Category: Web Design

The Best Top 3 Free Stock Image Resources

People ask me all the time where we get so many great stock images that are free. I thought this would be the perfect way to share my TOP 3 favorite free image sites, while also sharing a few tips for image optimization as well. Another question we get asked a lot is what size is right for web or print usage. This is called image optimization.

This will be a quick and easy reference covering the basics for sharing with anyone that writes social media posts, blogs or works in the graphic arts.

First Understand Web Optimized Images (72dpi)

  • Full width images: 2500px
    Use: large full width showcase, hero images, and backgrounds
  • Medium width images: 1250px
    Use: Social media posts, photography gallery, and blog posts
  • Small width images: 800px
    Use: large full width showcase, hero images, and backgrounds

Print Size Images (300dpi)

  • 2500px and up depending on size of the design and type of project.
    Note: Most display graphics like banners and decals are 150dpi.

Resizing Images and Compressing For Web Use

We all want our internet to be fast right… well if you don’t use Adobe Photoshop to compress and save your images for web Gift Of Speed is a great site for image optimization and best of all, it is FREE! Compression is the method of optimizing images so that they load fast on web sites for the target device. I usually start with a compression level of 80-70. Think of this number as a quality rating. The lower the number the worse the image will look but 60 is about as low as I usually go. image optimizer

Here is my list of the best Top 3 free stock image resources

These sites are very easy to use and have a handy search feature. They also don’t require a login but I encourage creating an account because it allows you to connect with the artists, comment on the artist work and thank them for sharing. If you really love their work you can send a donation too and how cool is that!

Unsplash Free Photos For Everyone

Unsplash Free Photos For Everyone

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

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Pexels Free Stock Images

Pexels Free Stock Images

All photos on Pexels can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated. You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you like.

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Stock Snap Free Stock Images

Stock Snap Free Stock Images

Whether you're crafting a personal blog to explore your passions or building a complex corporate site for your business, you know you'll need striking, beautiful, on-point images. That's why every single image on StockSnap are governed exclusively by the generous terms of the Creative Commons CC0 license.

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Pixabay Free Stock Images

Pixabay Free Stock Images

You can use all images and videos published on Pixabay for free (except as set out below). You may use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in altered and unaltered form. You don't need to ask permission from or provide credit to the image author or Pixabay, although it is appreciated when possible.

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While there are many other free images sites out there, these three deserve the TOP 3 Award in my opinion. Here’s a cookie… you can also find free videos on these sites too. I will add updates to this post to keep it up to date. I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions about the extent of the license for each photo site just follow the license links or FAQ.

Andy Wise Chooses Novagiant

Novagiant is proud to be the chosen website design firm by Andy Wise. Andy wanted a clean streamlined website where he could blog about consumer interests and list wise choices, businesses that have Andy’s seal of approval and trust.

Save Money, Avoid Scams, Make Wise Choices

Andy Wise is a consumer investigator and a 3-time Emmy Award nominee for investigative reporting. His investigations shaped public policy, put criminals in jail and enlightened a generation of viewers to the dead giveaways of scams and helps consumers find creative money-saving strategies.

Our website design goal was to develop a website where Andy can post blogs about trusted businesses and other consumer interests. Andy does the investigative work: conducting the research, vetting the businesses and putting his seal of approval on the businesses you can trust to be a Wise Choice. The site is an excellent source of information for everyone that wants to save money, avoid scams, and make wise choices, and we encourage you to learn more at

Wise Choices Website Design Draft Concept

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Southard Financial Website Design

Southard Financial of Memphis was in need of a website re-design that not only worked great on desktop computers but also on smartphone and tablet devices.

After meeting with Novagiant, the choice was made to design and build a website that could help reach new customers and provide a web blog for communicating and educating potential customers on social media networks about their business.

The Website Design Concept

Once the design concept was approved we developed the website on a super-fast responsive framework. The warp framework is extremely flexible in handling tablet and smartphone display so the user experience was optimized for speed.

The project was a complete success. We look forward to helping Southard FInancial grow and maintaining the website.

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