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Our Top 5 Royalty Free Content Sites

If you’re struggling to source your own images, videos or User Generated Content (USG), then there is no shame in turning to Royalty Free sites for inspiration. In this quick guide, we’ll cover a handful of our favourite Royalty Free sites that are designed to help you make the most out of your infographics.

We’ll start with the heavy hitters and arguably the most well-known…

1. Adobe Stock

Website: https://stock.adobe.com

Credit: www.microstockman.com

Although there is access to create a ‘Premium’ account that currently (as of 01/22) costs £19.99 per month for 10 standard assets, there is also an option available to access free stock photos, vectors and videos via Adobe Stock here: https://stock.adobe.com/uk/free. Simply create a free account and download the ‘Free Licensed’ content as you please.

2. Shutterstock

Website: https://www.shutterstock.com

Similar to Adobe Stock, Shutterstock also offers a ‘Premium’ account with a similar £19/month contract for 10 assets, whilst a FLEX 25 mixed-asset subscription currently costs £39/month for a combination of up to 25 images, or 6 music tracks, or 3 video clips. Although there doesn’t appear to be access to free content as of yet, Shutterstock is a good place to gain inspiration when needed (as well as a good starting spot if you want to start selling your own stock content)

3. Pexels

Website: https://www.pexels.com

Priding themselves on offering the ‘best free stock photos, royalty free images & videos’ (opinions pending), Pexels is a great stop for gaining quick and relevant stock content. A fuss-free interface lets you search with ease, with easy download options to suit. You can also filter your search with specificity to photos, videos, sizing and certain users if you so choose.

4. Unsplash

Website: https://unsplash.com

Credit: www.thefilmstack.com

Home to over 1,000,000 free images and counting, Unsplash is another one-stop shop for all your free stock content needs. Although focusing on images over video, Unsplash also has a quick and easy interface that allows you to filter search results relevant to size, orientated, colour and associated hashtags. N.B - Don’t be fooled by the well placed iStock Ad that appeared at the top of our search results page… just keep scrolling.

5. Pixabay

Website: https://pixabay.com

Move over Unsplash, because Pixabay claims to have 2.5 million+ images, videos and music content up for grabs. Much like the other two, the interface is easy to navigate with ample filters to address your specific content needs. If you’re ever feeling creative too, Pixabay is also a good spot to start sharing your own stock content.

Although Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels offer Free To Use content - it’s always important to double check the attribution requirements to see if credit to your source should be acknowledged.


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