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Updated by Susan K. Daniels on May 24, 2023
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Low to No-Cost Images

When you use free images from any site, be sure to create separate folders in which to store them. Please note that sometimes free graphics get sold to sites such as iStock or Getty Images. So, be sure to name your folders by website and date to prove when and where you sourced the image. This will protect you when a formerly "free" photo is found on your site after it gets sold to iStock or Getty Images or a similar site. I recommend that you keep an excel record or something similar. If you keep a blog log or another type of record keeping system - add a column for source of image.

Also, two very important things to note about royalty free online images is:

  1. Many artist/photographers often post the same image for sale on several sites.
  2. Some image site such as Canva Pro source their images from several sites.

What happens is some sites will try to go after you for an image that you sourced from a site other than theirs. So, it's very important that you date your images and keep them in folder by source on your desktop or in the cloud and record it in your logs.

What becomes really difficult for you is when the site from which you sourced your image no longer keeps that particular image on their site. Then, another site that current holds that image might ask you to prove your source. So, keep logs and date files - especially if you source from more than one or two sources regularly.

For my graphic art projects such as Editorial, Presentation and WordPress design, I source my images from CanvaPro and Adobe Images. CanvaPro remains at low price of about $14.99 per month and Adobe Images is $49.99 per month for 24 credits per month. Adobe is a high price but it gives you a great source for higher quality should you need it.

TIP: Be aware because some of the artist/photographers who sell their images on Adobe also have them posted on other sites as well. So, sometimes you're paying more than is necessary. As you become familiar with the sites, you will see what I mean. So, I always search Canva Pro first and Adobe second to keep my operating costs at a minimum.

Image credit is requested but not required on many of these sites. However, read carefully and follow the instructions for each site. 👌

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