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Free Images to Build Your Business

Images are needed, everywhere, eh? And finding ones that don't break the bank can be a pain. Check out these resources to find images for commercial use...make sure you check the terms before you use them so you don't cross the line into copyright infringement and end up paying more than you would have for the images. That would suck toads!

TIP: Grab a screenshot of the license agreement and note the date of the screen shot. Download it to your own computer or save it in Evernote.

Source: http://mamaredknight.com/images-for-your-social-media-posts-and-projects

Free Pix @ EU

Attribution required: Yes, name of site (FreePix.eu) and link preferred
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: Creative Commons

These are photos taken by the site owner in his homeland, the Czech Republic, and while traveling.

MorgueFile

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes

MorgueFile is a great place to find a bunch of different images in different categories. It doesn't have a "lightbox" function you can use to store the images for later review/use. It does, however, have the option to create a free account and mark images as favorites. Give that a try to mark what you like for later review/use. I download the largest size available and resize, crop, etc. using other tools.

There is a search tool which you may need to play with since the people uploading their images choose the tags.

Unsplash

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes

Unsplash has high resolution photos from different photographers and you can use any of them, for any use, without attribution (although, of course, it's always nice to do so!). When you subscribe, you'll receive a notice of new photos and have the ability to download them. There are no search/sort options, so you'll need to scroll through what is already there ... which is downright addicting!

Public Domain Photos

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes

This site includes a collection of public domain photos, vector graphics and videos. In general, public domain includes all images created prior to 1923. In addition, some people specifically put their content in the public domain, regardless of when it was created. Be sure to check the copyright for both the site itself and individual items within the collection.

There is a search tool and since it the terms are chosen by those uploading the images, you may need to do a couple of searches to find what you're looking for.

Pixabay

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes

This site includes photos, vectors and illustrations, searchable by keywords. There are also some pre-selected categories you can use to narrow down what is returned after a search.

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Flickr

Flickr

Attribution required: Usually
Commercial use: Yes, some, not all

Flickr is actually the first site I ever used to find images...and I learned, thank goodness, to use a specific search to find images that could be used for commercial projects. Assume that if you're in business, it's commercial, even if the specific post or page isn't selling anything.

Also be sure to check the specific requirements for each image. If you have questions, write the photographer.

Most, if not all, images in Flickr (except those in the public domain from providers such as Smithsonian) require attribution and a link back to the photographer's page.

CompFight

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes, some

This site has both commercial use and Creative Commons licensed images (meaning they have some restrictions and may require attribution...be sure to check the requirements of the specific image).

You can download different sizes (although I tend to download the largest, and resize for specific uses).

Creative Commons Search

Attribution required: Some
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: Creative Commons

This is a search site that goes across many different sites using the Creative Commons licensing model. Always check the individual site or image to make sure of the requirements.

If you're in doubt, please contact the image owner or find another image. Better safe than sorry, right?
#creativecommons #images #clipart #googlecommons #pixabay

Every Stock Photo

Attribution required: Varies
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: Creative Commons

This is a search engine for free photos across the Internet. Each has it's own licensing option, so be sure to check the licensing for the image you're interested in.

This site also has an advanced search to limit/expand what you're searching for to keep you from spending a billion years looking through stuff that doesn't match what you're looking for.

Image Free

Attribution required: varies
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: varies

You must log in/register on this site to download the images. It also has an advanced search function, plus some preset categories to help you find what you're looking for.

As always, be sure to check all licensing details to make sure you're staying safe.

Pickup Image

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: unknown

This site includes photos and clipart, all for both personal and commercial use. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Free Digital Photos

Attribution required: Varies, for free images yes, for purchased images, no
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: Royalty Free

Royalty free photos for business and personal use. The photos and illustrations are ideal for business, personal and educational use. Every image is free, with an option to buy larger images at reasonable prices.

Remember, royalty free isn't necessarily "free"...it means you don't have to pay per use. Be sure to check the legal terms and conditions for each image you decide to use. There are some great categories (e.g., clicking "Food" gives you a bunch of subcategories to narrow your search).

Free Pik

Attribution required: Varies
Commercial use: Yes
Licensing: Varies

This is a search engine to discover vectors, PSD files (Photoshop in case you're not familiar with that term), icons and photos.

Free Public Domain

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes
License: Public Domain

These are photos placed into the public domain by the photographer. They do not, necessarily have model releases, so be sure you check the terms and conditions to make sure that the image is available for the purpose you have in mind.

New Old Stock

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Yes
License: Public Domain

This site includes vintage photos from the public domain with no known copyright restrictions.

Microsoft Office

Attribution required: no
Commercial use: yes

Oh, after I posted embedded this list on my website, a commenter reminded me that there are lots of options for images, including clip art, when you purchase Microsoft Office. She specifically mentioned Word and I know they're available on Powerpoint too!

WP Clipart

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: yes
Licensing type: Public Domain

This site includes over 55,000 clipart images suitable for kids and businesses. The original focus of the site owner was safe artwork for kids...love that! The kewl thing is as adults, we can have fun with the images too.

Free Images Dot Com

Attribution required: varies
Commercial use: Yes

This one has a big selection of images (over 350,000!) and some nice categorization to help you find what you're looking for. Be sure to check the licensing for the individual image you want to use.

Every Stock Photo

Attribution required: Varies
Commercial use: Varies

We are a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

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Pexels

Pexels

Attribution required: No
Commercial use: Commercial

Beautiful images you can download and use, for any purpose. This one does have some categories and a search option to make it easier to find something that fits your needs. It pulls images in from other sites, like gratisography, skitterphoto and others.

Jay Mantri

Attribution required: No
Free for commercial use: Yes.
Free pics. every week. do anything. make magic. Do anything (CC0) license, with 7 new images every week.

Skitter Free

Attribution Required: None
Commercial Use: Yes
License: Public Domain

This site has license free photos to download and use for your projects., licensed as public domain images for any use. They upload a new photo every day, have and preset categories to help you narrow the search.
#skitter.com #freeimages #freeimagesforcommercialuse #publicdomain