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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use. On Friday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that “more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use

Even better, the images can be used at no charge (and without getting permission from the museum). In making this announcement, the Met joined other world-class museums in putting put large troves of digital art online. Witness the 87,000 images from the Getty in L.A., the 125,000 Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the 35,000 artistic images from the National Gallery, and the 57,000 works of art on Google Art Project. The Met’s online initiative is dubbed “Open Access for Scholarly Content,” and, while surfing the Met’s digital collections, you’ll know if a particular work is free to download if it bears the “OASC” acronym. In an FAQ, the Met provides these simple instructions. Free Textures by ghostbones! From sketch to photo instantly (this is insanely awesome) Wow.

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With PhotoSketch, you just draw a sketch, label each item, like so: and then the system goes out, finds photos that match the sketched items and their labels, and automatically pastes it all together into one composite image: The site is down right now but the paper is available for download and this video gives you a taste of how it works: Again, wow. (via migurski) Architecture images public domain images of Architecture. Free Images: Where To Find Royalty Free Stock Photos For Your Blog - Mini-Guide, Part 1.

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What we need, are royalty-free photos and cliparts without the requirement of attributing the original author and without the necessity of backlinks. On these terms, I'll present you my favorite two websites, one for cliparts - Clker.com - and one for photos - Pixabay.com:

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