Sites to get Free Stock Photos for your Project Designing

by Saad Irfan

During the designing of any project, designer needs a library or collection to lessen the time span. The collection helps you to avail idea and you can implement it after intense modification. Obtaining media including photos of places and abstract photo can cost you very high sometimes to cover your need. But sometimes with the help of free photo stocks search engines and sites you can get your need totally free.

There are thousands of sites online offering low to high quality pictures but few of them really doing their job well by providing photo stocks free of cost as well. However its really harsh to get your hands on high quality pictures free of cost but by paying little fee to these sites you can access ultimate resource of pictures, after all these sites were made to earn some money as well not only to serve visitors with free stuff.

Here is short list of some sites which I found interesting and would like to share with you people. Do share your site on favorite links in discussion

i) EveryStockPhoto is a license-specific photo search engine. Currently they index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search. was launched in April 2006, and is owned and operated by Vibrant Software, located in Vancouver, Canada. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos. (source: site/about page)

ii) MorgueFile

The morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site.

iii) is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs and images with each other. Stockvault’s sole purpose is to collect and archive medium and high resolution photographs that designers and students can share and use for personal and non-commercial designs. (source: site/about page)

iv) Dreamstime

At, you can find a large variety of Royalty-Free stock images. Thanks to the continual evolution and diversification of digital technologies, we are able to provide images of a very high quality at a completely convenient price. All the images are carefully scrutinized and selected, in order to make sure that only the best are included and that the range of subjects is extensive.  (source: site/about page)

v) Freedigitalphotos

  • no registration required
  • corporate use is OK
  • instant download
  • option to purchase super high resolution files for use in print or graphic design
  • optional member registration gives access to lightboxes and email-to-a-friend features

vi) ShutterStock

You can choose a 25-A-Day Subscription for the greatest savings (get 25 downloads every day — that’s 750 each month) or select an On Demand Subscription for the greatest flexibility (use downloads whenever you need them for up to a year)

vii) RGBStock claims to be free and totally independent stock photo site. Registration might be required

viii) PhotoXpress

PhotoXpress works with professional stock imagery providers worldwide to provide members with the best free content available.

ix) Studio7Design

Free stock nature photography

x) FreeRange

Freerange Stock provides quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use, for free. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community – photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.

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