The Coronavirus pandemic and the consequent near-worldwide lockdown keeps us all indoors and away from our workplaces. But being home doesn’t have to mean being stuck home!
See the creative silver lining: when will you have so much free time to sit and put together awesome graphic designs without distractions? When will you have days to commit to online workshops and tutorials to upgrade your skills set?
We understand the global economy is taking a hit, and so is your business. Many companies understand it too and are willing to lend a helping –and creative– hand, with free-of-charge resources.
Here we collect the best free images, free trials, free subscriptions and more in the stock photography and graphic design industry to take advantage and make the best out of this lockdown.
Check them out!
Free Images from Stock Photo Agencies
Several of the top stock photo sites have launched selections of free images –often COVID-19-themed– for you to continue communicating, publishing and promoting with your customers and readers without leaving home and without spending a penny!
Stock Photo Secrets Corona-Help: Free Images!
We are eager to help out creatives and business owners, especially those under tight budgets and struggling these days, to keep their communications with customers and marketing efforts running, and their business afloat. And we hope these free images do the trick!
To access them, all you have to do is register for free at the Shop to enable the free download of these files.
Shutterstock Free Coronavirus Photos
Stock photo giant Shutterstock has launched a collection of over 40 free images for businesses, covering all kinds of popular themes to continue pushing visuals through your various channels. Bundle download is enabled, and you can also select individual images.
Plus, they released a whole COVID-19 resource hub packed with free images, footage, and on topics like the Coronavirus outbreak, working from home and social distancing. Plus free virtual backgrounds to cheer up videoconferences, valuable insights and tips to make the best out of your new work-from-home setting, and more to address communications about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shutterstock has thought of everything and they’re really committed to helping you out in this time of need. So do take advantage of their freebies!
All you have to do is sign up for free on their website to access this and more freebies.
If you fall short of images, remember you can get more using Shutterstock Free Trial with up to 10 free image downloads for one month!
And if you want to buy images at a super low price, grab our special Shutterstock Coupon Code with up to 25% off!
iStock Free Coronavirus Images
The renowned stock photo agency iStock prepared a curated collection with almost 70 free images about the Coronavirus pandemic and everything it entails: social distancing, working from home, hygiene habits, medical settings, and more.
You can download all of the images at once, or individually as you see fit. A very valuable solution to keep the designs and visuals going even through these hard times.
To get more high-quality pictures as cheap as possible, do use our special iStock Promo Code with up to 15% off!
Adobe Stock Free Trial: Up to 40 Free Images
Adobe Stock has a good resource to get professional stock photos at no cost already, one that you can definitely exploit in times like this where you need to reduce your costs. The Adobe Stock Free Trial gives you up to 40 free image downloads for 30 days, and you can use them to get great images, be them Coronavirus-related or not, to use in your graphics.
Photocase’s 5 Free Credits for Images + 10% Off
Quirky stock photo agency Photocase has an ongoing special offer with us that comes in very handy to save money in stock photography. They give you 5 free credits to download images, on top of a 10% discount on your purchase. You can use these free credits at your discretion to get any photos from their library.
An ideal solution to get eye-catchy pictures to use on your social media communications on the cheap.
PantherMedia Emergency Marketing Package
Traditional stock photo company PantherMedia is out with a great creative kit for struggling businesses. Their Emergency Marketing Package includes free image downloads, free image research, options for a 12-month, no-interest payment plan for large purchases, free Enterprise accounts for teams, and more. It’s a well-rounded solution for companies needing to keep their marketing and communications going but struggling to find the funds to do so.
To access this kit you need to submit your application. The agency will do a check on your request and contact you via email with account details if approved.back to menu ↑
Free Graphic Design Tools
Besides free content, you can find cool freebies regarding graphic design apps and other relevant resources to create visuals.
Adobe Creative Cloud: Free Access for 2 Months
Who doesn’t love editing photos using Photoshop or graphics using Illustrator? Adobe Creative Cloud hosts the most popular image editing apps and now they are letting you access their entire platform –usually locked behind a paid membership– for two months, totally free of charge.Keep in mind this offer isn’t advertised anywhere and works only for those with an active membership. It’s a way to save yourself some bucks while continuing to use your go-to editing software.
To unlock this deal, you need to basically cancel your current subscription citing “it’s too expensive” as the reason, and you will be presented with the offer of 60 days of your plan for free (at the end of this period, billing will resume automatically). You can see the detailed step-by-step by Petapixel right here.
Adobe Creative Cloud: Free At-Home Access for Students
For all graphic design students using Adobe Creative Cloud in-campus, the platform has opened up to give them free access to the apps at home until May 31st 2020. A great aid when most campuses are closed due to the pandemic.
More Free Resources for Creatives and At-Home Workers
Because there is so much to take care of when moving your office to your home, and because the time at home can be used for so much more than just working, here are more free resources worth knowing about.
iStock Free Zoom Backgrounds
To liven up your virtual meetings and save face if your home office is a mess (and by your home office we can be meaning your living room), iStock has a selection of free video backgrounds to use in videoconferencing app Zoom.
This little bonus giveaway is the perfect way to add some fun and easy-on-the-eyes view to your team meetings.
Adobe Connect: 3 Months for Free
Adobe is offering a 90-Day free trial period for Adobe Connect, their videoconferencing platform. The trial includes up to 25 participants, so if you’ve started working remotely with your team this is a very good opportunity to use a professional video calling tool without spending a penny.back to menu ↑
Last but Not Least: Our Two Cents
The team at Stock Photo Secrets also wants to do everything we can to help you in this trying times. For that, we have gathered our best resources to get materials and learn how to do things in graphic design during this pandemic:
- Photos that are already free: Explore our selection of 27+ best free photo sites to find reliable sources for pictures that won’t get you into legal trouble.
- The best stock photos: Use any of our listed 20+ best stock photo sites to download images from a trustworthy and high-quality company
- Top medical stock images: All the best sources and tips to find perfect medical-themed pictures
- Freebies, freebies, freebies: Check out our compilation of all the best free trials and giveaways in stock photography to get premium content at no charge
- Much-needed discounts: We also offer a whole section of special offers like discounts, bonuses and more from renowned agencies. Ideal to save money when you need it the most!
- Become a DIYer: Read our 102 expert tips for visual content creation and use your time to create graphics for your business all on your own.
- Master the perfect marketing images: Learn it all about what makes the best images for visual marketing and raise your graphic game while staying safe inside
- Rock social media visual communication: Find out everything about using images in social media and how to do it right
- Be a top Instagrammer: Discover the best photos for Instagram and spend your quarantine days growing your business’ presence in the favourite image-first social platform
We are happy to share our knowledge and have a one-on-one consultation to help you overcome whatever is in the way of you using your stay-at-home time productively!
We hope these generous and thoughtful offers fulfil their mission and ease your worries and workloads during the challenging days we are all going through.
Happy designing, stay home, and stay safe!