If you are understandably concerned about copyright infringement, then listed below are a few sources that I know of that you can go to worry free to access images that are free to use widely – in some cases, even for commercial purposes!
- Google Images I’m sure this is one that we all know and love – but do you know about the Advanced Image Search? You can filter the search by usage rights to ensure you only get access to images that are free to use or share.
- Dreamstime This has a “free images” section once you have signed up as a registered user. See the information for each image under the license section.
- Stock.xchng Once you have signed up as a member for free you can access photos with various levels of restrictions which are outlined for you under the availability section of each image.
- morgueFile Same deal – sign up as a free member and then you can access free photos, I find this one easier to navigate and locate usage information for each image.
- Freepik Just a word of warning – make sure you spell it Freepik with a ‘k’ instead of an ‘x’ – I got quite a shock!
With all of these sites, once you select the individual images there is extra information available about the license conditions to ensure you can use the image for the purpose you intend.
Now – with just a few more steps you can ensure that the images you select are safe to be used! Do you know of any more great sites for free images?