Improve Your Presentations: Sites for Paid & Free Images

Images & Graphics, Microsoft PowerPoint Tips & Tricks, Presentations

How can you enhance the look of your presentations, documents, websites, blog posts, social media postings, and other printed and digital materials? Add high-quality, professional images, graphics, illustrations, and photos that attract your audience, fit your topic and reinforce your message. Find free images and paid images to enhance your work.

free images and paid images for presentations, social media, documents, blog postsCheck out these links for paid and free images:

Article: Getty Images, US Federal Agencies, and image copyrights.

Note: The following options are provided as a resource; a listing in this posting does not constitute an endorsement of any services or products. Evaluate to make the best decisions for your image and media needs. Read AND understand all terms and conditions as these often change. Honor all copyrights and licensing.
No legal advice is provided or implied.

Free Images

Always check terms of use for free images; some may require a link, copyright acknowledgment, advertising, or other credit.

Free Photos-Stock.XCHNG
Free photos; updated frequently. A leading free stock photo site.

Free Photos-Morgue File
Free images for your inspiration, reference, and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

Creative Commons
Another resource for free images. Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

Over 300,000 high-resolution photos, you can download for personal and commercial use.

Free stock photos are available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Another site with free stock photos that are available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Free Photos-EveryStockPhoto
Search engine for free photos.

Public Domain Photos
Royalty-free, public domain photos. Check licenses for access.

Public Domain-NASA
NASA has made it easier to search for and use their entire collection of incredible images, sounds, and videos. Search online at
Read NASA Media Usage Guidelines:

Public Domain-NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a great library of water photos. You are supposed to give them credit as in, “Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce.” Of course, you don’t want to do this on a photo that you use for a slide, but you can do it on your last slide or in small print at the bottom of your first slide.

Public Domain Images-Fish & Wildlife
No charge to use a variety of wildlife images; credit photographer and USFWS.

Public Domain-National Archives
Search the US National Archives for public domain photos and documents

Public Domain-Library of Congress
Search the US Library of Congress for public domain images

free images and paid images for presentations, social media, documents, blog posts

Paid Images

Adobe Stock
Millions of royalty-free images through a variety of subscription and credit plans. Adobe purchased DollarPhotoClub and Fotolia and merged resources. Videos and other graphics are also available.
Royalty-free photos and vector images. A variety of subscription plans; a great choice for cost per download if you use a lot of images.
Create your own images, designs, and layouts with easy-to-use tools. Some images and backgrounds are free to use; others are only $1.00 each for limited use; additional for licensed use. Canva has free and paid subscription options.

Deposit Photos
Royalty-free stock photos, vector images, and high-definition (HD) videos Millions of Clipart Images and More
Download more than 10 million clipart images, photos, illustrations, animations, fonts, and sounds, you’ll never run out of ways to use content. Subscriptions by week, month, or annual.
Over 17 million royalty-free images are available by subscription.

Can Stock Photos
Professional royalty-free stock photography at prices you can afford. High-quality images start at just $1.00 with free weekly downloads with thousands of new images added every week.
Royalty-free photos for as little as $1 each. Choose from over 3 million high-quality photos; only buy what you need.
Royalty-free photos, flash, illustrations, video, and audio. Excellent source for photos for websites, presentations, and important documents that aren’t found on other sites. This used to be my favorite site for the quality and variety, but the pricing has significantly increased in the last few years since they were acquired by Getty Images.

Getty Images
A huge source of video, images, and music. Wide range of prices but may be the right choice when you need a very specific image or video. Editorial use of some images at no cost is now also available to bloggers and tweeters if they embed the image with a special code similar to how a YouTube video can be embedded. Learn more at

Foto Search Stock Image Bank
Search from more than fifty quality stock photography vendors at one site. They can also find clipart pictures, royalty-free illustrations, royalty-free motion stock video clips, royalty free vector maps, and background clip art imagery.

Over 500,000 animations, backgrounds, and video clips-sample free animations, most available by subscription.

Go Graph Stock Photography
Offers over 25 million affordable royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, vector clip art, and royalty-free footage clips. Our database contains images on a wide variety of topics and can be viewed for free or purchased for any project.

Music & Audio

Although sounds should be used sparingly in a PowerPoint presentation, if at all, some may help reinforce your message.

Premium Beat
Paid licenses for use of royalty-free music for film, video, and music projects.

Music Bakery
Royalty-free music.

Epidemic Sound
Over 30,000 tracks and 170 genres of royalty-free music.

A number of the image sites provided above also sell video, music, and sound files.

© Dawn Bjork, MCT, MOSM, CSP®, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Productivity Speaker, Certified Speaking Professional

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  • Hi Dawn,

    This is a great resource you’ve pulled together. Do you have any insight about sites/resources for icons (e.g. The Noun Project)?


    • Hi Bill, I haven’t worked with the Noun Project. It looks like they have curated a wide range of useful icons. Although many of the image sites I’ve listed focus on photos and concept graphics, most of them also have millions of options for icons. These typically require some experience with a graphics tool such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as you would need to crop out the icons you want to use from a collection of related icons. Thanks for sharing this cool resource. ~Dawn

  • Hi Dawn,
    Great list or image resources!

    You can also use our site to search free stock images. We have more than 155K images in our site and the numbers will keep on growing.

    If it’s not too much, would be great if you can help add our site to your list.

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