How to find images for PowerPoint presentations

Visual content makes up 93% of all human communication, and is processed by the human brain an amazing 60,000 times faster than written information. It’s not surprise, then, that visuals generate much more audience engagement than text alone. With this in mind, you’ll want to find images for Powerpoint presentations that help you deliver impact and tell your story effectively – and we don’t mean tacky clip art or cheesy stock images (these will only devalue your messaging).


Find images for PowerPoint presentations

There are plenty of sources out there on the web that you can use to find effective images, but it can be difficult to know where to start looking. Use this list of reputable sources to help you find photos and graphics that suit your brand, subject, and message.


Subscription stock image libraries

Now don’t get us wrong, stock image libraries can be a mixed bag – with their content ranging from cheesy, to weird, to just plain inexplicable – but if you’re willing to do some selective digging, you can find some great stuff.

Three of the biggest players like paid-for stock images game are Shutterstock, iStockPhoto (by Getty Images) and Adobe Stock – each has huge databases of photos, visuals and scalable vector graphics – the latter of which can be scaled to any size without the loss of resolution.

The obvious advantage of these services is the astronomical amount of variety they offer: with the right search terms you can find a high-resolution image to fit just about any type of content. But you’ll have to pay for the convenience, with each of them offering pay-per-download and monthly subscription options (which could be worth considering if your company produces a lot of presentations and other visual content).



A blogroll that updates with 10 new beautiful, free photographs every 10 days, Unsplash is a great service with no membership required and no restrictions on use.

Unplash’s photos feel a lot less staged and more authentic than you’d find in stock libraries because, well, they are – work is submitted by photographers from around the world, then chosen and curated by the site’s team.

Unsplash might not have the sheer variety offered by paid-for libraries, but the quality is simply amazing.


Death to the Stock Photo

Started by two photographers, Death to the Stock Photo grew out of brands’ and content creators’ needs for images that matched their visual aesthetics.

You sign up using your email address and a curated monthly selection of gorgeous, authentic-looking photos is then delivered right to your inbox for free.

There’s also a premium monthly subscription option that grants unlimited access to the full archive for a reasonable monthly fee. A percentage of the profits from the premium option is then invested into the creative projects of the site’s members.

Companies who use Death to Stock include the likes of UBER, TED, Pinterest and Buffer.


Stock photo usage rights

When trying to find good images for images for PowerPoint presentations, it’s important to always check the usage rights of your desired photo. Even many free-to-use visuals require the proper attribution, so it’s a good idea to have a look at the license type before going ahead.

Companies who use Death to Stock include the likes of UBER, TED, Pinterest and Buffer.

The folks over at Canva have compiled a huge list of free stock photos sources that you can use to find visuals for your presentations.

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