High quality free stock images for artists

Get the lowdown on the world of stock images, and exactly where you can find beautiful free stock images to call your own!

When you’re a musician, you often end up referring to yourself as an artist. Why is that? I have a theory; of course, music is an art, so that would be the simple explanation. But, being a musician means having a handle on so many other creative areas. It’s quicker to simply refer to yourself as an artist, rather than list everything else. Composer, musician, producer, photographer, video editor, marketing and PR whizz… Phew!

To help you tick off one of the responsibilities on your long list a little quicker, we’re going to let you in on a tip. Read on to find out where you can find the best free stock images for all uses. Whether it’s artwork for album covers, pictures for promo campaigns, or snaps for commercials, you won’t be disappointed.


What are Stock Images?

As an artist, you’re probably well aware that the shadowy realm of copyright can be a confusing one. You may have pulled a cool image from a website, or found a nice shot by a photographer you want to use for your album artwork. But, if you don’t own the image, or you haven’t licensed it, you could run into trouble.

This is where stock images come in. Don’t panic, you don’t have to become a photography or graphics genius to sort your artwork out. Stock images are photographs that have been licensed for specific uses. They can be available for free or at a price, it depends on where you get them from.


What Uses Do Stock Images Have?

You think of a potential use for an image, and I’ll tell you if you can use a stock image for that. Go! …Yes, you can.

In all seriousness, the beauty of stock images is that you can, more often than not, use them for pretty much anything you like. Whack an image on the cover of your latest album, EP or single, or splice them into your new promo video. Since you’re hoping to make some money from your music, these all count as commercial uses. But, stock images can be used for commercial uses, giving you that all important freedom. We love freedom as independent artists, don’t we?


Benefits of Using Free Stock Images

Why should you opt for stock images, instead of just cherry-picking the best of Google? Well, the main reason is that legally, that just won’t fly. And, when it comes to RouteNote’s image upload requirements, your artwork won’t make it past moderation.

Using stock images in order to avoid delays in getting your music to the public seems like a pretty attractive benefit all by itself.

You may have noticed the frequent use of the “F” word in this article. That’s right, free. It’s certainly no dirty word, and as an independent artist, what’s better than a bit of money saving?

Your music sounds great. You spend painstaking hours on your vocal production, obsessively tweaking the EQ. Why, then, would you let the quality slip when it comes to the images you use? Opting for stock images from a reputable source means automatic quality assurance. No matter what image you go for, you know the quality is going to match that of your sounds. That’s the kind of peace of mind everybody can get behind.

Finally, it takes a whole lot of precious time to produce awesome music whilst building a following, and juggling everything else that comes with being an artist. This is another huge benefit of sticking with stock images for any visual assets you need on a project. When you know the licensing side of things has been taken care of, you can spend more time on your tracks and less time worrying about copyright.

But, where to find a reputable source that offers high quality free stock images for these purposes, you ask?


Synchedin, Baby
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No longer just royalty free music and creative commons sound effects, Synchedin has branched out into the world of stock images!

An extensive and ever-growing catalogue of images geared towards creative types like yourselves, Synchedin will soon be your go-to choice for all your image needs. Choose from a range of CC0 (creative commons) images for free, or subscribe to get access to the entire catalogue for just $3.99 per month.

As an official partner of RouteNote, Synchedin is sort of like family. It’s important to look out for family, which is why all RouteNote users can get 10% off when they sign up to Synchedin! Simply use the code 10SYNC, and the discount will be applied to whichever subscription package you pick.

Royalty free sound effects from SynchedIn | Discover the perfect free SFX for your content

Finding the perfect sound effects for your videos, podcasts, and other content doesn’t need to be difficult or even expensive. SynchedIn offer a huge catalogue of royalty-free SFX and music for commercial use.

Our good friends over at SynchedIn – fighting the good fight in making royalty-free audio accessible to all creators – have launched sound effects! With a whole new expansive and growing library, creators can find the ideal sounds to add to their productions – whether you need growling, meowing, helicopters, rollercoasters, floor creaks, door creaks, and so much more, SynchedIn has you covered.

SynchedIn offers a huge selection of Creative Commons License sound effects, meaning you can head to their website right now and download them for use without paying a thing.

If you want to gain access to their entire library of amazing sound effects for unlimited commercial use then you can sign up for $3.99 a month or sign up for the whole year at $39.99 and save.

SynchedIn also offers a huge and constantly expanding library of brilliant tracks that can be used commercially. For just $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year you can sign up for unlimited downloads and uses of all the tracks in SynchedIn’s library.

Explore their sounds and tracks today on their website and sign up for the best source of sounds for your creations, wherever they end up.

Synchedin – cheap music licensing for creators globally

Our partner site Synchedin offers unlimited downloads of their full catalogue with thousands of tracks for commercial use, for just $4.99 per month.

Synchedin is affordable sync licensing for creators, allowing you to use and monetize any songs from our huge library on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. without any claims from us or the original artist.

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All tracks are properly categorised so you can search and filter by track name, artist name, genre, sub genre, mood, vocals, instruments and BPM. Find a track you like, download it instantly for free, or add it to your favourites or a playlist to find it later.

Subscriptions are just $4.99/month or $49.99/year for unlimited access to our full catalogue. Click here to get started.

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Synchedin is a music licensing subscription service that allows creators to easily and effectively license music for unlimited projects with a simple yearly subscription.

Synchedin Explained:

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