Where to Find Quality Images that are Free For Commercial Use
żby: Pat Reed
Are you in need of free quality graphic images that can be used on your web site or for other reasons? Do you find yourself limited by the phrase "FREE for personal use only?" If you answered yes to these questions, then this article is written just for you. What will you find here? Twelve Resources that will provide you access to thousands of free quality images that can be used for commercial applications. Whether you need to use these images for your web site, print ads or brochures it will not cost you a single penny. For some of these sites, the only requirement is that you abide by the end user agreement which is usually just crediting the source. Below are 12 image repositories that you should know about:
Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources
Wikepida offers thousands of free public domain images that can be used under their licensing agreement. The Wikipedia license agreements grants free access to their content in the same sense as free software is licensed freely. Wikipedia content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors of the Wikipedia article used (a direct link back to the article satisfies the author credit requirement).
Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from their site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial. At the time this article was written, they had over 14, 000 free quality images
Creative Commons Public Domain Photos offers free audio, images, text, video, and other formats that are available for commercial and non-commercial purposes depending on the license. Creative commons grants 6 types of licensing agreements so make sure you read how each of the license agreements work.
Microsoft Media Elements offers tons of free clipart, animated objects and photographs for you to use. However, Microsoft only offers their free media resources to users of their Office 2003 System, or any of its other applications, also for any product that includes Microsoft Clip Gallery or Microsoft Clip Organizer. Please make sure you Read Microsoft's' END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA) FOR MICROSOFT ONLINE CONTENT before downloading. The user agreement can be found at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/tou.aspx. Otherwise, you may view their free image resources at:
The PHIL which stands for Public Health Image Library (PHIL) offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. The PHIL allows public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files.
Stock.XCHNG offers a huge gallery containing over 100.000 quality stock photos. Whether you are in need of a wallpaper for your desktop or a picture for your commercial website design? They offer a variety of images of practically every category you can think of.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo library offers over 16,000 free digitized quality photos. The only requirement from NOAA is that the end users give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce credit for the use of photograph unless otherwise instructed to give credit to the photographer or other source.
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