One of the complaints I hear all the time when working with people on their presentations is that their budgets don’t stretch far enough to purchase stock images.

It’s a complaint I began to hear with increasing frequency as the Beyond Bullet Points ideology took hold in recent years.

While it’s true that the price of stock images can be excessive for most situations there are many sources of low costs and free images. Now before you think I mean searching Google, using what you can find and hoping nobody notices the poor quality of thumbnails stretched to fill HD slides and the lack of cohesion between the random collection you’ve managed to collate … I don’t!

In addition to the well known paid services such as iStockPhoto and ShutterStock there is a hidden gem in Google Drive and it’s associated applications called Stock Images.

A recent extension to the service means that there is now a collection of over 5,000 high quality images available immediately.

Here’s a short video showing how to use it:

I’ve also created a written tutorial for using the Google Stock Images, you can find it at Free Stock Images for Your Presentations