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What are the best websites for free photos, images, icons, and photoshop templates?

I’m putting together a short list of websites that provide free photos, images, and graphic for websites and blogs.

There is no denying it, a blog needs images, photos, and graphics. A reader is more likely to read an article with images than one without. Why is that?

I’ll get to my philosophical dissertation after providing my reader with the links. This way, you won’t be screaming “get to the free stuff already! you pedantic fool”.

My favorite website for free stock photos is by far PEXELS.

https://www.pexels.com/

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The website is extremely well curated and lets you download various sizes.

Moving on. My second choice is Unslpash.

https://unsplash.com/

The quality of this one is even better but it has limited content.

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My third choice is pixabay.

https://pixabay.com/

This website has a lot more images than the previously mentioned sites but sometimes the quality can be toward the low end of the spectrum.

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When it comes to free graphics and Photoshop templates and mock-ups, I like freepik.

http://www.freepik.com/

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Lastly, if you need vector icons, there is no better place than FLATICON.

http://www.flaticon.com/

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There is enough free content in these websites to create an entire website and keep bloggers happy when looking for images.

Time for my philosophical ranting.

The question was “why do readers are more likely to read posts containing graphic images and photos?”

Laziness! Let me explain. When browsing the internet, we scan a myriad of information in a very small amount of time. Our attention bounces from one place to the next effortlessly. Text does not cause the wondering eye to pause for as long as images do. We are too lazy to read the fine print but not too lazy to look at a photo. That is because visual and semantic functions operate in very different ways.

In conclusion, an image stops the internet browsing public from wondering long enough to pay attention to the text. Once you have their attention though, if your content is lousy they’ll just keep on surfing and that is why you should hire me to write your content.

A little bit of shameless self-promotion has never hurt anyone ;-)

Thanks for reading.