11 Best Free Stock Photo Sites As designers and visual communicators, we need to make sure to use photos to help tell a story and to convey a message. While it's best to use high quality original photos whenever possible, sometimes they just won't fit into the workflow. Either you ran out of time, don't have access to the subject matter, or you don't have the equipment or patience to take a really great photo. Luckily, more and more Public Domain photo sites are popping up, where either all or a portion of the databases are completely free to use without attribution. Here are the best ones I've seen so far. Share your favorites in the comments below!
About FREE IMAGES Freeimages is part of a network of free stock photography related resources: Freeimages.co.uk was the original site and contains our main library of images. Freeimageslive.co.uk contains images that users have taken themselves and contributed to the site, these are available for use under similar terms to those in the main library. How Does Free Images Work? Simple: Browse the site for an image you like and download it. If you use it in a design of any kind then you need to mention that we were the source of the image, check the full terms for details.
Creative Commons Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Here are some recently added bits and pieces: Attribution License Free image resources There are many Web sources of images under free licenses. The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are under a free licence. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of each image before you submit it to Wikipedia. Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy
13 No Attribution Required Stock Image Sites You NEED Business Tools and Tips September 6, 2014 Following our recent post on stock image sites we actually use, some readers sent us even more sites that offer alternatives to paid stock image services. We took a look into the so-called attribution-free stock image sites to see if they were legit. All the following sites allow you to grab high-quality image for any purpose you want. The only caveat is that you can’t pass images off these sites as your own (i.e. entering them in a contest, putting them in your portfolio, etc.). Otherwise…
The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Designers love freebies that make life easier and help them create higher-quality work. Free vectors are useful, free vector packs even more so. Fortunately, there are plenty of talented graphic designers who are willing to give away their work (or samples of it) to benefit the rest of us. In this post, we feature 60 of the best and most useful free vector packs.
Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users Here at Ars we're big fans of Creative Commons, both the idea behind it and the work that gets produced. As publishers, we benefit from Creative Commons in a number of ways—we look things up in Creative Commons-licensed Wikipedia (used with caution, of course), the Creative Commons-related policy issues that we cover give us a steady stream of great news content, and we make use of Creative Commons-licensed images in our news stories. This last piece—the use of Creative Commons images—has historically been one of the trickiest issues for us to navigate as a publisher, given the number of different Creative Commons license types. Each Creative Commons license has its own set of restrictions, and, despite the fact that the license clauses seem fairly clear on the surface, it's not always obvious to us as end users what can be used where and for what purposes. Note that this isn't solely a problem for sites like Ars and large publishing houses like Condé Nast. Attribution
High resolution images of Vermeer’s paintings Johannes Vermeer was either a remarkable 17th century Dutch painter or an enchanted sorcerer of light from beyond time and space — sometimes it’s hard to tell — but I find his work particularly entrancing among all painters. His known existing oeuvre consists of only 36 paintings, each fascinating in their own way. I have previously recommended the wonderful resource website, Essential Vermeer, maintained by Jonathan Janson, which is the go-to place on the web for information about Vermeer, his work, methods, context and historical background.
FREE downloads Houston we have a masterpiece Vector Illustrator Dave Cuvelot has launched (see what I did there) this stunning technical schematic of the legendary Space Shuttle Discovery. Any space nut would love to see this stunning print on their wall. Check it out here. Via NotCot Show me the money The Great Seal has many mysterious and sinister theories swirling about it’s origins on the back of the American One Dollar Bill. 25 Free Stock Photo Sites When I began the research for this article, I knew of only a handful of free stock photography sites. I set out to find as many good ones as I could, thinking maybe I’d find a dozen. I was quite surprised to find 25 good, solid resources out there. There are probably more, but these are the ones I found. If you’ve got a favorite and it’s not here, send it along.