Top 10 Free Image Banks

But first, it does not hurt to remember some basic concepts of photography so as not to fail in our search.

Regarding the format, it is usually recommended .jpg for photos and .png for screenshots.

As for the size, if you are going to use your photo on a web page, it is not recommended that it exceed the megapixel, since it would take a long time to load.

It is also important that the pixel size fits your objective. An image that is too large will also slow loading, while one that is too small will be unsightly.

But don’t worry, from most photo banks you can choose any of these features as a download option.

What will you find here?

What is an image bank and what is it for?
What should you keep in mind when using a free photo bank?
Free image banks vs. Royalty-free image banks
The best royalty-free image banks
Free images and without registration on Unsplash
Picography, the high resolution image bank
Download the best royalty-free images at Lifeofpix
Not just photos; the free video bank on Pexel
Alternatives to royalty-free image banks
Wunderstock, among the 10 best image banks
Magdeline, high resolution at a single click
335 million free images on Foter
Free Vector Image Banks
Images and vectors to download at Freepik
Pixabay, the high resolution video bank you were looking for
The best banks of free icons
The best icons without registration in Iconfinder
Flaticon: the super icon finder
conclusion
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And now, so that you can find the perfect photo, we have selected what we consider to be the 10 best image banks.

What is an image bank and what is it for?
When browsing the internet looking for a photo, it is not recommended that you use any image from Google without first consulting its conditions, since most are subject to certain restrictions of use (such as copyright), or simply, they are not especially beautiful.

Luckily, there are some pages specialized in collecting images, each site with its terms, and exposing them to the public.

More professional people, surely pay a monthly fee, but if you are a beginner or simply an amateur and do not want to pay, here we recommend the best free image banks.

What should you keep in mind when using a free photo bank?
If you have taken the image from one of the many banks that are available, you will have no problem, since the vast majority will appear to have “Creative Common” licenses.

These are those where the author of the photo defines the use that can be given to his or her photograph.

But of course, this concept is very broad and covers many scenarios; since we can use the image for personal but non-commercial use, until we use it as long as we quote them.

That is why it is important that we pay attention to the type of Creative Commons License being “CCO”, which is the public domain specification, and therefore, we can do whatever we want with it.

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As this can be a bit confusing, we wanted to make a classification for you, in which you will see a list of image banks where all their photos are free of rights and another, where most (but not all) have this license.

Free image banks vs. Royalty-free image banks
The answer is no. A free image bank is, as its name suggests, free to download, but this does not mean that we can use photography as we want.

That is to say, its author can demand from us from the platform that when we use his photo we give him credit.

A bank of images without copyright, means that we can use that image for whatever purpose we want, whether commercial or for our website.

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This type of images has a license called CCO, but there are few banks where all your photographs have this license. Here are our favorites:

The best royalty-free image banks
All the photographs that you will find in these image banks have the Creative Common 0 License, so you can use their images for the purpose you want without worrying about anything.

Free images and without registration on Unsplash
Unsplash is one of the best and most complete CC0 image banks that not only has superb quality photos at no cost, but also because of the variety, quality and resolution of its images.

In addition, in the “+” button we have the information of the photo, such as the upload date or number of visits and, also, the option to choose the download size of the photo (small, medium or large).

Photo information, with number of visits and downloads.

One thing to keep in mind is that, if we browse more popular sites with a large volume of images, the probability of finding that same photo on other web pages is quite high.

For this reason, it is advisable to be able to view the number of downloads the photo has, to get an idea of ​​how many people may be using it online.

Picography, the high resolution image bank
Picography is a bank of photos full of color and a multitude of categories, among which you can find photographs of all styles.

Picography main page with search bar

Another advantage of Picography is that it shows you images of similar content after selecting a photo, so if you are not looking for something specific, you can browse that route.

Download the best royalty-free images at Lifeofpix
Life of pix is ​​the closest thing to an Instagram for photographers, both professionals and amateurs.

In fact, there is a direct access on its home page to the “photographers” section and a weekly contest for the best photography.

On its cover, each week appears the best photograph of the week.

As indicated on its cover, here you can create your own portfolio, personalize your photos and follow the photographers that you like the most, although a negative point is that we have little amount of free images

It is an Adobe Stock partner and there is a direct link, but be careful! The photos on this page are paid.

Together with Pexel and Pixabay, they are the only ones that have videos that renew every week.

Not just photos; the free video bank on Pexel
Along with Unsplash, Pexel is undoubtedly one of the most used banks due to the high quality of the photographs, which are also beautiful.

But its strong point is that it not only has photography, we can also find a multitude of videos for our website.

They are short videos, of about 7-8 seconds and with .mp4 format and the dimensions you choose.

When you select a photo or video that you want to see and continue scrolling down the screen, the “similar photos” section appears. This is really useful.

When you scroll down the screen, Pexel suggests similar photos.

