Artists Know This – Visuals Speak Louder than Words!
If your an artist, creative entrepreneur or Blogger, then you can appreciate creative imagery to spark your imagination! Finding free imagery to use as a source of inspiration for your work or on your Blog posts can be a challenge. It can also be confusing to understand image use from public domain sources.
What is Public Domain?
The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. Sounds confusing? It can be. Read exactly what it means here
Before cruising the Internet for a source of inspiration for an image to use, be sure that the image is in fact, ‘free’. We’ve done some of the work here in finding sources of imagery that are ‘free’ to use. Though, the responsibility is still up to you, always be sure if you have any doubts, as to the usage rights, to contact the owner of the source.
Here Are Some of the Best Sources for Imagery
Old Picture Archives has a variety of inspiring images that can jump start your ideas. From rare photography dating back to the 1800’s to 1970’s. See more here
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Unsplash – “Free Do Whatever You Want.”
Death to the Stock Photo
Beautiful lifestyle photography free for the taking. One of the best online. Subscribe here for a pack sent to your inbox monthly along with a writing prompt.
Daily 5 new high-quality photos – Pexels
Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse
More than 180,000 of the items are in the public domain. Hours of inspiration can be found in this vast online resource.
Quickly browse free stock photos and view trending, favorites and latest. A good combination of lifestyle, food, nature and themes. Pikiwizard
High quality images you can use anywhere. Pixabay
Free Nature Shots
Free Nature Shots – Great finds in here if you are looking for landscapes, flowers, trees and sky.
Picjumbo an impressive collection of lifestyle shots.
Cupcake Free Images – You will find some inspiration here! “Although, you’re more than welcome to let me know if you use images for a website, illustration or whatever, it’s inspiring to see the results.”
Great for concepts and something different. Stocksnap.