7 sites to find free quality images for internal communications

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 5.35.28 PMSo, you’re presenting in a couple of days.

It’s a big one. Everyone is going to be there.

You’re done with the outline, and you know what you’re going to say for each slide.

All you need now are a couple of good images. Images that are relevant, of high quality, and hopefully free (and legal) to use!

Not to worry. There are actually quite a few online resources where you can search for and download images that you can use for free, in your presentations, newsletters, intranet posts, office posters, emails …. whatever you need them for.

Here are some of my recommendations (there are actually more – but these are the ones that are easier to use, and also have access to quite a good collection of images).

This site searches for Creative Commons images in depositories like Flickr, so if you don’t want to use Flickr’s interface for any reason, you can search through Compfight.com and still have access to flickr’s images.

Easily one of the largest collection of images on the web. Just be sure to use the simple advanced search to find images that are in line with Creative Commons for commercial use. Also, you can see if the owner of the image allows you to modify the image or not. Some really good quality images here.

Over 190 million photos available here. Simply select commercial use or non-commercial use on the search bar to narrow down your search results. Good mix of quality – but mostly pretty good.

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I liked the quality of the images that are on this site – however, there is a catch – only the small sized images are free. The larger resolutions are not. But then again they’re not that expensive either. However, if all you need is an image to include in an article on your intranet, then the small sized image is fine. If you’re looking for something to use in your big-screen presentation, then, you might need to look elsewhere.

Icon Monstr
Sometimes, instead of a photo, you might need an icon instead. Or maybe a group of icons. Especially if you’re working on slides, or banners for your intranet portal. This site was built by a German designer. All the icons are free of charge, and you can even set the colour of the icon before you download it. Amazing quality.Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 5.15.46 PM

This site is slick. Love the UI. Easy to use, and easy to search. Apparently, all the images that are available on this site are free and in line with Creative Commons for commercial use. However, although there were loads of photos, I did have to search pretty hard to find an image that I was happy with.

Unrestricted Stock
This one is a bit weird in terms of the layout. It almost didn’t quite make it into this list because I feel that the usability of the site is a bit wonky, but I like it because it forces me to be creative. Not a tonne of images, but the vector images and photos that are available are categorised into groups – which are accessible from the main homepage. Most of them are of pretty good quality.

Your turn

I hope you found this list useful. What’s your favourite go-to site to source for images to use in your internal comms work? Add a comment below!

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Written by Dinesh Rudra