How to Find Free, High Quality Images Online

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Updated Nov 13, 2020


Are you in need of images for your blog post or website but aren’t really sure how to find images for them? Here are ways to find images online that are FREE to use and in good quality!


Go to any search engine you want. We will use Google for example here (they are generally all the same in functionality).


> https://www.google.com/


Type in a descriptor for the image you want, such as "knee brace".


google suggested searches for; knee brace

When the information generates, select "Images" from the tabs at the top.


google images for; knee brace

google images tools tab

If you are concerned about using an image that is copyrighted, click the “Tools” tab and a secondary bar will appear.


Then, change the setting of use to “Labeled for Reuse”.


images labeled for reuse

Be sure to change the settings for the "Size" as well to at least medium, preferably large. Do not use a small image but if you are using the image online, be sure to save for web use using Photoshop or another photo editor so that the quality is high but the size is small for web use.


selecting large sized image

Now you will have images to choose from!


some google images results for; knee brace

Select the image you want, and a secondary image view will appear.


save as image

Right click it and tell it to “Save Image As” and save it to a location on our computer where you can remember where it is.


where to save your image

And there you go! You have the image you want.


a person in a knee brace

Another option is to use a free image archive website such as Pixabay or Pikwizard.


> https://pixabay.com/


brick wall painted image from pixabay

Type in a descriptor for the image you want, just be sure the type you are choosing is a photo. You can also download videos, vector graphics, and illustrations!


search options for pixabay

When we tried “knee brace”, it came up that they have 0 options for you to choose from. This happens! What you can do from there is type in an alternative descriptor or use a different image all together that will help show off hat you are trying to sell or promote that is not a knee brace. Again, you can always use what you find on search engines. The other thing you can do is to go to a paid site such as https://www.shutterstock.com/ where they will defiantly have a knee brace for you to use but you will have to purchase it.


could not find right image on pixabay

To continue to help you see how Pixabay works, we have chosen an alternative descriptor, “hurt knee”.


pixabay search results for hurt knee

Pixabay only offers you high quality, free images so all you have to do is find the image you want after the search results generate. Be careful not to accidentally pick an image that is from Shutterstock because it will take you to the Shutterstock website where they require you purchase images. Shutterstock advertises a lot on Pixabay and they strategically place theirs ads in places where Pixabay users can think they are clicking on a free image in Pixabay but are not.


Once you find an image you like, click on it!


It will take you to a new area where you can click the green button, “Free Download”.


Again, be careful because a lot of times there are ads hiding right next to that button and if you click something that is not the free download for that particular image, you can get lost again.


When you click the correct button, a drop-down menu will appear, and you can choose which size of an image you’d like to download.


pixabay free download size options

We usually choose 1920x1357 to be safe. If you are worried about your computer’s hard drive filling up, you may want to choose a smaller image.


Then, click the download again! The image will go to wherever you have told your computer to accept downloads.


Most of the time Pixabay will ask you do login or complete a task in order to download fully. You can set up an account for free, we recommend doing that!


They will ask that you “show some love” to the Photographer who took the image. Be sure to do that! If you can mention them as being the Photographer whenever you use that image, do so. If you can donate money, do it!


And there you go again. You have the image you want now from Pixabay!


knee in a knee brace with someone's fingers wrapped around the knee

Pikwizard holds a stunning library of over 1 million stock images and videos.


> https://pikwizard.com/


pikwizard homepage

What makes Pikwizard stand out is you can take each image and edit on graphic design software, Design Wizard.


editing image on design wizard

And the images of people are also great! There's no attribution required.


While there are Adobe sponsored images on the website, these are clearly labelled. The vast majority of images and videos on the website are completely free!


Lastly, if you are not finding what you need on search engines or on Pixabay or Pikwizard, you will alternatively need to purchase an image.


We like Shutterstock.


> https://www.shutterstock.com/


The way you search is pretty much the same as how you search on Pixabay, but you will need to enter in a credit card and set up an account.


If you have any questions please let me know!


 
Amanda Honeywell of HMG

I make creatively bold brands, experiences and solutions.


A. Honey

Chief Everything Officer

HMG

ahoney@hmgroupmi.com




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