How and where do I find free images or copyright free images for my website?
Websites need images. For pop, color, interest, and direction. Images enhance your website and also if you set them up correctly , they are tools for SEO, (Search Engine Optimization).
My friend Arun Basil Lal, who runs the excellent website, Million Clues, sent me some great places to find free images. Be sure to visit his website, It is packed with amazing and helpful information about working online.
Free Images, Copyright Free Images and Resources Online.
Free Quality Image Galleries-by Arun Basil Lal
Flickr: This is a store of all kinds of images from heavily photoshoped cool ones to usual pictures from daily life. I use the advanced search of Flickr where we can specify to show just those images licensed under the creative commons. If you are on a look for images from daily life, like trains, or people or signs, turn to Flickr.
But often Flickr users prefer to get attributed for using their images, so you will have to add Image credits with every other post. You need a free Flickr account.
Google Image Search: Google has done a good job in organizing the images on the web. Google image search is awesome place to find images, but there is no guarantee on its quality or copyright, so it’s last on my list. Make sure that you visit the landing page and confirm that the image is free to use before you add it on yours.
Don’t forget to save the images that you find while casual browsing for later use. I have a vast collection of images offline which I have collected over time. Make one yourself.
Always read the terms and conditions before you use images. Some images are free to use, but not free to edit, some need attribution, play it safe.
Another excellent article from Arun Basil Lal.
More Resources and Places for FREE images for the web.
Stock photos are an essential part of web and graphic design. There are tons of stock photos agencies that offer high quality photos, however, the price is not always affordable especially when working on a tight budget or sometimes with no budget at all. The solution in this case is finding free stock photos something that isn’t always easy, in order to make this process easier I have compiled a list with sites that offer free stock photos. Enjoy
This site is great, try this one first. Each photo clearly states if it is free for personal and commercial use.
Free Range Stock
Free Photos Bank
Earth from Space
Free Photo Station
The Photo Repository
Free media Goo
NWYH Stock Images