Say you’re a videographer and need audio clips to accompany your videos. Or maybe you’re a writer looking for stock imagery to illustrate your articles. Or even still, you’re a business owner in need of imagery or videos (or both!) for a website or marketing campaign.
Unfortunately, hiring an expert isn’t always in the budget, but the good news is that there are plenty of experts who share their high-quality work with the masses for free. Yes, for free.
While it’s good practice to attribute the work to them, it’s not always required. With a creative commons license, the creative asset is royalty-free, meaning the creator’s right to the work is waived. However, read the fine print before downloading and using anything for your work—sometimes there are restrictions on if it can be used for commercial purposes.
We compiled a long list of resources for you to check out the next time you’re in need of creative assets for a project. With photo, audio, video, and more, we’ve got you covered.
Royalty-free and public domain images.
Free stock images with no attribution needed that are searchable by color.
More than 180,000 images you can use for free in almost unlimited ways.
Free and royalty-free stock images.
Free—and “do whatever you want with”—high-resolution photos from photographers.
A stock photo website that’s updated weekly.
The name says it all—a wide variety of categories of non-restricted images.
A treasure-trove of public domain links and resources.
Even more places to find free stock photos.
Free stock image site updated weekly.
A very comprehensive list of public domain sites.
Don’t let the creepy name throw you off. Free stock images for creatives by creatives.
A website with free images from Jan Vasek.
A great resource for travel imagery, with a large portion from Asia.
Photos and vectors are available for use.
Watch pictures in a sort of a Pinterest setting here. A nice website with great pics—all free!
The Vatican Library digitized 4,400 ancient manuscripts and is giving them away for free.
Free music loops for Flash projects.
Kevin MacLeod is the undisputed king of high-quality diverse and searchable free music loops.
Public domain audio content.
Original music from independent artists that are free to access and download.
Royalty-free music ready to download.
An ever-growing audio library.
Exactly what it claims to be!
25. Pexels Video
A glorious collection of stock videos you can use for free in any way you see fit.
Quality varies on these videos, but it can be worth sifting through.
Yet another solid list.
A comprehensive collection that even includes Zoom virtual backgrounds.
Free stock videos and motion graphics clips.
In addition to audio, they have a collection of stock videos.
This site is curated by their team and has both licensed and unlicensed videos and asks for attribution.
Free HD and 4K resolution videos.
33. Internet Archive
Literally a little bit of everything: books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
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