The Best Free Stock Photo Websites

Do you need photos for your next project?

Whether it be for a website, social media campaign, an illustration, flyer, or even maybe a school project, stock photos are in high demand.
There are many great resources brought to you by photographers, designers and design industries that have put together collections of high quality free stock photos.

Not only are they free, most are free of any copyright restrictions. Some do require attribution to their collection.

Click here for more information on the Creative Commons License

Unsplash.com

Simply one of the best sources for free stock photos
Every 10 days there are 10 more new photos added

StockSnap.io

Find a large selection of free stock photos
Along with a great search feature, making it easier to find what you are looking for.

Pixabay.com

From stock photos to illustrations
Pixabay has a large collection and all photos are free of any copyright restrictions.

Gratisography.com

All pictures here are taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design
They offer many free high resolution pictures that are free of copyright restrictions.

Picography.co

A collection of free stock photos
Submitted by Dave Meier and other photographers.

FreeStocks.org

More great high quality free stock photos
All released under the Creative Commons CCO.

MMTStock.com

A collection of photos provided by Jeffrey Betts
All photos are released under the Creative Commons CCO.

LifeOfPix.com

New pictures are added weekly
and is a great resource for free stock photos.

NegativeSpace.co

An amazing source for free stock photos
That are all easily searchable, and sorted by categories.

PicJumbo.com

Lots of categories and a large collection
Of free photos for your next project.

FoodiesFeed.com

If you are looking for free stock photos of food
Then this should be the first website to check out.

SkitterPhoto.com

An awesome collection of free stock photos
That are authentic to SkitterPhoto.com

New Old Stock

If you are looking for old vintage photos
Then the New Old Stock is your website. It is a great resource and all images are free of any copyright restrictions.

What is a Favicon?

A favicon is a small image that is used by a browser to show the image of the website being visited

Isn’t this similar to a logo?
Yes and no. A favicon acts like a logo in the sense that it brands your website.

A favicon though, is very small and is only used in a web browser. In fact, a favicon is usually only 16 pixels by 16 pixels, which is why they are usually very simple yet relevant to the overall look and feel of the website.

A favicon was first used by Internet Explorer to track favorites or bookmarks you created

The word itself is made of two words “favorite” and “icon.”
Favicons were also used to estimate website visitors by counting the number of bookmarks for a particular page.

Favicons are now an important part of the user experience. All major browsers use favicons in the browser address bar, link bar, bookmarking area, browser tabs, and even in a shortcut on your desktop. If you don’t have one, a generic one will appear instead and is not the best experience for the user visiting your website. Most online branding is a daunting and challenging task. A favicon is a simple and easy way to raise brand awareness.

How do you create a favicon?

You can use any image editors with an ico file extension save option.
There is an extension for Photoshop that you can download as well.

To make it even easier, there are many favicon generators out there

Simply upload an image and download the favicon file
One of our favorites is www.favicon-generator.org.

So I have a favicon

How do I use it?
Basically upload the image to your website, and link to it in the header.

Insert the proper code into the HEAD section of your website. Upload the favicon and the files with the added code to your server. Enjoy your new favicon.

Favicons are proof that great things come in small packages. They are small yet very effective from a user perspective, demonstrating attention to detail from a branding perspective. The bottom line is use and create favicons, and your website visitors and clients will appreciate this kind of detail and professionalism.

What Makes A Good Logo?

Remember, a logo is intended to convey a message.

The most effective way to convey your message through a logo is simple.
A logo should be just that; simple yet versatile and unique.

An effective logo will always contain these key elements. The logos uniqueness should be memorable. There is a fine line between uniqueness and keeping it simple. Being memorable is achieved by its design being appropriate to conveying the correct message.

An effective logo design will also withstand the hands of time.

Will the logo look good in 20 years?
Some logos have to change with time, but the really good ones barely change over time.

Being versatile is what you want. Your logo should be very flexible and functional. What we mean by this is that logos should always be designed in vector format. This is to ensure your logo is responsive to fit any size and will be compatible across any medium.

Good logo design consists of several aspects to its design to be effective. Creating a balance of simplicity, memorability, versatility, and appropriateness will generate the best logo design. Learn how to implement these into your designs and you will create better logo designs.