Pexels is a terrific website for anyone in need of free, high-quality photos. Signup is free and you also don’t need to shell out money for access to more photos.
Like similar websites such as Pixabay or Unsplash, Pexels doesn’t require any photographer attribution. While the site mentions proper credit is appreciated, photos are free to use and edit at the user’s discretion. And, much like similar sites, the same kind of restrictions apply regarding no reselling or misleading endorsements.
This site doesn’t have quite as many stock images as others. They only have a few hundred thousand available, but they’re still on par with other sites. Something to keep in mind as well is that many photos from Pixabay will pop up on Pexels, depending on the category.
That’s not to say that Pexels doesn’t have exclusive content of its own. Users can search for high-res photos and stock videos in an assortment of categories. Category titles are a bit more specific than competitor sites, with some like “shop til you drop,” “website holding and landing pages” and “millennial culture”.
Something you won’t quite find on Pexels is illustrations. You may certainly search for them, but there isn’t a specific category for them. There also aren’t vectors or audio files. There are, however, stock audio videos.
You’ll have access to different plugins as well, such as WordPress, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Chrome. The plugins give users access to their entire library, meaning you can upload photos with ease.
If you’re a photographer yourself, Pexels hosts several challenges. Some of their past challenges included themes around pride, animals, and pastels. Prizes range anywhere from $100 to DSLR camera kits to various subscriptions.
In addition to their plugins, you can also find Pexels in the App Store and Google Play.
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