Are you stealing graphics & photos?
Where to Find Copyright-free Pics for Your Websites…
Doing a Google search then copying photos and graphics from others’ websites is very easy and tempting.
Get caught, though, and word on the street is that these simple actions can get you in trouble and cost you money. Here are dozens of sources for royalty & copyright free images to choose from…
Updated August 2015 free image sources from Nick LaPolla
http://nos.twnsnd.co – Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.
http://snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com – Beautiful photos (free to use).
http://unsplash.com – High quality free photos.
https://freerangestock.com – Good photos. Totally free.
http://bootstrapbay.com/blog/free-stock-photos/ – 15 amazing sites with breathtaking free stock photos.
http://jaymantri.com – Free pics. Do anything.
http://www.lifeofpix.com – Free high-resolution photos. No copyright restrictions.
http://www.freepixels.com – Download free stock photos and images.
http://www.alegriphotos.com – Free photos with easy sort by category.
http://www.designerspics.com – Free Hi-res photos for your personal & commercial use. Attribution not required.
http://foodiesfeed.com – Free food images.
http://www.splitshire.com – Amazing copyright free real photos.
http://www.freeimages.com – Browse 400,000 free photos and illustrations.
Here’s an article from Website Magazine with links to free stock photo sources:
Beyond iStockPhoto, Shutterstock and other heavy hitters, here are a few sources for photographs that won’t blow up your marketing budget:
Unsplash doesn’t have thousands of images (yet) and it’ll take you a good 20 minutes to “scroll” through what’s on the front page, but if you go to Archive, you’ll see thumbnails of everything that’s on the site.
Death to the Stock Photo – they have no archive, just free monthly photos sent to your inbox, to use any way you want. When you sign up, they give you a free pack to download right away.
Gratisography – Get free high-res pictures you can use on your personal or business projects. New pictures are added weekly and they are all free of copyright restrictions.
Pixabay – A vault full of stunning public domain pictures. Get free vectors, drawings and photos on this site.
Article by: Bonny Clayton, aka Your Web Chick, an award-winning professional specializing in Web design, social media and e-mail marketing. – See more at: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2014/09/12/picture-this-free-images-for-use-on-the-web.aspx
Update June 2015 from Neil Patel’s QuickSprout Blog…
Morguefile is another solid free image site. All images are free and require no attribution.
Public Domain Pictures: Although it doesn’t have the most creative name, Public Domain Pictures is definitely one of the top search engines for public domain images.
Google Advanced Image Search: start by typing in your search.Then click on “Search Tools,” followed by “Usage Rights,” and then either:
- Labeled for reuse
- Labeled for reuse with modification (if you want to modify the image)
The one thing that Neil notes about the Google Image Search is that occasionally it categorizes images wrongly. Always go to the actual site the image is hosted on to check what CC license it has.