Best sites for free stock photos & design resources

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  • Resources Box

    The PSD Box resource section. You will find resources created by me, mainly templates and PSD files but also brushes and other presets for photoshop.

    – License for personal and commercial use
    – No credits required
    – Quality of resources

    Resources Box

    Unsplash

    Used by millions around the world Unsplash is one of the best free stock sites out there. Most of the images are already edited and most of them are very high resolution, exceeding 4000px. One of the things that I like most from unsplash are the curated collections available and the fact you can use the images for personal and commercial projects without attribution.
    Key features
    No attribution required
    High resolution
    Currated collections

    Unsplash

    Pexels

    Very similar to Unsplash and also with a huge collection of images.
    Key features
    – No attribution required
    – High resolution
    – Currated collections

    Pexels

    Pixabay

    With a gallery of almost 1 million free stock photos and growing, Pixabay is among one the best free stock photos websites. One downside (at least for me) is that many images are already edited so if you’re looking for images to retouch it might not be your first choice. Most images are high resolution for registered users (it’s free) and really good quality.
    Key features
    – Huge gallery
    – Offers vectors and video stock
    – Great image quality

    Pixabay

    Pikwizard

    Pikwizard is a free image gallery similar to other free stock sites like Unsplash or Pexels. It offers free high resolution stock images and it has a really big collection.
    Key features
    – Huge gallery
    – Great image quality
    – Many categories

    Pikwizard

    DeviantArt

    Another great source of amazing stock photos made by amateur photographers especially for digital artists which makes it perfect for photo manipulations. Very well categorized so you can find specific images. One downside of deviantART is that many authors have very strict rules for using their images.
    Key features
    – Huge database
    – Lots of categories
    – Images ready for manipulations

    DeviantArt

    bgfons

    This website is dedicated only to textures and background images. Their database is not particularly huge but you can find really awesome textures and you have the option to download all images from a category, at once zipped.
    Key features
    – Good quality textures
    – Download whole categories in zip format
    – Many categories to choose from

    bgfons

    Freepik

    A huge collection of resources for designers. Not exactly a stock website but a gallery that provides templates: psd files, logo templates, illustrator files but also great quality stock, I’f you’re looking for a logo template, a vector or photoshop brushes this is your website.
    Key features
    – Huge gallery
    – Professional templates
    – Great for designers

    Freepik

    Model Mayhem

    This is actually a modelling community but their forum is full of posts where you can actually download unedited RAW stock photos posted by photographers. You will only find model photo shoots so if you’re looking for RAW portrait stock to practice your retouching techniques, this is for you.
    Key features
    – Unedited RAW photos
    – Free download
    – Entire photoshoot sessions available

    Model Mayhem

    PNG All

    If you’re looking for PNG images for your work here you will find lots of them. On their copyright page they say that the images are only for personal use.
    Key features
    Ready to use transparent PNG images
    Lots of categories
    Decent size database

    PNG All

    PNG Tree

    Similar to FreePik but with lots of high quality free transparent PNG stock photos
    Key features
    – Ready to use transparent PNG images
    – Lots of categories
    – Lots of files to download

    PNG Tree

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