The use of stock images is one of the fastest and most effective ways to create eye catching designs. We create designs for a wide range of clients, and images can end up being a huge strain on the budget if they are not sourced correctly.

Freeing up some of the budget by reducing image costs leaves more room for allocation of funds for; design time, print services and more. We’ve curated a list of what we consider the best places to get free and affordable stock images from.

Unsplash

Unsplash provides ‘Beautiful, free photos. Gifted by the worlds most generous group of photographers’.

They have an amazing varied portfolio of super high-quality images which are all 100% free. No registration or crediting is required. Just head to the website, search for what you would like and download the perfect image, simple as that.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock provides images at a fraction of the price of other big stock image sites. The range of images which are available is massive, with 264,445,258 images at the time of writing this blog, growing by about 1,000,000 per week. The search functions make it easy to find similar photos of what is searched and powerful platform also generates suggestions to help find the ideal image. The site is especially good for more corporate, less stylised images.

They offer a package of five images for £35, working out at £7 per image. Which is an extremely affordable price in the current stock image market.

Pexels

Pexels is an image platform which provides ‘The best free stock photos & videos shared by talented creators.’

The stylish platform allows users to download thousands of high-resolution images and videos for free.

Pixabay

Pixabay is a website for ‘Stunning free images & royalty free stock’.

Just head to the website and search & download ‘Over 1 million+ high quality stock images and videos shared by our talented community.’