Finding free and legal images

2014-03-29 Outis on the Ice

Otis on ice. Personal photo.

This post is for marketing communications students and anyone looking to use free and legal images online.

With Google’s advanced image search  you can filter by licence to find images tagged as free to share, use and modify. Flickr will also let you search for images where Commercial use and mods are allowed.

The creative commons search tool will help you find images and other resources from a number of search services. Be sure to confirm the resource has a Creative Commons licence.

Pixabay is a service that provides images and videos that are free to use without attribution. Unsplash is a similar site offering free high-resolution photography.

Library of Congress photograph collection provides free images for non-commercial Wikimedia Commons is another good source.

Of course, you can always take your photo, or you can stylize text with a tool like Notegraphy

If you are looking for icons, one of the best sites I have found is the Noun Project.

Remember even though an image may be free for use and modification many licences require attribution.

Here are a few more: 

I am sure there are many other sources out there, what have you found?



About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.
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6 Responses to Finding free and legal images

  1. Sohee says:

    I use this one frequently:
    Their pitch: “Freepik offers users, high quality graphic designs: exclusive illustrations and graphic resources carefully selected by our design team in order to provide our users with great content that can be used in both personal and commercial projects.”


  2. Janet says:

    Thanks Thom for a very useful post.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thom Kearney says:

    Nice to hear from you Janet 🙂


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