free vector download site in the world, and its huge catalog that increases rapidly every day makes it the first choice of many designers looking for a decent alternative to other payment sites like VectorStock.

    The site has millions of items with free license (with attribution), and a few exclusives for premium users, who don't need to attribute authorship to the site/author. If you're also looking for a large selection of icons, check out Small Flaticon iconFlaticon, which also belongs to the Freepik family, and it's excellent as well.


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  • PixelSquid

    Freemium Web iPhone Adobe Photoshop Website

    The next site is a little different because it doesn't provide photographs, but 3D modeling instead. A bit like Small Sketchfab iconSketchfab, the site has a catalog of 3D objects, which can go from people, buildings, animals, characters or any other item. Although it's not completely free, it offers you a small selection of free items, and the others have a Royalty-free license, which means that you only need to buy the half eleven, and no further payments are needed.

    The interesting thing about PixelSquid is not just its catalog, but its integration with Photoshop, through a plugin with which we can directly insert 3D objects into our design. In addition, it also has an application for Facebook and iOS.


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