Where to Find Creative Commons Images Online: 6 Cool Websites to Consider
Here are 6 cool websites where you can find great Creative Commons images that can be used for personal and commercial purpose!
It doesn’t matter whether you are a blogger, a website owner, a journalist or any other type of content producer, you should know where to look for stock photos which you can use in your articles, blog posts, presentations, and etc. When using stock imagery, it is really important to ensure the photos are licensed for your use. You can’t just use any type of photo you want or download the first photo you see online as you may face the risk of stealing someone’s else creative work. This is not only unethical, but it can also destroy your reputation.
Finding Creative Commons images online is easy if you know where to look. In this article, we will present 6 cool websites you must consider when looking for the perfect photo:
– Clker – This is one of the best sources to consider when looking for public domain photos and clip art. It is also a great website for symbols and icons. One of the standout features of Clker is that it allows you to edit any SVG photo in a special browser-based drawing program. If you want, you can use the visual editor or change the raw SVG source code and this is one of the easiest ways to edit the colors of the elements.
– Open Clip Art Library – Another great place where you can find Creative Commons images. If you want, you can install the OCAL or Open Clip Art Library to your machine and you can make a huge portion of the library available offline. The downloadable archives are available from the FTP server of OCAL and if you are using Linux, the archives are available from your package repositories. Keep in mind that the offline collection hasn’t been changed or updated since 2010 which means that not all images can be used for today’s projects.
– Wikimedia Commons – This website has more than 15 million stock photos, sounds, and other media files. In order to find the photo you are looking for, you can go through the various categories. All photos are licensed, so before you use one, make sure they are free for you to use them and whether or not they require attribution.
– Flickr Creative Commons – Did you know that Flickr has a special Creative Commons section? There are more than 200 million photos, graphics, and etc. that are licensed under CC or Creative Commons. You can go through the photos by license or you can just click on “See more” and go to a search page.
– MorgueFile – This website can offer you a collection of free, high-quality, and high-resolution images that can be used for commercial or personal projects. All photos you will see here are released under a MorgueFile licence, meaning that users are free to edit the photo and use the photo for commercial projects, without attribution.
– ➢ FreeStockPhotos.biz – This is a great resource for stock images, clip art, and others. Everything you see here is licensed individually, so before you download and use a certain photo, check the license agreement. Don’t get confused by the photos labeled – sponsored image from Shutterstock as these photos will automatically redirect you to the official Shutterstock website where you need to pay to subscribe. Avoid these photos and use the photos that are free to download and use!
Where do you find Creative Commons images online? Do you use freely licensed photos? Comment below!