Whilst many of us are aware of online stock resources we can buy or subscribe to, there are also lots of websites which offer great, free stock elements.
As a designer I spend a fair amount of my time searching through stock image libraries looking for that perfect photo for my creative projects. I’m also not a huge fan of those classic cheesy images that probably spring to mind when you think of stock photography.
So I thought I’d share some of my favourite FREE resources where you can download great – non cheesy – images, as well as fonts, icons and graphics. Enjoy!
With over 300,000 free stock photos on offer and new images being added regularly this is a great place to find really nice images.
Did you know that Canva has it’s very own free stock image library?
Free photos from canava (require sign up) https://www.canva.com/photos/free/
Paid for premium photos (require sign up) https://www.canva.com/photos/
stocksnap.io – Claiming to be the best place on the internet for great quality free photos… and they’re pretty good too to be honest, you won’t find cheesy pics here!
A stock image library created by photographer, Viktor Hanacek.
FreePik offer vectors, icons and images for both personal and commercial use.
Creative Market is a great library of graphic elements, from independent creatives around the world. Whilst most of the graphics on Creative Market are not actually a free, they do offer a set of 6 free goods each week. These can include fonts, graphics, templates and much more.
look in the ‘Freebies’ tab for allsorts of free stock treats
The Noun Project
The Noun Project have a huge choice of icons on offer. Signing up to a free membership grants you access to over 100,000 free icons in various themes.
A great selection of fonts which are free for commercial use. Font Squirrel offers lots of choice and different styles to suit your projects.
A huge bank of free fonts – check the usage restrictions as not all of these are free for commercial use, but you can specify to find only fonts that are 100% free in the search bar if you prefer.
looking for a colour palette for your website, brand or design project? Look no further than Colourlovers to help you find a great colour combination!
So hopefully by now you’ve found some great elements for your next creative project. Please comment below if there are any other stock resources you recommend, I’d love to hear about them!
*Although these are free resources, please do make sure to check whether an attribution to the artist is required.
Branding and Design DirectorEmma is a Branding and design expert who started her own business and never looked back. Founder of Big Bear Creative which was started after having her first child Noah. Supporter of women in business and nurturing startups.