Wondering how Pinterest users always find the perfect photos for their pins? It’s not as simple as a quick google search, because many of those pictures have expensive copyrights. However, there are plenty of ways to find a photo for your pin that is easy and free.
Where can you find images for Pinterest pins?
You can find free images for your Pinterest pins by looking through stock images on the internet. Some websites offer collections of stock images, all of which are free. You can also search the internet for royalty free images, though you may be required to pay a fee in order to use them.
Here are some free image sites:
Getting the Perfect Photo
Finding the ideal photos for your pin creations takes a bit of digging, especially if you want pictures that look more professional. Luckily, there are several websites that can help you find a photo without having to pay a copyright fee. Read below to learn more techniques for finding the perfect photo.
How to Avoid Using Pictures Illegally on Pinterest
It is important that you do not simply make pins from google images, as you may be stealing another person’s work. To avoid using other user’s Pinterest pictures illegally, do not upload their pins and photographs to your own account. Instead, you may pin Pinterest photographs if they have the Pinterest “share” button next to the pins.
If you are uploading a photo from another source, make sure the photo is in the public domain, meaning it is free to use, or has a creative commons copyright license. Be careful, as some websites advertise public domain photos but then require you to pay an initial fee. If you want to use a royalty free photo, you must pay an initial, one-time fee for the rights to the photo. Other copyrighted photos may be too expensive to try and use on Pinterest.
Penalties of Using Copyrighted Photos on Pinterest
While it’s easy to download and use an image you find on google search or another post on Pinterest, it isn’t worth the risk. The owner may ask you to take the image down or report it as a violation. If this happens, the picture usually gets taken down by Pinterest. If you repeatedly use copyrighted photos on your account, your account may be deleted.
Difference between Royalty Free and Creative Commons
It’s important to understand how a photo is defined in legal terminology, so that you know whether you are required to pay any fees in order to use the photo. A photograph that has a creative commons license may be used, but only if you comply with any and all stated restrictions. A photograph that has a royalty free license may require you to make a one-time purchase. Then, you may use the photo according to the license. For Pinterest pins, your ideal photo would be one in the public domain, meaning it has no restrictions and no copyright claim. These are usually difficult to find, especially because some websites illegally repost images and claim that they are in the public domain.
Searching with the Right Term
You may think that you can plunk in any kind of search term into a search engine and get the perfect image for your Pinterest pin. However, the phrases you use can significantly change your search outcome. Search phrases that are too long usually generate fewer results. Thus, for stock photos, it is better to use extremely simple terms. This is because stock photo websites are limited in respect to the photos they can provide. Instead of searching with a bunch of terms on one stock photo website, consider searching the same terms on multiple websites, as each one will have a different collection of photos.
Public Domain Pictures
Websites that offer stock images or royalty free images include:
Some of these websites, such as Rawpixel, offer membership fees for personal or premium use. Other websites only allow you to download a certain number of photos before you are required to pay a fee. There are also websites such as Clipart.com that have royalty-free photos, but you are still required to pay a fee before using them. Before you download photos on any website, remember to always check for creative commons licenses. Otherwise, you risk using a photo illegally.
Note: Be careful when using these websites, as many of them advertise photos from other websites such as Shuttershock. If you click on the photos in these advertisements, you will be redirected to another website that charges you a fee to use its photos.
Create Your Own
If you want to avoid stock images and copyright laws altogether, you can draw a picture or take your own photo! It is important to note that you do not need to be a professional artist to create a picture that looks good. For example, you can use a simple program such as Paint on your computer to create a simple design. In addition, phone cameras have improved significantly over the years and can produce high-quality photos. If you choose to take your own photo, you may want to err on the side of caution and not include logos, storefronts or brand names in the photo.
Create a Picture on Another Website for Free
If you don’t trust yourself at all to create a cool design, consider using an online service that gives you a template. You will still create your own design, but some of it will already be laid out for you. As a result, you won’t have to worry about whether the picture will look good. There is a wide variety of online graphic design websites to choose from, including BeFunky, Crello and Canva. Most websites offer a free trial, though some require you to pay a fee upfront, or at the very least create an account.
Pros and Cons of Each Method
You may already recognize most of the benefits of using a stock photo. Stock photos are oftentimes just as professional-looking as other copyrighted photos. You also do not have to do the work of creating your own picture and you do not have to pay your own money. However, there is another hidden benefit: you may help publicize beginner photographers and artists. Websites such as Pexels, for instance, allow photographers to upload their own work. You, the consumer, then have the option of including the photo credit in your Pinterest pin.
On the other hand, you may benefit from creating your own photo. You must still do the work yourself, but you may get more “street cred” on Pinterest. Creating your own pictures for Pinterest looks cool! Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about whether you used a photograph legally or illegally.
Other Tips and Tricks for Pinterest Photos
When you upload an image to Pinterest, the title of the image is extremely important. This is the first thing that another user reads when he or she sees your picture, and it can make the user linger on your photo or scroll on. It is also important to put some thought into the name of the image file name. In other words, use phrases and keywords that are common and will make a user click on the photo.
If you want your pin to become popular, it is important that you advertise it well. If you create your own picture, be sure to use vibrant colors, as well as unique but easy to read fonts. These are sure to make your images pop out on a person’s feed. Another key to good advertising is to make sure you know your audience. What are users looking for when they come to your page? In general, they will want to find pins that are similar to the ones you have already posted. To prepare for these users, make sure that you have more to offer on your personal page.
Will anyone really catch me if I use a photo illegally?
If you do not use a Pinterest pin to sell something, then you are less likely to get into legal trouble. However, many people use Pinterest to sell their products. Thus, there is always a chance that you could run into legal trouble on Pinterest. Luckily, the consequences for reposting an image are usually small.
How do I know if a photo is copyrighted?
Some photos from different websites will have a watermark behind them. This means you won’t be able to download a copy of the image that has no watermark unless you purchase it. Other websites might list the publisher or the creator below the photo. If you are doubtful of whether a photo is free or not, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not use it!
What makes a good Pinterest photo?
In general, a high-quality Pinterest photo is one that looks professional. This does not mean that all your Pinterest pins must display professional photos in order to make them popular. Instead, it means that it takes time and effort to find or create a good Pinterest picture. A good photo will perfectly explain an idea to your followers.