One of the more common questions I get is, “Where can I find good quality images I can use on my website for free?”
Luckily for all of us, there are more and more resources every day.
Here are the websites I usually go to first:
- Pixabay – https://pixabay.com/
- Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/
- Pexels – https://www.pexels.com/
- Gratisography – http://gratisography.com/
If you find what you need quickly, it’s a good day.
The problem is that if you are looking for a very specific image, the search features on these websites aren’t the greatest.
Which means that you’re going to spend more time than you expected to go through multiple pages of images hoping to find what you need.
A more efficient way to conduct a search is to use Google Images.
Now, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Alisha! You can’t just take any image off of the internet and use it on your website for goodness sake!”
I realize that and I’m always the first person to attribute images to the artist, so hold your horses and give me a second to explain.
Google Images, in addition to being the search powerhouse that it is, has included a very useful filter we all can use to keep things legal.
Find Free Website Images
► Go to https://images.google.com/.
► Type in what you’re looking for in your image and press Enter.
For example, “real estate agent.”
Google will produce a massive grid of photos will colored filter buttons at the top. Ignore those.
► Click on the Search Tools > Usage Rights > Labeled for Reuse.
This will filter out any images that cannot be legally used on your website.
► Click on an image you like.
This will give you the option to visit the page or view the image.
I recommend visiting the page so you can double check the license and also make sure you get the highest quality version of the image.
► Right-click on the image and choose Save Image As.
Congratulations! You just found a free image to use on your artisan website.