5 Image Sources I Use to Spice Up My Content


I think we all know that images can add so much to our content. Even if they’re relatively simple, they help make things look more visually appealing and can break up big blocks of text. So here are 5 sources of images that I regularly use to spice up my content. Most are free!

images1) iClipart

This is a paid tool, but what you get for the price is amazing. I have been a happy paying subscriber of iClipart for years. The name suggests that it’s all clipart, but there are actually loads of stock photos on there too. Note that the license terms mean I can use these in personal projects like this blog, and I was also allowed to use them in websites I sold (but I never use them with PLR or projects that’ll be distributed to multiple people).

2) Flickr

Although there are plenty of images available on iClipart, they are more standard stock images. Flickr is where people can get a lot more creative, so I often head there to search for images I can use (for free!). Note that you can only use Creative Commons images – not all uploaders at Flickr want you using their images and that is totally their call! But many generous people have licensed their images under Creative Commons so you can use them as long as you include an attribution link.

3) Pubic Domain Images

Public domain images can be a real mixed bag. Sometimes the images are poor quality, and it isn’t always easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. On the other hand, however, they come with an amazing license – you can use them however you like! And they’re free! So I scour through public domain images whenever I want to use them in PLR, that way I won’t be breaking any license terms. Click here to view a site that lists a number of public image sources.

4) Unsplash

(Added 2015) If you want photos that have a bit more feeling to them then I definitely recommend UnsplashThese images are all free to use however you like, and you’ll get a variety of subjects covered. It’s especially useful for photographs of nature and cities.

5) Boxshot King

createGraphics-2-250x250Boxshot King is a bit different to all the other sites, but I had to include it since I really love this tool. It’s what you can use to turn simple images into 3D ecovers, or even put them on the front of a tablet screen like the image you see here. I use this to create many of my own PLR store covers! Click here to see them in action.

If you don’t like the yearly fee, try My Ecover Maker as a monthly alternative.

Whatever you do, note that you cannot simply head to Google and use any images you find on an image search! Like content, images are copyrighted, and only public domain images are completely free to use however you like (be careful if they feature brands or people, though – different rules apply to those). Even if you buy royalty free images, there are still terms that govern how they can be used, so be sure to do your research and email the image company/ photographer if in doubt!

Over to you: Do you have a favourite image source you’d like to share?



Ruth has been creating online content since 2008, and selling done-for-you content packs since 2010. Her aim is to help you work smarter, NOT harder!

15 thoughts on “5 Image Sources I Use to Spice Up My Content

  1. Lisa Stoops says:

    I had been creating quote images using GIMP. But I recently started using PicMonkey and it’s super easy to make cool images. There is a paid and free version. I also just came across these two tools – http://quozio.com/ which creates quote images (pretty neat)! I just started using placeit.breezi.com/‎ to get product shots…very cool indeed! I usually find photos at Morgue File and http://www.sxc.hu.

  2. Bill Nickerson says:

    Like Lisa, I use morgueFile.com and Stock.xchng (www.sxc.hu) for most of my images. Once in a while I’ll use my own.

    Just watch out for the usage terms for any image you use. And if there are people involved there may be a need for model releases. Some buildings and art require releases as well.

    • Ruth says:

      Bill – Thanks for sharing your sources. I also agree about being careful with terms, I always email them directly if their terms aren’t 100% clear (and they aren’t always since online marketers can use images in some uncommon ways!) Didn’t know that about buildings and art so thanks for sharing!

    • Ruth says:

      Bonnie – I am not the personal to ask about anything to do with Photoshop. However, if you’re talking about generic background images with the correct rights then I recommend public domain. Have a search and you’ll find lots of texture and background type images that you are free to use however you want!

  3. Judy says:

    I use Pixabay, Stockvault and SXC.hu for free images, which have great images if you can spare the time to look for them. Learning to properly use Gimp is still on my to do list. If anyone could recommend me a decent course or book, that would be great!

  4. Stephanie R. Coleman says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Thank you for the information on places to get photos. I needed to know where to find more. Normally I get them at Free Digial Photos but it seems that when I use them on my posts, when I go back to look at the post on my website they have disappeared. So I don’t know if they are taking them off or back even though I site the pictures.

    • Ruth says:

      Stephanie – If you’re hosting the images yourself, even if they were removed from the original site t shouldn’t affect your site. How weird!

  5. Avery says:

    These are some great resources, Ruth! Thanks for sharing them. 🙂 One image site that I love for public domain photos is Unsplash.com. Their photos are high resolution, so they always look crisp and clear. Plus, I love that they don’t have that stock photo feel.

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