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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude -Find free images online - my list!

She points me to (I don't have time to clean this up. Sorry.)
    • offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific.
    • Clip Art for foreign/second language instruction. Basic but still valuable.
    • EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. They aim to be a community for designers, developers, photographers and other media publishers who want better, easier access to license-specific media on the web. This is a single integrated search, allowing users to bookmark their photos with private and public tags, and increasingly we will be offering advanced searching options, rating systems and other tools.
    • has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work. You are not allowed to sell, redistribute, or claim these images as your own. You can browse by category or search for exactly what you need.
    • has a large collection of images, audio, textures, and other visual mediums that you can use for free with some restrictions. You do not even have to credit the images. The site also features some amazing digital images if you are looking for something different.
    • says it is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).
    • allows users to have non-exclusive, non-transferable license to images. You can search for photos, see which photos are the most popular, and which ones have the highest ratings or the most downloads.
    • has photos for free download for personal, educational, and nonprofit use. The site is well organized, and it includes categories such as architecture, animals, people, and textures.
    • The Geo-Images Project attempts to make images (mostly photographs) that are useful in teaching geography more widely available. Navigate via map points on the globe, and capture images around common themes. Love the one on transport! and community is cool too!
    • offers stock photographs in high resolution digital. With over 55,000 images, divided into several categories, they are sure to have something you can use. The thumbnails are small, but your search results display quickly, and the photos are of top quality. (The term “morgue file” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morgue file)
    • Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. Lesson plans also included.
    • Stock Exchange offers high quality images taken around the world by amateur photographers. If you have an interest in photography, you can even submit your own pictures. There are various searching options and over 100,000 images. The photographers establish the terms, so read the fine print, but most pictures can be reused immediately.
    • TurboPhoto provides free stock images from 10 categories all of which are in the public domain.
    • UVic’s Language Teaching Library consists of about 3000 images useful in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages. Its purpose is to provide a set of those graphics most basic and useful for low-level language-teaching, and at the same time, to make them as easily searchable as possible. Transparent an matte images included.
    • Riya - Visual Search provides royalty free images. Riya contains images of People and objects. Each of these also contain subcategories.
    • Wikipedia: Public domain image sources - though in this case you will need to check the copyright.
    • Yotophoto is now indexing well over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ images.
Inexpensive (but good)

One dollar for low-rez images and two-three dollars for higher-rez images. This is my favorite site.
(2) Dreams Time
About one dollar for high-rez images for members.
(3) Shutterstock
750 royalty-free downloads per month for $139 (US) subscription.
(4) Fotolia
One or two bucks an image.
(5) Japanese Streets

Excellent source for Japanese fashion, street scenes, people, and much more from right here in Osaka. About $1.50 per pic via paypal.
(6) Photocase. A German site (English and German versions). Low-cost download options.
(7) Stockxpert. Great pricing and great images. Easy-to-use site. Uses credit system.
(8) From $1USD to $4USD for high-rez.
(9) Creative Express (Getty Images). With Getty's Creative Express you can buy one-month or one-year subscriptions and download up to 50 stunning images a day. The Express catalog has 75,000 great Getty images. The license works differently for subscription, but this may be a wonderful option for the right project (check out the FAQ). I will be using this for certain.

Free (but not bad)
(1) Morgue File
Providing " image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.
(2) Flickr's Creative Commons pool
Search the myriad photos people are sharing on flickr by the type of CC license.
(3) Image*After
From their site: "Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture...and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial."
(4) Stock.xchng
Close to 200,000 photos. Some gems in there if you look.

(5) Everystockphoto. Indexing over 283,000 free photos.
(6) Studio.25: Digital Resource Bank.
(7) Freepixels. About 2000 photos.
(8) The Photoshop tutorial blog. This cool blog has a laundry list of free photo sites.
(9) Robin Good has a good page dedicated to helping you find good images.

Fonts (free or cheap)
(1) 1001 A lot of free fonts. You get what you pay for, but many are pretty good. Find by most popular, highest rated. Articles, message board, etc.
(2) 4000 fonts for $9.95 (download).
(3) iFree. This Australian site links to free stuff in Australia and worldwide, like fonts, freeware, etc.
(4) Indezine on fonts. There are so many font sites out there, I trust the folks at Indezine to narrow it down. They list about ten.
(5) Database of about 3000 free fonts.

This post is actually more for me so I can remember these. If you know of some that I'm missing, please let me know:


Stock xchng



Wikimedia Commons

Free Images

Free Digital Photos

Free Foto




Pixelperfect Digital


Fotosearch Stock Photography

Other Sources:

Google Image Search

Clip media

JAC Clipart Archive

Absolutely Free Clipart

Animation factory

Classroom clipart

Clipart connection

Discovery School Clip Art Gallery


Animation Online





Leo's Icon Archive


FindSounds and features over 30.000 royalty free, high quality sounds, samples & loops, that are created by our users






Anonymous said...

Hey Jude is fantastic. I followed up her post with 2 posts of my own on manipulating images - using tools like Dumpr and image generators - check out the Generator blog. I have samples of images I have created using these different tools on my blog.

Anonymous said...

You might like the new animal pictures site at

Anonymous said... is a comprehensive listing of loads more sites offering free stock photos, as well as links to other free design resources.

Anonymous said...

This is a great list. I also like They don’t always have what I need, but they do have some stuff the other guys don’t.