Updates are weekly, but not in all categories and all images are licensed under the “Creative Common 0” public domain license.

For photography lovers there is a “challenge” area, where competitions are held for the best photo with the most votes. He also has a blog where photography topics are discussed.

Alternatives to royalty-free image banks
Not all image banks have all their photographs licensed under CC0, some, like these three examples, have most (but not all) in the public domain.

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However, the only thing that changes is having to attribute the credit to the author (although we always advise it, whether you have to or not, it costs nothing) and filter the search to find our objective.

Wunderstock, among the 10 best image banks
Wunderstock is a photographic library that provides access to thousands of f

High-quality others in the public domain, although not all of them are free.

One trick that I recommend is that you search by the keyword you have and then filter by license. Among the options we find “attribution and non-commercial”, “attribution” and “public domain”.

We searched for “Wall” and Wunderstock shows the results.

The option that interests us the most is the one in the public domain, since it is the one that allows us to do whatever we want, although it is always recommended to give credit to the authors of the photos.

Magdeline, high resolution at a single click
If you are looking for a subtle and stylish image, this is your place! Magdeline has an elegant and minimalist style.

When accessing the page we find a range of filters on the right, and on this page the possibility of filtering by dominant color stands out.

The latter is incredibly useful if we have an idea of ​​the characteristics that the photo we need should have, but we do not have a specific idea.

In this example, we have selected the dominant color “yellow” and it returns these results.

A disadvantage of this page is that the photos do not have a “direct download”, but we must click on “download” and then from the menu of our browser select “save as”, but it does not pose any added problem.

335 million free images on Foter
A selection of images with a sober but elegant style, in Foter you will find thousands of photos, most of them with CC0 license. However, from the web it asks you to attribute the photo in your post and provides you with the code for your HTML.

According to their description, focused on interior designers and journalists, although the images are small in size.

One of the great advantages of this website is having the management of filters by license and color from the main page, which saves you a lot of time if you are looking for something specific.

Once you select the photo, on that same screen we have the information of the original photo, the choice of size and the link for its attribution if needed.

When we click on the image, its characteristics and download possibilities appear

Free Vector Image Banks
If what you are looking for is not a photograph, but a clip art or a vector, these two sites are going to love you as much as we do.

Images and vectors to download at Freepik
Freepik is one of the favorite image banks of many content creators, as it has a lot of variety not only of photos, but vectors and clipart.

With a cheerful and carefree style, its tools are very easy to use.

One drawback is that not all resources are free, so it will be useful to filter through this field.

This page requires that your images be attributed to their authors, that is, to cite the author wherever we use their photo. The only way not to have to attribute the image is to make yourself “Premium”.

By clicking on “Download” a window opens in which we can choose one of the two options, free or paid.

If we are going to update the photo on our website we must copy the link and put it on ours.

As we do not want to pay, we click on “Free Download” and a compressed folder will be downloaded containing the file in .jpg format and the licenses.

Pixabay, the high resolution video bank you were looking for
Pixabay is probably the most famous image bank of all. It contains photos, illustrations, vectors and videos, so it is also one of the most complete websites.

From its main page we can see the different categories available.

From the search bar, we have the option to filter the results by content category, orientation, size and color of the photo.

When we click on “Download”, it asks us the dimensions we want.

Regarding licenses, if we click on “Pixabay License”, it redirects us to the conditions of the page, where it indicates that its commercial use is allowed.

The best banks of free icons
The common characteristic of icon banks is precisely that they contain this type of images or vectors, either individually or in packages, and many of them are free to download.

There is the possibility of becoming a “Premium” client, but we can also download some icons for free.

The best icons without registration in Iconfinder
Iconfinder is everything you were looking for in terms of icon search. With more than 4 million possibilities, choosing which one you prefer is not going to be an easy task.

From the search engine, by writing the keywords, we can find what we want. Once the search is done, we can filter by type of license, which is very useful.

We see how we can filter by type of license and keep only the rights-free

One of the most interesting things about this website are the graphics packages, where p

We can find several that follow the same style (cartoons, 3D, drawn “by hand” etc.)

The download format can be .png, .avg, .ai, .ico or .icns; and you also have the option to choose the dimensions with which you are going to download the file.

Flaticon: the super icon finder
Very similar to Iconfinder, in Flaticon, the icon sets this time are called “Packs”. The most striking difference compared to the previous one is that we have an extension for Google to include Google Docs and Slide, along with direct links to use these icons on pages of templates for online slides such as Slides Go.

Flaticon always shows the top of searches on its home page

The only drawback of Flaticon is that you have to register to download the files, but you have more possibilities regarding the format (“Vector icons (SVG and EPS), PNG, PSD and Iconfont”); and at any time you can unsubscribe if you prefer.

conclusion
Now that we know which are the best free image banks, we can only find the best way to work with them.

If you have a blog and you are going to use the free images in it, remember this post already recommended above in which some tricks that we also use are explained.

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