FAQ Friday: Where can I get free images for my emails?

The best place for stock images is a stock photo site such as istock.com or photos.com. However, we know it’s not always in the budget to pay for images for your emails. So, I asked all of our designers in the office to share their favorite sites to find free images when budgets are tight.

One important note: Google images are not free images! 9 times out of 10 those images are copyrighted and you need to get permission from the owner of the image to use them.

So what about those free images? The sites below generally don’t require any permission for commercial use, but sometimes you will need to sign up for a free account. Also pay attention to the specific license requirements for each image to make sure the image is free for your intended purpose.

PolaroidStock Photos:

The Best: pixabay.com  & morguefile.com
Mid-range: public-domain-image.com & www.sxc.hu
Pretty Limited: myfreedigitalphotos.com
Vintage Photos: vintagepixels.com

Imagery and Icons:

Wikipedia also has an article with additional links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources.

Did we miss your favorite image source? Share it with us and we’ll add it to the list!

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About Audrey Howes

Audrey has been an active member of the Swiftpage team since September 2009. Audrey manages Social Media and special projects with her marketing know-how and design expertise. When she’s not working you are likely to find her enjoying time with her family in the mountains near Steamboat, going for a run, reading a good book, being goofy with her kids, or savoring a latte in a local coffee shop.

7 Responses to “FAQ Friday: Where can I get free images for my emails?”

  1. The information provided through this article is really very informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a very useful resource, thank you. However, vintagepixels leads me to a ‘This page can’t be displayed’. Is the address wrong, has the site closed down, or is it just my computer?

    • Looks like you might be right. Bummer! Well, hopefully you found some more useful resources. Thanks for the comment!


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