The Free Images You’ve Been Searching For

If you don’t have a designer, it might be hard to get that sweet look you want for your emails, blog and website. We’re going to make it easier for you today, with some links to free images you can use in your design.

Smashing Magazine is a site for professional web designers and developers. Here’s what they say about the free images they offer: “We love to release freebies. Every release helps to make the Web a nicer place, which is why we support designers and challenge them to release something for free in order to be featured on Smashing Magazine. And the results are quite often pretty impressive.”

Here are some of our favorite freebies from their site…

Your One-Stop Resource For Images and Social Icons

Social Media Hearts

Want to ask for some social media love in a fun way? Try some hearts! This set contains icons for 22 different platforms.

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Fun For Foodies

Does your business have to do with food? These social media icons shaped as cakes and popsicles can be a tasty addition to your design.

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Something For Everybody

This collection offers a wide range of images, and not just social media icons. This set includes stock food images and general purpose images.

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Be Ready This Christmas

If you want to make your holiday emails more festive this year, these images are for you. From traditional to comical, you’ll find something to deck your emails with.

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Some Social Media Booze

These social media icons come served up in wine or beer glasses. There are 12 different icons in this set, perfect for anyone in the entertainment industry or if you have something to celebrate.

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More All-Purpose Sets

This is another set that has something for everyone. If you’re in music or gambling, there are sets specific to you as well. You can also find some more creative social media icons.

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Artsy Fillers For Artists

If you’re in the arts, this set probably has something from you in this 34-image set. Images for painters, photographers, filmmakers and writers are a sample of what’s included.

Where to Look

Some Fun and Animals

Want to break from the norm? This article shares images perfect for that. You’ve got some wildly cute animals, The Simpsons and other fun creations. There are also some of the usual all-purpose stock choices.

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Cute Twitter Birds

You may have seen these blue birds hanging around another website. Adorable and popular, here are 12 images to encourage your audience to follow you or spread the world around you on Twitter.

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Where Do You Get Your Images?

Do you take your own photographs? Hire a professional? Or do you have a great resource others can check out for free images? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Pam

    4/22/2013 9:12 am

    i was trying to find birdcage shaped social media icons. Anyone have another source?

  2. Randall Magwood

    4/22/2013 5:57 pm

    Awesome gallery of images. Will definitely place some on my blog. Thanks alot!

  3. vio

    4/23/2013 3:32 am

    I’m using when I need free images, they have more than 800 thousand free photos and illustrations in their collection, I think is the biggest database out there right now.

  4. Anthony Jones

    4/23/2013 4:39 am

    There are occasions when stock images don’t say what is unique about your business, thats when you need to hire a photographer.

  5. Paul

    4/23/2013 11:53 am

    @Pam –

    I see some bird cages in ‘premium icons’ area, at the bottom.

  6. dan

    4/23/2013 1:40 pm

    Awesome Stuff,now aweber adding more value to their customers!

  7. Rob Newkirk

    4/23/2013 1:59 pm

    @Anthony Jones – couldn’t agree more!
    Free stock images are great a lot of the time, but for local, specific and new or changing topics, real time photography is crucial.
    Great post though – you can never have too many resources for free images!

  8. Michael Albany

    4/23/2013 2:00 pm

    Anthony is right and that time is whenever you are contacting or interfacing with your client. Imagine that you have taken the time to craft the ultimate communication, you know it will work because you are unique and you can fill the clients’ need better than anyone.

    Now put in some stock or Free images into it. The client loves you and then realizes that same image was on a billboard for something they didn’t like. You are immediately associated with that bad feeling. You lose the client.

    Save a few bucks, get one good shoot from a good photographer and build your own PRIVATE stock of images. it will pay off big time in the end.

    PS – Crystal! After you talk last week, this post? Really. I am so disappointed.

  9. Lisa Cash Hanson

    4/23/2013 2:04 pm

    Always love new images to mix things up 🙂

  10. Dave

    4/23/2013 2:08 pm

    I generally use for photos. Thanks for the additional resources and ideas.
    Generally it take a lot of looking to find the right images to communicate properly.
    I find that combining a few images can be a great effect to get attention.

  11. Liz Fulcher

    4/23/2013 2:58 pm

    What a great resources Aweber is! Thanks for these images. I use a lot of visual content in my blog posts, newsletters and social media – thank you for these great images!


  12. John Chuter

    4/23/2013 3:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing – just started trying to write a blog so these resources are most welcome!

    Thanks again!

  13. Gary

    4/23/2013 6:45 pm

    I’ve always liked using Stock.xchng ( for a lot of free stuff.

  14. Thea Westra

    4/24/2013 1:21 am

    My four favorites are,,, and
    For image editing I love using

  15. Anne Borg

    4/24/2013 4:29 am

    this is not for icons but a must have for “Headers’ Of exceptional quality.’’
    I did upgrade with only $27-.00 and I have thousands .All beautiful.

  16. igor Griffiths

    4/24/2013 5:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this site, always on the look out for new sources. I always start with when it comes to photos and for graphics, the important thing is to understand the license terms.

    As Anthony points out if you are creating for a client or want to be more unique you can either create your own or combine existing images and icons together to achieve the same result.

  17. Crystal Gouldey

    4/24/2013 7:28 am

    Great discussion going on!

    @Michael – Of course I still think hiring a photographer is better for most businesses! We just know that not everyone starting out has the budget for it yet, so I wanted to share some free options 🙂

    Personally, I like the different social media sharing icons.

  18. Coco

    4/25/2013 2:51 pm

    I use my own photos and am conscientious about trying to maintain a professional look. Every now and then I’ll get permission to use a photo that is perfect but I didn’t have in my personal stockpile.

    I find that stock photos, even paid ones, often have too little personality for my blog. I can see where some sites do well with stock photos, but every time I go looking for a photo, it just doesn’t have the feel I want, even if it’s just what I’m looking for otherwise.

    Thanks for the icons- I like those booze ones a lot!

  19. Duncan

    4/25/2013 4:08 pm

    I use for photos on the blog that are Creative Commons licensed and it makes it easy to find the images from flickr without having to manually go through the license.

    I still try and credit the image – its a good practice to get into anyway.

  20. Timo

    4/26/2013 3:47 am

    Hi Crystal,
    thank you for sharing!

    I’ve used


  21. Evelyn

    4/28/2013 5:59 pm

    Great icons/images. Glad I found this. I sometimes purchase icon/image sets, and often use my own images.
    For simple edits, I like using Skitch – free.

  22. Gail Gardner

    4/29/2013 11:28 pm

    Finding free images is one of the more challenging tasks for all bloggers. I gathered up all the free image resources and royalty free image sources I could find and keep those updated in this post >>

    I added this post to that one as another alternative.

  23. Dragos

    5/2/2013 5:09 am

    you can try for social icons!

  24. Joann McCraw

    5/6/2013 4:49 am

    Wow, those are great images. I’d like to save them all. I know i can use them one of these days. Thanks for sharing this.

  25. Charles

    6/12/2013 2:54 am

    These are really very beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.