Free High-Quality Images with No Confusing Licenses
July 12, 2022

Free High-Quality Images with No Confusing Licenses

Philippa Schwarzkopf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Overall Satisfaction with Pixabay

In my role at a small startup, I used Pixabay to find high-quality royalty-free stock images and video to supplement the material we produced in-house. Our product is short-form video content for professional education, and Pixabay helped us find images, icons, and video to further illustrate and add engagement to our speakers' videos at low cost and without needing extensive or confusing licenses.
  • High-quality images & video
  • Clear communication of how the material can be used and the proper attribution
  • Integrates into Canva & Adobe Spark
  • Easy to use
  • The tagging and filters could use refinement and sometimes return content that is not related to the search terms
  • Since the images come from a community of uploaders, certain categories of photography or videography are extremely well-populated whereas others have hardly any material
  • Free, high-quality photos and videos
  • Royalty free, no need to license for commercial use
  • Integrates with Canva for easy graphics creation
  • Eliminated the need to budget for license/royalty fees
  • Saves employee time by providing a single source for stock images & video
Pexels is the closest competitor to Pixabay and I did sometimes use both. However, I found that Pixabay overall had better moderation of its content and therefore I was able to find a better range of results with higher quality than what I would typically find on Pexels. And although both offer API support, only Pixabay had integration features. Since I often used Canva for creating graphics, the fact that Pixabay integrates with Canva was a time-saver.

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Pixabay is ideal for anyone looking for high-quality images, video, and even illustrations that could serve as 'b-roll' or filler material with no worry about complicated licensing and usage terms. It works best in scenarios where the user is looking for broad topics and using general search terms- the more niche or specific the topic, the less likely one is to find relevant results. All the material on Pixabay is high-quality and free to use, even for commercial use, making it ideal for startups or other companies that do not have the resources for either royalties or in-house production.