Let’s face it: great imagery is an integral part of design. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find great stock images that are royalty-free. I’ve seen plenty of companies that I’ve worked with had their content taken down due to copyright issues.
But no longer! In recent years, there’s been a bunch of new websites popping up that provide people with beautiful stock photos, videos, and patterns. And I’ve compiled a bunch of the great ones into a list!
This curated list of resources can be useful for many things, including designing an Instagram post with Canva, finding a great background video for your website, or even finding some extra footage for that documentary you plan to release next month.
I hope these help!
All photos from these sites are Creative Commons, and are free to use for commercial use.
https://unsplash.com - This is the largest free stock photo site out there.
https://www.pexels.com - Pexels takes a close second.
https://negativespace.co - Just your average stock photos site, but I like that you can search for photos by color at the bottom.
http://www.coverr.co - Free videos, specifically for your homepage. They post 7 new videos every Monday.
https://www.pond5.com/stock-video-footage/?free=1 - Highly recommend checking this out! The search filters are super useful. Make sure that ”Public Domain” is checked, or a lot of paid videos will show up.
http://mazwai.com - Sound needs enabled once you get here, it starts off by default.
https://www.cutestockfootage.com - Lots of ads, but good content.
https://www.vidsplay.com - This sites kind of ancient lookin, but they have some good stuff on here!
Patterns, Textures, and Backgrounds
http://patternico.com - Amazing site. Make your own background pattern. Just drag in some icons (or upload your own), and position them however you like for a repeating background pattern.
http://thepatternlibrary.com - Just keep scrolling…
https://www.heropatterns.com - This is probably 10x more useful for developers than most other people, as it gives you the generated code to use these in your web projects.
https://www.textureking.com - This site is odd…also filled with ads. Still worth a mention!
https://www.transparenttextures.com - Change the color on the left hand side, pick your style, and download the image! Also has a feature for developers to grab the CSS.
http://www.freebiesgallery.com/backgrounds - Best for blurred backgrounds.
That’s it for now! Let me know if you know of anymore quality resources that should be added!