With all of the time content curators spend writing, images can often unfortunately become an afterthought. However great your content may be, it is equally important to present your work in a visually engaging format. While going to Google Images and posting the first picture you find may be tempting, this method is unreliable and often ineffective. It can be difficult to find good quality images and, even if you find one, it can be unclear whether the author has granted the rights to their work. Fortunately, there are great solutions out there for free images. Depending on your needs, one of the following resources should help you get on your way towards easily enhancing your content with great images!
If you’re looking for interesting high-resolution photos, morguefile is definitely a great source to check out. As their site describes, the collection is “by creatives for creatives.” Users submit photos and, if approved, they then become available for free download. This process is great for filtering images in order to ensure that they are unique, appropriate and of good quality. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of image composition and photography, they even have a Classroom section with free lessons on a wide range of topics.
FindIcons is great for – as the name suggests – finding icons. The images are great for illustrating something that you are discussing or even integrating into complex visual designs. Its extensive catalogue consists of high quality files that can often be downloaded in multiple formats depending on your needs. Though you probably won’t find large header images for your blogs here, the collection is great for spicing up your content.
Deviant Art is a really good source when looking for something more artistic or abstract. If you are looking for stock photos it is probably not for you, but I have found the site perfect for background images to make my content more compelling. Many of the images can also be downloaded as Vector files, which enables you to customize them even more if you are handy with Adobe Illustrator.
Know of any other great resources we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!
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