If you spend a lot of time in Photoshop, you’ve probably needed an image with a transparent background more than a few times. Unfortunately, tracking them down can be frustrating. One would think that using Google Image Search to find images with transparent backgrounds would be easy. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Thankfully, there are a number of websites that host images with a transparent background, making sourcing images for your next project a breeze.
Note: be sure to check the license of each individual image you download. Some images are only allowed for personal usage, whereas others are licensed for commercial applications.
The CleanPNG website is clean and easy to use. Simply pop your search criteria into the search box and you’ll find a variety of high definition images at your disposal, all with transparent backgrounds, downloadable for free. The search function is fairly accurate; however, expect to see some wonky results from time to time. This is due to the fact that users can upload their own images with transparent backgrounds. This means that CleanPNG is constantly growing its library of transparent images. That being said, since users tag their own images, they may not always be 100 percent accurate.
In addition, the main page of CleanPNG features categories of images that are popular for that time of the year. For example, towards the end of the year you will find collections that have to do with Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year. These curated collections make it quick and easy to find a ton of images to use in your next project.
StickPNG is another website that features nothing but images with transparent backgrounds. Their library has a little bit of everything; however, there is a strong focus on popular culture images.
There is a standard search bar, and if you scroll down on the main page, you will find that StickPNG’s 35,000+ image library has been broken down into categories. These categories run the gamut from “cartoons” to “video games” to “icons.” Clicking on one of these categories allows you to choose a sub-category, further narrowing . your results. For instance, clicking on the “Comics and Fantasy” category will bring you to a page where you can further narrow your search by character, such as “Captain America” or “Beavis and Butthead.”
PNGTree has an absolutely massive database of transparent images. At the time of writing, PNGTree claims to have millions of royalty-free PNG images and that they are uploading more every single day. The PNGTree website features the familiar search bar but also breaks the library down into categories.
In addition to transparent images, PNGTree also features vector graphics, backgrounds like wallpapers and banners and templates for business cards, certificates and more. While everything is free to download and use in personal projects, PNGTree has a premium membership. Opting for premium gives you a commercial license, meaning you can use PNGTree resources in commercial projects. There are a number of different pricing options, including 3-, 6- and 12-month plans, ranging from approximately US$60 to US$180. They also offer a lifetime plan that is currently on sale for $199.
FavPNG is another website that hosts tons of transparent images. The website is a bit bare bones compared to some of the other websites on this list, but the sheer volume of transparent images available makes up for it.
Like CleanPNG, FavPNG allows users to upload their own images to contribute to the database. As such, you can expect to get some questionable search results due to users improperly tagging their images. That being said, FavPNG is home to over 16 million transparent images, so you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.
FreePNGImages is a massive transparent image database that aims to help web designers build beautiful web pages and blogs. If you’re looking for more “generic” images, FreePNGImages should definitely be bookmarked.
Like many of the sites on this list, FreePNGImages boasts new transparent images being added every single day. In addition, users can upload their own transparent images to be used by the rest of the community. To help users sort through their database, FreePNGIMages has a standard search function and well-organized collections divided into categories.
Do you use images with transparent backgrounds? What do you use them for? Do you know of any other websites that host transparent images? Let us know in the comments! If you need even more stock images for your next project, check out these places to find creative commons images online or creative commons videos.