Here are some great tips for finding copyright free photos & images…legally!
Be aware that these services change their policies from time to time, so be sure to check usage rights per image, per site. Currently the broadest rights are called CC0, which stands for Creative Common, Zero rights reserved. Look for CC0 rights and you are safe!
Photos & Images
Free Image Options
- Public Domain (also links to paid images)
- Dreamstime (free, also paid)
- Free Digital Photos
- Free Photos Bank
- Free Range Stock Just sign up for a free membership, log in and download high-quality, high-resolution free stock photos and textures. All images are at least 2400 x 1600 pixels and can be used for personal and commercial use.
- Stock.XCHNG is one of the leading free stock photo sites on the Internet featuring over 400,000 quality images. Photos are available in five different sizes for print or web. Visitors can see the popularity of an image by viewing how many times the photo has been downloaded.
- Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. Membership is free and allows users to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.
- MorgueFile This site contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits. A classic resource that has become standard for free stock photography over the last years.
- Vintage Pixels is a large database of historical, high-quality, free-for-use images which allows people to share their archived photos. Visitors can download image for print, or use in graphic design, as well as upload images to add to the ever growing album of vintage images.
- Photogen is a source for quality, high-resolution free stock images. Photos are available for commercial or personal projects. Users must register for a free account to download images.
- Free Stock Photos Download free images to use for professional or commercial use. Categories include Athens, Christian, Egypt, Israel, Rome, Scenery, Sky, Weather and many more.
- ImageBase offers free high resolution photos. In addition to beautiful images, the site also offers free PowerPoint Templates.
- Kave Wall presents free stock photos, image and textures. CD’s are available for download in various categories.
- Turbo Photo (free, also paid) Visitors can browse and download 2,000 free stock images from 10 categories on TurboPhoto. Also available are high quality, professional stock images.
- Free Stock Photography offers a plethora of completely free Royalty-free stock photography. Browse over one hundred categories from animals to toy and games.
- Freepixels offers free stock photography for any use. You can easily search for images as well as make full use of the tag cloud. Over 3,000 images are featured and some are usually found on paid registration sites.
- Stockvault (free, but non-commercial), features over 13,000 free stock photos from over 3,600 photographers. The site’s helpful tutorials, videos and articles can also be a powerful tool for any designer.
- FreeFoto showcases a large collection of free photographs. A link back and attribution are required for some images. The site is made up of over 100 thousand images with over three thousand categories
Commercial Stock Photography Services
- iStock Photo (has a free photo-of-the-week*)
- Shutterstock (has a free photo-of-the-week*)
- Big Stock Photo
- Thinkstock Photos
- Textures.com allows members (free!) to download 15MB per 24 hour period. Also has tutorials and pre-built panoramic skies.
- Mayang’s Textures, no longer free, is a texture library with over 3,800 free to download, high-resolution textures. Featuring everything from brick walls, leaves, water, paint effects and so much more, these images come in handy for any designer.