How To Find Graphic Design Stock Images | 5 Royalty Free Stock Photo Websites

How To Find Graphic Design Stock Images | 5 Royalty Free Stock Photo Websites

How to find Royalty Free and Copyright Free Images. These are the 5 sites I use for my royalty free stock photography, graphics and templates. Stock photos and templates are important assets for any graphic designer to have for their work.

You may have noticed that I use stock photography heavily to make my YouTube thumbnails and the marketing material for my personal brand throughout social media.

Stock images are convenient and often they are affordable or free, but many designers don’t know where to find quality stock photos for their work, especially if they want to be able to use them commercially.

In this video I cover the stock photo websites I use to get my assets, templates and stock photography.

ROYALTY FREE STOCK IMAGES AND STOCK GRAPHICS

Graphicstock – Stock Photos, Vectors, PSDs
http://graphicstock.refr.cc/8QZK7J9

Graphicriver – Stock PSDs, InDesign, Illustrator, Templates
https://graphicriver.net/?ref=robertoblake

Themeforest – Website Templates, Email, WordPress Themes
https://themeforest.net/?ref=robertoblake

Photodune – Stock Photography
https://photodune.net/?ref=robertoblake

AdobeStock – Stock Photos, Graphics, Vectors, Videos
http://stock.adobe.com/?ref=robertoblake

Canstockphoto – Stock Photography
http://www.canstockphoto.com/robertoblake?r=268285

Freeimages – Stock Photography
http://freeimages.com

iStockphoto = Stock Photos, Stock Video, Stock Audio
http://istockphoto.com

Remember that using multiple stock photo websites can help you have a diverse inventory of assets to work with.

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50 replies
  1. Shelsie Myles
    Shelsie Myles says:

    I was using Istock photos for a while until we got an adobe subscription at work. I need a variety of images and graphics since I do all the design work for our ads, coupons, website, posters etc. I’m a bigger fan of adobe stock now b/c I noticed our competitors using some of the same stock images we had that I downloaded from Istock. The Getty images are more common that the ones on adobe stock

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  2. KenAmaSun Smith
    KenAmaSun Smith says:

    Roberto, Thank you for all your great videos! you are clearly an expert in your field! I will first look into freeimages.com. I will most likely purchase Adobe stock. Are you familiar if adobe has the capability of teaching me to do simple silhouette drawings of the body? Again, Thank you for CREATING AWSOME!!!

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  3. NAT T
    NAT T says:

    So usefull!! I’m in school and at a job interview they asked where I usually get my stock photos from. I honestly never thought about it before. And the only thing I use is DeathtotheStockPhoto, but I know nothing about using stock photos for let’s say.. a company’s Instagram.

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  4. iSasFTW
    iSasFTW says:

    Here’s what I use:
    Pixabay
    Pexels
    Gratisography

    Those are the best places that I use for fully royalty free images, that you can use commercially!

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  5. Sarah Connor
    Sarah Connor says:

    Quick question, what issues do creatives have with Getty? Just trying to understand the Stock world better! Thank you!

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  6. Marenda Figgs
    Marenda Figgs says:

    Hey Mr. Blake! This particular question isn’t about stock images but it is important. I am a graphic designer and I have my BFA in graphic design but I’m currently undecided on how important a Masters Degree is to the real world graphic designer and the market place. (As I am considering getting a B.S. in Marketing instead of the MFA and just doing graphic design internships to build my skill levels).
    I guess my question is In the field of design do you feel that real world experience > college degree, particularly a Masters Degree in Design? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated. =^|

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  7. InfoMania Talk
    InfoMania Talk says:

    There are very websites which are providing photos free of cost and all these pics are royalty free photos and personally recommend pixabay.com Regards- Infomania Talk

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  8. x0captainblack0x
    x0captainblack0x says:

    Hmm why not just pay for your images…… Oh cuz you want to make money…….but a photographer should bye 20 to 50 grand to work for free because you need free photos….. This makes you sir a pile of steaming hot dung …… Pay for your sh** support photographers …..so thy can keep working……and you can to

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  9. Stephanie Noel
    Stephanie Noel says:

    Since I am unemployed and don’t have much money to spend I use free stock photography sites like Morguefile, Free Images, Pixabay, and CG Textures. Sometimes I take the pictures myself. Eventually later down the line I would move towards the paid sites instead.

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  10. molly2 frodo2
    molly2 frodo2 says:

    How do you use adobe stock for commercial projects? They want you to pay tons of money for an extended license for each photo.

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  11. Galaxy FX | أفتر افيكتس
    Galaxy FX | أفتر افيكتس says:

    It looks like you will have to make the " free stock images sites" video sooner than you think LOL

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  12. Zoe Does Life
    Zoe Does Life says:

    I have a question, not entirely related but do you think Adobe CC is worth the price? For someone like me that is a beginner and wants to become very familiar with Photoshop, Premiere Pro & After Affects. I am looking to get into it professionally in the future but for now I’m just beginning so I really need to know it will be worth it before I go ahead and get a full subscription. Thanks 🙂

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  13. Jovaughn Thomas
    Jovaughn Thomas says:

    Hi, Roberto I’m from Trinidad and Tobago and I’m on my way to setting up my own freelance graphic design business. However im indecisive on what is the best affordable laptop to get and my country isnt the best resource for these things as they offer sub-standard and obscene rates. Any suggestions?

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  14. Porsche LK -Horses -Comedy -Vloging & More
    Porsche LK -Horses -Comedy -Vloging & More says:

    How do you put your Image on one of these stock photos?? do we have to cut our photos out? Not sure how to do that. :/

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  15. Matt Christian
    Matt Christian says:

    I use PixaBay. They have all a Graphic Designer needs: Jpeg, PNG, Vector, anything in between. as well as you get to choose the dimensions of the image. Please let me know what you decide about it.

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