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Top ten sites offering free photos, icons and images


Free for (virtually!) all uses:-

1. Morgue File

sunrise
This is an extensive library of photos, some of which are high quality. Most of the downloadable photos are also of reasonable size (e.g. 600 pxls or higher). Photos at Mogue File can be used as is, or edited and republished with no restrictions. It is also not necessary to acknowledge the source of the image. All this makes Morgue Files one of the most useful free image resources on the web. The only restriction is that the images may not be resold or repackaged, and you must not claim the ownership of the image in it’s original condition. More licence details here.

2. Stock Photos for Free

sunrise
A relatively new site, boasting in excess of 100,000 library stock photos which can be freely used in any project. Arranged in categories such as "aerial", "backgrounds", "nature and animals" etc. Some good quality work here. The file sizes (which average around 1 meg) are slightly on the small size. Usable for most websites but the resolution is on the small side for HD work. Sign-up required

3. Find Icons

happy face
A icon site currently boasting about a third of a million icons (it claims to be the largest searchable database of free icons in the world). If you want to find free icons that can be used for commercial purposes, and do not need a link back to the authors site, then type a search query into the search box, and then select “Both Above Two” from the drop down selector in the licence box (on the left-hand side of the page). Results can be further narrowed down by size (px) and colour, and are available in the png and ico formats.

4. RGB Stock

Abstract Coloured Waves
A searchable database with over 100,000 free to use photos. These images can be used for personal or business use. However, because professional models have not been used for the shots of people, there may be one or two license issues to look out for. Email sign-up required to download photos.

5. Image After

Guitar Bridge
A categorized and searchable database of photos and textures that can be freely used and reproduced. Generally at a good downloadable resolution (1000 pixels +), currently boasting over 28,000 free images. However, there is a high number of fairly poor or average quality photos here. Some of the more useful ones are of musical instruments. (see example).

Free but some restrictions apply:-

6. Every Stock Photo

Outside Light
A search engine for free photos. The licenses vary from photo to photo so be sure to check to see if there are any restrictions before using the image. "Every Stock Photo" draws its database from many of the popular free image libraries, including Wikipedia images, Flickr and NASA. Claims to have over 15 million searchable images. Has a useful advanced search feature that can search by shape (e.g. square or rectangle etc) and options to choose which free database to search in (e.g. Morgue, ImageAfter, Flickr etc.)

7. Wikipedia Commons

1930s Danish Observation Balloon
An extensive collection of images, videos and sound recordings which are free to use and are either in the public domain or are Creative Commons licensed media. A searchable database containing over 12 millions files.

8. Death To Stock Photo

Coffee and Open Book
This site offers free stock photos (for commercial or non-commercial use) on a subscription basis, and sends out a small collection of photos every month to the recipents email box. All photos are in high resolution and professionally shot.

9. Icon Finder

Skateboarder Icon
A truly vast collection of high quality icons and images. The copyright terms of use vary with each set. Whilst some are restricted to personal use only, other images can be used commercially provided that a link is run back to the creators/copyright holders site. Tip: searches can be narrowed down by selecting "Allowed for commercial use" or "Allowed for commercial use (no link required)". Each set cites how the icons may be used.

10. Flickr

Close up of piano keys

photo credit: t.spang

Flickr is a photo sharing and online photo management site. Some users have allowed their images to be used for free under the creative commons license. To find these images, enter an advanced search here and then tick the box labelled "All creative commons". The search can be further narrowed down to find images that can also be used for commercial purposes. Here you'll find some very high quality free photos. If you're planning to use these images, you'll need to acknowledge the source (photographer etc).





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