3 Free Places to Get Social Images

One of the main problems people run into when searching for royalty free images is finding images that look good but are also free. While there are many sites that have beautiful images, like Adobe Stock Photo, these sites generally charge for their images.

On the other hand there are many sites that don’t charge for their royalty free images but they also make it hard for you to find your license for that image. Personally, when I am pulling an image to add to a product, I don’t have time to go sorting through the website to figure out what the licensing terms are.


This is One of the Reasons Why I Love Pixabay

Each image you click on in a Pixabay search will take you to the image and image rights. The rights can easily be seen on the right hand side of the image, there is no guesswork and no digging through the website trying to figure out what you can and cannot do. As long as your image says ‘Free for Commercial Use No Attribution Required’, you are good to go.

You always want to check before downloading. While most of the images on Pixabay allow you to use them freely, I have found one photographer, (out of the 100 + that I have gotten images from), who does request attribution for his images. It is rare, but it can happen.

Another thing you should know about Pixabay, some of their images are a bit revealing. While there is a way to do a ‘safe search’, you might want to make sure that you have it turned on before you do any image searches in a public place.

You can get started on Pixabay easily with a free account: http://racheladmires.me/GetPixabay

Another Site Like Pixabay is Pexels

I just learned about this site but I am quickly falling in love with it. Pexel is another

site that allows you to clearly see your image rights before downloading the image. After you donwnload, you will be taken to a page that will tell you different ways that you can ‘thank’ the photographer. This

can be anything from following them on Instagram to donating to them through

Paypal. It isn’t required that you do any of this, but it is always kind to thank the photographer if there is a way you feel comfortable doing so.



Get Royalty Free Images and an Image Editor with GetStencil

Before you look at Stencil you should know that there are both free and paid accounts. Both types of accounts allow you to do essentially the same things but the free account limits the number of images you get per month.

The great thing about stencil is that not only are the images royalty free, but it is also a  ‘one stop shop’ for all of your image needs. It allows you to:

  • Grab your image
  • Add an image quote or add your own words
  • Run the image through a filter
  • Add icons to the image
  • and much more

And all of this can be done quickly and easily in the GetStencil editor. You can literally have your completed image in under a minute, even if you have never used the program before.

Whatever site you choose to get your royalty free images from, the most important thing is that it is a site that best suits you and your needs. While the above sites work for myself and my business that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other sites that can also serve you well. The most important thing is to have a clear understanding of your image rights.



See GetStencil, Pexels, and Pixabay in Action:

Next Steps:

  1. Lean to use GetStencil: http://racheladmires.me/GetStencil
  2. Find Images on Pixabay: http://racheladmires.me/GetPixabay
  3. Find Imags on Pexels: http://racheladmires.me/Pexels

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