Searching for proper illustration becomes a real nightmare recently. Especially when you need to mind copyrights. Here is a little collection of useful stocks, which you can use 100% legally and for free.
In order to find an image on certain topic you need a site with search for tags and good base in it. Here are 40 projects of that type listed below.
Dreamstime's base offers separate section with free content, which updates often. Signing in is required.
2. Free Digital Photos
There's a big base, which is divided by categories. All the images can be used for personal, educational or commercial purposes. Images in low resolution are free, while full resolution images are available for cash.
Images from Free Digital Photos usually may be used only by noticing the author and site, from which they have been taken.
3. Free Images
Great gallery from more than 35 thousands of images, which are separated by themes and categories. Signing in is required.
4. Free Range Stock
Good quality images base. Access is allowed only for registered users.
5. Free Photos Bank
Good collection of free photos, which are available for downloading with no registration. All the shots are divided by bunch of categories. Search by themes and tags is included.
6. Image Free
Set of free and paid images. Free images archive is limited.
7. IM Free
Collection of shots and images taken from open sources, which are allowed for using in commercial purposes. Searching by tags is supported as well.
Archive of shots from different photographers which may be used for personal web projects. For using you need to be signed in and note the authors.
Base of free images distributed on rights of Creative Commons. Photos can be copied and used on personal purposes, including startup projects. No requirements for registration.
10. Public Domain Pictures
Free images repository from amateur photographers. Quick registration is required. For full resolution images you need to have paid account.
Photo stock for photographers and designers, which allows positing your own works and using other's stuff for personal non-commercial purposes. No need for registration.
Free stock site for photographers and graphical designers with required one click registration and good collection of materials.
13. Ancestry Images
Free archive of historical prints, maps and old photos of geographical expeditions and journalists archives.
Gallery of photos without a fee for the use of amateur pictures . Cataloging on a geographic basis is available.
Free collection of high-quality images for personal and commercial use . Compilation updated weekly, and you can download in one click.
16. Death to The Stock Photo
Free photos in high resolution, which are sent on a monthly basis to your email address.
Free media store for photos that can be used in various media projects . Cataloging and searching for keywords is allowed.
Marketing platform, which in addition to basic services, offers more free photo packages for subscribers who leave their contact details and email address.
A resource that lays out each week a selection of free photos, but to access it you will need to register.
20. Little Visuals
The project, which sends seven high quality images to the specified in the registration email every seven days. A selection can vary from industrial cities to landscapes.
21. New Old Stock
Online collection of vintage photos from publicly available archives, which are not subject to the limitations on copyright.
Free photos can be downloaded for free with no registration on the site. There is a selection of categories. No search is supported.
Big online collection of free stock photos, mostly landscape photos that can be copied and distributed, even for commercial purposes. Registration is optional.
Site of Dutch designer, all kits are published under license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Under the terms of the license to use the photo, you can only specify a link to the author's photo.
Site offers about 10 free high quality pictures every 10 days.
26. Wikimedia Commons
Open media base, which has more than 21 million files, separated by category (though search does not always work correctly).
27. Can We Image
The project provides search and display results from a Wikimedia Commons database. All found links lead directly to the page with the author's original content.
Base for searching of images from Flickr. Service uses Flickr API and set of search parameters.
29. Creative Common Search
Site to search for images licensed Creative Commons, supports integration with Flickr and Google and search for particular parameters.
Search tool for Flickr, with which you can quickly select an image with the parameter of interest for licensing .
31. Google Advanced Image Search
Extended search for images, which are posted on different sites. Uses the search capabilities Google.
32. Every Stock Photo
Search tool for free photos, which works with different sources and allows to choose the license. Type of the license can be chosen directly under an image. Membership in the project is for free. Users may expose rating, set tags and comment photos found .
33. Image Finder
Finder for photos with a Creative Commons license, based on the popular photo hosting Flickr. Uses filtering for commercial and non-commercial license.
One more search tool for images with Creative Commons license, based on Flickr.
Community of professional photographers with 25 thousand of pictures. All the pictures here licensed under Creative Commons license. Search results are displayed on the base of the page in the style of Pinterest. It is necessary to specify the initial data of the author to use images.
Search tool, whit the help of which you may trace the source of an image, it's type, modifications and their resolution options.
Search engine for all the types of images with automatic size editor and license type. You may edit for free up to 5 images a month.
Tool for preparing new illustrations for blogs on the base of prepared graphics.
39. Getty Images
Resource with which you can embed photos and graphics in other sites without downloading to your computer with an indication of copyright and source. Maintains database search and the addition of selected pictures on your website.
Social network for infographics lovers and collections of images regarding one theme. Promising startup, with few millions dollars support. With the help of this service you can find and create collections with your favorite materials. Chosen photo can be embedded into your site or posted through social networks.