Why is it so hard to find high quality free stock photos?
It can be a ridiculous hassle searching for free images. But it’s crucial, as even if you have the greatest content on the web, it’s highly probable no one will read unless you make it more interesting with images. The plain text isn’t attention grabbing, but you can change that adding some beautiful, funny or thought-provoking images.
So where can you find good images?
There are platforms and sites that have databases of free stock images and we bring you our favorite eight ones.
DeviantArt is an ever growing community of photographers and artists sharing their work, with over 30 million registered users. There are a lot of stock images to choose from and some really good quality illustrations and art as well. Most artists will let you use their images if you credit them.
This is an online database of all types of freely usable media files that anyone can contribute to. Right now it has close to 30 million free files including images, sounds and videos.
You can do a search by topic, location, type, source or author. Their ‘animals’ category is especially great, perfect for a website about pets.
This is an oldie but a goodie, and probably one of the best and largest free images databases on the internet. They continually upload a huge amount of images, something close to forty million a month, which gives you plenty to choose from.
They make it very easy to upload these images to your website as well. All you have to do is find your image of choice, click on the icon and paste the code onto your page and voila!
Flickr is a social network of professional photographers and aspiring professional photographers so it really stands out by high quality of photos. You have to register for the website to use it, and then you can share, save and edit photos, as well as comment and send messages to other users.
Not all images are readily shared but most are if you link the image to the author. Not too much hassle for high quality.
Pexels is a website that has put many other free stock image sites in one place so you basically search many databases by searching theirs. It is already very large and it keeps growing. The quality of images is also at a high level. It’s simple, easy and you get beautiful images for your website.
In their own words, they provide high quality free photos for creatives, and this is very true. Their selection is modern and urban, and you can browse categories like urban street art, architecture and textures. For an even bigger selection, you can sign up and subscribe.
This one is really special because it offers vintage black and white photos and you can’t find many of these online. They are collected from the public archives and are free of any known copyright restrictions.
Black and white photos from olden times really bring magic and a different atmosphere to websites and are everyone’s favourite. We can only be thankful to New Old Stock for collecting them and giving them new life.
Free Images StockSnap.io
This websites had high quality stock photos and gives them in high resolution, which is not always the case with other databases.
Hundreds of hi-res images are added on a weekly basis and we promise you won’t find a bad picture even if you look for one. If you’re looking for atmospheric and colourful images, you are in the right place.
Let’s remember the basic: we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Good images call for our attention and we are likely to stay on a website and read it if we like the photos there. The online offer of free stock images is enormous and growing each day, so set your standards high, aim for beautiful and useful, and feel free to let us know how your website’s turned out!
Enjoy your image browsing!
Believe it or not, recent research has shown that customers take only 90 seconds to form their opinion about a product or a business and up to 90% of opinions are based on the color of the product only!
This fact speaks volumes about the importance of color in web design – color not only matters, it is essential.We need to give colors some thought and choose depending on the message we are trying to convey and the image we want to represent. Here is a quick color by color guide.
White is for cleanliness, health and openness
Even though white is usually used as a background color, it can be used as a dominant color as well and relay a sense of openness and freedom. There is simply space to breathe and it doesn’t tire your eyes.
It is not intrusive and we are likely to stay longer at sites that allow us to have some peace and space, without screaming for our attention. In a way, this is respectful towards the readers.
Many medical websites (hospitals, dentists, veterinarians etc.) opt for having white as a predominant colour to present their practice. If this is your choice, read this text.
Black is for luxury
According to color psychology, black is reserved for hi-end luxury products. The darker the tones – the more elegant it is.
Black has the quality of something timeless, classic and expensive. It evokes the feelings of mystery, the unknown, of something sexy, glamorous and exclusive. Don’t go overboard with black though, as it may completely close your website and make it somber.
Grey is cool
There is something about grey that makes it look good in whatever way it is used. Grey websites are laid back and sophisticated. They don’t need to beg for attention because they are self-assured and provide quality, value and tradition. Grey is also a great background color and can be combined successfully with all other colors, especially with blue, teal and violet.
Blue means trustworthiness
Blue is the most popular color for websites and some of the heavyweights like Facebook, Twitter and PayPal are all blue. This is because blue is the color of trust and loyalty.
Blue also evokes feelings of peace, calm and compassion, and no wonder then it is the safest color to use in any design. Smart and reliable, it combines well with many colors too. There are many shades of blue, and the ones lighter, closer to white, evoke health as well, that’s why medical themed websites use light blue next to white as dominant colours.
Pink is girly
Pink is usually used on websites with female audience as it is considered an all-round girly color. Pink is lovey-dovey, romantic, but not too serious and heavy like red. A great example is our team Candy Queen.
It is lightweight, amusing, and stylish, but also protective and well-intentioned. It just tends to make everything lovely.
Red means business
Red is a no joke color and it loudly calls for attention and action. It signifies strength, determination and authority so it is often used for corporate sites like law firms and government pages.
However, it is also the color of passion, love and desire, especially when used in combination with black. There are many hues of red, and the darker you go in the spectrum, the more serious your website will look.
Orange brings life into the picture
Orange is a very bright color and it denotes playfulness, the joy of life, happiness and a good mood. It is often used for healthy lifestyle and food websites to promote the sense of joy and wellbeing.
Orange, being carefree, sociable and lively is guaranteed to bring vibrancy to your website. Take a look at our new template Paws and see why orange is the most purchased one. It can also be successfully used to stimulate appetites, so use this color wisely!
Yellow is happy!
Similarly to orange, yellow brings out joy, cheerfulness and a bright mood, since it is the color of sunlight.
If you have a predominantly yellow website, it will signify that you have strong opinions and are not afraid to express them, that you are self-confident and generally have a positive outlook on life. Yellow is usually used as a highlight color on darker toned websites and is rarely combined with white.
Green is relaxed
Like blue, green is very common on websites. It exudes the atmosphere of peace, calm, nature and renewal.
Green evokes the natural cycles of life and helps us feel relaxed and enjoy our viewing experience more. It is also not tiring for our eyes, which means we can spend longer amounts of time on green sites. Don’t trust us? Take a look at Zen.
Now that you know what messages these colors are sending out, do you find your website is in the colors that fit your personality, image and vision the best? Would you change anything and be willing to play and experiment?
For small businesses, websites can become their own worst enemies.
Why? Small business owners mistakenly believe that an extensive website, with robust navigation and overflowing image galleries, is deemed a necessity for their business.
With a little technical expertise, small business owners can build attractive websites; however, oftentimes those “attractive” websites have no unique visitors or quality content. It means they are doing it wrong, but this is correctable.
While one-page websites are simple and modern, offering engaging images and text that captivates the user, small businesses do have a choice that lies between a one-page website and the traditional multi-page website.
We wanted to help you to make your decision a bit easier by explaining how and why a one-page website can make or break the deal for your business. So here are how and why.
The one page website is a relatively new trend that has proven to be a favourite amongst users because of its simplicity and how easy it is to navigate. The site only loads once and from there on the customer is more or less one click away from what he/she needs. If your ambition is to maximise your conversion rate, a one page website is the way to go.
What is a conversion?
Here when we speak of conversion we mean the number of visitors that become clients, and the amount of interaction there is between your company and them. You want to engage your potential clientele and encourage them to give feedback and get in touch. A one page website most certainly simplifies this entire process.