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Mar 10, 2016

7 Free Image Sources for Your Blog and Social Media

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7 Free Image Sources for Your Blog and Social Media

Thanks to the Internet, we now live in a hyper-connected world. Whether it’s reading the news or checking Twitter, everyone goes online to check what is new or popular. This trend is projected to continue as teens and millennials have been found to spend roughly 30 hours on social media per week. As both consumers and creators of content, this generation knows that images have the power to both impact the world and add visual flair to originally boring posts. To continue with this aesthetically-minded trend, here are seven of the best free image sources for your blog and social media accounts.

1. Dreamstime
This stock photo company has a section of free images that anyone can browse and download from. The volume and diversity of the archive makes it worthwhile to sign up for an account. They constantly add new items so it's always nice to come back and find more options.

2. Pablo
This is a tool that quickly combines images with short texts to make posts come alive -- perfect for quotes that need a little oomph. There is even an option to edit the image by tweaking the contrast, enhancing blur, and converting it into grayscale. Furthermore, the Pablo archive is approximately 30,000 strong, so there are more than enough images to help you flair up any of your various projects.

3. IM Free
The great thing about this collection is that every item has been handpicked to ensure quality. It's a relatively small set compared to others but the excellent images and clear categories make it easy to find usable pieces. Most can be used for commercial purposes with attribution to the creator.

4. MorgueFile
Photographers from all over the world send their works to this repository. These are high resolution files that are free to use for creative pursuits. Registration is required to upload but not to download. There is currently over 373,000 submissions on the site so every keyword brings a treasure-trove of photographs.

5. Public Domain Pictures
As the name implies, it is a collection of images that are currently in the public domain. This means that their creators have waived all their rights on their work around the world. Everyone is free to use them for personal or commercial projects. Engineering a marketing campaign has never been easier.

6. Pixabay
What makes Pixabay interesting is the fairly large number of vector graphic, videos, and illustrations on the site in addition to the photographs. There is now over half a million items in the archive, so sign up and start creating.

7. Getty Images
The company is known for having an extensive collection of stock photos. It is the undisputed industry leader with a massive archive of 80 million illustrations and photographs. Getty has recently allowed some of their images for use as embedded items in blogs at no cost.

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