What images can I Legally use on my website/blog?

The internet is full of images but which ones are you legally allowed to use?

It’s easy to see that the World Wide Web is full of images and you can find practically anything you want for your blog, magazine, newsletter, website, etc. however not everything on the web is free, images like other things belong to someone – but who? And have they given permission to use them? And what permissions do they licence for?

Well here’s the quick explanation:
If you want to use images for your own private viewing then go for it, if you want to use images for anything else well you’ll need some type of licence – even free to use images have a licence.

I’ll write another article at some point to explain licences in more detail but for now I’ve included below some link to paid and free image sources – don’t forget to check out the licence (even for free images) as to how your allowed to use them and how many times; a lot of organisations/artists will not allow free use of images for extended use: ie. Merchandise, products for resale, etc.  and most free images ask for attribution




Claim to have over 80million royalty-free images, videos and music tracks


Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock:

great plans either pay per image or choose a subscription; you can search their massive database of over 50million royalty-free, high quality photo’s, videos, illustrations and graphics.


iStock ‘by Getty Images’

iStock ‘by Getty Images’:









Great source of quality images and plans.




You’ve probably heard of these guys, they have a massive and well organised selection of images to choose form.


Big Stock

Big Stock:

Brilliant high quality selection of images with credit or subscription accounts





Great source for free images but watch out for their premium links.
Website: http://www.freeimages.com License: http://www.freeimages.com/license



Images, illustrations, vector graphics and video’s all livenced under CC0 which means you can download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Website: https://pixabay.com   License: creative Commons Zero



Great but random selection of very high quality images (ideal for blog use) Licensed under CC0 which means you can download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Website: https://unsplash.com Licence: https://unsplash.com/license

Pickup Image

Pickup Image:

Very American gallery of images licensed under CC0 which means you can download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Website: http://pickupimage.com           Licence: creative Commons Zero

Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Archive:

One man’s mission to create a single repository of high quality public domain images – check it out, some good stuff and it’s free
Website: http://publicdomainarchive.com           Licence: http://publicdomainarchive.com/terms-conditions



Daily uploads of public domain images – completely free to use without attribution. Great collection of HDR photo’s
Website: http://skitterphoto.com           Licence: creative Commons Zero

Stock Snap

Stock Snap:

Selection of some of the best photos from around the web, with good search features.
Website: https://stocksnap.io   Licence: https://stocksnap.io/license


So there you have it, you can purchase great images and you can get them completely free, we hope this article has inspired you to use high quality images on your next project/blog post.

Don’t forget if you’re using any of these images for your website/blog upload a compressed file, optimized for the web.




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      • Restrictions include whether an image can be used for personal or commercial purposes, and whether or not the photographer requires attribution or credit. The Creative Commons license does not include legal protection, so if a dispute arises about an individual, building, trademark or artistic work in that image, the customer may be liable for that claim.