Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning

It’s not always easy to find high-quality images for your e-learning when you’re working on a budget. If you can’t afford the popular stock image sites, you might think you’re only option is to take your own photos. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case!

In recent years, there has been a huge surge of free stock image sites that offer photos, vector graphics, and even videos! Many of these free stock image sites make their photos available with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, or distribute the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission or providing attribution!

Here are my top 10 free stock image sites for e-learning, along with a few of my favorite finds!

Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning


My Favorite Images

Not all of the images you’ll find on these websites will work for your e-learning content, but if you look hard enough, you can find a lot of great images. Here’s a small sample of my favorite finds:

How to Use These Free Images

How you use these free stock photos in your e-learning depends on what you’re trying to create. You may not always find what you need if you are looking for specific image such as customer service rep with a headset who is visibly worried, but free sites are great for more general images, such as background photos. Here’s a great example showing how I combined a free stock photo with some content to create a completed slide design.

free stock image sites for e-learning

Have you used any of these free stock image sites for e-learning, or do you have a go-to site that I didn’t mention? Let us know by commenting below! Finally, always make sure to check the terms and conditions of your media before using it in your projects! Also, check out this post for Seven Ways to Use Stock Photos in E-Learning.

Tim Slade

7 Responses to “Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning

  • Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

  • Thanks for the article, more resources is always good. I use Pixabay myself, and find it pretty adequate. That said, there really can be value in properly chosen images – the state of mind plays a really big role in one’s educational process.

    • Thanks for commenting, Nikos! Making the right image selections is critical in developing an effective e-learning course!

  • Steven Maclean
    5 years ago

    I discovered recently and love the quality and style of the images on there. Can’t wait to check out your other suggestions.

  • great post i suggest for
    more public domain pics

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