Eh… come closer and I’ll whisper a secret.
I’ll tell you where you can find stunning free and premium images for your websites and blogs.
Why do you need to know that?
Because images are becoming more and more important in modern web design.
They’re getting bigger, more creative and much more professional.
The days of touching up an old image on Photoshop and uploading are long gone.
So where do you find great images?
I’ll tell you, but only if you promise to keep it a secret…….
Sources of free and premium images used by WM Web Design for client sites
We always advise clients to use their own images if possible but if they must use sourced images, to stay well away from the cheesy and clichéd images that you see on so many websites.
Steer clear of the smiling young lady at the switchboard, the two construction workers looking at blueprints and wearing shiny new yellow hard hats or the two business professionals shaking hands – yuk!
We try to pick images that fit in with the website, look natural and have a touch of the wow factor.
We source both free and premium images for our clients and these are the sources we use:
Our top two sources of free images
When you’re looking for free images you don’t want to spend ages sorting through random images hoping that the right one will suddenly appear. You want a source that has plenty of images, a comprehensive index system and allows you to search for keywords.
These are two sources that we’ve found easy to use, have a good range of images and good search facilities.
Our top two sources of premium images
Sources of premium images tend to have a bigger collection and better indexing and search systems than the free sources. They also have attractive looking display interfaces where images enlarge as you hover over them.
These are our top two premium image sources that are easy to use and find just the right image.
Other sources of free images that we’ve used
From time to time we’ve also used free images from other sources. Here are a few that are all very different and some are pretty quirky, but they may be just what you’re looking for.
Sources of free and premium images recommended by the #Genesiswp community
I know that there are a lot of image sources out there but I didn’t want to just Google for them and then produce a list.
I wanted a list in which we could have some confidence.
So what did I do?
I asked the #Genesiswp community over on twitter to let me know where they get their images… and boy did they come good.
Here’s a list of their replies together with their twitter handles – if you get a minute, pay them a visit.
Susan Nelson @OhHelloDesign
I recently discovered depositphotos.com and it seems decent. Also like 123rf.com
Actually, I should say @AllegraSinclair shared depositphotos.com with me. Seems like a great find so far!
Other sources of free and premium images
This is your section of the post.
As you let me know of image sources that aren’t already included I’ll add them to this section.
I’ll start the ball rolling with a source that I discovered recently.
Please help us to grow this resource by letting us know where you source your images
We’d like this post to become the web’s #1 resource for sources of free and premium images, but we can only do that with your help.
If you know of any other image sources that we’ve not mentioned or if you run a website that provides images then please let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list
We’ll keep updating the list as we receive information so please keep stopping by to check for updates.
Look forward to hearing from you.