Great Image Sources for Covers, Banners, and More


Don't know where to find good images for your covers? @Sanguine does!


Photos, illustrations, vectors and more. Finding places to get decent photos to use on covers and banners is getting increasingly difficult.

After all, these photos have to look good, be an appropriate size, not pixelated and suit the story (or blog) that the cover/banner is for. And search engines aren’t exactly the best place to find them. It’s not like the search results tell us everything about a cover.

For example, if someone wanted a cover for a book they were intending to self-publish, one would need to dig deep to find an appropriate image. It must be royalty-free and the font must be commercially licensed. And trust me when I say that you could be looking for ages when you’ve been given specific ideas.

Even covers that sit on Movellas need to be okay to use. If you search up a photo and tick the “Free for commercial/personal use” button, there might still be laws attached. Licenses are tricky little things, so it’s best to visit the site that you are getting the image from first to see what exactly it is.

You’re stuck with two options: You can sift through a heap of websites that are slowing your internet browser down to the point where they stop responding. Or you can buy the images, but who has the money for that, right?

Well, I’m here to give you some other options.



Unsplash is a great resource for completely free for commercial use photos. They do not have sneaky little pests like the “Creative Commons Attributed” license or other licenses like that. Hundreds of photos are just waiting for you to use them. I will admit that Unsplash is my preferred source of free images.

There are other websites, like Wikimedia and Pixabay, but be careful using those websites, and look out for attribution. I, personally, try to avoid it at all costs; if you find a fantastic image that is filed under Creative Commons Attributed, you (the cover makers) and the author of the book need to credit the artist. There is no guarantee that the author with put in the acknowledgement.




The downside when you use a free image source like Unsplash is that you run the risk of sacrificing your originality. A lot of websites use Unsplash for their background images or banners, and a lot of cover makers use their images too. With paid resources, there is less of a risk of having the same image as another.



The Hungry JPEG and Design Cuts are other fantastic resources, and they’re both very cheap. If you don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a heap of images, look up the bundles and you’re bound to find something cheap and brilliant there, along with a lot of great fonts.

Even though there are all of these amazing websites out there, nothing beats taking your own photos. They are guaranteed to be original and one-of-a-kind, so you don’t have to worry about someone having a similar cover using the same image.

The quality of images matters so much when designing. Pixelated images don’t exactly send the most compelling message to your readers, do they? There are great websites out there, so hop online and take a look, or get a camera out and start snapping!

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