WHERE TO FIND QUALITY STOCK PHOTOS FOR FREE

High quality free stock photos are not really that hard to find nowadays. In this post I will show you the websites I use the most when I look for free stock images for my artworks.

On these websites you’ll find free PNG stock images, high quality backgrounds and textures, professional free mockups, free unedited RAW images

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.

Key features

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

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

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

PikWizard

Similar to Pixabay but with a smaller image database. The quality is really good but not all images come in really high resolution, still they are very good for many design projects. Many images don’t require attibution and you can use them for personal and commercial projects. Includes an image editor which allows you to create banners, posters and more.

Key features

  • No attribution required
  • For personal and commercial use
  • Free image editor
Free quality premium stock sites

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

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 design resources and psd templates

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

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
Transparent PNG stock photos. Free ong stock images

PNGALL

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

GRAPHIC BURGER

UI kits, mockups, icons, logos and other design elements is what this website offers. You’ll find a big collection of free files but they also offer premium content.

Key features

  • Professional quality
  • Modern designs
  • Multiple formats: psd, ai, eps…
Free design resources. Free mockups

Do you know a free stock site?

If you know of any stock web site that is free and you think should be in this list, do not hesitate to leave a comment with the URL