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It seems like every day there’s a new site that offers free stock images. There are so many, that sometimes it’s a burden to process so many choices. Seriously, how many stock images are you really using?

In the past, I’ve save you some time by reviewing free stock images and curating them into contextual downloads. However, even that can be a bit much to manage. What you need is an easy way to search through all of those free stock image sites so you can find what you need when you need it.

The good news is that there are three such sites where searching and finding free stock images is possible.

Stock Up

search free stock images via Stock Up

Stock Up is courtesy of Site Builder Report. It’s a search engine that indexes free stock photo sites. I consider it the Lord of Rings site because it’s one site to rule them all. Because of this, it may be the only link you need since most of the free stock image sites that I listed in this post are already indexed there.

Stock Snap

search free stock images via Stock Snap

Stock Snap is similar to Stock Up because it’s a curated resource of free stock images that don’t require attribution There’s a lot of overlap.


free stock images via Stockography

Stockagraphy is another site that searches free stock image sites. They’re listed as free for commercial use.

You’ll notice that all of these sites pull from the same free stock images sites. As I mentioned before, you probably only need to use Stock Up since they all host the same free stock images. But it doesn’t hurt to have all three sites at your fingertips.

You can always find inexpensive stock photo subscriptions. In fact Graphic Stock (which has a good selection) regularly runs a $99/year subscription with unlimited downloads. They also have a video  and audio service that is reasonably priced.

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2 responses to “How to Easily Search through Free Stock Images”

Thanks Tom. It’s great to learn about new sites for free stock images. Especially when you’re working on a tight (read non-existent) budget. Some time ago you wrote a piece on how to acknowledge creators of images/material in a Storyline project. Can you point me in the right direction as I can’t find it. Thanks

November 18th, 2015

@Helen: here’s the post re: attribution of free stock images