ASK DN: Where do you find high quality pictures for your designs?

6 years ago from , Design Lead at Vincent

Visual design is the area that I find myself to be struggling in. One problem is that I'm pretty terrible at selecting appropriate pictures to use in my designs. Let me show you some examples of awesome image choices:


What are your suggestions for selecting the right pictures for design?


  • Matt VMatt V, 6 years ago

    Pexels is a cool site for free stock photography.

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  • Tom Holt, 6 years ago

    Check out Death To Stock Photos

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  • Philip A, 6 years ago

    Unsplash is pretty good: https://unsplash.com/. Free for commercial use too which is nice.

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  • Morgan SmithMorgan Smith, 6 years ago

    Stocksnap.io has been a recent favorite of mine (and it has a search bar to help eliminate some scrolling.)

    This article recommends a few other sites that are pretty good: https://getflywheel.com/layout/five-places-find-stock-art/

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  • Lev MiseriLev Miseri, 6 years ago

    http://albumarium.com is pretty good. Thousands of searchable high-quality images to use for free.

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  • Jess Chen, 6 years ago

    I normally go to All Free Stock first.

    They've gathered a lot of free image sites (as well as video, music, etc.) all in one location, pretty convenient, you should def check it out :)

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  • Account deleted 6 years ago

    Try the links that are listed here: https://medium.com/@dustin/stock-photos-that-dont-suck-62ae4bcbe01b

    I use 3 of those regularly.

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  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, 6 years ago

    This. I hate this, searching through various image libraries to find the right photograph (be CC or Royalty free). Obviously things have to be thematic and visually fit, but there still seems to be no short cut to finding the 'right one' other than trawling through countless images.

    Google images is a good starting point to get an initial feel though.

    Be interested to know what others think as sourcing images is possibly one of the hardest things to do on a project (for me at least)

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  • Todd FTodd F, 6 years ago

    Just search for Creative Commons images. Flickr has some and there are other image search engines that only return Creative Commons results. Are they exactly what you saw on Tumblr? - Maybe not, but it's OK to use them. Contrary to popular belief, just using any image you find on the web is not OK (even if you don't make money off of it - it it's displayed publicly, you can still get in trouble).

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