52 free image sources for your blog & social media

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Images add value to your content whether it is a social media post, newsletter, blog article or website. From photographs to charts, graphs and infographics, the types of images you can use to complement your content and connect with your reader are numerous. However, you can’t just search through Google images and use any pictures you find. Read over the terms and conditions of any image source so you know exactly when and what type of attribution is required.

Below is a list of effective types of images and where to find or create them online.

1. Stock photos

Tips

  • Make sure you avoid using “I’ve seen that before” photo.
  • Don’t just use random images – select photos that relate to the content.
  • Check the licence restrictions before using images.

Where to go online

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2. Screenshots

Tip

Screen shots are a great way to show something especially something technical.

 

Where to go online

You can use your computer shortcut keys or an app such as Skitch or Lightshot (Mac/Windows) or Greenshot (Windows)

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3. Charts and graphs

Tip

Data can be complicated to explain in words. A graph or chart helps to convey this information.

 

Where to go online

Charts Live Gap , ChartGo, Rapid Tables, Chart Tool and Plotvar have free tools to create chart and graphs online with live previews

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4. Infographics

Tip

An infographic helps to communicate a large amount of data or instructions.

 

Where to go online

Infogr.am, Easel.ly, Visme and Piktochart are free web tool that lets you create infographics quickly and easily

The Pattern Library is a great resource of downloadable patterns that can be used freely for design work

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5. Custom art

Sometimes you can’t find the right image or what you have needs editing.

Picstouch is free online tool to crop or resize the image to any size. You can also add text on top of image.

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Alternative, contact Black Mouse Design to create your images.

Although there are so many photos being taken now due to the advancement of digital photography, phone and tablet cameras, we don’t all have time to take just the right photo when we need it so keep this list as a handy resource for when you need to find just the right picture in a hurry.

 

Do you have any other great sites for sourcing images?  Do you use any of these site and tools? I’d love to keep the list growing in the comments so please let us know if you have any to recommend.

 

About Caroline

Caroline is a specialist in business creation, growth and change management. Her aim is to empower start-ups and small businesses to drive growth through the development of business ideas, product and service development, strategy and system planning as well as business branding and promotion.

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