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I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?

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And over thousands of free stock images

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This contain many interesting things: bluevertigo.com.ar –  Littlemad Jan 9 '11 at 23:14
Careful about using stock images form deviant art. Most of the photographer doesn't allow to use images out of deviant art. Check license before using and also it will be great if you can have a written permission from the photographer. That will help you stay out of trouble if photographer changes the license later. –  Sisir Aug 1 '11 at 7:02
Deviant art is not free, and most of the others you suggest require link & credit for the images (which can be a deal breaker for some). As for the lmgtfy link, yeah right, it means you have to read the terms and condition of each site. Just because Google says "free" doesn't mean it is actually free. –  Sylverdrag Jan 15 '12 at 13:05
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Veer makes it easier to be creative with a reliable and affordable selection of creative stock photography, stock illustrations, and fonts. Our creative elements help people add style to business, marketing, and personal design projects—from websites and blog posts to business presentations and ad campaigns.

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Robust icon search engine, with licensing filters.

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Brilliant! Great search utility for icons and png's ! –  awe Jan 10 '11 at 10:07
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While not exactly a stock site...

Flickr & Creative Commons

Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

  • Attribution License
  • Attribution-NoDerivs License
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License
  • Attribution-NonCommercial License
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
  • Attribution-ShareAlike License
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Creative Commons Search:


This search will allow you to access images that you're free to adapt for commercial purposes.

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Find Icons
Find Icons
is a great search site where you get a lot of hight quality hits when you search. You can download the icons in different formats, including multi-resolution icon if available for the particular icon.

You can also filter on size range, icon color and licence type. Also you can sort by different criteria, and set different background on the previews.

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The photos on this site are pretty good and of various sizes

However, be aware of the license:

All photo images downloaded free of charge from photl.com have a license for the use of photo images which is exclusive, free, nontransferable, lifelong, reusable by the User in his non-commercial projects with unlimited circulation in all countries.

Images at this link can not be used for commercial purposes.

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