Finding the right picture for your project can be time consuming and costly. The best source of photos are the ones you take yourself but sometimes that is not possible to do. I am sharing my collection of FREE “royalty free image sites” that took many many hours to find over the past couple of years. You can use the stock images from these sites for personal and commercial use. They are great for web sites, book covers, CD, DVD covers, projection projects, marketing materials, etc. However many do have restrictions on print on demand templates for sites such as Cafe Press and Zazzle, whereas the picture is the main selling feature. Bookmark this site for future references.
Keep in mind that “Royalty Free” does not mean the images are free. It means that you don’t need to pay the photographer a royalty each time you use the image. However, my selection of sites offer “free royalty-free images”. My personal word of caution is that any photo(s) of a trademark product should be used carefully as well as pictures of people, especially children unless they are not identifiable. If you can see their faces, I would suggest requesting a model release regardless where the photo is taken from. Those are my words of caution. These sites are creditable. I will update this page as I run across more creditable sites.
3DXtras.com offers 10309+ 3d models download for free. All the 3d models meshes, scenes and graphics in this website are not copyrighted unless stated. You are free to use these models in your projects to generate games, animations, multimedia, printed graphics, web graphics and others. However you are prohibited to resell, create your own license to give away these 3d models individually or as part of collection or bundle to get profit.
Abstract Influence You may use any of the photos in our system free of charge for any commercial or personal design work if you obey the specified restrictions concerning each photo you download. Selling these photos (individually, or as a whole) without written permission is prohibited. Using the photos in website templates, on postcards, mugs etc. doesn’t count as selling. Very unique artistic site that has an active forum. Free but registration required.
Editors Pick-Photo Rack has a huge collection of over 27,000 images, nicely categorized. Really nice and very well organized.
Editors Pick– You can download up to 40 Mb of photos daily. There are from 7000 to 10000 new photos monthly. All photo images are made specially for photl.com.
Editors Pick– FreeFoto.com is made up of 132516 images with 182 sections organized into 3639 categories. FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). ANYONE, by which we mean commercial and non-commercial alike, can use FreeFoto.com images in an online setting, providing they provide attribution to the image and a link back to FreeFoto.com (either the image or the main site). This license allows blogs, social networking sites and use in emails, just to name a few, providing they provide the required attribution, this includes sites that pay people to write, carry advertising or are selling and promoting products. The only requirement the attribution and link back. Creative License for noncommercial and one time fee for commercial projects in certain medias. Free Use Terms
Free Stock Photos – Our collection contains 14,889 free images available in a variety of commercial and editorial licenses, including public domain, creative commons, and custom agreements.
All images on this site are completely free to download and use. No payment or registration is required, although you must abide by the Image License and Usage Terms listed on the photo download page.
Free Digital Photos – http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ extremely nice. Many catergories Download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more. All free images are of high quality, produced by the community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators. Royalty free photos for corporate and personal use. Every image is free, with an option to buy larger images at reasonable prices. Images are mostly of people and business.
FREE IMAGES – The Website contains images uploaded by its members. All images and their descriptions and presentation in general (“Images”) on the Website are the property of either freeimages and/or its members and are protected by international copyright laws. Use of these Images without license is prohibited.The use of Images identified as ‘free images’ are governed by the Image license agreement. Premium images and images from iStock by Getty Images are subject to the legal terms set out on the iStock website . Free Images and its members do their best to provide accurate information on Images and on the services of the Website, however against all our efforts there can be some typographical and technical errors on it. Freeimages cannot be held liable for any losses or damages resulting from the inaccurary of any information on the Website.
Editors Pick– Public Domain Pictures: This site is a repository for free public domain images. They boast 17,931 free pictures. You can download high quality photos or upload your own pictures. You can donate funds to buy the photographer or illustrator a cup of coffee or buy premium stock photos starting from $1.00. This site makes it easy to to find a favorite photographer based on their work.
Free for Commercial Use – Editor’s Pick -Stunning lifestyle imagery for modern creatives. Download FREE hi-res 300dpi photos and do whatever you want. Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, no rights reserved, without copyright, it’s made by Markus Spiske. Currently available: 430 images (04.01.2017)