How To Find Royalty Free Images For Commercial Use – Top 10 Websites

Are you struggling to find free commercial images
for your YouTube videos or website?

In the video below I show 10 websites where you can get free stock photos to use commercially and summarize for you at the end which ones don’t even require attribution.

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1. Pexels

Here you can search for free stock photos by just entering your keyword in the search box. On its legal page, it says “the pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. Attribution is not required.”

2. Pixabay

You can search for any images, vectors, and videos by entering your keyword on the search box. It says “you can copy, modify, distribute and use the images even for commercial purposes. All without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.”

3. Unsplash

Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days. You can click on any of the different categories here at the top. Under license, it says that “all photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You don’t need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

4. Freeimages

You can browse a collection of free photos, images, popular images, editor’s picks, lightbox, photographers, cameras. You got collection categories here or you can search by keyword. On its frequently asked questions page, it says, “Are these images really free?” Yes, they are free as long as you stick to the rules in the Image License Agreement. Also, in some cases you may need to notify the artists about using the images and sometimes you need to give credit to them. You can see these restrictions under the image previews, right next to the Download button.

5. Visualhunt

You can enter a keyword in the search box. At the top, you can select commercial use, noncommercial, public domain. You can sort by relevancy, recent, interestingness. When you select the photo, and check on the far right for the license. On this one for instance, it says commercial use okay and modifications okay. You can also attribute the photo by just copying and pasting the code. On the front page, it said most of our photos are CCO license. This means do whatever you want. Additionally, we offer all Creative Commons and Public Domain photos from sources like Flickr and make it possible to embed them directly from our website.

Under Visualhunt’s Terms of Service, it says, “Visualhunt cannot be held responsible for copyright violations and cannot guarantee the legality or suitability for any use the images found through its service or contained in its system. Visualhunt makes no warranty expressed or implied regarding continued service, information provided, the legality or licensing of the pictures or the functionality of the site. It is your responsibility to ensure the use of any pictures is legal and that they are in compliance with all applicable laws.”

6. Picjumbo

Here you can search from 50 million high-resolution licensed images. You can select from any of the categories from the drop-down. On their frequently asked questions page, it says, “Can I use photos for commercial use for client works, etc?” “Yes, you can. I’m just sharing them for free and it’s up to you how you use them.” You can also download all the images at once.

7. Gratisography

This site provides some great emotional pictures. It says “free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions.” No attribution is required. You can click on any of the categories or you can enter a keyword in the search box.

8. Pictography

Here you can search for any gorgeous free images to use for however you like. On its frequently asked questions page, it says, “Can I use images for commercial work?” “Yes, it’s up to you to decide how to use the images. We do not provide model or property releases for any images. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant releases from models or property owners.”

9. Morguefile

Here you can search for millions of free photos. On its license page, it says, “You are free to remix, to adapt the work, commercial, use this work for commercial purposes, accompany the photos with other content under the following conditions. Standalone basis, you cannot sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration or if you don’t alter the image and leave it exactly as it is, then you must credit the photographer to use it. Ownership, you may not claim ownership of this image in its original state.”

10. Public Domain Archive

These are new 100% free stock photos every single week. On its terms and conditions page, it says, “All the images on our site, Public Domain Archive, are released under CCO common domain dedication.” This means, you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

11. Pikwizard

This site has over 100,000 completely free images, which are free to use without attribution. They add new images to daily and say “our ultimate goal is to get to more than 1 million images.”

They’ve got lots of pictures of people, which tend to be rare in free stock photo sites.

Here’s a summary of the sites where no attribution is required to use the images for commercial purposes. Pixels, Pixabay, Unsplash, Gratisography, Public Domain Archive, Pikwizard. This means, you don’t have to ask permission from or give credit to the photographer.

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  1. Hi Herman,

    Thanks for sharing your tips! We’d be stoked if you check out and let us know what you think about it. The free images we have on our sites are quite one of a kind 😉

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