Find Free High-Resolution Images for Your PowerPoint Decks

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 9, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can find beautiful free pictures that you can use in your PowerPoint presentations online. There are plenty of great stock photo sites that offer high-quality images at no charge. Images can make a big difference for audience engagement and can help your presentations look more professional. You can search for images on these sites by keyword and download images at different resolutions. Most of them allow personal and commercial use of images based on their license terms.

Some stock photo sites have free images and may also offer paid images on a premium plan. For free images, there is an element of risk in terms of copyright (as many users upload images). However, the following sites have better policing, known copyright owners, review processes or business backgrounds so they have a higher trust ranking. Be sure to check the site’s license terms when you’re using images.

Here’s our list of the best sources for free pictures to use in your PowerPoint presentations (links below):

  1. Unsplash
  2. PIKWIZARD
  3. Life of Pix
  4. BURST
  5. Picjumbo
  6. Rawpixel
  7. Pexels
  8. Pixabay
  9. Kaboompics
  10. StockSnap.io

If you have PowerPoint 365, you should also have access to Microsoft’s new stock images (through Insert Pictures).

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The following are our picks of the top 10 websites (in no particular order) where you can find high-quality, free stock pictures for your presentations.

1. Unsplash

Unsplash was started  by Crew, an online platform connecting freelance creatives with customers, that turned viral. It was started as a give-back project. Their images have a modern and artsy style and are high quality. Unsplash started as a Tumblr blog offering leftover professional shots for free. It has grown into a stand-alone website offering more than half a million royalty-free stock photos from contributing photographers.

Free image for PowerPoint presentation with cyclist near mountain from unsplash.com with free images for PowerPoint.

Photo by David Marcu on Unsplash

License Details: Unsplash uses their own custom license, enabling free use in commercial projects with no attribution required (just like a Creative Commons Zero) but forbidding image compiling.

2. PIKWIZARD

PIKWIZARD is a professional stock photo site with over a million free high-quality images in multiple popular categories. It’s owned by Wavebreak Media, a stock video and photography production company led by Irish videographer and entrepreneur Sean Prior. The images come from various contributors, most of whom are known stock media producers. PikWizard also offers great image editing with a DesignWizard tool where you can add text to images.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of puppy from picjumbo.com with free images for PowerPoing.

Photo by PIKWIZARD

License Details: PikWizard has their own custom license allowing free use in commercial projects, with a sensitive use clause. They don’t allow resale or use in products for resale (t-shirts, posters, etc.), but those are the only copyright restrictions.

3. Life of Pix

Life of Pix is owned by Canadian digital marketing agency LEEROY and provides hundreds of thousands of artistic and high quality photos. All files have been submitted by photographers and are free to download and use.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of Eiffel tower by Cyril Mouty on lifeofpix.com.

Photo by Cyril Mouty on Life of Pix

License Details: Life of Pix images are Public Domain so they are not subject to copyright. This allows free usage for commercial purposes, no attribution required, but the site does not allow mass distribution

Public Domain licenses should be safer for commercial use since there’s no copyright attached to the images. However, this only works if the contributor who donated them is the original copyright owner and all other required rights (such as model releases) are cleared. Since Life of Pix is owned by a reputable company, it is capable of providing trust in its free images.

4. BURST

BURST was launched in 2017 by Shopify and offers free stock images intended for e-shops and commercial use in general (although you can use the images for social media, blog posts and presentations). The site has a large library with thousands of high-resolution images with a current style covering popular commercial categories. Burst images are sourced from hired photographers and user submissions and all images are free to use.

Free picture for PowrePoint presentation of woman working on laptop provided by Burst.

 

Photo by Burst.

License Details: Burst has two licenses: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) which is free usage for commercial purposes and a custom license which is almost identical to CC0 but which allows using photos in products for resale and has a sensitive use clause. Besides a no compiling term, there are no other copyright restrictions.

5. Picjumbo

Picjumbo was created by stock photographer Viktor Hanacek and hosts a library of more than 2,000 high-quality, commercial-ready, royalty-free stock images for free. People in the images are intentionally unrecognizable.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of summer ice with fresh fruits from picjumbo.com

Photo by Viktor Hanaceck on PicJumbo

License Details: PicJumbo uses a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license so images are free for commercial projects. Be sure to use due diligence when using brands and trademarked subjects.

6. Rawpixel

Rawpixel was founded by Robert Churchill and has thousands of trendy, authentic and high-quality images submitted by qualified contributors. It offers free and premium pictures and you need to be sure you search for the free images. Users are limited to 100 free downloads per user per month.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of a man walking in city from rawpixel.com.

Photo by Rawpixel

License Details: Rawpixel uses a custom license with free usage for commercial purposes. There is a sensitive use clause and no resale is permitted.

7. Pexels

Pexels is a free stock photo site offering hundreds of thousands of royalty-free stock images in high resolution submitted by artists or added from other free photo sites. It was created by German twin brothers Bruno and Ingo Joseph. The images are beautiful and modern and all images are free to download and use. Pexels accepts user submissions but also aggregate images from multiple other sites which increases the risk of potential copyright or right of privacy infringements.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of espresso machine from pexels.com.

Photo by Marta Dzedyshko on Pexels

License Details: Pexels photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) so are free for commercial purposes, no attribution required.

8. Pixabay

Pixabay is a free stock photo site founded by German technology experts Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger. It is crowdsourced from a global group of users. The library is huge (over 1 million) and the royalty-free images are all available for free. Most of them are high definition and suitable for commercial use. Pixabay has a professional curator that manually reviews and vets images for technical quality as well as legal validity. There are also paid images that will take you to another site for purchase.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of parrots from pixabay.com.

Photo by Amy Irizarry on Pixabay

License Details: Pixabay uses a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license so images are free for commercial purposes with no attribution required.

9. Kaboompics

Kaboompics is owned by designer and photographer Karolina Grabowska. It offers free high-quality stock photos with a natural feel and multiple subjects. There are more than 8,000 images in the library and the pictures are quirky and modern. You can even search by colour palette.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of a man on laptop from kaboompics.com.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Kaboompics

License Details: Kaboompics has a custom license granting free usage for commercial purposes that includes a sensitive use clause. Images may not be sold as-they-are-downloaded (so alterations to the original file are a requirement) and redistribution is also forbidden without permission. There is also a warning about the commercial use of photos with brands or trademarked subjects on them.

10. StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io is a stock image site by Christopher Gimmer and Marc Chouinard who also developed the graphic design tool Snappa. The site offers free high-resolution images in a modern and trendy style. Users submit the photos and all images are free so there is the usual risk in terms of copyright. There are also paid images that will take you to another site for purchase.

Free picture for PowerPoint presentation of Fireworks from stocknap.io.

Photo by Travel Photographer from StockSnap

License Details: StockSnap uses a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license so images are free for commercial purposes.

Summary

There are many other websites offering free images but these sites combine the benefits of quality, library size and trustworthiness.

This article was first published on May 17, 2020 and has been updated for clarity and content.

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You can find beautiful free pictures that you can use in your PowerPoint presentations online. There are plenty of great stock photo sites that offer high-quality images at no charge. Images can make a big difference for audience engagement and can help your presentations look more professional. You can search for images on these sites by keyword and download images at different resolutions. Most of them allow personal and commercial use of images based on their license terms.
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