Top 10 websites to download stock photos for presentations (free and paid)

Do you know the saying “One picture is worth a thousand words”? Photos and graphics can enhance your presentation slides, make it look more professional and strengthen your message.

The original and well-chosen image will draw audience attention more than text-heavy slide. Therefore, they will be more likely to focus on what you’re saying instead of reading or scanning through dozens of bullet points. Using visuals is one of the latest presentation trends.

All commonly used presentation software let you easily insert images from your computer and incorporate them into different slide layouts. In addition, some of them let you browse pictures available online and import images directly to your slides.

For example, in PowerPoint you can navigate to Insert → Picture -> Online Picture to use Bing online image search. A similar feature is built into Google Slides and uses Google image search. Although both are really convenient and easy to use, the selection of photos is limited, their resolution isn’t always. Besides, you can easily run into copyright problems.

So, where can you find good quality (and legal) images to use in your presentations?

Free stock photos (without registration) for your presentations

There are several online services with free images you can download for your presentations. I listed below my favourite 5 for quality of pictures and ease of navigation. Furthermore, I liked that they let you start right away, without creating accounts, verifying emails and memorising yet another password.

You will notice some pictures repeat between various platforms, although each service contains a fair amount of original ones, so it’s worth using more than one.

The fact that pictures are free of charge, doesn’t always mean you can use them in any way you want. Most of the time, as long as you are using them only for presentations, you should be safe, even if you are posting your slides online, but make sure to check the license conditions.

Each platform may have a different licensing agreement and individual images can have additional restrictions you should red and follow. Generally these are clearly indicated, easy to find and understand. In most cases, stock photos are free for commercial and noncommercial use, but reselling them may not be permitted.

Without further due, here are my favourite sources of free pictures for presentations:

Pexels

  • Website: https://www.pexels.com/
  • Multiple file sizes available for each picture.
  • You can download photos without registration or create an account to access additional features.
Stock photos for presentations — Pexels

Pixabay

  • Website: https://pixabay.com/
  • One image size per picture
  • For each selected photo the platform offers similar ones, free (from Pixabay) and paid (from iStock)
  • Interface available in multiple languages.

Unsplash

  • Website: https://unsplash.com/
  • Multiple file sizes available for each picture.
  • You can download photos without registration or create an account to access additional features.

ISO Republic

  • Website: https://isorepublic.com/
  • Includes photos and videos
  • One image size per picture
  • No possibility to register and save images, create collections etc.
  • For each selected photo the platform offers similar ones, free (from ISO Republic) and paid (from Shutterstock)

Foter

  • Website https://foter.com/
  • Requires image attribution (photo credit)
  • Clean and easy to navigate
  • Doesn’t suggest alternative imagesPaid stock photos for your presentations

Paid stock photos for your presentations

There will be times you won’t find your dream picture in any of the free stock images services. Sometimes you’d like to use a more sophisticated search function or need that one exact image which happens not to be available for free.

Honestly, there are times you’d rather pay a few dollars or euros to get the picture and move on with your presentation, than spend hours and hours going through hundreds of free options.

Paid libraries of stock images offer more pictures to choose from. Also, you can download multiple formats or make simple picture edits on the website before downloading. The pictures certainly won’t be unique, but you will be less likely to see the exact same one on every other presentation, blog or brochure.

Tip: Before purchasing your images for a corporate presentation or ordering a paid subscription, check if your company doesn’t already have one. Ask your graphic design, marketing or communication teams.

Similar to free stock photos, there are several paid services offering a wide selection of images at reasonable rates. In this post, I chose five I like the most:

iStock

  • Website: https://www.istockphoto.com/
  • Belongs to Getty Images
  • Includes photos, illustrations and videos
  • Allows to search by keywords or image (uploaded file).
  • Buying options: subscriptions, credit packs or a possibility to purchase individual images.

Shutterstock

  • Website: https://www.shutterstock.com/
  • Includes images, video clips, music tracks
  • Allows to search by keywords or image (uploaded file).
  • Buying options: you can sign up for a subscription or buy a package of images

Adobe Stock

  • Website: https://stock.adobe.com/
  • Includes photos, animations, vector images, video and templates.
  • Offers several photos with a free license, but requires registering/logging in to download.
  • Allows to search by keywords or image (uploaded file).
  • Buying options: packages of photos (or other assets) and various subscription models.

Depositphotos

  • Website: https://depositphotos.com/
  • Includes photos, videos, vector illustrations, templates and music.
  • Allows to search by keywords or image (uploaded file or URL).
  • Buying options: packages of photos (or other assets) and subscription models.

Dreamstime

  • Website: https://www.dreamstime.com/
  • Inexpensive compared to other services
  • Offers 1-week of a free trial
  • Suggests similar images for each selected photo
  • Buying options: credit packages and subscriptions

I hope you found this list helpful.

If your favourite stock photos service wasn’t listed, leave a comment.

Originally published at https://slidepresso.com on February 3, 2021.

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