When you started looking at social media, I imagine that you wanted to create the best possible impression with engaging posts and relevant images.
And then you went to find an image, and someone told you that you couldn’t just copy them from Google – trust me I’ve told lots of people this and then they are stuck with where to go. You don’t want to be paying a huge amount for one image from a well-known stock image library but you need images in your posts, so what do you do?
The technical bit:
You need to use images with the appropriate Creative Commons License. Some of these you can use and you must attribute the image to the creator, others you can use without attribution. Making sure that you get it right is important. This article on Wikipedia provides a good overview.
Now that you understand this, you’ll want to know where to get images from so, I’ve detailed below three resources that will help you out.
Free Image Resources
Pixabay is an amazing resource that allows you to use their images for free and without attribution.
This means that you can use their images on your website, social media, printed marketing, etc without having to attribute or link to the creator. There are over 1 million images and videos that you can use, all of which are great quality.
Canva not only allows you to create your own images in the right size for your social media posts, with the ability to add text and shapes to them – they also have a free library of images for you to use.
This is a great tool if you want to create images of different sizes from the same design.
Available on a free plan that allows you to pick from thousands of free images and use icons on your designs.
Like Canva, it also allows you to resize images and add text overlays - plus you can even create videos.
There are many more tools out there but these are three free tools that I use the most to create social media images, headers and banners.
So now you should feel more confident in where to find images, start exploring…