Here is a list of the best image vendors we use on the regular. Some are paid and others are free. You will find that the paid image vendors truly have the best images, but if you’re willing to spend some time, you can find some golden nuggets with the others.
So, without further ado…
The Best Image Vendors:
Definitely our favorite. We use freepik regularly and 90% of the images, vector illustrations, and photoshop files we use on our websites, marketing collateral, presentations and more come from freepik. Plus, they have a sister site, flaticon, where you can download all the icons you will ever need in one lifetime.
You can get some downloads for free on both sites but the paid for plans give you so much more. We pay $17.99/mo. for access to both sites plus there new site where you can get free presentation templates for Powerpoint or Google Slides, slidesgo.
stockunlimited is our second go to. If we can’t find something useful on freepik we can usually fill in the holes with stockunlimited. Plus, you can get vectored illustrations, music to use in your promotional videos, fonts, and more.
We purchased our stockunlimited plan from AppSumo several years ago at the incredible price of $39.99. We are up for renewal in 2022 and we will definitely be renewing.
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Pixabay, now owned by Canva, is a great resource for not only images but also, music and videos. Our third go to, Pixabay has a lot to offer. You can find some great videos to use in your page heroes as well as incredibly high quality images.
Pixabay is free and you can reuse anything you find on the site. They do encourage you to buy a ‘coffee’ for the artists using PayPal, but other than that it is free.
When we were first looking for royalty free images, Unsplash was the first website we found. To be honest, we are underwhelmed with this website. We have from time to time found some items that are usable for websites or marketing, but most of the images are too ‘artistic’ for use. Especially since we do most of our work for people in the residential and commercial construction industries.
You never know. You may find a nugget or two here…
The Stocks is an interesting place. There are all sorts of image aggregators listed here. In fact, some of the websites I mentioned above were found on The Stocks. Having said that, it can be a bit frustrating trying to find the perfect picture for your website or marketing here. I think the trouble is too many choices. Too many rabbit holes.
Still, this is a good resource to have in your back pocket.
The Stocks: http://thestocks.im/
There are so many more options out there. These are just the ones we frequent the most.
One thing I would like to say before we sign out here… PLEASE be sure what you are using are truly royalty free. There is nothing worse than getting that letter from a copyright lawyer.