photos are important for communicating: find great free resources

If you have a hard time sourcing images for your website and don’t have a professional editing suite you might want to try some of these free online resources.  Images are powerful drivers of opinion and action so giving them careful thought and treatment is rewarding!  If you want more details about sourcing free content and the rules surrounding use of images online, please read my previous article Free Content for Commercial Use.

Image Credit: CMO Council

Free Image Sources

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Online Compression Tools

If you have downloaded a lovely free image from above or screengrabbed something and find that it is much too large (>100kb) to put on your website, you can use one of these tools to reduce the file size.

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Online Photo Editors

If you don’t have PhotoShop but want to edit your images, these tools have at least some basic free options. And yes you’ll see some ads along the way:)

  • Pixlr by Autodesk
  • PicMonkey
  • Fotor
  • GIMP – this is completely free downloadable program that works like PhotoShop and highly recommended for those wanting more professional control
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