where to find free stock images and how to edit them

where to find free stock images and how to edit them

where to find free stock images and how to edit them 1004 300 digital devotee

Sourcing photos and videos for your website is important – images are powerful drivers of opinion and action after all!  In an ideal world (read ideal budget) you should be taking original pictures that lend credibility and personality to your brand.

But if your current budget doesn’t allow for that, you’ll be searching stock images for things that represent YOU.  And so will lots of other people using the same tools.  It might be time to broaden your search!

When you get to editing the images and compressing for a fast loading website, you’re probably never going to beat Photoshop (subscription ~HKD70/month) but you’ll need to learn it too!  I’ve listed some online tools here that can help.

If you want more details about sourcing free content and the rules surrounding use of images online, please read my previous article Free Content for Commercial Use.

Free Image & Videos

All of these free stock image sources have something worth looking into – I’ve focus on those with good business and design images.  This time I also did a simple test to search “asian woman” and see what came up first…seemed like a good barometer on diversity and might give you an initial impression on tone.

Here are some other stock image providers that do things a little differently…

And a few for the Vintage lovers…

Online Editing & Compression Tools

If you have downloaded a lovely free image from one of those sources above you probably have an image that’s way too big.  If you wanted to cover your entire website’s homepage screen you would be aiming at 1920×1080 pixels and <150kb.  If you don’t have Photoshop I have something that will work to both resize and compress with very good results!

Meet Squoosh

Which just compressed and resized my photo from 4070×2728 5.6mb to 1400×938 94kb beautifully!

Squoosh >

Next you will probably want to quickly convert that image into the right sizes for social media…and there’s a great tool for that too!

Meet Promo's Image Resizer

Here’s my LinkedIn image at 1200×628. You can reposition each one before downloading if needed.

Image Resizer >

Taura Edgar

I am a digital marketing professional based in Hong Kong since 1998. My experience spans digital marketing, social media, branding, PR, advertising, customer service, loyalty, and media. I have developed and led digital teams to grow brands and I have a keen interest in brand communications, digital strategy, customer service for social media and how those can work together with CRM to enhance customer experience / retention. I value long-term vision of enriching customer experience to extend loyalty above short-term fixes.

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