Free Stock Resources for Web
Stock photos, video, and patterns for your next web project
Sun, 18 Nov 2018
Let’s face it: great imagery is an integral part of design. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find great stock images that are royalty-free. I’ve seen plenty of companies that I’ve worked with had their content taken down due to copyright issues.
But no longer! In recent years, there’s been a bunch of new websites popping up that provide people with beautiful stock photos, videos, and patterns. And I’ve compiled a bunch of the great ones into a list!
This curated list of resources can be useful for many things, including designing an Instagram post with Canva, finding a great background video for your website, or even finding some extra footage for that documentary you plan to release next month.
We hope these help!
All photos from these sites are Creative Commons, and are free to use for commercial use.
https://unsplash.com - This is the largest free stock photo site out there.
https://www.pexels.com - Pexels takes a close second.
https://negativespace.co - Just your average stock photos site, but we like that you can search for photos by color at the bottom.
http://www.coverr.co - Free videos, specifically for your homepage. They post 7 new videos every Monday.
https://www.pond5.com/stock-video-footage/?free=1 - Highly recommend checking this out! The search filters are super useful. Make sure that ”Public Domain” is checked, or a lot of paid videos will show up.
http://mazwai.com - Sound needs enabled once you get here, it starts off by default.
https://www.cutestockfootage.com - Lots of ads, but good content.
https://www.vidsplay.com - This sites kind of ancient lookin, but they have some good stuff on here!
Patterns, Textures, and Backgrounds
http://patternico.com - Amazing site. Make your own background pattern. Just drag in some icons (or upload your own), and position them however you like for a repeating background pattern.
http://thepatternlibrary.com - Just keep scrolling…
https://www.heropatterns.com - This is probably 10x more useful for developers than most other people, as it gives you the generated code to use these in your web projects.
https://www.textureking.com - This site is odd…also filled with ads. Still worth a mention!
https://www.transparenttextures.com - Change the color on the left hand side, pick your style, and download the image! Also has a feature for developers to grab the CSS.
http://www.freebiesgallery.com/backgrounds - Best for blurred backgrounds.
That’s it for now! Let us know if you know of anymore quality resources that should be added!