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Best Image Sources for Creative Projects

This list contains public domain, open source, copyright friendly, and creative commons image sources for use in student projects


Search over 100,000 free photos, cliparts, and vector graphics or share your own pictures as Public Domain on Pixabay.

CG Textures- Textures for 3D, graphic design and Photoshop!

100.000+ high resolution textures, free for personal and commercial use!


Free Stock photos


Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world's leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography.
*Note - for teachers with younger students, may contain some artwork with nudity.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.

National Gallery of Art | NGA Images

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts.

This is a place for high quality stock photos, Large collection of high resolution stock photos.

Creative Project Image Search

This Google custom search gathered many resources listed here along with a few others to create a custom search engine for public domain, copyright-friendly, and Creative Commons images. This tool could be something you add to student bookmarks to make image searching easy.

Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.

Free High Quality Public Domain Images and Photos - Public Domain Stock Pictures.

Here you can browse categories of free downloadable public domain photos for you to use in any way you need, private or commercial. These high quality images are from two sources: 1. Selected from my personal photo collection, and 2. From good hearted people who want to release some of their photos into public domain and asked for my help.

Getty Images

Find high resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips and stock music licensing at the richest image search photo library online.

Picdrome Public Domain Copyright-Free Pictures is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain... is a repository for free public domain photos. Most of these photos are free to use for any purpose.


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The Commons

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives.

Copyright-Free Photo Archive: Public Domain Photos and Images

The photo archive at has more than 27,000 free photos and images saved on our own dedicated server, consisting of over 2.5 Gbytes of data. The goal is to make this archive a resource for collage and photo-montage using digital image editing techniques.

The British Library

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.

Free stock photos · Pexels

Free high quality photos you can use everywhere. ✓ Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required

Beautiful Free Images | Unsplash

Beautiful high quality free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.