Explore sites that provide free images (pictures) and textures.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
See Also: Free Silhouettes
Several websites allow one to download free images for non-commercial usage, although many even allow unrestricted commercial usage as long as any content is not redistributed or resold.
Whatever be the case, make sure you read every disclaimer or agreement on a site before you download from to make sure that no copyrights are being infringed. If any copyright info is not clear or evident, you can always email a contact address on the site to find out more. If there’s no contact info available on the site, it is best to not use any content from the site.
Most of the content may be low resolution. Also, some of the free content may be the work of amateur photographers.
On this page, you'll find links to various sites that allow download of free images and textures.
The New York Public Library collection has thousands of public domains pictures available in high quality.
morgueFile is a public image reference archive that allows both private and commercial usage of images.
Free Images (earlier stock.xchng) contains thousands of free photos that you can use for both personal and commercial purposes.
StockPhotosforFree.com has over 100,000 completely free stock photos that you can use in all types of projects (even commercial), and there are never any fees.
FreeFoto.com is among the largest collections of photographs for private non-commercial use.
At Backgrounds Archive, you can download free tileable and desktop backgrounds and wallpapers in both widescreen and regular resolutions.
Free Images is a resource of photographic images for free use on websites and printed materials.
Imageafter is a free images and textures database for both personal and commercial usage.
Gimp-Savvy has more than 15,000 free photos and images consisting of over 1Gb of data.
Bigfoto provides royalty-free images for non-commercial use.
The NSSDC Photo Gallery has space related images including photographs of planets, astronomical objects and space missions.
Free Stock Photos contains photographs from a variety of sources - the images are royalty free for personal and non-profit use.
Intuitivmedia is no longer free, but they do have a low priced subscription model.
Photos8 has plenty of free photos and wallpapers.
Dreamstime provides a selection of free images.
FreePhotoBank is a resource with plenty of free stock photos.
Public Domain Photos has around 5000 free photos.
Unsplash provides you with the images you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes.
picjumbo contains both free and premium images to download.
LittleVisuals requires that you sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up within your inbox every 7 days.
pixabay provides images that can be used in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use.
New Old Stock specializes in vintage photos from the public archives, free known copyright restrictions.
Gratistography has free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
Hassle Free Clip Art
provides several free to use graphics.
Canon Japan's World Clipart contains over 700 free world clip arts by illustrators around the world.
Open Clipart contains a variety of over 34,000 clip arts
WP Clipart contains over 56,000 images
Webshots Community has photographs submitted by members from all over the world.
You'll find over 800 tiled textures at the Ppted background archive (not free).
Textures.com (formerly CGTextures.com) has a huge collection of textures available.
High Quality Textures has downloadable textures for 3D builders and skinners in various categories.
Google Image Search is among the most comprehensive visual searches available online.
The Internet Image Search Engine looks through 6 image search engines.
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