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The 9 best image resources on the web

The 9 best image resources on the web

Welcome back to PowerPoint training online. In one of our previous articles we talked about why you should use graphics and images in your presentation. But where do you get the images from. What are the best image resources online.

What about copyright

Before we look at the 9 best image resources, there is one thing which we need to talk about. And that is copyright.

A lot of people the world over, work very hard at what they do. I write and share information about PowerPoint. You may be a presenter, a trainer or an entrepreneur giving a pitch but whatever it is that you do, you would not like somebody to steal your work. It is how you earn your keep, pay your bills and put food on the table. Without it you would be lost.

And that goes for people who create awesome works of art. These could be in the form of images or graphics. It does not matter.

If you use them, please make sure you follow the rules behind them. Sometimes the artist may want a cup of coffee for the use of the image, then buy them a cup. If they just want a credit for the image, then give it to them. Or if they run a subscription site then pay for the images.

Please don’t steal them. It is not fair.

The 9 best image resources on the web

Below is a list of sites and resources that I use to get images and graphics. These are by no means the whole list. These are just what I use when creating presentations. If you would like to suggest a different site, then please feel free to do so in the comments.

Unsplash

Website: Unsplash.com

Attribution: Free and Credit photographer

Type: Photo

Rating: 10/10

Unsplash is my number one go to site. I will not look for an image anywhere until I have first checked out Unsplash. They have a vast selection of photos and the topics cover almost everything. Landscapes, portraits, products and vintage. There really is something for everybody. And they are adding thousands of photos every day. The team at Unsplash allow photographers to group their photos making it even easier for you to find an image that is relevant to your topic.

Unsplash is responsible for most of my images that I use in my PowerPoint’s. I find the photographers offer images that are pure and raw. And you can sign up to their mailing list and receive photos to your inbox daily. Always giving you inspiration for your next slide or idea.

Adobe Stock

Website: stock.adobe.com

Attribution: Paid – one off and subscription

Type: Photos, graphics, videos & illustrations

Rating: 7/10

Since the mid 80’s there has only ever been one set of tools that has been synonymous with graphic creation and image editing. And that is Adobe. Thanks to modern media everybody has seen the works created by Adobe Photoshop. During the 90’s and 00’s they were responsible for flash and PDF.

Adobe stock is relatively new to the market, announced and released in 2015. It took a large market share of the stock photo market as all the content was easily integrated into software like Photoshop and illustrator. There is plenty of choice to choose from when you are looking for content. There is a great search feature that allows you to search the database of photos.

You have the choice to pay a monthly subscription and get a set number of downloads per month. Subscriptions range from £19.99 to £119.99 per month. You can however pay for images on a one-off basis if you wish. Prices start from 5.99. You can then download different sizes and formats.

If you have the money to spend then Adobe Stock really is a great resource for images, graphics and other content. It is just a shame the price is so high.

Shutterstock

Website: shutterstock.com

Attribution: Paid – one off and subscription

Type: Photos, graphics, music & video

Rating: 7/10

Shutter stock is another one of the go to image resource sites. It has over 172 million pieces of content. Like Adobe they offer 2 different payment methods. You can pay a one-off fee for a set number of images or you can pay a monthly subscription which entitles you to so many downloads per month.

As a monthly subscription Shutterstock is pretty much on par with Adobe Stock but when it comes to buying single images it does work out cheaper. I do personally find that the quality of the images is good but not as good as Adobe Stock.

Negative Space

Website: negativespace.co

Attribution: Paid & Free

Type: Photos

Rating: 8/10

Negative space is very similar to Unsplash. They offer royalty free images that do not require attribution which is nice of them. They do have a vast range of images to choose from, and from topics that range from architecture to typography and business to sport.

There is a nice search feature so you can find images that you are after easily. You only get the one download size but that is fine as they are usually a high pixel and high quality, so you can easily reduce them in size.

Death to the Stock Photo

Website: deathtothestockphoto.com

Attribution: Free and Paid

Type: Photos

Rating: 7/10

Death to Stock Photo is a nice little site with 1500+ images to choose from. You can sign up to receive monthly images free or you can take out a subscription which is relatively cheap at $15 a month or $145 per year. The subscription allows you to take advantage of the full image library with unlimited downloads.

I only mark this site down for the lack of images that are currently available. Sites like Negative Space and Unsplash offer much more choice. The images they do have are very good quality and will work in many presentations, but you will be limited.

PicJumbo

Website: picjumbo.com

Attribution: Free and Paid

Type: Photos

Rating: 8/10

Another site that has been around for a little while now. PicJumbo add new photos daily and allow you to download images free. You then also have the option of paying a monthly subscription. This gives you early access to premium photos and the option to bulk download free images.

What is surprising is that all the photos are by the same photographer, Viktor Hanacek. There is a nice collection of photos to choose from. Plenty of which will make awesome backgrounds for slides.

And because all the photos are from Viktor, he gives you a little bit of geeky knowledge too. He tells you a little story about each photo what settings he used on his camera.

I really love that.

Pixabay

Website: pixabay.com

Attribution: Free

Type: Photos, illustrations, graphics and video

Rating: 9/10

Over 1.2 million individual pieces of content available to download. All free. Why would you not use Pixabay. There are some beautiful pieces of work on Pixabay. You can sign up for a free account. This gives you access to their whole database and it also allows you to add your own content.

There is a really good search function, and everything is very well categorized making it easy to find multiple pictures from the same genre.

Foodiesfeed

Website: foodiesfeed.com

Attribution: Paid – Free

Type: Photos of food & drink

Rating: 9/10

There will come a time when you need an image of something foodie. Why spend hours looking through all the sites above when you can go straight to Foodiesfeed. With nothing but food and drink related images you will definitely find what it is that you are after.

Over 900 images can be searched for you to find the one you want. You can even become a member and add your own foodie photos. Every photo is also tagged making it easy for you to find similar photos.

FreePik

Website: freepik.com

Attribution: Paid & Free with attribution

Type: Graphics & photos

Rating: 10/10

Unsplash is my first choice for photos, FreePik is my first choice for graphics. If I do not feel like creating graphics from scratch, I will go straight to FreePik. They have a plenty of graphics to suit all types of content. And each one comes in vector format, so you can add and remove elements if you need to, if you have the right program.

On FreePik you will also find plenty of textures and backgrounds available to use for your PowerPoint Backgrounds.

You can use almost all the content on FreePik free of use if you pay credit to the artist. Or you can pay a monthly subscription which allows you to not have to credit the artist and gives you access to a premium selection. And it only costs $9.99 which is reasonable compared to other sites on this list.

Conclusion

There you have I folks. The 9 best image resources out there on the web. As always this is my opinion and these sites are what I use. You may know of others that are better if so please let us all know in the comments below.

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Till next time,

David

Microsoft UK IE

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