Using pictures on your blog or website will make a more striking impact to your readers and make your posts instantly appealing. With so many blogs out there, it is vital to make sure that yours stands out. Using good quality images is the perfect way to compliment your well crafted posts.
Whether you are after photos, cartoon images or clip art you should be able to find what you are after in the websites shown below. Many of these images are also suitable for use in other material (e.g. Sunday school lessons etc.). To use the free images some websites may require you to create an account, whilst others may request that you give credit to them when you use the images. Some people take umbrage at this, but personally I am more than happy to give credit where it is due. Therefore, before you use any of the images just make sure you follow their ‘rules’ and don’t infringe any copyrights. However, all the websites are 100% legal and also have free plenty of free content.
Are there any websites that I’ve missed? If so please leave a comment and let everyone know your favorite site…
The recommended sites are split into four sections, and you can click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.
Always check the copyright requirements for the websites, they are all free but may require you to link back to them or give credit.
1. The best free Christian images websites
Here are the best websites that are focused on providing Christian images:
This site has a superb collection of clip art images and has new content added each week. The images are sorted by artist, or you can search for key words. There are also some pretty good favicons.
This site is packed with great cartoon images, all of which are easy to search through. These would be particularly suitable if your website is aimed at children or youth.
Free Christian Images
This website has a variety of high quality clip art images. It is especially strong for clip art based on words from the scriptures. Unfortunately the site is not now updated regularly.
There are some superb cartoons here which are free to use, with the content growing every week.
Whilst not all the pictures are great at Morning Star there are definitely some worth checking out. There is a particularly good collection of crosses and ixoye (the Christian fish image).
Upon this Rock
Upon this rock has a large amount of picture verses and also a good collection of ixoye (the Christian fish image).
John Bell’s Christian Art Gallery
John Bell’s website has a fantastic collection of scripture images (basically a picture with a verse from the bible on it).
2. The best free general images websites
Just because a website is not Christian doesn’t mean it won’t have images that you can use on a Christian website. Firstly people will post Christian images on these sites, and secondly you may want a picture that is not exclusively Christian (e.g. you may be doing a post about love).
This is often my first port of call for high quality copyright-free images. Simply type in a keyword and get the related pictures! Because there is a quality control it means you aren’t left sifting through lots of rubbish pictures.
This website is well designed and very popular. Before using it check out the superb Flickr post on SkellieWag’s blog that shows what you can and can’t use and how to find the best pictures amongst the millions of bad ones. The image shown is by Mr Kris.
every stock photo
This is a great site that searches the internet for the best free stock photos. A large proportion are from stock.xchng but there are others too. Just be careful you follow the copyright rules!
FamFamFam has produced some superb blog-related icons that you will see on many blogs. I have use them on both of my blogs. Their popularity does not detract from allowing you to create a unique blog. I use them on this blog on the summary pages in the ‘features’ boxes, check it out by clicking here…
Business Blogwire also did a good post on the 10 awesome places to get free images for your blog. I found the other sites on this list more difficult to find high quality pictures on though, so try the other ones mentioned above first!
3. Other free Christian images websites
If you can’t find what you are after in the websites above then you may get more joy from these websites. These tend to have less content or a slightly lower quality than the best websites I have already covered – but I still feel they deserve a mention…
- Free Christian Clipart: A great site with simple cartoon images.
- Pick and print Gallery: Lots of traditional and classic clip art
- Bible Picture Gallery: Good descriptions with the 200 images
- Gospel Gifs: Some good clip art (both sparkly/flashy & many traditional)
- In His Image: Slightly cheesy but some good wallpapers
- Gold Clip art: Some good (gold!) crosses
- ChristFree: Simple black and white images
- Anaja.com: Screensavers and themes
- Angel Verse: Scriptures with images for children
- Wallpaper for Christ: This website has… wallpaper!
- Watton.org: Some good clip art (mainly black and white)
- BibleVerseArt: Images with bible verse on them – good quality.
- Tammy’s Graphics: More verse art
- Rosebyte & Sparky: small clip art
I’m sure I’ve missed some out, what are the websites that you use?