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Five free sites to find your next puzzle design

Puzzles are a great way to keep your mind sharp and work on your problem solving skills. If you're looking to create a custom puzzle, but aren't sure what to print on it, then this article has you covered. I'll walk you through the five best places to find free, legal puzzle designs online, as well as some tips for getting started.

What is royalty free?

Royalty free is a licensing agreement that allows the buyer to use the material in as many ways and for as long as they want. It is not based on any set price (and isn't always free). With that said, all the image sites listed here are free. 

Royalty free images are important for puzzle designs as it means you're legally allowed to print the image on a puzzle. There are literally hundreds of sites that offer royalty free images, and this includes some of our favorites. 

Let's jump in!

1. Unsplash

Unsplash is definitely the gold standard here. All images on the site are 100% free and are taken by professional photographers around the world. They have everything from beautiful landscapes, to cute pets, to even historical photos - all free. Whatever you're looking for, you can likely find it on Unsplash. 

A screenshot of Unsplash's home page 

2. Burst

Burst is a royalty free image site made by Shopify. There are a lot of images targetted at entrepreneurs, but that's not all they have. You can find beautiful computer wallpapers, holiday photos, and travel photos from around the world

Screenshot of Burst's home page 

3. Pexels

Pexels offers free stock photos and videos, and they have a very large database with everything from foggy forests to color-specific galleries. The photos and videos here are available without attribution (which is exactly what we want). 

Pexel's home page 

4. Pixabay

Pixabay is a s ite that hosts free images for personal and commercial use. You can download the images as PNG, SVG, EPS, or PSD files, and they don't require any attribution to use them. Pixabay was one of the first royalty free sites to pop up, and they have some really fun designs and patterns, so we always suggest checking them out.

Pixabay's home page 

5. Canva

If you're looking for free puzzle designs, Canva is always a great place to check. You can download templates, or use the design tools to create your own. Canva is a great resource for us puzzlers and we never miss an opportunity to highlight it.

Canva's home page 

Bonus: Alternative options

If you still don't find a design that you love, there are plenty of free alternatives. For example: did you know that over 70% of the puzzles we print here at Puzzery have an animal on them? That's right, pets often are the go-to puzzle design for people. Don't have a pet? No problem. Family and travel photos are common too.

Puppy on a pebbled beach 


If you're looking for creative designs and images to put on your custom puzzle, there are plenty of free options available to you. Just remember to only use royalty free images. Good luck, and happy puzzling!

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