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Need an eye-catching image for your corporate website? Stay on the right side of the law with these free stock photo resources licenced for commercial use.
The best websites for free corporate images for commercial use
An eye-catching image is everything when you’re publishing online. But the rules surrounding image use are strict: using a photo without the photographer’s permission is likely to violate copyright law and could incur a fine or court action – so grabbing a nice-looking photo directly from a Google image search is strictly off limits.
There are further restrictions on commercial use. One is that free photo sites draw the line at letting you use their images to promote your business. But fear not, the sites listed below all contain an abundance of corporate images with a Creative Commons Zero licence – meaning you can download and use them freely on your commercial website.
Where to find free stock photos for your business
Aimed squarely at entrepreneurs and small businesses, Burst is a stock photo site with a range of free images suitable for use on ecommerce sites. What’s more, it’s packed with business ideas and other resources to help you sell online.
There are no copyright restrictions on any of the photos on Stocksnap.io – so you’re free to download their images for use on your commercial website, digital media and print materials.
This community photo sharing site works as a portal for photographers and creatives, who upload their pictures and decide on the conditions of use. At Pixabay you’ll find plenty of high-quality photos, illustrations, vector images, videos, music and sound effects licensed for free commercial use.
Another free community stock photo site, Unsplash filters its contributions for quality, hand-picking the best images so you can find just what you need. The Unsplash License allows you to download all its images for commercial use.
Yet another community photo sharing site, Pexels contains curated collections by topic, plus a search function. All images and videos on the site can be reused for free without attribution – and you can even modify them to fit your needs.
Free stock photo trials
The big stock photo sites tend to charge big bucks for royalty-free images for commercial use. But it’s worth being savvy and taking advantage of the freebies on offer. Just don’t forget to cancel after the trial period is up! All info is accurate at the time of writing, but these things change fast so do check the terms and conditions before signing up.
- Shutterstock offers a one month free trial allowing you to download up to 10 images. Cancel before the month is up and you’ll pay absolutely nothing.
- Canva Pro is a one-stop photo, video and image library with added image editing capability for professional graphics every time. Currently offering a 45-day free trial.
- Adobe Stock has a great range of photos and other assets for your commercial site. Sign up for a 30-day free trial for up to 10 free downloads.
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