That’s when royalty-free images come into play.
By definition, Royalty–free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.
Here are 3 amazing websites we’ve found for high-quality images you can use without paying a recurring fee or continual usage license.
Pixabay has a vast array of images that can be used with private or commercial websites. These are free to use for virtually any purpose. Because it is such a popular site, there are literally thousands of graphics to choose from.
One of the best features is there is no account necessary in order to download images.
All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications.
Pexels is one of the largest free stock photo locations on the Internet, with over 25,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 3,000 new high resolution photos will be added . You have access to quite an extensive database of photos, varying sizes and the ability to customize size dimensions of the image you’re downloading.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
3. WikiMedia Commons
If you want a huge database of imagery created by many people around the world, WikiMedia Commons is where you may want to go. Although the breakdowns of categories and subcategories can be quite annoying to sift through (more than 34 million media files) anyone can choose from to use for virtually any purpose., the site can fine-tune your searches for specific photos. Using the search bar is probably you best chance of finding that perfect image.