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We've assembled dozens of royalty free stock image sources that you can use under a Creative Commons or public domain license for your project. Whether you're looking for free stock images for your art project, or free images for your film or other project, we've got you covered. See also: royalty free music footage and royalty free stock footage.


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UnSplash

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://unsplash.com/

Free high resolution images released under a public domains Creative Commons license. Very artistic composition.


The British Library’s Flickr Free Image Pool

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary

Historic images (largely drawing scans) from the British Library, released without copyright restrictions in 2013.


Calisphere

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/

An image archive documenting more than a hundred years of the state’s history. Contains especially a collection of World War II Japanese interment camp documentation photos. A project of the University of California.


Getty Images Public Domain Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=&cat=highlight&highlights=%22Open%20Content%20Images%22&rows=10&srt=a&dsp=0&img=0&dir=s&pg=1

Getty, the well known stock photo and video seller, has released a few thousand select photos for free use. These photos are largely American photos taken in the 1800s and early 20th Century which are not eligible for copyright, as well as some photos of artistic works, also not eligible for copyright in the US, thanks to this court decision.


Fuzzimo

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.fuzzimo.com/

This blog features free textures for designers to use without crediting the source.


Blue Graphic

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.blugraphic.com/

Free downloads of graphic elements for websites and print design.


David Rumsey Map Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.davidrumsey.com/view

Extremely high resolution map images from all around the world. Create a free account to download extra-high resolution versions. Most images are old enough to be in the public domain.


IDOT Chicago Traffic Photographs

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_uic_idot.php?CISOROOT=/uic_idot

The images in this online collection have been scanned from negatives and prints in the IDOT Chicago Traffic Photograph Collection housed in the Special Collections Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Collection contains approximately 2,300 images from Chicago transportation surveys and projects. Many of the prints appear to have been made for the Chicago Park District Engineering Section. They document transportation in Chicago from the 1920s to the 1950s, and depict intersections, subways and underpasses, signs, bridges and viaducts, snow removal, pedestrians, and other features of traffic in the city.

Available under a non-commercial attribution license.


Shapes 4 Free

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.shapes4free.com/

A collection of mostly photoshop shapes for you to use for free in your projects.


CG Textures – Textures for 3D, graphic design and Photoshop

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://cgtextures.com/

A collection of thousands of textures to use for 3D models or compositing, divided into several different categories. Textures are free and royalty-free and maybe used commercially (with some specific exceptions). Free accounts are limited to 15MB download per day. Paid memberships are available.


Seek Logos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.seeklogo.com/

Free vector (high quality) versions of popular corporate logos such as Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, etc for download. Note that these images are almost always trademarked by their respective owners.


Stock Vault

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.stockvault.net/

Stock Vault is an ad-supported website which provides access to over 28,000 free images to use in personal, non-commercial work. It also contains some vector artwork.


Texture Zoom

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.texturezoom.com/

Geared towards designers, Texture Zoom provides dozens of high resolution images of textures, free for personal or commercial use. According to their about page, “TextureZoom.com aims to offer high quality, high resolution stock textures, backgrounds and design elements for free. We shoot most images in house, though some images are offered through third party sources or are contriubted by other photographers.” No account is needed to download images.


Unprofound Free Stock Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.unprofound.com/

Unprofound is a ten year old website specializing in providing free amateur stock photos for personal or commercial use. More than one thousand free photographs are sortable by color and are also searchable by keyword. According to the site, “Unprofound has grown into a global collaboration of photographers… Hopefully, it will grow into a useful resource for designers everywhere.”


Medicine and Madison Avenue Ad Collection @ Duke University

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/mma/

One of several Duke University collections of early American advertisements, this grouping contains a large number of health and hygiene related newspaper and magazine ads ranging from mouthwash to shampoo to vitamins. There are even some ads for the unfortunately-named diet product Ayds.


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Ad Access @ Duke University

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/

This formidable collection hosted by Duke University contains hundreds of high resolution newspaper and magazine advertisements ranging from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Ad topics include consumer goods such as cosmetics and radios, to transportation ads (cars, busses, airlines, railroads, etc), and there is even a World War II collection which includes old propaganda posters. All the material hosted here is almost certainly in the public domain.


Emergency of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa/

This extensive collection hosted by Duke University Library includes hundreds of vintage advertisements from dozens of American companies ranging from Camel Cigarettes to Wrigley’s chewing gum. This collection includes both newspaper/magazine ads as well as photographs of billboards from the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century. Most if not all of the items in the collection are in the public domain, despite what the quite conservative and ‘safe’ academic use policy states.


“The Pageant of America” Photograph Archive

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=culture&col_id=187

Hosted by the New York Public Library, the Pageant of America collection consists of thousands of public domain images documenting American life and work from the 1860s to the 1920s. Subtopics include “Builders of the Republic” and “The Epic of Industry.” Medium resolution versions are available online for free, higher quality versions can be purchased for a fee.


Native American Indian – Old Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=10150102703945578

A collection of public-domain photos, taken by many different photographers between 1847 and 1950, representing Native North American Indian folks from many Tribes and Nations.


US Air Force Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.af.mil/photos/

Like other branches of the US Military, photographs taken by the Air Force are in the public domain. This site has a searchable database of more than 7,000 photos covering topics including airplanes, service members on duty, and public events. Their collection is mostly modern although there are some older photographs included.


