How to get high quality images for presentations at zero cost?

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Absolutely true! Pictures can enhance your message manifold. Yet one of the challenges presenters and corporate trainers face is getting copyright free, high quality images at zero cost.

This is indeed an issue!

Some of us are unaware that all images on the internet are copyright protected unless the creator has relinquished his/her rights. Which means that you can’t just copy images from the internet.

Images from image banks such as Corbis, Shutterstock etc. are high quality and can be bought (post which there are zero legal hassles) but they can be expensive.

The good news is that we have an alternative: Creative Common images and Public Domain images. These are copyright free, high quality and zero cost images.

Creative Commons are a license type wherein the creator allows his original work to be used with certain restrictions. There are 6 kinds of creative common licenses. Creators can specify how their work can be used i.e. if commercial use is allowed or not, attribution is required or not, whether or not you can create derivatives and if you need to share alike or not.

You also have public domain pictures wherein the copyright licenses have expired or have been released.

So, how do you find public domain or creative common images?

Some great sources are:

  1. Google advanced image search
  2. Pixabay
  3. Morgue File
  4. Life of Pix
  5. Splitshire
  6. Pexels
  7. Fancycrave
  8. Negativespace
  9. ISOrepublic
  10. Unsplash
  11. Flickr

However before you use an image, please make sure that you check the license on each individual image….

Hope this adds to your visual aids!

Lovely Kumar is a facilitator, trainer, psychometric assessor and is co-founder at Larks Learning Pvt. Ltd. She has a unique background which combines economics, management, advertising, sales, teaching and training. She has worked with a range of corporates and academic institutions. Additionally she has obtained international certifications in training and psychometric assessments.

Learn more and reach Lovely Kumar for training workshops or DISC assessments at, or 91-9899108659.