How to Find Free Images Online

how to find free images online

Have you ever wondered how to find free images online and especially from Google?  I hope that you know, that you cannot just go onto Google, or any other search engine for that matter, and copy an image to place on your blog or website.

A lot of images online are copyrighted to their respective owners, and to have access to these, can come with a fee. There are many sites online like; Shutterstock, Adobe Stock photos, Getty Images and Deposit photos to name a few that charge for their images, or a subscription to a certain amount of downloads.

But with a little research and a bit of filtering on Google, can have you download and receive lovely images for your website that are royalty and attribution free.

With these free sites, you can use their images but attribution may be required.  Simply put, attribution is the act of giving the original author of the content credit for their work. Which could mean a caption under the photo, crediting the author of the image, or even a link in the image back to the original source.

In this video, I briefly explain how simple it is to search Google and how to get free images online.

So as I explained in the video when searching for images, and how to find free images to use for your website, make sure that the websites you do get them from are royalty free. There generally is no limit to your downloads and from these images, you can perhaps modify a little, placing a quote, title or symbols.

Doing Your Image Search

And as stated in the video, going to Google and selecting Images followed by;

Tools > Usable rights > Labeled for reuse

In this picture below as you can see I Googled “dogs” and selected the Images.  Settings and Tools will not be visible until you click on one or the other and from there, more options are offered.  It is here you then click on the Labeled for reuse to get the free images to use.

how to find free images online


Free Sites to Check out

Here is a list of some free image websites.  As stated in the video, please read through the Terms and Conditions and FAQ’s to know exactly what you are allowed to use.  I have only included the sites that do not require attribution.  What does that mean you ask?  Simply put, it means you do not have to give credit to the original author of the content.


Pixabay has over 930,000 photos and videos that you can use anywhere. And because these images are released free of copyrights you can download, modify, distribute them for anything that you like!


Photos on Pexels are free to use for personal or commercial use.  And you can modify copy and distribute photos as well which is awesome as they have a good variety.


Picjumbo is an easy to navigate free image site with really high-resolution photos with no attribution required as well.  It has a great selection of food shots, so it your website is about nutrition, a restaurant or anything food based then this could be for you!


This free image site is full of photos by one photographer and some are weird, all are wonderful and really unique!All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.

Having obtained these photos, you can now either use them as they are. Or do a bit of modifying. I like to add titles to some of my images to state clearly what my post is about. As you will have seen with my image at the very top of my post.

Your modifications can be done on the programs like Canvas, or PicMonkey.  I actually use the very basic program Paint on my computer. I label or title my images or put others symbols on relatively quick and easy.  I imagine an editing program comes with the Apple computers as well.

A Recap

So just to recap, make sure you are taking images from the internet that give you permission to do so.

Clearly credit the owner of the image (with a caption or a link) if attribution is required.  This can be done in the Advanced feature as you add your image.

Get busy finding awesome images for your website and blog posts!

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Have an awesome day,