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How to search for royalty free images on Google

18th November 2015

It’s no secret that professional photos for your website can be expensive. In some cases, the only option to go down is to source free images from the net.

It’s important to remember that you cannot just pluck images from Google or any other website; it’s likely that they are protected and you can find yourself in legal trouble for doing so as the photo is someone else’s property.

However, Google does offer the facility to scour the web for images that have been tagged as Creative Commons (also known as royalty free or free to use).

To do this, go to www.google.com/images and search for what you’re looking for.

Once your search results have appeared, click on “Search tools” option in the navigation area, then choose "Usage rights" and then "Labeled for reuse". This will then filter the results down to just photos that you are able to reuse for your website, marketing materials, social media and so on.