20 of the Best Free Photo Stock Sites for Lettering

If you take a scroll through Instagram on any given day, you’ll probably find a large amount of Lettering work combined with high quality photos. You know the ones I mean? Often they appear with quotes or music lyrics giving a lot of colour, texture and depth to the composition.

Have you ever wondered how artists find these images and how much they might cost? Or you might even think they have incredible photography skills and have taken these photos themselves. Before you go out and spend your savings on an expensive camera or book a flight to Canada for that perfect mountain shot, I’m going to show you 20 websites you can access photos exactly like this for free! 

Artwork by José Sánchez
Artwork by José Sánchez
Artwork by Eva Winters
Artwork by Eva Winters

1. SplitShire

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed
  • Images can be used in products for sale
  • Videos also available
  • Search functionality

Visit SplitShire

2. Raumrot

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (attribution required)

Visit Raumrot

3. Public Domain Archive

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)

Visit Public Domain Archive

4. Picography

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Picography

5. picjumbo

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (some images require attribution)
  • Search functionality

Visit picjumbo

6. Pexels

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Pexels

7. Startup Stock Photos

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)

Visit Startup Stock Photos

8. Pixabay

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Pixabay

9. New Old Stock

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)

Visit New Old Stock

10. Negative Space

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Negative Space

11. Magdeleine

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed
  • Collated into Attribution Required images and Free to Use
  • Search by Colour Feature
  • Search functionality

Visit Magdeleine

12. Life of Pix

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Videos also available
  • Search functionality

Visit Life of Pix

13. Kaboompics

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Images can be used in products for sale
  • Search functionality

Visit Kaboompics

14. ISO Republic

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit ISO Republic

15. IM Free

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (attribution is required)
  • Search functionality

Visit IM Free

16. Gratisography

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Gratisography

17. Death to Stock

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Photo packs with a central theme

Visit Death to Stock

18. Superfamous

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (attribution is required)

Visit Superfamous

19. Bossfight

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)

Visit Bossfight

20. Unsplash

Photo Stock Websites for Lettering
  • Personal and Commercial use allowed (no attribution required)
  • Search functionality

Visit Unsplash

Check out Made with Unsplash for a showcase of the photos in use.

Licences and Attribution

It’s important you check the copyright and licence terms on each website to be clear on how you can use them. Some sites will allow their images to be used both for personal and commercial projects, though may require attribution to the creator. This means you need to credit the photographer and provide a link to the site.

Some websites will allow their photos to be included in products for sale (like HTML or PSD templates) as placeholder images.

Images using people or famous places may have extra terms associated for commercial use.

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