Finding images for your website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), video creations, or your blog can be a challenge. It can be expensive, too. You try to navigate and understand Terms and Conditions. What exactly is Creative Commons? How about Public Domain? Attribution? No derivative? It’s all pretty confusing.

For a simplified, cost-effective solution, I look to these two sites first: Pixabay and Pexels. Both offer a wide range of high-resolution photographic images that are free and require no attribution hoops to jump through.



Pixabay … where: 

  • “All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.”
  • “You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications.”
  • “Attribution is not required.”

Pixabay’s FAQ page: FAQs

Check out Pixabay here: Pixabay website



Pexels … where:

  • “pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.”
  • “free for personal and even for commercial use.”
  • you’re allowed to … “modify, copy and distribute the photos.”
  • … “attribution is not required.”

Almost sounds too good to be true, but that’s what their license page states. Pexels Photo License 

Check out Pexels here: Pexels website