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So now you know how to create eye-catching images for your blog posts, social media and other marketing materials, it’s tempting to go all in, grabbing every pretty picture you find on the internet.

But hold on – it’s very important that the images you’re using are LEGAL (no, I don’t mean have the naughty bits covered up.)

In this video I’m going to explain what sort of images you can and CAN”T use – and what can happen if you don’t follow the guidelines. Plus I’ll share some of my favorite places to get royalty free images.

Quick Note About Licenses

The sites I’ve included here are primarily offering free images that you don’t have to pay for (with a few exceptions that I note in the list)

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can licenseodify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

However, some photos may require attribution. I’d advise you to do your own research and check how these images can be used.

Some Places To Find Royalty Free Images:

StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io has a large selection of beautiful free stock photos and high-resolution images. The site also has a very handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.

StockSnap adds hundreds of images on a daily basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.

Unsplash

Unsplash offers a large collection of free high-resolution photos and has become one of the best sources for stock images. The Unsplash team combs through new submissions and features the very best photos on their homepage. All photos are released for free under the Unsplash license.

Create Her Stock

Create Her Stock is unique in that it provides stock photography featuring images of women of color, designed for creatives, female bloggers and online influencers of color. They offer a number of free images every month with a limited user license  (check their site for full details. 

Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

FoodiesFeed

FoodiesFeed offers thousands of beautiful realistic free food pictures in high resolution. It’s the perfect stock photo site for food bloggers.

Death to Stock Photos

Every month a photo pack of 10 photos within a certain category will be delivered to your inbox. The goal of Death to Stock Photos is to bring you a variety of options in which to use for your mockups, blog posts or social media.

Death to stock photo uses their own license which you can read on their webpage.

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.

Pixabay

Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

StyledStock

StyleStock offers free feminine stock photography for every woman entrepreneur. The collection is totally free for your commercial & personal works.