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?
Creative Commons CC0 license & Public Domain:
Sites that exclusively list images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons CC0 (or equivalent) license.
- Creative Vix
- New Old Stock
- Negative Space
- Pickup Image
- Public Domain Photos
- Public Domain Archive
Creative Commons Search:
Creative Commons Search allows you to search various sites (currently Europeana, flickr, Google Images, Open Clip Art Library, Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay) for content you can use for commercial purposes, modify, adapt, or build upon.
search.creativecommons.org offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license.
Free with (possibly) restricted licence:
Sites that list images with Free to use licences but with some restrictions. These could require credit or attribution or include limitations such as "No Use in Trademark or Logo", "No Products for Resale", "No Redistribution" etc. Always check the relevant licence before using any images.
Robust icon search engine, with licensing filters.
While not exactly a stock site...
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
Veer hasn't been posted yet.
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.
Albumarium is another cool site for finding nice looking photos. Be aware that the licensing differs though, not all of them are free to use for commercial projects or without attribution.
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.
Pixabay.com offers over 200.000 photos, cliparts and vector graphics, all of which published under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain. So the pictures may be used worldwide without giving credits and without asking for permission for any purpose and without limitation. I'm one of the founders of Pixabay.
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.
Here are some icon links:
You can buy vectors at best prices in stock images sites like Dreamstime not yet mentioned on answers above.
If you don't find the vector you need, you can ask someone to design them in the forums at the same price of an existing one.
They also have a completely free sectione of high resolution Royalty Free stock images completely for free here.