The Library of Congress Japanese Internment Camp Photograph Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/manz/

Explains the LOC, “In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America’s most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II.” More than 200 high resolution photos donated to the Library and believed to be in the public domain document everyday life of camp occupants during World War II.


The Library of Congress FSA/OWI Photograph Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/

From the 1930s until the mid 1940s photographers for the Farm Security Administration (later Office of War Information) fanned out across the United States to document modern rural and urban life. This collection contains over 170,000 high resolution public domain black and white photographs. See also the much smaller sister collection of color photographs taken by the same team.


The Library of Congress Child Labor Photograph Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/nclc/

This collection of more than 5,000 high resolution images of child labor in the United States was taken in the early 20th Century by the National Child Labor Committee. According to the Library, “The NCLC photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial and agricultural sites, and other aspects of urban and rural life in America in the early twentieth century.” Photos include kids in factories, and early industrial plants.


The Library of Congress WPA Poster Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/

This collection of more than 900 posters from the 1930s to the 1940s are all available free for download from the Library of Congress website. The Works Progress Administration put out hundreds of quasi-propaganda-informational posters about health topics, related to the war and local issues.


The Library of Congress Wright Brothers Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wri/

According to the LOC, the Wright Brothers collection consists of “Photos, mostly taken by the Wright brothers to document their new flying machines, including views of their laboratory, engines, models, experimental planes, runways, flights, accidents, as well as portraits, buildings and landscapes.” These early airplane history photos are from the late 1800s and early 20th Century.


NASA Images

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.nasaimages.org/

NASA Images is the result of a partnership between the Internet Archive and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It provides free high resolution images of current and historic NASA events and missions as well as some video. Virtually all of the material on this website is in the public domain.


GRIN (Great Images in NASA History)

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/

One of several image repositories created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, GRIN provides high resolution downloads of some of the agency’s most historically-significant images throughout the years. Topics include the Apollo missions, moon landings, and other historic events, as well as some of the more stunning space images taken by the Hubble telescope. All images available for download on this NASA site are in the public domain.


Texture Warehouse

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.texturewarehouse.com/gallery/

Texture Warehouse offeres high resolution textures for download, primarily geared towards graphic designers. Their collection of over 700 files are all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, restricting their use substantially.


Lost and Taken Photo Textures

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://lostandtaken.com/

Lost and Taken is a free texture blog primarily intended for graphic designers. Free, high resolution textures can be downloaded from this site without registering, and users may use the work posted without attribution. See in particular the Lost and Taken Gallery function, which sorts textures by category.


Stock.XCHNG

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://sxc.hu/

Stock.XCHNG is a free ad-supported stock photo website with over 300,000 photographs available for download from more than 30,000 photographers based all around the world. The photographs available on this searchable site have a variety of licenses including Creative Commons. Users may have to sign up for a free account to access download links.


Wikimedia Images

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pictures_and_images

A sister site of Wikipedia, Wikimedia hosts thousands of freely re-usable images largely taken by amateur photographers. Their database is searchable and contains both photographs with a variety of Creative Commons licenses as well as images in the public domain due to age or origin (such as US Government works).


Google Advanced Image Search

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.google.com/advanced_search

The world’s largest search engine, Google, has an advanced feature to find photos by usage rights such as Creative Commons licensed images. To use this feature, uncollapse the “Date, Usage Rights, Region and More” option.


Flickr Creative Commons Search

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

The photo sharing website Flickr has an advanced search mode to help users find Creative Commons-licensed pictures available for re-use. Note that most of these require attribution and some photos licensed under Creative Commons do not allow derivative works. For details see the license on each particular photograph.


US Navy Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.navy.mil/view_photos_top.asp

The US Navy website has a searchable database of over one hundred thousand photographs, all in the public domain, all freely downloadable in high resolution. Their collection includes extensive imagery of life aboard modern Navy ships and aircraft carriers.


US Army Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.army.mil/search/images/

The US Army website hosts thousands of photographs of American soldiers in modern times. The Army database is searchable and the images are downloadable for free because they are in the public domain.


The White House on Flickr

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse

The White House’s Flickr page has hundreds of high resolution photos of Obama Administration officials and of course President Barack Obama himself. The photographs are available for free download and re-use.


US Marines Corps Photos

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.marines.mil/news/Pages/photos.aspx

Images taken by official US Marines Corps photographers are in the public domain. This website has thousands of searchable images of soldiers doing their jobs, including in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and other wars. Because these images are in the public domain attribution is not technically required although the Marines Corps does list the name of the photographer for each photo.


morgueFile

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://morguefile.com

morgueFile is a free stock photo website that allows users to search for photos and download high resolution images without registering. Images are licensed under the morgueFile license which allows use without attribution. Its name comes from the term used by stock photographers to describe a collection of images they created for a particular job but didn’t end up using, thus making them available for use somewhere else.


The Library of Congress World War I Poster Collection

Asset Type: Images
Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wwipos/

The Library of Congress has a collection of 1,892 high resolution images of World War I propaganda posters from the United States and other countries involved in the conflict. All posters are available for download for free instantly without any type of registration process. All of the posters are in the public domain and can be used in any project.


Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5 Tired of looking for free images? Check out Pond5.com, the world's largest stock media marketplace for very reasonably priced royalty stock images. We love Pond5 because they display prices in real numbers instead of "credits," and they are extremely cheap compared to many other stock image websites. Their stock image selection is amazing.